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July 22, 2021 at 01:19pm

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.

Voter Registration for Kentuckians with felonies in their past (and others)

July 13, 2021 at 11:05pm

Lexington Voter Registration June 2021KFTC members and allies are hard at work in the field - community tabling and door-to-door to find Kentuckians with felonies in their past and helping them to register to vote if they got their rights back through Beshear’s executive order.  This work is being integrated into existing canvassing efforts and some stand-alone events, particularly in Lexington where Tayna Fogle is leading weekly talking events.  These events are also key places to circulate our Voting Rights petition to identify supporters and get them involved.

Open letter to Governor Andy Beshear about Voting Rights

July 13, 2021 at 11:50am


Governor Andy Beshear,

Kentuckians know that our democracy works best when we all have a voice and a vote. Your 2019 executive order attempted to help reduce disenfranchisement of Kentuckians with felony records in their past, and was a huge step toward a healthy democracy. I want to thank you for taking action and to let you know it's not enough.

Redistricting on the Horizon

July 13, 2021 at 11:47am

Every 10 years after completion of the US Census, it falls to the Kentucky Legislature to conduct a redistricting process to redraw political boundaries for US Congress, KY House, and KY Senate to rebalance districts based on new population numbers.  These new districts will last 10 years until the next redistricting.  

Voting Rights work moves beyond legislature to field work

May 20, 2021 at 11:02am

VotingRightsCoalition5-11-21The Kentucky Voting Rights Coalition together has accomplished a lot in these last few months:

Virtual Lobby Day for a Healthy Democracy with over 70 participants (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).  Thanks especially to Pastor E, Shelton McElroy, Bonifacio Aleman, Savvy Shabazz, Dee Pregilsco, and Debbie Graner for leading the virtual rally. The Kentucky Council of Churches led a strong Virtual Prayer and Action Day about Voting Rights Multiple phone banks and text banks to reach people on this issue and connect them with the legislative message line Strong virtual lobby trainings and issue trainings

Despite challenges, Kentuckians make an impact in Frankfort

March 31, 2021 at 12:00am
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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. 

Healthy Democracy Update - Phone and Text

March 5, 2021 at 11:07am

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

March 2, 2021 at 11:00am

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.

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

February 19, 2021 at 11:43am

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.

Join us for a Virtual Lobby Day for a Healthy Democracy Thursday!

February 15, 2021 at 10:25am

Voting Rights Coalition Meeting 1/13/20We need to build a strong, healthy Democracy in Kentucky if we’re going to ever build

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