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Let's build grassroots power together during our fall campaign

Posted by: Meta Mendel-Reyes on November 13, 2017

Hello, KFTC members and friends.

Today we kick off KFTC’s fall membership and fundraising campaign. We’ll be working to grow KFTC to 12,000 members and reach our grassroots fundraising goal of $500,000 by the end of the year. That’s how we’ll build the power we need in 2018!

You can help. Renew your membership or join KFTC today.

The first line of KFTC’s vision statement says: “We are working for a day when Kentuckians – and all people – enjoy a better quality of life.” I think that’s worth working for, don’t you?

We know that the political tide is pushing Kentucky and our nation toward a very different vision. It takes all of us working together to push back. It takes our hard work, our time and – yes – our money to make our bright vision for Kentucky come true.

From Paducah to Pikeville, thousands of Kentuckians are already taking action for justice – leading powerful issue campaigns, growing community leaders, empowering voters, resisting with vision. Maybe you participated in the 25-hour livestreamed People’s Emergency Health Care Hearing this year. Or you shared your story with elected officials in Washington, Frankfort or your local city hall. Or you rallied for DACA or fairness. Or you built your skills at a KFTC chapter training.

Those are just a few examples of the work you make possible when you renew your membership or join KFTC. You build grassroots power!

  • Click here to renew or join online right now.

  • Click here to become a Sustaining Giver and increase your impact. That’s what I do, because it’s so easy and KFTC can count on my monthly donation. Sign up today, and we’ll send you our new KFTC shirt.

  • Or mail your membership check to KFTC, P.O. Box 1450, London KY 40743.

There’s no better time to take action for justice. Are you with us?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meta Mendel-Reyes, KFTC Chairperson

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Soky Member reflects on the Fund Our Pension rally in Frankfort

Posted by: Joyce Adkins on November 8, 2017

When I became a member of KFTC a few short months ago, I wanted to find ways to make a difference in our community and in our Commonwealth. I had such an opportunity when I was able to attend the Fund Our Pension Rally in Frankfort on November 1. I have been shocked and horrified by our Governor’s depiction of state workers, and especially of public school teachers, as greedy, lazy, and yes, unsophisticated. As one speaker from Vocational Rehabilitation pointed out, he saved as many sick days as he could so if he or his wife or one of his kids had an accident or a serious illness, he would have time to take off. If a worker comes to work with the sniffles or on crutches or with a cast on their arm (I have done all three) and still does their job, and then retires with a couple of months of sick time built up, they should be paid for it.  They could have stayed home and left work undone, but they didn’t.  That is their time accrued and promised to them. The Governor has tried, with some success, to drive a wedge between the private and public sectors.  What people need to know is that when I retired three months ago, the college-educated person who was hired to take my place started at $12.15 an hour.  They could have started at Target with a high school diploma for $11.00 an hour, so, believe me, we don’t work for the state out of greed. I heard one speaker talk about how state workers clear our streets, teach our kids, inspect our swimming pools, help the disabled find jobs, keep us safe, put out our fires, and on and on. No, these are not lazy people, these are people who work for little compensation to care for their fellow citizens. And unsophisticated was just another word for stupid, so I will not even stoop to answer that one. It was clear from the signs and the speeches that no one was happy with that insult.

KFTC Benefit Show in Harlan County

Posted by: KFTC Staff on November 8, 2017



Dozens turned out to a KFTC benefit show in Harlan County hosted by local music scene organizing group From The Ruins on November 3rd.

"I believe the show we had on Friday was exactly what we set out do. It was local bands that have formed in the past year, all from Harlan, and the scene of people that came out to enjoy it was better than expected. We hope to see continued growth and unity within the music scene as it comes together more," said Adam Peace, a member of From The Ruins and new KFTC member.

The show featured Brooklyn Collins, Mandela, and Swamp Rat.

Madison County chapter's 2017 Halloween Spectacular!

Posted by: Matthew Frederick on October 31, 2017

As a fall season balance to its successful spring pie auction, the Madison County chapter of KFTC held its first Halloween Spectacular. Around 80 people gathered in the basement of Union Church in Berea to celebrate the season, the Halloween holiday, and the work of the membership as well as to promote the good cheer that comes from supporting the ongoing mission of KFTC.

The cool fall evening party began as guests started entering to the enticing smells coming from the chili table. One of the main features of the evening, the chili cook-off put around a dozen slow-cookers full of homemade chilis in competition. After devouring the superb offerings, attendees were invited to vote for the winning chili by placing a few dollars in a chili’s glass donation jar, with all of the resulting proceeds benefiting KFTC and its mission.

KFTC members travel to D.C. to lobby for the RECLAIM Act

Posted by: Nikita Perumal and Jacob Mack-Boll on October 24, 2017

 

Hattie, Larry, Sarah, and Judge Executive Jim Ward meet with Megan Bell and Jake Johnson of Congressman Hal Rogers' Staff

 

This October, KFTC members Sarah Bowling, Larry Miller and Hattie Miller spent time in Washington, D.C. lobbying their congresspeople to pass the 2017 RECLAIM Act.

Larry is a retired coal miner from western Kentucky. “I worked underground for 23 years and very proud of that work,” he said.

“I believe, however, that coal will never again be Kentucky's primary economic engine. I am concerned that investments in mining operations here will eventually end. I take no pleasure in saying that, because I made a good living in coal for a long time, but it just looks like a reality to me.

4th Annual Smoketown GetDown for Democracy

Posted by: Dari’Anne Hudson on October 2, 2017

The cold and chilly weather brought by hurricanes ceased in Louisville the 4th annual Smoketown GetDown for Democracy block party. The energy of friends, neighbors, vendors, and performers were only rivaled by the clear, bright sky. Taking place at the Jefferson County Chapter headquarters of 745 Lampton Street, the block party proved to be another success.

Louisville has experienced many ups and downs of the current political climate in the nation. Widespread violent crime, threats to undocumented immigrants, continued environmental injustices, and many other issues are evidence of the uphill battle that is present. Yet, hundreds gathered in Smoketown to celebrate gains in affordable housing, community revitalization, and unified organizing efforts across various issues. The Smoketown neighborhood is no different in its successes – it has maintained a strong momentum toward creating a neighborhood where all residents thrive.

Members Host Constitutional Convention Workshops!

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on September 20, 2017

Late last year members of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and allies began to notice an increased presence of organizations working to pass a call for a constitutional convention in Kentucky. We began to work closely with allies to learn more about the issue, and came out in force to help make sure that the proposed 'con con' didn't receive a vote in the last General Assembly.

KFTC is about bringing people together, building power

Posted by: Meta Mendel-Reyes on September 16, 2017

A few days after the KFTC annual meeting, I was in Frankfort to participate in a rally to ask the governor to remove the statue of Jefferson Davis from the Capitol rotunda. As in Charlottesville, Durham and other Southern communities, many Kentuckians believe that it’s time to remove symbols of slavery and the war to defend it. At the end of the rally, attendees were invited to step forward and identify their organization. As the newly elected chair, I was proud to say that Kentuckians For The Commonwealth was in support.

Georgetown residents plan second local Pride event for October 28

Posted by: KFTC staff on September 16, 2017

Scott County members and allies have continued the push for a fairness ordinance in Georgetown, and hope to build upon the success of the campaign over the past year.

Scott County chapter hosts community conversation on taxes

Posted by: KFTC staff on September 8, 2017

The Scott County chapter hosted a community conversation around tax reform, allowing for members and others to discuss what they envision for Georgetown and Kentucky, and the role of state governm

KFTC members challenged, inspired at annual meeting

Posted by: KFTC staff on September 2, 2017

About 250 members enjoyed KFTC’s Annual Membership Meeting this past weekend, exploring the theme of arts and culture in organizing.

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