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Kentuckians call on Senate committee to hear HB 70, dragged from room

Posted by: Lisa Abbott on March 6, 2015

Wearing buttons that read "Let Us Vote," about two dozen voting rights supporters attended the last regularly scheduled meeting of the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Wedneday to bear witness as Senate Republicans yet again refused to act on HB 70, a proposed constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to nearly a quarter million Kentuckians. As expected, they did not see senators take action on the bill. But there was plenty of other action in committee room that day.

Members speak out for economic justice legislation

Posted by: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth on March 4, 2015

KFTC members have been active in Frankfort this week, supporting several economic justice bills as the session draws to a close. House Bill 374, which closes corporate tax loopholes to fund a state Earned Income Tax Credit, received a hearing in committee yesterday, and CKY member Jesus Gonzalez testified in support of the EITC. Here is Jesus's testimony:

Shelby Co. chapter, NAACP settle down to soul food and celebrate Black History Month

Posted by: Shane Ashford on March 4, 2015

Shelby County chapter members enjoyed a night of soul food and fellowship this past Friday. The spread ran the gamut: cornbread, corn chowder, breaded and fried catfish, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, coleslaw, beans, kale, peach cobbler, you name it! It was as down-home as you could get. The Shelby County chapter of the NAACP provided the tasty provisions while the KFTC chapter provided the entertainment. It came in the form of a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable presentation by local historian Diane Perrin Coon. 

Ms. Coon gave a talk entitled "Slavery, Anti-Slavery and the Underground Railroad in Shelby County." The talk was well-received, highlighting demographic trends as well as personal stories from history. Ms. Coon, a gifted storyteller, laid bare Shelby County’s complicities in the institution of slavery as well as its hand in the abolition of that institution. 

Let Us Vote live stream

Posted by: KFTC staff on March 3, 2015

We will be live streaming the final Senate State and Local Government Committee hearing of this legislative session tomorrow, March 4 at noon.

Voting Rights Rally Recap!

Attendees gather for the closing prayer. Special thanks to Steve Pavey for taking this photo.
Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on March 2, 2015

Last Thursday nearly 200 people gathered in the rotunda to share prayer, cheers, stories of triumph, and a call for the General Assembly to do one simple thing: "Let Us Vote".

Voting Rights Rally: Ask Senate to Let Us Vote!

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on February 24, 2015

This Thursday (February 26th) members of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and allies will be gathering at the Capitol for a focus lobby day and rally in support of voting rights for former felons, and ask the Kentucky General Assembly to Let Us Vote! We hope you will join us in asking legislators to pass House Bill 70, and let the people vote on voting rights for former felons.

Citizens groups seek to ensure Kentucky officials enforce Clean Water Act (again!)

Posted by: KFTC staff on February 22, 2015

KFTC and several ally groups late Friday filed a motion to intervene in a state enforcement action against Frasure Creek Mining for violating the Clean Water Act at its coal mining operations in e

Want to know what KFTC did in 2014? Read our annual report

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 18, 2015

KFTC members had a big year in 2014, and you can revisit that work through the 2014 KFTC Annual Report. It's filled with KFTC faces and tells the story of our work last year. Click here to read it online.

Vision Smoketown

Posted by: KFTC staff on February 16, 2015

Vision Smoketown began as a volunteer-based community canvassing project conceived after the Jefferson County KFTC Chapter moved its office to Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood in July 2013. Members of the chapter’s Economic Justice Team were focusing their attention on local affordable housing issues. After moving to Smoketown, the team wanted to understand the desires and needs of Smoketown residents within the changing dynamics of Louisville.

Our health as Kentuckians is worth protecting!

Posted by: Sean Hardy on February 16, 2015

Sean Hardy is a member of the Jefferson County Chapter of KFTC's Air Quality Team. The following is the speech Sean gave at the 10th Annual I Love Mountains Day rally at the State Capitol in Frankfort. To learn more about the chapter's Air Quality Team click here or contact our Jefferson County chapter organizer Alicia Hurle at alicia@kftc.org or 502-589-3188. 

Hello, my name is Sean Hardy and I have been a proud KFTC member for the last 2 years. I also am a native of West Louisville, Kentucky. The West Louisville neighborhood is one that has provided both economic empowerment and home ownership to many African Americans throughout the years.

It is also home to a conglomeration of chemical plants aptly named “Rubbertown” – referencing its WWII ties as a rubber manufacturing company.

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