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Happy 38th birthday, KFTC!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on August 17, 2019

It was 38 years ago today – August 17, 1981 – that a group of 26 people from 12 counties meeting in Hazard agreed to officially form a new organization: KFTC, then known as the Kentucky Fair Tax Coalition. 

"People, especially in eastern Kentucky, were getting to know each other. All around the region there was a loose network of people who had worked together with each other in various ways over the past 15 years or so. What we didn't have in those days was a structured connection between us. There was a no interlocking of these community-level efforts, until KFTC."  –  Herb E. Smith, Letcher County

According to the book Making History: The First Ten Years of KFTC:

"We just knew that it made sense to work together across county lines because the problems we faced were similar and needed to be addressed on the state or national level," said Gladys Maynard, who was representing the Concerned Citizens of Martin County and became KFTC's first chairperson.

We’re in a moment – it’s time to go all in

Posted by: Meta Mendel-Reyes, KFTC Chairperson on July 15, 2019

This spring, KFTC’s Steering Committee voted to go “all in” to impact the important elections in 2019 and 2020. They saw the urgency of this moment when so many things – our health care, pensions, schools, environment and our democracy – are at stake. Impacting the elections means engaging with hundreds of thousands of voters and changing the narrative about what’s possible in Kentucky. In the letter below, KFTC Chairperson Meta Mendel-Reyes explains why this moment is different – and why we have to rise to it.

KFTC beginning a Racial Justice Assessment and Visioning process

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 11, 2019

Late this spring, KFTC began a Racial Justice Assessment and Visioning process. This update is the first of what will likely be an ongoing series where we’ll share updates on what we’re learning, activities we’re engaging in, and potential next steps as we go through this process. 

In June 2018, the KFTC Steering Committee held a racial justice workshop for its summer retreat. Coming out of the workshop were three ideas the Steering Committee wanted to explore: 1) a racial justice audit or assessment of KFTC’s overall work; 2) a People of Color Caucus for members and staff; and 3) a Racial Justice Advisory Committee. 

After further discussion, the People of Color Caucus has gotten underway and the Steering Committee put on hold the Racial Justice Advisory Committee until after we go through the assessment process.

Lights For Liberty Action Friday

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on July 11, 2019

People across the world, including here in Kentucky, are disgusted and distrubed by the images coming from ICE detention facilities.

Many affected as Revelation Energy files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Posted by: Lisa Abbott on July 9, 2019

KFTC members and residents of many other coal producing states and regions have followed the activities of Revelation Energy, LLC with increasing alarm in recent years.

They watched closely as the company went a buying spree, acquiring hundreds of mine permits and hundreds of thousands of acres of mines in Kentucky alone from 2014 to 2018. They tracked notices of dozens of safety, health and environmental violations and overdue taxes charged against Revelation Energy, many of which remain outstanding. (According to the Lexington Herald Leader, Revelation Energy has been the top violator of reclamation and environmental rules in each of the last three years.)

And throughout this year, KFTC members actively organized against proposed mining permits and permit amendments sought by Revelation Energy that threaten water quality and community well-being in Harlan and Pulaski counties.

Enterprise Coal Co. "Big Branch" mountaintop removal mine Knott County KY

Emergent strategy at the SOKY Democracy Team meeting

Posted by: Alexa Hatcher on July 3, 2019

On Tuesday, July 2, the Southern KY chapter Democracy Team gathered for a meeting. During the meeting, emergent strategy was discussed.

Community members interested in making a difference meet in Buffalo Trace area

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 2, 2019

On June 29, more than 20 KFTC members, and folks interested in finding out more about KFTC, met up in Maysville for an informal get-together.

Introducing Yesenia!

Posted by: Yesenia Soriano-Altamirano on July 2, 2019

Hi my name is Yesenia Soriano- Altamirano and I will be working with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth this summer to better understand the work that is happening here in our home state Kentucky.  I

Reflections From Food: Our Common Connection

Posted by: Rosanne Klarer on July 1, 2019

Food is love, and is a key part of creating any community. This was especially clear at the Rolling Bluegrass first ever grassroots food fair!

Water connects us all – World Peace and Prayer Day 2019

Posted by: Maria Truitt on June 25, 2019

Twenty-three years ago, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, began traveling the world conducting World Peace and Prayer Day.

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