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Immigrants' Rights

No policy of
terror in Kentucky

In 2011, an Arizona copy-cat was proposed here in Kentucky, Senate Bill 6. SB 6 would have mandated discrimination by requiring police officers to target people who seem like they might be undocumented.  KFTC was part of a broad effort that successfully defeated the bill.

Here is what some members said about SB 6.

Shekinah Lavalle“The Bill of Rights says that we’re all innocent until proven guilty, but this won’t be true for people with darker skin and accents.” 

Shekinah LaValle
Jefferson County

 

“SB 6 seeks to establish a sanctioned policy of terror that would systematically and willfully persecute Latinos living in Kentucky. It would wrongfully incarcerate innocent people for profit – including women and Juan Gutierrezchildren.

"This is a crime against humanity. This is wrong. It is wrong in Rwanda, it is wrong in Sudan, it is wrong in North Korea, China or Nazi Germany. It is also wrong in Kentucky.”

Juan Gutierrez
Bowling Green legal
permanent resident

 

Read an op-ed published in the Georgetown News-Graphic by Scott County member Homer White about SB 6.

Si Se Puede rally in 2006KFTC is working to create a society that supports the human rights of all people. We value the human rights of everyone, regardless of national origin, race, citizenship, immigration status or any other defining characteristic.

KFTC supports our allies in working for comprehensive immigration reform.

We also work to defend Kentucky against bad immigration legislation, especially attempts to divide our communities by colors and accents and places of birth. This is not what we want.

 We want protected communities. We canʼt afford mandated discrimination. We want to stand united. Kentucky canʼt afford to turn neighbor against neighbor.

Learn more about the contributions of immigrants to Kentucky here.

Immigrants Make Important Contributions to Kentucky Communities and Economy

Immigrants make many valuable contributions to communities across Kentucky, and are a vital part of our culture and economy. Click here to see a PDF of our presentation, “Immigrants Make Important Contributions to Kentucky Communities and Economy

Singing For Democracy

Join KFTC and allies to celebrate our democracy through music and movement! Listen to those who are shut out of our democracy, as well as folks who have only recently been able to be a part of it. 

Lights For Liberty Action Friday

People across the world, including here in Kentucky, are disgusted and distrubed by the images coming from ICE detention facilities. Children in cages, overcrowding concentration camps, and threats of raids targeting undocumneted people have left many people feeling simultaneously scared and angry.

Lights for Liberty: Florence

On Friday July 12, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

There will be several speakers beginning around 8 p.m.

NKY Racial Justice Meeting

Join members as we discuss ongoing work around bringing greater diversity within KFTC, focus on issues impacting communities of color, lifting up people of color's voices, and showing up for allies in the racial justice community.

This committee is working on a racial justice film series, work around ban the box, voting rights, immigrant rights, and more!

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