Southern Kentucky | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Chapter: Southern Kentucky

The Southern Kentucky chapter is a diverse and active group of people working to build a better future for all. We aim to hold our elected officials accountable as we create a more just, healthy, and sustainable community. Among the many issues we care about, our chapter is currently working on fair housing, tax justice, fairness, voter empowerment, and clean, safe, and affordable energy options.

Working together we are building the movement for economic, environmental and social justince in southern Kentucky! Please join us at an upcoming chpater meeting or event. We meet every fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Foundry, in Bowling Green.

Recent Activities

SOKY chapter creates People’s Guide to Planning

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.  

Despite challenges, Kentuckians make an impact in Frankfort

You’ve made an impact during the 2021 General Assembly. Some of these impacts have been on legislation – a key meeting with a legislator that changes the course of a bill, or a push of calls and tweets that makes the will of the people more visible and harder to ignore. We also set a goal this session to continue to build the power we need. So many impacts have been in our own communities, talking with neighbors and networks about the bills that impact us, and the work of our legislators. 

Southern Kentucky chapter member creates micro pantry

When our neighbors are hungry, we feed them.

KFTZINES by Sabre Semrau

Sabre Semrau

"I love zine-making because anyone can do it. You can have as few supplies as a piece of paper and a pencil and still make an incredible zine that informs, educates, inspires, provokes, entertains, empowers, or otherwise delights your own mind and those of the people you share it with."

A reflection of my first two southern Kentucky chapter meetings

I wasn't sure what to expect from my first SOKY chapter meeting.

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Chapter Feature:

Member spotlight

Read an op-ed by Southern Kentucky chapter member, Jeanie Smith on the importance of an Earned Income Tax Credit for Kentuckians.

"I live in Warren County, where according to the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, a state EITC would directly benefit more than 10,000 Warren County families, with an average credit of $330. Our families, like families all over Kentucky, are working hard to make it today. Having a $300-$400 tax credit that targets low- to moderate-income working families would make such a difference in the day-to-day."

A People's Guide to Planning

https://issuu.com/home/published/a_people_s_guide_to_planning

City planning and zoning processes can be a driving force in advancing racial, environmental, and housing justice and are an important avenue for expressing our vision for our future. The People's Guide to Planning, developed by KFTC member and CU Denver graduate student Tara Sorrels, is a tool to support residents to engage in planning and zoning processes in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Inside, you'll find a glossary of planning terms, an overview of planning and zoning processes and structures, and a description of how plans are implemented in our community. Residents deserve a say in how our city grows and changes, and we can use this guide to see the impacts that these changes will have on our day to day lives and to organize for our vision for our community's future.

Regular Meetings:

The Foundry
531 W. 11th Ave.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Monthly Chapter Meeting

Join us for our monthly meeting every 4th Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Chapter Organizer:

Laura Harper Knight
958 Collette Avenue Suite 310
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 282-4553