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Building power for KFTC and for Kentucky: KFTC PowerBuilders

Posted by: George Eklund on November 18, 2014


We are our own best hope for change in Kentucky. We have a vision of the Kentucky we want to create and how to get there. Hardworking Kentuckians share their hopes and dreams every day in laundromats and coffee shops, over kitchen tables and on front porches. How do we share our visions for Kentucky in an intentional way with our friends and families?

I talk about our issues often with my personal network. Clean air and water, a just Appalachian transition, and the restoration of voting rights are important to me, but I find it hard and awkward to create the linkage between my passion for these issues and the work that I do with KFTC.

I became a PowerBuilder to give me a formal platform to get the conversation started. It opened up the discussion about issues that are true and dear to Kentucky's future outside the realm of 30-second propaganda clips.

In order to make this vision a reality we must build a larger coalition of people who are willing to work together. This year, I and many other KFTC members are sharing our vision for Kentucky by becoming PowerBuilders. PowerBuilders is an online tool to reach out to our personal networks and encourage friends and family to support and get involved in our work.

It is scary to share beliefs on what are often divisive issues. You are opening yourself up and being raw, real, and honest with your dearest friends who may hold different opinions. I became a PowerBuilder to give me a formal platform to get the conversation started. It opened up the discussion about issues that are true and dear to Kentucky's future outside the realm of 30-second propaganda clips.

In about 30 minutes, I created my PowerBuilder page. It was an easy process, thanks in great part to examples of other PowerBuilder pages and many helpful tips supplied by the KFTC staff. I was able to share some of my favorite pictures and why I was a KFTC member in a short paragraph. I’ve shared it out to the world through email and other social media avenues.  

I made the personal goal of recruiting five new members during the Fall Fundraising drive. Since launching my page I have recruited four members who I never knew were interested in the work that KFTC does. That is four Kentuckians that are committed to the vision we have for Kentucky.

KFTC is the ultimate expression of what committed individuals can do as a group. KFTC’s success are our successes. The only way to grow our power is to continue to grow our network of members. We will have 9,000 members by the end of the year. That is 9,000 individuals who are willing to show up, write letters, hold signs, and make phone calls. This is 9,000 members who are our best hope for change in Kentucky.

Create your own personal fundraising page. You can use the PowerBuilder tool to create a personal fundraising page that describes your passion for KFTC’s work and invites your friends and family to contribute. You can share your page via Facebook, Twitter, email or other social networks. The page will allow your friends to make secure, online donations to KFTC, and you can track progress toward your fundraising goal.

If you want to join KFTC or renew your membership, you can do that through one of our PowerBuilders here.

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Thanks for helping build a Healthier Democracy in Ky!

Posted by: KFTC staff on November 4, 2014

The polls in Kentucky are getting ready to close. As we await the election results we want to say THANKS for the incredible work done by KFTC members, volunteers, short-term voter empowerment organizers and staff over the past few months. With your help we are building a healthier democracy in Kentucky.

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KFTC and Berea College team up for candidate forum

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 31, 2014

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Madison chapter celebrates 10 years of grassroots work

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 30, 2014

Madison County KFTC members gathered in Berea on October 25 to celebrate the chapter’s 10th birthday, share a potluck, enjoy live music and take silly photos.

The annual Friendraiser was a chance to not only reflect on the past year’s work but also celebrate the good work of the chapter’s first 10 years.

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'After Coal' forums connect mining communities across globe and bring out local candidates

Posted by: Lillian Prosperino on October 27, 2014

On October 7, KFTC’s Letcher County Chapter paired with Appalshop in Whitesburg and the After Coal project of Appalachian State University, to host a public community forum on economic transition, and a local candidate meet and greet reception.

The evening reception began with informal conversation among the 80 guests and several candidates for local office, including the mayor of Whitesburg and a few city council candidates. Mair Francis, founder of the DOVE Workshop, and Hywel Francis, a Labour Member of Parliament for Aberavon, Wales, traveled all the way to Whitesburg in order to discuss policies on sustainable community development in Wales and Appalachia. This was Mair and Hywell's first visit back to east Kentucky since sharing their experiences as the opening session of Appalachia's Bright Future conference in Harlan last year.

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Be the Change: Sign up to help build power this fall

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 24, 2014

Be the Change!

This Fall KFTC is PowerRaising: registering, educating and empowering voters; developing a statewide network of community leaders; and inviting people to invest in Kentucky’s bright future. With more voters, members, leaders, and the resources to fund these efforts, we can build the Kentucky we want to call home.  

We are Kentuckians. We are our best hope for change.  

That’s you. All of us together investing in KFTC and in Kentucky.

We CAN make a difference by (click on the link):

Getting Involved

Creating a personal fundraising (PowerBuilder) page

Donating, joining or renewing your membership

For more information, reach out to KFTC Development Associate JoAnna House at joanna@kftc.org or 502-532-1286.

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Act now to cast an absentee ballot in November election

Posted by: KFTC staff on October 22, 2014

Take action NOW if you need to vote absentee in Kentucky

If you are registered to vote in Kentucky but won’t be able to get to your polling location on Tuesday, November 4, you need to act NOW to cast an absentee vote, either in person or by mail, in the upcoming election. We recommend in-person if you can manage that.

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Paradise Waitin': A John Prine Hootenanny Benefitting Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Posted by: Beth Howard on October 22, 2014

For the second year in a row, folks gathered for a good, old fashioned hootenanny to the tune of John Prine at Paradise Waitin’: A John Prine Hootenanny benefitting Kentuckians For The Commonwealth on Saturday, October 11th at Willie’s Locally Known in Lexington. 

UntitledLocal bands paid tribute to folksinger and songwriter John Prine by putting their own touch to his songs all night. The event was sponsored by Willie’s Locally Known, WUKY, and West Sixth Brewing CompanyParadise Waitin' 2.

Folks packed the house and loved the event. KFTC member Katie Goldey was excited to come out again this year. “This is the kind of stuff that makes me proud to be from Kentucky . . . being able to hang out with great people who really care about one another and the community, topped off with buckets of fabulous music. It was a simply wonderful night to be a part of!”

Local musicians who performed were Pulse, Bear Medicine, Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, Burton Joyner, Egon Danielson, Carla Gover, Warren Byrom and the Fabled Canelands, Zen Highway, The Jar Flies, and the DeBraun Thomas Trio. West Sixth took over the taps and created a special Paradise Waitin’ pale ale with New Zealand hops. KFTC member and musician Ray Smith organized the bands and the event for the second year running. 

 The Central Kentucky Chapter raised more than $3,000 and recruited 23 new members at Paradise Waitin' and are already planning next year's hootenanny. 

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KentuckyElection.org has been updated for the November 4 election!

Posted by: Erik Hungerbuhler on October 14, 2014

KFTC's voter guide website has been updated with new information about candidate stances, voting locations, key links and other information to help you cast an informed vote in the election on Tuesday, November 4. We've surveyed candidates running for the U.S. Senate and House, state legislative races, and local races in Louisville, Lexington, Danville, Berea, Richmond, Georgetown, Newport, Florence, Covington, Bowling Green and more!

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KFTC is "Powering Up" this election season

Posted by: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth on September 25, 2014

KFTC’s Fall 2014 Power Up webinar series is in full swing. These webinars will help members learn skills and opportunities to use this intense election season as a platform for KFTC’s values, frames, and vision.

We're recording these webinars on Monday evenings at 8 p.m. eastern. Join in to to participate in the discussion and have some good workshopping space, or find them here to watch them on your own time.

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Central Kentucky chapter and allies celebrate Lexington's Affordable Housing Trust Fund

Posted by: Staff; Photos by Steve Pavey on September 24, 2014

Justice HouseOn September 11, members of the Central Kentucky KFTC Chapter stood with allies in the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council meeting and gave the mayor and council a thunderous round of applause – the council voted 12-0 to approve funding and oversight for a city affordable housing trust fund.

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