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Polls open at 6 a.m. tomorrow. Three Actions

Posted by: KFTC Staff on November 5, 2018

LGBTQ History Month 1Tomorrow is Election Day – Tuesday, November 6.

This is a critical election, unlike any other. Control of the Kentucky House, the US House and local governments hang in the balance, and tomorrow’s results will determine how effectively we can fight for our vision in 2019 and 2020.

In this long election cycle we’ve registered thousands of people to vote and talked with tens of thousands at events, trainings, phone banks and more. But there’s still a few things you can do in the next day and a half that can make the difference.

  1. Learn about the candidates and vote. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can see what’s on your ballot, where candidates stand on issues, find your voting location and more at www.KentuckyElection.org. Make a plan now to vote tomorrow.
  2. Spread the word to friends and family. Call everyone in your cell phone tonight to remind them to vote; use social media to talk about candidates you care about; share www.KentuckyElection.org with everyone you run into between now and 6 p.m. tomorrow. It might feel like everyone you know is already voting and knows who they’re voting for – but some of them aren’t ready yet. You can actually make the difference for a lot of your friends. If you and all 12,000 KFTC members do this, we win big on election day.
  3. Volunteer. There’s still time to volunteer with your local KFTC chapter and call voters to mobilize them, pass out our voter guides, go door-to-door, and join in creative election day events like bike parades! Contact your local KFTC organizer or reach out to our Democracy Organizer Dave Newton at 859-420-8919 or Dave@kftc.org to volunteer outside of chapter areas.

There's a constitutional amendment on Tuesday's Ballot

Posted by: KFTC Staff on November 1, 2018

All Kentucky voters will be asked to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment called Marsy's Law on Tuesday's ballot.

Cumberland chapter hosts "Anne Braden: Southern Patriot" film

Posted by: Angel Hill on October 31, 2018

More than 30 community members from the Corbin area gathered on Sunday to watch "Anne Braden: Southern Patriot" and have a conversation about the film. The event was hosted by the Cumberland Chapter of KFTC. Appalshop director Mimi Pickering led the conversation afterwards, which created a space for folks to talk about organizing for racial justice.

Shelby County KFTC hosts state legislative candidate forum

Posted by: Carissa Lenfert on October 23, 2018

Over 100 people came out last night for a candidate forum sponsored by the Shelby County KFTC chapter, the Shelbyville branch of the NAACP, Shelby County Retired Teacher's Association, and Shelby C

Madison County members host chili cook-off for Halloween

Posted by: Matthew Frederick on October 22, 2018

As Halloween approached alongside the 2018 mid-term elections, Madison County members gathered for the chapter’s second annual Halloween Spectacular on October 21.

Featuring a chili cook-off, costume contest and silent auction, the Halloween party served as a way to build new power, raise funds and promote KFTC’s Action For Democracy initiative.

The event provided for entertainment, good cheer and community engagement.

Fixing What's Broke: why Congress must support a Just Transition for miners with black lung and communities

Posted by: Lisa Abbott on October 21, 2018

A new report from KFTC describes ways Kentuckians are organizing to demand action from Congress – and especially from Senator Mitch McConnell – in support of a Just Transition for miners with black lung disease, retired and laid off miners, and their communities.

To build a new economy in coal communities, the report says Congress should start by "fixing what's broke," including strengthening funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, passing the RECLAIM Act, and protecting miners' pensions.

Local black lung resolution is picking up steam

Posted by: Lisa Abbott on October 16, 2018

Most recent update as of Jan 2, 2019: Sixteen local governments in Kentucky have passed local resolutions in 2018 calling on Senator McConnell and other members of Congress to do right by our miners and communities by passing the RECLAIM Act, strengthening funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, and protecting miners' pensions. 

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The resolution was first adopted by the City of Benham in Harlan County in September 2018. That action was followed quickly by local governments in the cities of JacksonMorehead and Whitesburg, and in BreathittKnottLetcherRowan and Pike counties. 

Knott, Letcher, Rowan and Pike counties became the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th local governments in eastern Kentucky to pass a local resolution calling on members of Congress to pass several bills needed to help sick, disabled, retired and unemployed coal miners and their communities. The fiscal courts in Letcher and Knott counties took the unanimous action at their respective monthly meetings on October 15, and Pike and Rowan counties acted the next day.

Update 11.30.2018: The Floyd County Fiscal Court became the 10th Kentucky community to pass the resolution on October 18. Magoffin County quickly became the 11th, followed by Ohio County, in Western Kentucky, Knox County, and the City of Lynch in Harlan County. 

Update 12.10.2018: Johnson County's Fiscal Court passed the 15th resolution in Kentucky by local governments calling on Senator McConnell and other members of Congress to do right by our miners and coal communities!

Update in late December: Harlan County's Fiscal Court passed the 16th resolution urging Congress to pass the RECLAIM Act, strengthen the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, and protect miners' pensions. 

President Trump and Andy Barr rally in Richmond, Kentuckians respond

Posted by: Matthew Frederick on October 15, 2018

President Donald Trump made a trip to Eastern Kentucky University on October 13, where he rallied supporters for Representati

Out of Reach: Foreclosed, displaced and evicted from My Old Kentucky Home

Posted by: KFTC staff on October 15, 2018

The struggle for fair and affordable housing is a national one, taking hold across Kentucky. It’s a challenge that Kentuckians face on many levels.

How Absentee Voting works in Kentucky

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 12, 2018

29626112627_8f4825f8ec_oOn election day, Tuesday, Nov 6th, polls in Kentucky will be open 6am to 6pm.

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

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