Chapter: Central Kentucky

The central Kentucky chapter is one of the oldest chapters within KFTC. We are a diverse group of people who care about making our communities healthy and safe for all people. Our chapter members are interested in a range of issues, but currently we are working on educating folks about democracy through our restoration of voting rights campaign and voter empowerment work, creating a public dialogue about safe spaces through our safe restrooms campaign, and focusing on economic injustices within Lexington through our economic justice survey project.  Feel Please  join us at our next chapter meeting or one of our upcoming events. Meet other chapter members and learn about the exciting work we're doing and how you can be a part of it!

Recent Activities

April Browning: Celebrating the life of a friend and activist

Our community lost a strong leader the 7th of this month with the passing of April Browning. Her strong voice for justice and equality could be heard on many fronts.  In about every speech April gave it often started out with, "First and foremost, I'm a mom." She said in one interview, "My son Elijah . . . makes every day worth living and special . . . That's the first and most important thing you need to know about me."  She went on to explain, "But after that, it's really important to me to take initiative to make my community a better place - for Elijah and everyone else."

April was a board member of Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice.  She was the inspiration and one of the founders of Occupy Lexington in 2011.  Her voice was heard at the rallies organized by Kentuckians Against the War On Women.  She was a spokesperson around the restoration of voting rights for former felons in Kentucky and for Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. 

April was born in Flint, Michigan, but grew up in Central Kentucky.  She understood first hand the struggle of low-income parents in Kentucky.  She understood first hand being denied rights as a former felon for a mistake long past paid for. She understood the struggle of the 99% against the 1%.

In her words, "I am politically active and I feel that my voice as well as thousands of other Kentuckians' voices should be heard. ... I'm fighting for progress across the board and this fight is personal."

We mourn the loss of her leadership and activism, but her spirit will remain with us as the struggle continues.

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KFTC members honored as Community Heroes

KFTC members Tanya and Christian Torp are recognized among 50 Community Heroes in honor of Cesar Chavez Day, March 31. On the birthday of the late civil rights activist and labor leader, the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Equal Voice for Families campaign is featuring on its website local leaders who are redefining poverty.

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Lexington council and mayor vote to table affordable housing trust fund; Central Kentucky KFTC members mobilize

Rupp Arena is known throughout the state and the nation as the home of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. For many, Rupp Arena is a symbol of pride and legacy. It can also be a symbol of something else in Lexington: the number of people who cannot afford housing would fill up Rupp Arena twice.

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Affordable housing tops central Kentucky KFTC's holiday wish List

This year, affordable housing was at the top of the Central Kentucky KFTC chapter’s holiday wish list. Central Kentucky KFTC members asked Santa Claus to deliver an important message to Lexington Mayor Jim Gray: It is time to prioritize an affordable housing trust fund for Lexington.
On Friday morning, Dec. 20th, Santa delivered a stack of Christmas cards to the mayor’s office urging the mayor to take action on the trust fund in 2014.

The cards were created by Central Kentucky KFTC members, as well as members from the BUILD (Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct Action) organization who has been working toward the trust fund for the past five years.Upon delivering the cards, Santa said,  “I believe people shouldn’t have to pay money just to have a good place to live, and they certainly shouldn’t pay more than they can afford. Mayor Gray should take urgent action on making affordable housing a reality for all the residents of Lexington.”

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13th District Special Election Next Tuesday!

There is a special legislative election coming up in one week on Tuesday, December 10th for the 13th Senate District covering a large section of Fayette County.


We've sent surveys out to the candidates so that we can communicate their answers out far and wide and they're now online at KentuckyElection.org There are also links to candidate sites, voting location information, and more.  So please share this link with people you know in the district.

We're also sending a mass mailing to voters in the district plus phone banks, and social media work to reach thousands of voters and help them cast an informed vote. 

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Episcopal Mission House
203 E. 4th St.
Lexington, KY 40508
Monthly Chapter Meeting

We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Mission House on the corner of 4th St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Lexington. Our meetings are open to the public, so anyone is welcome to attend.

Chapter Organizer:

Beth Howard
Lexington, KY 40508
(386) 299-2921