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NKY Sustainability Tour Saturday!

Posted by: Maria Truitt on September 18, 2019

Join Kentuckians for the Commonwealth this Saturday, September 21st, for our first ever Sustainability Tour around the heart of Covington! We will be visiting key places around town that are using sustainable practices in their business and strategies that could be used all around to make a eco-friendlier community. Environmental policies will also be a point of discussion, such as how SNAP and double dollars can be used to promote local agriculture, on-bill financing of energy improvements, increase access to local foods, public transit, clean energy and opportunity act, and more. – come learn with us! The tour will end with a hike on the Licking River Greenway Trails, a chance to appreciate our Mother Earth and recapture on all that was discussed earlier in the day.

If you love the community and want to further learn how to improve it while making connections with like-minded people, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

                  A shout out to our ally groups that have assisted in making this day possible:

·  NKU Hiking Club

·  Redden Gardens

·  Lil’s Bagels

·  Roebling Point Books & Coffee

·  Ride the Cov

·  Covington Farmers Market

Schedule:

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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Meet at Roebling Point Books and Coffee! (306 Greenup Street)

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Visit the Covington Farmers Market! (Court and 3rd in Covington)

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11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Visit Redden Gardens! (909 Scott Street)

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12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

LUNCH at Lil's Bagels! And discussion! (308 Greenup Street)

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1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Hike at Licking River Greenway Trail! (226 E. 8th Street)

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SRO's: There's a better way

Posted by: Anastasia Kaufmann on September 11, 2019

Jefferson County Public Schools has ended its contract with the local police and sheriff departments to directly provide “school resource officers” or SROs.

JCPS Student Assignment Plan: What's most equitable for our kids?

Posted by: Anastasia Kaufmann on September 11, 2019

We all want the same thing for our kids: for them to be able to go to a school that’s the right fit for them, a school that will give them a great education in an environment that’s safe for all students and staff.

The Jefferson County School Board is currently considering decisions that will have an impact on every student in Jefferson County Public Schools. We want to make sure that they hear from us all about how these decisions will impact our kids and all students.

The Student Assignment Plan

Right now, any student who is not accepted to a magnet or other special school program attends their “reside” school. For most students, that means a school close to where they live. But students in West Louisville have been assigned to “satellite resides” in order to increase diversity – their “reside” school is often on the other side of the county from them!

Why speaking out should matter to everyone

Posted by: Jessica Shorkey on September 5, 2019

Last Monday, August 26, 2019, started out as just another workday for me. I was tired. I’d been working a lot lately, and I had many chores to do at home. I had grocery shopping to do.

Who is in office matters for protecting our water quality

Posted by: Maria Truitt on August 26, 2019

The Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) is a water pollution control agency established in 1948 among eight states that border the Ohio River.

Voting Rights Campaign updates

Posted by: KFTC Staff on August 21, 2019

Debra Graner leading the Second Chances: Voting Rights for People with Felonies in Their Past workshop.

Our campaign to restore voting rights to 312,000 people with felonies in their past continues to move forward as we enter election season, with work happening all over the state.

We asked candidates for Governor and Secretary of State about where they stand on this issue. Read those responses, and learn more about all of the statewide candidates on the ballot this fall, at our voter guide.

Our work to register and educate voters this year and build our electoral muscles is absolutely key to winning this issue. We plan on registering more than 2,000 voters, and talking with 62,500 voters in the next few months. It’s a big job, but it’s worth it. You can find ways to get involved or support this work here

Meet and Greets build the base for real democracy

Posted by: KFTC Staff on August 21, 2019

CKY Democracy Team Meet & Greet

Most Kentuckians know that the political leaders now in office tend to not have the best interests of the people at heart. And until they do, we have a hard time bringing to life our vision for stronger and more just Kentucky.  

To build strength and get more progressive people elected and better policies passed, KFTC members are taking to the streets, going door to door, talking to their neighbors, hosting events across the state and using phone, email and text to reach out to voters and remind them that who’s elected really does matter.

A new tool in the toolbox is an event they're calling a "Meet and Greet."

Through canvassing, tabling and other outreach efforts, KFTC is meeting a lot of new people out in the community. Some are interested in getting involved in fighting for democracy. It's going to take all of us to win in November and beyond, so we need large numbers of people to be engaged in our work.

Voter registration on campuses kicks into high gear

Posted by: KFTC Staff on August 20, 2019

JCTC voter registration 8/19/19By the end of the first day of classes yesterday, KFTC members had registered 164 students to vote at nine events at Northern Kentucky University, Jefferson County and Technical College, Thomas More University, and Gateway Community and Technical College.

Most people don’t realize it, but students have the right to be registered to vote at school where they live and that’s an especially good idea if their parents live far away.  Tuesday, November 5th is Election Day, but it’s also a school day, so we want voting to be as accessible as possible for students. 

NKY Loves Democracy preview

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on August 20, 2019

Members of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth love democracy. That’s why we spend so much time fighting for voting rights, fair representation, registering voters, working on our voter guide, and doing all we can to make sure that every voice is heard and respected in our democracy!

Fairness Moving Forward

Fairness Campaign Celebrates Dayton Becoming 12th City to Pass Fairness Ordinance!
Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on August 20, 2019

On August 6, Dayton became the 12th city in Kentucky to pass a fairness ordinance!

Mayor Ben Baker, who helped found the Northern Kentucky KFTC Chapter and served as its Steering Committee representative for several years, led a process that resulted in 5-0 vote in support of extending non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ+ Kentuckians living and working in the city! (You can watch the video here!)

Disability Justice 101: Community Care for Every Body

Posted by: KFTC Staff on August 19, 2019

KFTC's annual meeting featured a Disability Justice 101 workshop co-facilitated by Centrak Kentucky KFTC member Tiffany Duncan and KFTC staff members Chandra Cruz-Thomson and Beth Howard. The workshop gave an introduction of Disability Justice concepts, a timeline of disability justice and disability rights organizing and modeled ways to incorporate disability justice tools and principles into our meeting spaces. 

According to Disability Justice activist Mia Mingus, “Disability justice is a multi-issue political understanding of disability and ableism, moving away from a rights based equality model and beyond just access, to a framework that centers justice and wholeness for all disabled people and communities.” 

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