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Interactive, intersectional gender inclusivity training now available

Posted by: Laura Harper Knight on January 9, 2018

KFTC Organizer Apprentices Becky Jones and James Line and Laura Harper Knight recently piloted a gender inclusivity training which is now available to members across the state. The training explores the topics of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation from an intersectional lens. Activities include an interactive vocabulary session, anonymous Q & A, and a history of Kentucky’s LGBTQ+ organizing, along with videos of trans women of color sharing their stories, and small group discussions designed to help us challenge oppression and become a more welcoming organization.

Highlights of the training included a discussion around the use of the term ‘queer’ that demonstrated the beauty and power of intergenerational organizing. While queer was once a slur against the LGBTQ+ community, it has since been reclaimed. When fellow Organizer Apprentice Tanya Fogle shared this history with us and described how the word had been used against her, Becky showed gratitude for the strides made by Tanya and other activists that have made it possible to identify as ‘queer’ with pride.

Another highlight was a briefing on the history of LGBTQ+ organizing in Kentucky. James shared some of the key advancements and challenges in the movement for fairness and equality throughout the history of the Commonwealth. History helps inform the current status of the issue and paints a more vivid backdrop for our current work, allowing us to move forward with the past’s important lessons in mind.

Common themes included the complex nature of personal identity, our responsibility in creating a safe and welcoming space for a broad spectrum of gender and sexual identities, and an acknowledgement that gender oppression intersects with race, class, and other forms of oppression. Participants left with tools and resources for creating more inclusive spaces and for addressing these complex themes with sensitivity and nuance.

If your KFTC chapter or ally organization would like a similar training on gender inclusivity, contact your local Chapter Organizer or an Organizer Apprentice in your area.

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Carol Taylor-Shim leads KFTC staff in anti-oppression training

Posted by: Becky Jones on January 3, 2018

On Thursday, November 30, Carol Taylor-Shim led an Anti-Oppression training for KFTC’s staff team. Carol is currently the director of the Bias Incident Response team at the University of Kentucky, and has over a decade of experience in diversity, inclusion, and belonging and anti-racist/anti-oppression practice. She’s also a self-described “Liberation Superhero” (after this training, I would describe her that way, too). The training addressed the questions: 

  • What’s the difference between diversity, inclusion, and belonging?
  • How does oppression impact people and environments?
  • Why are people resistant?
  • What are potential next steps for KFTC?

Northern Kentucky chapter joins Immigrant Dignity Coalition

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on December 21, 2017

Following the recent ICE raids across northern Kentucky, and the resulting work the chapter has engaged in to protect immigrant families in northern Kentucky, the Northern Kentucky KFTC Chapter was asked to become members of the Immigrant Dignity Coalition. This coalition, made up of 28 groups/organizations in northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, consists of business, labor, civil rights and faith communities in the greater Cincinnati area that favor the dignity and basic human rights of all people. We are citizens and immigrants working together to share educational and advocacy tools to create a more just world.

Members speak out to protect climate, clean energy jobs

Posted by: KFTC staff on December 11, 2017

In the final week of November, KFTC members Russell Oliver, Stanley Sturgill, Henry Jackson, Teri Blanton, Roger Ohlman, Mary Dan Easley and Mary Love converged in Charleston, West Virginia – alongside hundreds of other concerned people – to testify to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against the agency’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

“Now that we have cleaner, safer and cheaper ways to generate energy, the only question should be: how can we create more of those new jobs right here and right now in Appalachia? I know this because not only have I lived it, I’m still trying my best to keep living it,” said Stanley Sturgill of Harlan County, a retired coal miner and KFTC member.

Get Out Film Screening

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on December 1, 2017

The Scott County chapter co-hosted a showing of the film Get Out with allies in Georgetown as a continuation of a racial justice film

Arty Pie Party Success!

Great Turnout!
Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on December 1, 2017

For the past several years members in Scott County have hosted an art and dessert auction known as the Arty Pie Party! This years event was another rousing success, with over 50 pieces of art or baked goods being up for auction.

The patrons of the Scott County Arty Pie Party have been incredibly generous, with local artists donating original pieces, members donating works they have collected over the years, delicious baked goods, and originals by well known Kentucky artists. Every year this event is the chapter’s fundraiser, and this one did not disappoint!

Northern Kentucky chapter unpacks politics

Michelle Slaughter, Jason Reser, Arnold Simpson, Pam Mullins, Ken Rechtin, and Sister Janet
Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on November 29, 2017

Northern Kentucky members have expressed an interest in trying to help understand how local government works since the resistance training in January. Out of that training they hosted an Unpack Politics forum to help people better understand how different levels of government work. Be it city, county, school board, or state government, many people are unsure as to what government is responsible for what.

NKY Supporting Our Neighbors Immigrant Rights Workshop

Heyra and Jose lead discussion on next steps attendees can take to protect and promote immigrant rights.
Posted by: Amy Copelin on November 22, 2017

Heyra Avila, an animated young woman from Florence, addressed a group of us fellow northern Kentuckians on a Wednesday night at the end of long day. Her energy was infectious. Her story made a deep impression. She opened up about a precarious, hard-to-imagine trek that she and her family made over a decade ago between Mexico and the U.S.

Her parents, wanting to give their children a more solid future, had chosen to leave their small, metal sheet roofed home not too far from the U.S. border and try their luck over here. Heyra described herself as “lucky.” The dangerous journey they made across the dessert when she was four was safer than it was for most pursuing the same route. Her family had the good fortune of finding a car, providing them with overnight shelter and preventing them from complete exposure to the desert elements or predators—likely both animal and human.

9 reasons why Kentucky needs to fund public pensions

Posted by: 9 KFTC members on November 21, 2017

We’ve built serious momentum in Kentucky around stopping Governor Bevin’s dangerous public pension bill while advancing a commonsense plan to find revenue to fund the pension and other pu

Let's build grassroots power together during our fall campaign

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

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