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Community Survey Highlights Need for Fairness in Bowling Green

Posted by: Claudia Hanes on February 23, 2018

 In the recent community survey sponsored by the Daily News, one citizen asked why Bowling Green needs a Fairness Ordinance. Another comment claimed that no one in the LGBTQ community has been discriminated against. I was stunned. Obviously they don't know any LGBTQ students, renters or neighbors or they would know that Fairness is an issue in Bowling Green. Our community, as prosperous as it may seem, does not protect LGBTQ members from being refused housing, fired from their jobs, prevented access to parks or businesses and mistreated in many ways. A person should be able to marry whom they love, keep their job, live where they want and be welcome in any business establishment they choose. Nine other cities and small towns have already passed a Fairness Ordinance that guarantees these rights, but not Bowling Green. Covington, Louisville, Midway, Vicco, Morehead, Danville, Paducah, Frankfort, and Lexington have proudly declared their communities welcoming to all sexual orientations and gender identities. We've got some educational work to do with our local residents to show the economic, social and moral benefits of guaranteeing a safe healthy community for all Bowling Green citizens. C'mon BG, we got this! Let's join the morally woke 21st century cities that recognize the value of a diverse, welcoming, and healthy community.

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EKY chapter meetings start the year out on strong, positive notes

Posted by: Angel Hill on February 15, 2018

In January and February, two eastern Kentucky chapters have started the year off with a bang.

Kentuckians speak up against anti-solar House Bill 227

Posted by: 11 Kentuckians on February 5, 2018

H.B. 227, proposed by GOP lawmakers early in January 2018, would smash Kentucky's independent solar businesses and shatter our opportunity to create a thriving clean energy economy. Here are reflections from Kentuckians on why this bill would lead our state away, not towards, the bright future and just transition that we deserve.

KFTC annual meeting moving to Berea College, August 3-5

Posted by: KFTC staff on February 3, 2018

Following five years of successful annual membership meetings at General Butler State Park, the KFTC Steering Committee voted to relocate the KFTC Annual Meeting to Berea College on August 3-5, 2018.

The vote followed a year-long conversation in which committee members met with KFTC staff and Berea College representatives to explore a possible relocation.    

The annual meeting is an important and necessary part of KFTC’s efforts to build grassroots power in Kentucky. It provides unique opportunities for members and folks who are interested in KFTC from every corner of the state and different backgrounds to come together for a weekend of gaining leadership skills, building community and having fun.

We all need to act to protect our U.S. democracy

Posted by: Lois Gillespie on February 2, 2018

Years ago, a popular song had the refrain, “What a difference a day makes.”  For me, I’d alter those lyrics to “What a difference a comment makes.” For it was this comment, “I’m afraid for our democracy” uttered during a political conversation a year ago that led me to the Kentuckians For The Commonwealth Constitutional Convention lobby day on January 23.

In the past year I’ve learned more about what that comment means and now I’m afraid for our democracy, too.

Madison chapter to again host Berea State of the City speech

Posted by: KFTC staff on January 30, 2018

In 2017, the Madison County chapter hosted a groundbreaking State of the City Address in Berea that changed the culture of this annual event.

Previously, the event had been held during business hours and was hosted by the Berea Chamber of Commerce, which used it as an annual fundraiser.

After conversations with Mayor Steve Connelly, the chapter was given the opportunity to re-envision the event and make it more welcoming and inclusive of many folks.

Victory: Scott County landfill denied zoning expansion

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on January 26, 2018

Hundreds of Scott County residents came out to oppose the application by the Central Kentucky Landfill to have 170+ acres near it being rezoned from agricultural use to industrial in order to allow

Northern Kentucky members show "Get Out"

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on January 26, 2018

Members of the Northern Kentucky chapter hosted a film screening of Get Out, the acclaimed directorial debut of Jorand Peele. The film, which deals with race relations in the U.S.

Scott County members participate in 16th Annual MLK March!

Marchers at the 16th Annual MLK March in Georgetown!
Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on January 17, 2018

For the 16th straight year, the Georgetown-Scott County NAACP Unit celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a march and program commemorating the legacy and message of the late civil rights leader. In the current environment that we are in, with growing income inequality, elected leaders playing to racial and religious differences, and a struggle to define what it means to be American, it was an important day to stand together.

Conversations to build racial understanding in Berea

Posted by: Becca Parrish on January 15, 2018

One of the most persistent issues in the United States is learning how to support diverse communities. Our history has created a dynamic whereby our towns are enriched by many cultures and backgrounds, but our society is still reckoning with systemic and entrenched racism.

In November 2017, the Madison County KFTC Chapter’s Racial Justice Committee met and decided to expand its structure to include a community-building focus to its approach in addition to its more action-focused work. This work was spearheaded by members Wendy Warren (steering committee representative) and Shannon Roberts Smith.

The goal of the community-building focus of the Racial Justice Committee is to provide space for committee members and allies to form relationships outside of planning and implementing campaigns and/or actions. Also, they hope to broaden reach and encourage conversations that can be difficult for many members of the community who are new to racial justice work.

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