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What is the Green New Deal?

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 23, 2019

KFTC members are involved in conversations on the local, state and national level about the Green New Deal, a bold and broad proposal to address climate change, set the country on a susta

Voter registration deadline is TODAY (Monday 4/22)

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 22, 2019

GeorgetownVoterReg4-18-19Today (Monday 4/22) is the deadline to register to vote or update your voter address for purposes of voting in the Primary Election. 

You should check your voter registration status just to be safe by visiting KFTC's own www.KentuckyElection.org and click "check my registration" in the bottom right.  If you need to register or update your address, click on "Register to vote online" on the same page.

Not many people know this, but 17 year-olds can register to vote now and even vote in the May primary as a 17-year-old if they will by 18 on or before November 5 (Election Day).

Note that students who are away from home going to school have the right to either use a permanent home address or temporary local address as their voting address. If you're a student, consider being registered where you'll actually be living on May 21.

Poor People's Campaign Truth & Poverty Tour in Kentucky

Posted by: KFTC staff on April 20, 2019

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’s National Emergency Truth & Poverty Bus Tour will visit western Kentucky on April 29, making stops in Eddyville, Hopkinsville and

Talking about the Black experience in Kentucky with Dr. George Wright

Posted by: Judi Jennings, Jefferson County Chapter on April 17, 2019

On Saturday, March 30, Dr.

KFTC members speak out about Louisville budget crisis

Posted by: Connor Allen, Judi Jennings, Anastasia Kaufmann, K.A. Owens, Steven Schweinhart on April 17, 2019

No More Business As Usual

Voter Registration deadline in less than ONE WEEK (April 22)

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 16, 2019

Rolling Bluegrass Voter Reg Picture

KFTC chapters have a collective goal of registering 575 voters for the primary and there's still time to help out or get yourself registered! 

The voter registration deadline for the May 21 Primary Election is less than week from now on Monday, April 22.  On this year's ballot is the Governor's election and elections for 5 other statewide offices - Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, and Agricultural Commissioner.

If you're not registered,or need to update your voter address, get down to your local County Clerk's office or register online.

If you want to check your voter registration status just to be safe, or to register online start by visiting KFTC's own www.KentuckyElection.org

Note that students who are away from home going to school have the right to either use a permanent home address or temporary local address as their voting address. If you're a student, consider being registered where you'll actually be living on May 21.

ORSANCO hearing in Erlanger

Posted by: Robin Gee on April 10, 2019

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) held the last of three hearings on Monday, April 8, to gather public input on its latest proposal to change its mandate to monitor and enforce clean water standards on the river. The previous two had been in Pittsburgh on April 1, and Evansville, IN on April 4.

Monitoring would continue under the new proposal, but states could decide whether or not to adopt or enforce the standards. This opened a new front in the fight to protect water in the Ohio River that provides drinking water for more than five million people. Over 75 people gathered at the meeting in Erlanger to voice opposition to the organization’s proposal. KFTC members attended the public hearing along with a broad coalition of individuals, environmental, social justice, religious, public health and civic groups.

Address health issues, help us create a bright future, Carl Shoupe tells Congress

Posted by: KFTC staff on April 10, 2019

A Congressional subcommittee on April 9 heard testimony on ways to help Appalachian communities recover from more than a century of coal mining as they build a new and more diverse economy.

“We can build a bright future,” Carl Shoupe told committee members.

Shoupe, a third generation coal miner from Harlan County, described how residents in the small towns of Benham and Lynch planned and built for their future by creating the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum, the School House Inn and an underground mine tour.

“Our mountains are mostly intact and covered by some of the most diverse hardwood forests in North America. Our communities have developed some excellent tourist attractions,” Shoupe said. “But all of that is now at risk. Destruction is knocking on our door.”

Despite grassroots power, utility money sways legislators in the solar fight

A home with solar panels on its roof
Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 10, 2019

Anyone who has followed the progress of Senate Bill 100, which attacked ordinary Kentuckians’ access to rooftop solar during the 2019 General Assembly, knows that this legislative session, monopoly

House subcommittee told of the benefits of AML, RECLAIM

Posted by: KFTC staff on March 30, 2019

The federal RECLAIM Act, legislation to boost economic transition efforts in the nation’s coal communities by accelerating the release of $1 billion for mine reclamation projects tied to

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