Resources & Publications

E.g., 01/2019
E.g., 01/2019

Lawsuit to restor Voting Rights in Kentucky - looking for additional plaintiffs

KFTC's primary strategy for restoring voting rights to Kentuckians with felonies in their past is to change Kentucky's Constitution to permanently grant the right to vote to all 312,000 Kentuckians who don't have the right to vote now.  But our Voting Rights Strategy Team, made up of directly effected people and other members from all over the state, has decided to additionally get involved in a lawsuit arguing that the current system is arbitrary and unconstitutional.

Our most immediate task is to find people who have lost their right to vote to join our list of plaintiffs for the case. 

If you do not have the right to vote because of felony disenfranchisement in Kentucky and you're off of probation and parole, and you'd like to join the lawuit as a plaintiff, please reach out to Dave Newton as soon as possible at Dave@kftc.org or 859-420-8919.  Our deadline to reach out to people to add them is Friday, January 25th.

Below is the press release sent out by our allies about the case.

Basic Voting Rights Factsheet

Introductory information about our campaign to restore voting rights to people with felonies in their past

Voting Rights Petition 2019

Petition for broad public circulation in favor of voting rights for people with felonies in their past.

Morehead Local Resolution on Black Lung and RECLAIM Act, 2018

In the fall of 2018, the City of Morehead was among more than 14 local governments in KY to pass local resolutions urging Congress to pass the RECLAIM Act, Support miners pensions, and strengthen funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. 

A Racial Justice Guide to Thanksgiving for Educators and Families

Please visit this great list compiled by Border Crossers that is A Racial Justice Guide to Thanksgiving for Educators and Families that has lots of great resources for a wide range of entry levels.

City of Lynch resolution about Black Lung & RECLAIM Act, 2018

In the fall of 2018, the City of Lynch was among more than a dozen local governments to pass a local resolution calling for Congress to pass the RECALIM Act, strengthen the black lung disability trust fund, and protect miners' pensions.

Ohio County local resolution on Black lung, RECLAIM Act, and UMWA pensions

In the fall of 2018, Ohio County, Kentucky was among a dozen local governments to pass a local resolution calling on Congress to pass the RECLAIM Act, strengthen funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, and protect miners' pensions.

"Dressing up" for Halloween

Madison County member Wendy Warren writes about ways educators can do better when teaching about Native peoples. This article also address cultural appropriation at Halloween.

"As I thought about the things I have learned that have convinced me that I would never again consider dressing a child in an "Indian costume" for Halloween, I realized that there were probably many other things I have done in my teaching career that were equally embarrassing. Some of the first that come to mind are some of the "Indian art" activities I found in activity books that I used in an honest attempt to teach about Indian cultures. Now I know enough to understand that some of them were quite disrespectuful, in that they trivalized things that were quite important - even sacred- in some Indian cultures. But how can a non-Indian teacher come to know what things are sacred and what are not?"

Teaching the Truth Is Not Easy

This linked article is written by Madison County member Bobby Starnes about how the history of Native American's are taught in our schools and why we should, and can, do better. 

"Teaching the truth is not easy. Maybe it raises too many questions about our national character. Maybe it depresses us to learn about historical injustices. Maybe it’s too raw for the squeamish or those who can feel proud to be American only if our nation is pure and perfect. So, okay, if you can’t, don’t teach the truth. Let it sit silently on the bookshelves and in other safe places. Don’t talk about it. Let it go unsaid. I don’t like it, and I don’t think it’s a good idea, but I do understand it.

But here’s what I don’t understand — really, sincerely, I don’t understand. Why do we feel compelled to teach the lies?"

Magoffin County resolution on RECLAIM and Black Lung, 2018

In the fall of 2018, Magoffin County, Kentucky was among nearly a dozen local governments to pass a local resolution calling on Congress to pass the RECLAIM Act, strengthen the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, and protect miners' pensions.