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Plenty of opportunities to take Action for Democracy

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 22, 2021

Roots and Heritage 2019 - 9/8-19Building the Democracy Kentucky needs is a key step to winning our vision for Kentucky’s future.  We need to make sure all Kentucky voices have a chance to be heard

The campaign to restore voting rights of Kentuckians with felonies in their past is continuing, with increasing field work to find the 170,000 people who recently got their right to vote back and to help them register to vote!  That’s happening alongside our online efforts to train people, reach people through texting, lobby legislators, and more.

We have a lot of upcoming events and actions right now and would like to share them with you to take action and come to what you can!

Upcoming Events

  • Voter Registration Table, Douglass Park Concert, Lexington July 22 6:30pm -sign up here
  • Lexington Voter Registration Work Team of the KY Voting Rights Coalition July 27, 6:30pm -sign up here
  • Winning Our Right to Vote virtual convening (The Advancement Project) July 28-29.  - sign up here.
  • Old Timers Festival in Covington August 7th 12pm-6pm ET -sign up here
  • Lexington Field Team of the KY Voting Rights Coalition Meeting August 10, 6:30pm -sign up here
  • Voting Rights Coalition Online Meeting - Aug 16, 6pm to 8pm ET -sign up here
  • Voting Rights Issue Introduction Webinar - August 21, 2pm-3:30 ET -sign up here
  • Voter Registration Training Webinar - August 25, 7pm-8:30 ET-sign up here
  • Grassroots Lobbying for Voting Rights Webinar - August 31 7pm-8:30pm ET -sign up here
  • Phonebank for Voting Rights (Online) - Sept 9, 6pm-8:30pm ET-sign up here
  • Roots and Heritage Festival (Lexington) - Sept 10-12 - sign up here
  • Spokesperson Training Webinar for People with Felonies in their Past - Sept 14 7pm-8:30pm ET -sign up here



Thanks for all you're doing to build Democracy in Kentucky.

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Reflections from KFTC's outgoing leadership

Posted by: Cassia Herron on July 19, 2021

Cassia HerronI’ve spent over a week attempting to write a “good-bye” letter for this issue. Instead of a letter it seems I’ve inked part of a chapter for a memoir. It was hard to capture in a few hundred words what it’s been like to serve in this role and share parting words for your consideration. In its place, I’ll offer you the letter I penned for our 2020 annual report. 

Reflecting on the Just Imagine Art Show

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 19, 2021

Graphic and website created by Seun Erinle of Grid Principles (gridprinciples.com)On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, KFTC members hosted a virtual launch event for The Just Imagine Art Show: Healing harm, sharing grief, envisioning the Kentucky we deserve. 

The idea for this art show emerged from a small crew of KFTC members and staff from the Empower Kentucky Leadership Network – Mikaela Curry, Trinidad Jackson, Tona Barkley, Lisa Abbott, and Nikita Perumal – who have, since late 2019, been working together to deepen KFTC’s understanding of Just Transition.

“Imagining and Envisioning the Future of KFTC” culminates in a “Summer Concert”

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 19, 2021

We've been reporting on a cornerstone of KFTC’s Organizational Change Initiative: the Imagining and Envisioning the Future of K

KFTC and the KFTC staff union agree on first union contract

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 19, 2021

After the announcement of the KFTC staff union’s formation in October 2019, and recognition by KFTC’s Steering Committee, we took the bold step of building an initial contract through Interest Base

Jefferson County chapter and allies help engage thousands in the Metro budget process

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 19, 2021

Working with allies, the Jefferson County chapter recently helped engage thousands of Louisvillians in the Metro budget process and secured a major victory that built community power.

SOKY chapter creates People’s Guide to Planning

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 19, 2021

From protecting natural resources to building apartment complexes, decisions about our communities and day to day lives happen through local planning and zoning. We see the impacts of these decisions when Black neighborhoods face displacement, when gentrification pushes the working class out of affordable housing, and when pollution in our air and water hurts our bodies. While planning processes are designed to shape the future of Kentucky cities, planning and zoning are often difficult for the public to offer input into and to navigate.  

KY Public Service Commission establishes a fair process for calculating compensation credits for rooftop solar

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 19, 2021

The grassroots campaign to protect rooftop solar in Kentucky and prevent electric utilities from rigging the rules against locally-owned distributed solar generation won a major victory in May, ending (for now) a multi-year dispute between solar advocates and monopoly utility companies over the value of fed-back rooftop solar energy.

On May 14, 2021 the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) issued a ruling rejecting Kentucky Power Company’s proposal to slash by seventy-five percent the value of the credit that new solar customers would receive for electric power from their panels that is fed back to the grid. Importantly, the PSC order established a methodology to determine a fair value of that fed-back distributed solar energy. The Commissioners then applied that new framework to calculate that, for Kentucky Power customers, the value for that credit is just twelve percent below what it would have been under the old policy.  

With leadership from Black faith leaders and others, Lexington bans no-knock warrants

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 19, 2021

A packed house for the council meetingAfter more than a year of demands from residents, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council passed an ordinance that bans the use of no-knock warrants with a 10-5 vote.  There was a packed house for the council’s discussion. 35 people made comments in support of the ban and none made comments in opposition.

Black faith leaders in and around Lexington are at the forefront of the coalition that got their demands and stories heard by tens of thousands of Lexington residents. They held vigils and press conferences. They talked with the mayor and other city leaders and organized their congregations. 

Finding each other through deep canvassing

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 19, 2021

Eastern Kentucky Organizer Jacob Mack-Boll has been leading a learning circle about deep canvassing. Below are his reflections from the first two months of facilitating and participating in the learning circle.

Over the past two months, a small collection of KFTC members, staff, and allies have been probing the questions “what is deep canvassing?” “how do we design field canvassing operations that are responsive to this moment?” and “what can we learn from the powerful work being done by other organizers around the country to engage people meaningfully where they are?” Partially prompted by a desire to work with other organizations in Kentucky to build support for federal THRIVE agenda and Green New Deal policies, it also resonated with other pieces of our work – folks are talking in all corners of KFTC about wanting to do more door knocking. 


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