Racial Justice

KFTC is working for a day when discrimination is wiped out of our laws, habits, and hearts.

A Seat at the Table – Paducah

This spring KFTC is hosting six public events, called “A Seat At The Table,” across our Commonwealth. Each event will include a locally sourced meal, fun and engaging presentations, cultural performances, and facilitated table conversations.

A Seat at the Table – Covington

This spring KFTC is hosting six public events, called “A Seat At The Table,” across our Commonwealth. Each event will include a locally sourced meal, fun and engaging presentations, cultural performances, and facilitated table conversations.

A Seat at the Table – Hindman

This spring KFTC is hosting six public events, called “A Seat At The Table,” across our Commonwealth. Each event will include a locally sourced meal, fun and engaging presentations, cultural performances, and facilitated table conversations.

A Seat at the Table – Bowling Green

This spring KFTC is hosting six public events, called “A Seat At The Table,” across our Commonwealth. Each event will include a locally sourced meal, fun and engaging presentations, cultural performances, and facilitated table conversations.

Letcher Countians speak out against proposed federal prison

Last year, Congress approved funding for a new maximum security federal prison in Letcher County – the only new federal prison in the nation. The estimated preliminary cost of construction is $460 -$510 million. Rep. Hal Rogers has touted the prison as the main economic engine in eastern Kentucky. 

In Letcher County, we have so much potential, and with the right investments could create local economic engines that serve our land and our people. The Letcher County KFTC Chapter does not believe that this prison offers the economic development that Letcher County deserves.

Local residents are joining together to voice concerns about the prison. Chapter members have formed a work team to participate and to highlight alternative economic drivers that would support a just transition for our region.

On April 1, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announced that it was forced to re-open a public comment period for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the prison in Letcher County after facing multiple shortcomings, including violations of public notice requirements, in its "Final EIS" released last July. A 30-day window is now open on a Revised Final EIS.

Mitch Whitaker, a local resident, recently had an op-ed published in the Lexington Herald-Leader about his concerns. Check it out, below, and keep on the lookout for more.

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