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Jefferson County members attend Environmental Justice Summits

Posted by: Aaron Pardieu on February 2, 2016

January is a time to not only look forward to the new year but to also reflect on the successes and failures of the previous twelve months. While it is easy to get hung up on our mistakes and failures,  it is also important to celebrate our personal successes, as well as those made by our neighbors and compatriots. During the past year, taking actions to address climate change has been in both national and global news. Representatives from nearly two-hundred countries met at the U.N. Climate Change Conference held in Paris, France in December to discuss and agree on ways to curb the detrimental effects of climate change. In August, President Obama and the EPA announced the Clean Power Plan- federal legislation that will commit state governments to reducing carbon emissions.

10 Years of I Love Mountains Days

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 1, 2016

I Love Mountains Day slideshow

KFTC and friends have had 10 years of great success with I Love Mountains Day, bringing thousands to the capital in February to let elected leaders know of our love for Kentucky’s people and mountains, our determination to stop their destruction, and our vision for Appalachia’s Bright Future. Last year KFTC leadership decided that the 2015 I Love Mountains Day would be our last.

Just as we tried over the decade to evolve the theme of I Love Mountains Day from one of just protest against mountaintop removal, valley fills and environmental destruction to one that also included value-based solutions like clean energy and economic justice for all, KFTC’s legislative strategy also has evolved.

Economic benefits of clean energy described at hearing

Posted by: KFTC staff on January 31, 2016

A Renewable and Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) in Kentucky would create jobs, save money, improve public health and invigorate the economy members of the House Economic Development Committee

Members push back on Governor's Budget

Posted by: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth on January 27, 2016

Members gathered all over the state, from Madison County to Whitesburg to Covington to Lexington, last night to watch, process, and come up with action plans to push for adequate funding for healt

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!

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