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NKY members learn of sustainability initiatives on tour

Posted by: KFTC staff on October 17, 2019

The Northern Kentucky Chapter hosted a Sustainability Tour in September with allies in Covington to learn about ways local communities are trying to promote sustainability.

Members gathered at Roebling Point Books and Coffee at 306 Greenup Street to outline the day, and then walked to the Covington Farmers’ Market on 3rd Street. There they learned about the Double Dollars Program from Alexa Abner and Megan Ayers, which is used to double the buying power of people who utilize the public safety net.

This program allows low-income folks to buy locally, support local farmers and have access to fresh food. Alexa and Megan also shared pop-up events they host in other neighborhoods to promote local vendors, as well as how the market seeks to reduce the waste from the market.

After that, the dozen people who came to the tour visited with local vendors, and walked to Redden Gardens. Brian Goessling, who began the garden where his grandfather’s doctor’s office had once set, developed the concept as a way to invest in the community and honor his Grandfather Redden’s legacy.

The conversation covered everything from solar potential in Kentucky, the ongoing impact of legislation that limits the affordability of solar for residences by placing restrictions on net metering in Kentucky, to urban chicken farming, the challenges in creating a nonprofit community garden, and the threat that gentrification brings to the community that benefits from the extra food the garden provides.

Walking back to Lil’s Bagels, members reflected on the knowledge and passion that everyone they spoke with had for the communities they lived in. They talked about the Energy Performance Assessment District that Covington has, and what on-bill financing for similar projects could mean for residents or other businesses. They talked about the potential of cleaner energy, and how legislation like RECLAIM could help create jobs and clean water and land in former mining communities, including where some of the participants families still call home.

At Lil’s Bagels, Julia Keister spoke with the hungry attendees, and listened to the day. She talked about local efforts to source their food locally, including purchasing through the local food connections. Roughly 50 percent of their food year-round is locally sourced, and they try to grow what they can in the small garden they have in their courtyard.

Following lunch, most of the attendees went on a hike at the Licking River Greenway Trail, walking to Randolph Park in Covington’s Eastside, following it to the Covington neighborhood of Levassor Park. People reflected on the day, what they enjoyed, and what they’d like to see more of.

At the end of the hike, NKU Hiking and KFTC agreed to host another NKY Sustainability Tour in Newport on April 11. Members plan to again reach out to the Poor People’s Campaign, Ride the Cov, and local businesses and nonprofits that are passionate about sustainability.

Northern Kentucky sustainability tour at the farmers market

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Beshear and Bevin are tied in the polls. You can break that tie.

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 16, 2019

IMG_1916According to a new poll released today, Andy Beshear and Matt Bevin are tied in the race for governor. You can break that tie.

One big take away from this poll is that KFTC's work is so crucial right now. While Bevin and Beshear are fighting over swing voters and turning out their bases, KFTC is helping to engage and turn out new voters – new voters that could make a decisive choice on election day.

But to do that, it will take all of us showing up. Will you volunteer with KFTC between now and election day? Sign up at www.WeAreKentuckians.org.

We registered over 2,500 voters!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 16, 2019

voters345353KFTC members relentlessly got out into their communities over the past few months to register their neighbors to vote door-to-door, at community events, and more.

The voter registration deadline was Monday, October 7.

In the end, we registered 2,560 voters!  Not only did we exceed our goal by over 500 voters, every region of the state hit or exceeded their goal!

We also recruited 4,841 people to sign petitions on various issues in that time and we did it all with 363 volunteer shifts by KFTC members like you!

Behind every one of those numbers are thousands of real people who we connected with.  People with stories who are just a little more empowered and connected to our Democracy because of that.   To see a gallery of pictures we took doing voter registration, look here!

Voting Rights campaign update

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 11, 2019

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Even as the 2019 governor’s election looms close, KFTC members are continuing the fight to restore voting rights of people with felonies. The campaign is gaining momentum and getting stronger every week.

Here are a few highlights of recent work:

Reflections on the Georgetown Fairness victory

Photo taken by Mary Meehan of WEKU Radio. Danny Woolums, Jr, Georgeotwn native and CKY member, speaks about the need for Fairness at Georgetown Council meeting.
Posted by: Willow Hambrick on October 11, 2019

Georgetown passed a fairness ordinance on September 9, becoming the 13th Kentucky city to do so. Since writing this, Versailles became the next city to pass a fairness ordinance, and Highland Heights has had its first reading, with a second reading is scheduled for the 15th.

I am a retired public school teacher, an adjunct professor at Georgetown College, a mother of five children (two of whom are gay), and a grandmother to seven. My husband, a local pediatrician, and I both spoke in favor of the ordinance.

Voter Registration Deadline TODAY (Tuesday 10/7/19)

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 7, 2019

EKU Voter Registration 9-17-19Today, Monday 10/7, is the Voter Registration Deadline in Kentucky;

If you're not registered or need to update your voter address because you've moved, get down to your local County Clerk's office or register online.

If you want to check your voter registration status just to be safe, visit the Voter Information Center

You can register or update your voting address online by 4pm today local time or by getting a voter registration card in the mail to your County Clerk postmarked today. 

Note that students who are away from home going to school have the right to either use a permanent home address or temporary local address as their voting address, but we encourage students to consider registering locally especially if home is far away.   You'll be at school on election day and it's easier to just walk right down the street and vote as opposed to going home or voting absentee. 

Note that 17 year-olds can register to vote if they will by 18 on or before November 5.

Whereas people with felonies in their past have their right to vote taken from them in Kentucky (unless they get a pardon from the Governor), people with misdemeanors in their past or people who are pre-trial in jails do have the right to register and vote.

Also, check out www.KentuckyElection.org to learn about candidates and where they stand on issues!

Climate Strike Reflections

Photo taken by member Kirsten Schwarz
Posted by: Maria Truitt on September 23, 2019

As much as humanity believes the ideology that we are invincible, that is obviously not the case.

NKY Sustainability Tour Saturday!

Posted by: Maria Truitt on September 18, 2019

Join Kentuckians For The Commonwealth this Saturday, September 21, for our first ever Sustainability Tour around the heart of Covington! We will be visiting key places around town that are using sustainable practices in their business and strategies that could be used all around to make a eco-friendlier community. Environmental policies will also be a point of discussion, such as how SNAP and double dollars can be used to promote local agriculture, on-bill financing of energy improvements, increase access to local foods, public transit, clean energy and opportunity act, and more – come learn with us! The tour will end with a hike on the Licking River Greenway Trails, a chance to appreciate our Mother Earth and recapture on all that was discussed earlier in the day.

SRO's: There's a better way

Posted by: Anastasia Kaufmann on September 11, 2019

Jefferson County Public Schools has ended its contract with the local police and sheriff departments to directly provide “school resource officers” or SROs.

JCPS Student Assignment Plan: What's most equitable for our kids?

Posted by: Anastasia Kaufmann on September 11, 2019

We all want the same thing for our kids: for them to be able to go to a school that’s the right fit for them, a school that will give them a great education in an environment that’s safe for all students and staff.

The Jefferson County School Board is currently considering decisions that will have an impact on every student in Jefferson County Public Schools. We want to make sure that they hear from us all about how these decisions will impact our kids and all students.

The Student Assignment Plan

Right now, any student who is not accepted to a magnet or other special school program attends their “reside” school. For most students, that means a school close to where they live. But students in West Louisville have been assigned to “satellite resides” in order to increase diversity – their “reside” school is often on the other side of the county from them!

Why speaking out should matter to everyone

Posted by: Jessica Shorkey on September 5, 2019

Last Monday, August 26, 2019, started out as just another workday for me. I was tired. I’d been working a lot lately, and I had many chores to do at home. I had grocery shopping to do.

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