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Voting Rights bill comes up for a hearing in House

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 26, 2019

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On Monday, members of the House Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee heard a voting rights bill to restore the right to vote to people with felonies in their past who have served their debt to society.

Primary sponsor Representative George Brown was joined by Representative Charles Booker and Representative Jason Nemes as a united and bipartisan front of legislators testifying in favor of the bill.

Voting Rights Coalition forges a path forward

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 24, 2019

Votin Rights Coalition Meeting 2-24-19

 Today, we had our first Voting Rights Coalition meeting! Twenty-six people from 19 organizations came out to get to know each other and to start to forge a path forward to win the right to vote of 312,000 Kentucky citizens with felonies in their past.

There was a lot of good will and great ideas in the room and we're now together with a shared analysis and rough path forward.

About 25 additional organizations are interested in joining the conversation or have been in conversation with us on the issue, but weren't able to make it out to this meeting. It's a solid start.

Powerful Voting Rights lobby day in Frankfort

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 19, 2019

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Today nearly 100 KFTC members and close allies gathered in Frankfort to talk to legislators about restoring voting rights to people with felonies in their past and push for a constitutional amendment that would recognize the right to vote of 312,000 Kentuckians who can't vote now because of our felony disenfranchisement law that is out of step with the rest of the United States. Dozens of the people who came out talked about the issue from first hand experience, having the right to vote in Kentucky taken away from them. 

We had meetings with over 30 legislators and built up support for the issue with Democrats and Republicans alike, including many legislators who just got elected for the first time this last November. The vast majority of senators and representatives we talked to said they were in favor of restoring voting rights.

Nonviolent direct action resources

Posted by: Michael Harrington on February 14, 2019

Throughout the month of January, KFTC sponsored my participation in a deep-dive course about Nonviolent Direct Action.

Exciting! Benham$aves energy efficiency project receives $200,000 pledge

Posted by: Lisa Abbott on February 13, 2019

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KFTC members took part in a special called meeting of the Benham Power Board on February 12 to share the good news that an anonymous donor pledged $200,000 to support the Benham$aves Program.

KFTC Steering Committee discusses organizing for racial justice

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 12, 2019

Racial justice and organizing for the 2019 and 2020 elections were the focus for KFTC Steering Committee members and guests as they met in Berea on February 2.

Certified election results should be respected by House leaders

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 7, 2019

KFTC is working for a healthy democracy – one in which our votes matter.

KFTC members and allies claim the House, meet with Bevin

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 5, 2019

Chanting “Whose House? The people’s House! Whose House? Our House!” KFTC members sent a message to legislators and the governor that Kentuckians have a right to be in the capitol.

As the legislature resumed on February 5 after a recess, members were in Frankfort to lead a series of “spontaneous” mini rallies that started small and grew in number as participants moved throughout the capitol annex toward the governor’s office. Why mini-rallies? One of Gov. Matt Bevin's new regulations to limit public participation defines a rally as four or more people.

Water Justice Field Hearing

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on February 4, 2019

More than 110 people turned out on February 2 to affirm the need for clean and safe drinking water.

LG&E/KU rate case attempts to alter reality

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Posted by: Steve Wilkins on February 1, 2019

Over the past several years, Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) have pushed legislation that would eliminate net metering

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