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Just Transition town hall and actions to help us all THRIVE

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 7, 2021

KFTC and allies hosted a virtual town hall on March 31 to spotlight the inspiring ways Kentuckians are shaping a Just Transition to a just, anti-racist and sustainable future in Kentucky. U.S. Rep. John Yarmouth joined members of KFTC and ally groups to discuss and highlight federal policies needed so all people – no matter where we live or the color of our skin or how much money we have in our pockets – can THRIVE.

Watch the full virtual town hall here: https://vimeo.com/533242110 and take these action:

  • Send a message to Kentucky members of Congress, urging action on a Just Transition by supporting the THRIVE Agenda and For The People Act to protect our democracy.
  • RSVP now for a Just Transition Art Show Virtual Launch Party on May 19 at 7 p.m. ET, featuring works by more than 40 musicians, visual artists, poets and others about their visions for a just, anti-racist and sustainable Kentucky. RSVP at bit.ly/Just-Imagine-Art-Show
  • Commit now to participate this summer and fall in canvassing trainings and door-to-door conversations with our neighbors about the Just Transition solutions we need to thrive. 
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First 100 Days: Just Transition & Climate Actions & implications for Kentucky

KFTC chairperson met with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in January 2019, just days after she was sworn into office.
Posted by: Lisa Abbott on March 17, 2021

The text below was updated on March 26, 2021.  (All previous weekly updates can be viewed he

Kentuckians pulling together for mutual aid after disasters

Posted by: KfTC Staff on March 9, 2021

Kentuckians are pulling together to help our neighbors hard hit by the flooding that struck many areas in Kentucky in early March, including some individuals and communities still recover

Healthy Democracy Update - Phone and Text

Posted by: KFTC Staff on March 5, 2021

KUUJAN and KFTC Phone Bank 3-2-21In terms of legislative outcomes in this moment, our Healthy Democracy work is really struggling right now.  Our bill to restore voting rights for people with felonies in their past (HB 232) has broad bipartisan support and we’ve helped recruit 16 co-sponsors to the bill, but it’s not even been assigned to committee.  

Likewise, our endorsed bills around redistricting process, same-day voter registration, early voting, voting by mail, keeping polls open until 7pm, etc. have not gotten far.

In terms of our work, though, we’ve managed to build and use a lot of power by reaching out to constituentsdirectly through phone and text.

Action Alert for Redistricting

Posted by: KFTC Staff on March 2, 2021

The following is an action alert from our allies at the League of Women Voters on Redistricting.

ACTION ALERT

Call Legislators today about  House Concurrent Resolution 61 calling for an open redistricting process!

800-372-7181

Redistricting Congressional and KY House and Senate boundaries will happen during the 2022 legislature and once enacted, will be in effect for 10 YEARS! In the past, redistricting has been done behind closed doors!

HCR 61 calls for an open process with opportunities for public input.

Call House leaders and your own legislator today and ask them to hear and support HCR 61 and open up the process.

Call 1-800-372-7181 and ask legislators to:

Please assign HCR 61 to a committee and support its passage to create an open redistricting process. Kentucky deserves a transparent redistricting process with opportunities for public input.

Kentuckians urge relief and a fundamental reshaping of our economy

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 23, 2021

A statement from Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
as House COVID relief plan advances

Follow-up from yesterday's Virtual Lobby Day for a Healthy Democracy

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 19, 2021

2-18-21 Virtual Lobby Day for a Healthy DemocracyYesterday's Virtual Lobby Day for a Healthy Democracy was a big success, despite so many weather-related challenges. We had over 70 participants, had some good legislative meetings, a lobby training, social media training, letter to the editor training, spokesperson training, generated tons of calls to the legislative message line and good outreach through social media, and had a fantastic virtual rally with powerful stories in the afternoon.

HB 272 aims to charge ratepayers more, lessen executive power

Posted by: Jacob Mack-Boll on February 10, 2021

Throughout this pandemic, Kentuckians have looked out for each other. Now we need our elected leaders to look out for Kentuckians who are still hurting.

Today House Bill 272 passed out of the House Local Government Committee (see how committee members voted). This bill aims to bypass the regulatory power of the Public Service Commission – proposing to make blanket allowances for water utilities to charge late fees up to 10% at their discretion, with no state oversight and no justification. 

Legislators should reject partisan impeachment bid

Posted by: KFTC Staff on January 27, 2021

Today a legislative committee is meeting to consider a petition to impeach

Voting Rights / Democracy focus on General Assembly bills and work in new year

Posted by: KFTC Staff on January 26, 2021

KFTC Voting Rights Strategy TeamWe had a January 9 Voting Rights Strategy Team meeting with 20 attendees, unpacking the political moment we’re in, celebrating our work last year to register people with felonies in their past, and winning a strong general election infrastructure. We set to work planning with a focus on the General Assembly. We also held a January 15 Voting Rights meeting where more than 50 people from 30 organizations joined to strengthen our coalition, build a shared analysis and make plans (both in the legislature and for field work). 

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