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Community forum gives Bowling Green residents a common focus

Posted by: Caroline Eggers on May 12, 2019

Bowling Green Daily News
Reprinted with permission

 There was anger, there were tears and there was hope.

Clarifying who can vote and who can't in Kentucky

Posted by: KFTC Staff on May 11, 2019

gIMG_5084To register and vote in Kentucky, one needs to be at least 18 years old by Election Day (Tuesday, November 6), you have to live in Kentucky (temporary student housing works), and you have to be a U.S. citizen.

Those are the basics, but things get a little trickier in Kentucky because our criminal justice system plays an unusual role in taking away people's right to vote.

People with felonies in their past –  Can't (generally) Vote.

Kentucky disenfranchises people with felonies in their past and is harsher than almost any state in the US in that regard.  People can request their rights be restored after they've served their time through this form, but few people know about the process and Governor Bevin denies many requests.  People who have had their record expunged of felonies can also vote.  KFTC's long-term goal is to change Kentucky's Constitution so that people get the right to vote back when they've served their debt to society including prison time, probation, and parole, but for now, this remains a barrier for over 312,000 Kentuckians.

People with misdemeanors in their past – Can Vote!

If someone has a misdemeanor in ther past, that doesn't stop them from voting in Kentucky.  Many people in this situation may have been told that they can't register and vote, but they absolutely can

People currently in jail serving for a misdemeanor – Can't Vote

This disenfranchisement comes from section 145 of the Kentucky Constitution along with felony disenfranchisement.

People serving probation and parole for a misdemeanor – Can Vote!

Even though you're still serving your time, there's nothing stopping you from registering and voting in this case.

People in jails pre-trial who were charged with either a felony or a misdemeanor – Can Vote!

If you're in jail because you're awaiting trial or sentencing for any offense (and you've never been convicted of a felony), you do have the right to vote.  That's a big deal, because in many Kentucky jails about 70% of the population is pre-trial.

Residents claiming ownership of public spaces in Berea

Posted by: Grace McKenzie on May 8, 2019

How do we engage people outside of KFTC in conversation about what they care about in their community?  

How Absentee Voting works in Kentucky (May 2019 Primary)

Posted by: KFTC Staff on May 7, 2019

29626112627_8f4825f8ec_oOn election day, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, polls in Kentucky will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Unconditional Early Voting isn't allowed in Kentucky (as it is in many states), but in most cases, if you won't be in the Kentucky county where you're registered to vote on election day, you can vote absentee.

To vote absentee, there are several hoops to jump through, so it's good to start early:

1. You have to be registered to vote and you have to know what county you're registered in.  You can check that at GoVoteKY.com

RECLAIM Act is approved by U.S. House committee

Posted by: Appalachian Citizens Law Center on May 2, 2019

After reintroduction in April, the bipartisan RECLAIM Act was debated and voted on during the May 1 House

KFTC building movement with Climate Justice alliance

Posted by: Mikaela Curry on May 2, 2019

At the end of March, several KFTC members and staff traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to represent KFTC at the 2019 Member Convening of the Climate Justice Alliance.

CJA is a diverse yet aligned coalition of communities on the frontline of the climate crisis from across the country and world working for a Just Transition. 

The member convening was a similar to KFTC's annual membership meeting – combining voting on key proposals and plans for CJA's work by CJA member organizations, with valuable moments of collective learning, relationship building and deepening alignment. 

What is the Green New Deal?

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 23, 2019

KFTC members are involved in conversations on the local, state and national level about the Green New Deal, a bold and broad proposal to address climate change, set the country on a susta

Voter registration deadline is TODAY (Monday 4/22)

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 22, 2019

GeorgetownVoterReg4-18-19Today (Monday 4/22) is the deadline to register to vote or update your voter address for purposes of voting in the Primary Election. 

You should check your voter registration status just to be safe by visiting KFTC's own www.KentuckyElection.org and click "check my registration" in the bottom right.  If you need to register or update your address, click on "Register to vote online" on the same page.

Not many people know this, but 17 year-olds can register to vote now and even vote in the May primary as a 17-year-old if they will by 18 on or before November 5 (Election Day).

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. If you're a student, consider being registered where you'll actually be living on May 21.

Poor People's Campaign Truth & Poverty Tour in Kentucky

Posted by: KFTC staff on April 20, 2019

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’s National Emergency Truth & Poverty Bus Tour will visit western Kentucky on April 29, making stops in Eddyville, Hopkinsville and

Talking about the Black experience in Kentucky with Dr. George Wright

Posted by: Judi Jennings, Jefferson County Chapter on April 17, 2019

On Saturday, March 30, Dr.


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