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NKY member hosts Tax Justice powerbuilding party

Posted by: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth on January 13, 2016

NKY member Serena Owen hosted a Tax Justice Powerbuilder party in Covington a few weeks ago, and we're just now getting the chance to show off some of the photos!

KFTC members attend Equity Summit 2015

Posted by: Tanya Torp & Jessica Bellamy on January 13, 2016

Last October several KFTC members and staff traveled to Los Angeles, California for PolicyLink's Equity Summit 2015: All in for Inclusion, Justice, &am

‘Walk Your Block’ is Jefferson County's next Smoketown initiative

Posted by: Ryan Fenwick on January 13, 2016

A year after the Vision Smoketown survey report was released, largely the same Jefferson County Economic Justi

We Are Kentuckians rally lifts up a vision for Kentucky

Posted by: KFTC Staff on January 5, 2016

KFTC Chairperson Dana Beasley Brown opened the first We Are Kentuckians rally in Frankfort by sharing a vision of healthy communities, good jobs, the best health care, fairness, racial justice and a healthy environment across Kentucky.

“Our collective voice is so important in this political landscape – the voice of real people. We’re churning our dreams – you and me – with people all over our commonwealth. And we have the solutions that can make them a reality,” Beasley Brown told the crowd of 200 gathered in the capitol rotunda on January 5, the first day of the 2016 General Assembly.

Bevin’s Voting Rights action unnecessary, reverses positive steps forward

Posted by: KFTC staff on December 23, 2015

Gov. Matt Bevin’s action Tuesday to take away automatic voting rights restoration to an estimated 150,000 Kentuckians was unnecessary and sets back progress toward a healthy democracy, KFTC leaders say.

“We’ve been working with Democratic and Republican House leaders for a permanent legislative solution to this issue for a decade,” said Dana Beasley Brown, chairperson of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. “We’re glad that Gov. Bevin supports this approach. But until Republican leaders in the Senate stop blocking the needed legislation we need interim solutions like the executive action taken by Gov. Steve Beshear in November.”

We Are Kentuckians Rally on January 5th

Posted by: Carissa Lenfert on December 21, 2015

Let’s start the new year off with a declaration at our Capitol!

Kentuckians overwhelmingly want a ban on hydraulic fracking

Posted by: KFTC staff on December 14, 2015

Kentuckians who testified at three public hearings last summer or submitted written comments overwhelmingly want strict controls or an outright ban on high-volume hydraulic fracking.

Central Kentucky members celebrate as Lexington raises the minimum wage

Posted by: KFTC Staff on December 11, 2015

Lexington minimum wage victory

Central Kentucky KFTC Chapter members are still celebrating a big victory in Lexington. On November 19 the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government voted 9-6 to raise the minimum wage in Fayette County from $7.25 to $10.10 over a period of three years.

The chapter had been working on this issue for nearly a year by lobbying council members, cosponsoring and attending rallies, speaking at council meetings, writing and calling council members, and writing op-eds and letters to the editor, among other strategies.

This victory is significant not only because it will affect an estimated 31,300 workers, according to the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, but also because it makes Lexington the second city in Kentucky and only the third city in the South to raise the minimum wage.

Janet Tucker, a long-time KFTC member, former KFTC chair, and co-chair of the Working Families Campaign is excited about the victory. She first brought the issue of raising the minimum wage to the chapter.

“This was a tremendous victory for thousands of hard-working people in Lexington!”

“This was a tremendous victory for thousands of hard-working people in Lexington!” Tucker said. ”Much thanks goes out to the many people, including KFTC members, who worked on this for months, to Jennifer Messotti who championed this bill, and to Steve Kay and all members of council who voted for this bill. We realize this is not a living wage and there is still much work to be done. The Lexington Working Families Campaign will continue to work equity here in Central Kentucky.”

We met our match!

Posted by: KFTC staff on December 8, 2015

Thanks to hundreds of KFTC members who made gifts over the past week, we met our $50,000 challenge match. In fact, we raised more than $55,000!

Meeting our challenge in this way shows the kind of participation and inclusiveness that have made KFTC what we are today. And you are such an important part of that.

In the last 24 hours of the challenge, KFTC received nearly 300 donations totaling more than $16,000. That’s pretty amazing and inspiring.

If you contributed to KFTC during the past week or any time during this fall campaign, thank you so much.

If you haven’t yet made a gift, you still have time to help us reach our annual goal of $500,000.

We’re excited and proud to have met our match. And we’re still pushing toward our larger goal. Raising $500,000 will enable us to do the work in 2016 that it takes to achieve our vision for Kentucky.

This is how we build power, by working together. 

Historic settlement reached with coal company over EKy water pollution violations

Posted by: KFTC staff on December 8, 2015

A coalition of citizens groups entered a settlement with Frasure Creek Mining and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet that resolves years of Clean Water Act violations numbering in the tho

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