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Northern Kentucky Celebrates 10th Annual Pride!

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on June 13, 2019

This year Northern Kentucky as a community celebrated the 10th Annual Pride! The festival, taking place in Covington, saw city leaders attend, including an openly LGBTQ public official, from Covington and Dayton, Kentucky, State Representatives Buddy Wheatley and Dennis Keene participate, local organizations, and others helped celebrate the strides we have made towards equity for LGBTQ+ community members.

As KFTC marched in the parade, numerous people called out thanks for the work we do! Celebrating our voter guide, the work we do to connect allies in the community, and appreciation for our vision. Many people had met us during Pride at one of the various events: from the kick-off of Pride at Bircus Brewing (where they released the Y’all Means All Ale), to The Future Is Queer party at Lil’s aimed at bringing together under 21 members of the LGBTQ+ community, and finally attending Pride that day. Throughout these events we registered 15 voters, talked with dozens others, and celebrated the progress that has been made locally.

However, we know there is work to be done. LGBTQ+ people are impacted by all of our issues, because the community is everywhere. To help recognize this, and think about how to create spaces of belonging, the Northern Kentucky chapter partnered with Northern Kentucky Fairness and the Community of Reason for a workshop to build a community where ‘Y’all Means All’.

 

The workshop was led by Bonnie Meyer, the LGBTQ Resource Director at Northern Kentucky University. After a brief introduction to each other, those in attendance discussed what a Fairness Ordinances is (anti-discrimination against LGBTQ people in housing, employment, and public accommodations), and which cities in Kentucky have one. And while this is an important step, it alone will not lead us to achieving our vision.

Bonnie shared stories of undocumented students who are members of the community, who face violence and discrimination based on who they are, where they are from, and who they love. Of students facing insecure housing at college after coming out, or losing financial assistance from family members at school. People shared stories of the hate they experienced in their community, and their lives.

Those in attendance also talked about an increasing lack of spaces for LGBTQ people, and how Governor Bevin’s shortsighted economic policies especially harm LGBTQ people. From pension policies that put health departments at risk (whose services are especially important in communities like northern Kentucky, where the only local hospitals are under the direction of local Catholic Diocese, have failed to respond to the Human Rights Campaign, and have to date turned down the opportunity to promote their services at Northern Kentucky Pride), proposed changes in coverage and work requirements in Medicaid put low-income lgbtq+ with even fewer options, and where regressive tax changes underfund services for all Kentuckians.

 

While many in government, both in Kentucky and in the country as a whole, are trying to roll back progress, we have seen great steps over the last 15 years. People also shared stories about how much more support of the community there is across the region, and were hopeful that some basic steps forward would soon be made at the city level in nearby cities.

As Pride celebrations in northern Kentucky end, it reminds us why we need this celebration so much. Representation matters. We must see all members of our community, celebrate what they bring, and we need to create spaces that have conversations on how to celebrate, welcome, and honor them. We also need to work where we are, or else others who need this here will continue to be left behind. And we must remember that just as Black History doesn’t end on February 28th, Pride shouldn’t end on June 30th.

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NKY Celebrates Pride!

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on June 4, 2019

Northern Kentucky members helped kick off Pride celebrations in May at the unveiling of the 'Y'all Means All' beer from Bircus Burewery, which benefits

Scott County residents stand against landfill

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on June 4, 2019

Last night hundreds of residents came out to Scott County High School, filling up one side of the gym. Residents came to speak about proposed changes to the Scott County Waste Management Plan. The residents in Scott County have been fighting an expansion of the landfill, and the Scott County Fiscal Court is now considering changes to the plan to reduce future waste stored there.

Resident after resident mentioned the impact the existing landfill has had on day-to-day lives – air quality concerns, breathing concerns, dangerous traffic conditions, and repeated offenses by the landfill regarding environmental violations. As the county continues to grow, and waste from other communities is shipped in, the current situation cannot remain the same.

National Popular Vote: the majority should decide

Posted by: Virginia Meagher on May 23, 2019

For most of us, the night of Nov. 8, 2016 will be seared into our memory forever. Donald Trump had won the presidency.  

2019 Primary Election by the numbers

Posted by: KFTC Staff on May 22, 2019

2019 Primary Canvass This is good. This is real good.

Kentucky needs a Democracy. And because of that, KFTC is setting increasingly bold goals in building our electoral strength to get more people registered, informed about candidate stances, voting, to build support around issues we care about, support candidates who's stances align with ours, and to train new candidates.

KFTC members leaned into this primary election cycle more heavily than any other, calling voters and generally getting the word out.  It made a big impact.

Here are a few numbers of what you and the rest of the KFTC members achieved this election through KFTC and the New Power PAC:

  • Calls to voters made - 12,151
  • Voter conversation by phone - 2,015
  • Voicemail messages left - 3,805
  • Voters texted - 16,413
  • Voters registered - 313
  • Supporters IDed - 1,163 (through petition signatures, etc)
  • KentuckyElection.org Visits – 46,900 (about 2.5 times as many as last primary!)Covington Easter Egg 4
  • Gubernatorial candidates responding to our issue stance survey – 7 (of 8)
  • Voter Guides distributed - 17,850 (including 1,000 in Spanish)
  • Other lit pieces printed- 20,447
  • Total ad views online – 291,675

Election Day is tomorrow! www.KentuckyElection.org

Posted by: KFTC Staff on May 20, 2019

NKY Bike Parade getting startedTomorrow – Tuesday, May 21 – is Election Day, and we want to make sure KFTC members and our friends are out voting and making a difference together!

To learn about who's on your ballot, where they stand on issues, find your voting location, and much more, visit KentuckyElection.org

Also, please take a moment to remind your friends to vote, share KentuckyElection.org on social media, or even volunteer by contacting your local KFTC organizer.

Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Take a moment to plan out when you’re voting tomorrow!

Kentucky solar movement continues to grow despite setback in legislature

Posted by: Andy McDonald, Earth Tools Inc. on May 15, 2019

The Solar Celebration at West 6th Farm on April 28 near Frankfort was a bittersweet event.

Unpacking the electricity rate increases for LG&E and KU

Posted by: Carrie Ray, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) on May 15, 2019

After rate hikes in 2015 and 2017, Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) hit their customers with another rate hike a few weeks ago.

Raise your voice for a fair and equitable Louisville budget

Posted by: KFTC Staff on May 14, 2019

No matter your zip code, we all want whole, thriving communities. Governor Bevin’s recent changes to Kentucky’s pension system have created budget shortfalls in communities across the commonwealth, including here in Louisville. This month the Louisville Metro Council needs to hear from you about what a fair and equitable budget could look like in the midst of these massive cuts.

Metro Council is hosting two more public hearings where you can attend and speak about your vision for our city budget on Thursday, May 16 and Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at City Hall (601 West Jefferson Street).

You can join KFTC members across the Jefferson County chapter in raising your voice for a fair and equitable budget by attending and/or speaking at a hearing, calling your Metro councilperson, writing a letter to the editor, and sharing with your friends and family.

Below are the Jefferson County KFTC Economic Justice Team's views on local progressive taxation, criminal justice reform, and tax increment financing. You can use these talking points when contacting your Metro Councilperson, writing a letter to the editor, or speaking at an upcoming public hearing.

Kentuckians are ready for a Just Transition and Green New Deal

Posted by: KFTC Staff on May 13, 2019

An enthusiastic and diverse crowd turned out on May 11 at an event in Frankfort in support of a Just Transition to a clean energy economy and a Green New Deal for workers and communities. 

Rep. Attica Scott and Cassia Herron

The main event, a stop on a eight-city tour organized by the Sunrise Movement, was planned in partnership with KFTC and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ. The event featured State Rep. Attica Scott, KFTC members Kevin Short, Cassia Herron and Scott Shoupe, Sunrise Louisville Hub member Jenny Bencomo Suarez, Sunrise Executive Director Varshini Prakash, Erin Bridges, who plays a leading role in the Sunrise Louisville Hub and on the national Sunrise Steering Committee; and music by Appalatin.

Community forum gives Bowling Green residents a common focus

Posted by: Caroline Eggers on May 12, 2019

Bowling Green Daily News
Reprinted with permission

 There was anger, there were tears and there was hope.

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