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Posted by: KFTC Staff on May 1, 2020

4-28-20 CBooker Town Hall--21KFTC now has one central place where you can find upcoming online content like local chapter meetings, trainings, cultural events, phone banks and more to learn, take action, and be in solidarity with each other.

You can find it at www.KFTC.org/MeetOnline

We make space at every online event for people to get to know each other, really interact, make connections.

For example, tomorrow, Saturday May 2, there's a 1 p.m. ET training on voter registration including how to help the 152,000 Kentuckians who won the right to vote to register and a preview of the new vote-by-mail process.

Charles Booker Town Hall was a success!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 30, 2020

4-28-20 CBooker Town Hall--10On Tuesday night, 160 KFTC members and friends came together for the KFTC Charles Booker Town Hall where Rep Charles Booker talked about his story and his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Mitch McConnell. KFTC's New Power PAC endorsed Booker earlier this year. 

It was an opportunity for KFTC's statewide issue committees and members as a whole to ask Charles Booker questions and make their own stances known.

It's hard to build community in a time of social distancing, but this was an important and needed space for us to see eachother, laugh together, and build power together.

We can choose better leaders on June 23

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 29, 2020

When we vote, we don’t just choose between candidates. We’re choosing what kind of Kentucky we want to call home. 

In the June 23 primary election, we can choose candidates who want what’s best for all of us, who won’t try to divide us for political gain or put corporate donors first.

Charles Booker is that kind of candidate. KFTC’s New Power PAC has endorsed Booker in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. The winner of that primary will take on Sen. Mitch McConnell in the fall.

Charles Booker Town Hall is TONIGHT Online (4/28)

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 28, 2020

Right now, 182 KFTC members and friends are signed up to come to tonight's Town Hall meeting with Representative Charles Booker, who's running for US Senate.   In this moment, it's clearer than ever Kentuckians need leaders who share our values and put the wellbeing of our communities–no matter the color of our skin or how much money we have–above all else.   With this momentum, electing our vision feels more possible than ever, but it's going to take all of us to get us there.

There's still time to signup and invite your friends to join us too.

At the town hall, we’ll gather together online to hear his story, ask him questions, and find out how we as KFTC members can take action to make a real difference in the June primary, even as we practice social distancing and work to keep our communities safe. Registration is required for this event. Once you register, we'll email you a link with easy instructions to join the call through your computer or phone.

The Town Hall is tonight, April 28 at 7 p.m. EST.

Keep calling and writing for the best vote-by-mail process we can get!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 27, 2020

TMU Voter Reg 9-17-19Kentucky's governor and secretary of state both agree, Kentuckians shouldn’t have to choose between being heard in our Democracy or keeping ourselves, our families and our neighbors safe from the pandemic. They're taken steps to make sure anyone who wants to can vote by mail on June 23, and the State Board of Elections has adopted that stance.  

This is fantastic and we need to thank everyone involved for sticking up for Democracy!

But some meaningful details need to be figured out yet and we need to keep up the pressure and support. 

How can a community come together to respond to the COVID-19 crisis?

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Posted by: Meta Mendel-Reyes on April 27, 2020

How can a community come together to respond to the COVID-19 crisis?  

Madison County chapter members helped to create the Berea Community COVID-19 Committee (BCCC-19), which brings together a wide range of community individuals, organizations and agencies to develop and lead a community-wide response to the pandemic. Lots of good work is already happening in Berea but the different groups have not come together. Our purpose is not to duplicate efforts, but to share information and to identify and help to fill gaps in Berea’s efforts to keep our community safe and well.  

In the spirit of KFTC’s actions to help to defeat COVID-19 statewide, we are focused on our local community and grassroots organizing.

State Board Of Elections adopts Vote by Mail for June 23 election

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 24, 2020

 

Here's some high points from the State Board of Elections Meeting on Friday morning that just adjourned:

  • The governor signed an Executive Order which included this letter from the Secretary of State, all authorizing expanded mail-in voting and other changes for the June 23 elections
  • Every Kentucky voter who wants to can vote by mail 
  • There will be a postcard to all voters with steps to take to get a ballot – through an online portal or calling their county clerk
  • There will no longer be a two-part process where people have to mail in a ballot request before they get their ballot as long as people request their ballot through www.GoVoteKY.com between May 22 and June 15
  • Everyone will be filing under a medical excuse for mail-in voting
  • There's a June 15 deadline to request a mail-ballot through www.GoVoteKY.com
  • Ballots need to be postmarked June 23 and received by June 26
  • There will be drop-off locations for ballots, too

Tell officials we need the option to Vote-By-Mail in the June 23 Primary Election

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 23, 2020

g20190313_124933Kentuckians shouldn’t have to choose between being heard in our democracy or keeping ourselves, our families and our neighbors safe from the pandemic. Kentucky is one of just a handful of states that don’t generally allow voters to Vote By Mail and haven’t expanded vote-by-mail options in the current pandemic. 

Virtual Town Hall with Representative Charles Booker next Tuesday!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 21, 2020

In this moment, it's clearer than ever Kentuckians deserve leaders who share our values and put the wellbeing of our communities–no matter the color of our skin or how much money we have–above all else. Electing our vision feels more possible than ever, but it's going to take all of us to get us there.

On Tuesday, April 28, join KFTC members for a virtual town hall with Rep. Charles Booker, who is running an inspiring primary campaign to become the candidate to defeat Senator Mitch McConnell. Rep. Booker’s clear and bold ideas for achieving our shared vision are rooted in lived experience and an unwavering commitment to justice. He is a champion of the issues that impact our lives, including health care for all of us, good jobs that don’t damage our climate, racial justice, and more. In a moment when so much is at stake, Rep. Booker is the kind of candidate who can reach across those differences and work with and for all of us – not only on election day, but every day.

At the town hall, we’ll gather together online to hear his story, ask him questions, and find out how we as KFTC members can take action to make a real difference in the June primary, even as we practice social distancing and work to keep our communities safe. Registration is required for this event. Once you register, we'll email you a link with easy instructions to join the call through your computer or phone.

The Town Hall is next Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. EST.

Revisioning what we mean by "A Just Transition"

Posted by: Mikaela Curry, Trinidad Jackson, Tona Barkely, Nikita Perumal, and Lisa Abbott on April 17, 2020

The Empower Kentucky Leadership Network – a cohort of 40 grassroots leaders across Kentucky dedicated to growing a stronger movement for Just Transition and climate justice – had its first gathering in Bowling Green in early November 2019. Among many resources provided to the cohort during this weekend was the KFTC document “Appalachia’s Bright Future – Working Together to Shape a Just Transition.” This document was created in 2013, but is still frequently used to reflect KFTC’s work related to Just Transition. 

During a generative group discussion at this first gathering, a member of the cohort pointed out that there were problematic aspects of this document. For instance, the document’s list of frontline communities whose leadership should be centered in a Just Transition did not include people of color. The document also included a photo of a KFTC member of color who had been a strong leader in KFTC’s just transition work, but the lack of actual content emphasizing the importance of centering racial justice made the image feel tokenizing in nature.

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