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 voter empowerment work. We're also focusing on building economic, environmental, and racial justice in Lexington and the Central Kentucky area. Please join us at our next chapter meeting or at one of our upcoming events. Meet other chapter members to learn about the exciting work we're doing and how you can be a part of it!

Recent Activities

Our Voices Matter: Writing as Activism Creates a Space for Community Members to Speak With Their Pens

 William Morris said, “History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created.” On Saturday morning, June 20, people across the community came together and created. Marianne WorthingtonCentral Kentucky Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning hosted a writing workshop to empower people to use the written word to effect social change.

United, Kentuckians are standing against the Bluegrass Pipeline

This week there were three big meetings of Kentuckians who joined up to learn more and speak out against the Bluegrass Pipeline proposed by Williams Energy Company.

Raising Awareness on the Mat: Central Kentucky's Community Slow Flow Yoga

 The Sanskrit Meaning of the word Yoga means union and that is exactly the intention behind the Community Slow Flow Yoga summer class series sponsored by the Central Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and Centered, a new alternative and holistic health center in Lexington. The class series is not only a union between mind and body and between KFTC and Centered, but it’s a connection between social justice and the yoga community.

Madison County learns from guests, engages in great annual chapter meeting

Pie. Diversity. Relationships. Students. Growth. Beards. This might not seem like typical conversation fodder for a KFTC chapter meeting, but these topics served as just some of the highlights for the Madison County KFTC annual chapter meeting, held the evening of June 24.

Madison County 2013 Annual Chapter Meeting

Members spent the first half of the meeting conducting necessary business, including petitioning to remain a chapter, electing people to the Steering Committee and Executive Committee, and discussing KFTC’s platform, which they felt should be updated to better address concerns about the transportation of fossil fuels and fossil fuel by-products. The chapter also took time to celebrate work they’ve done so far this year, having already raised $1,600 in chapter fundraising, but held off on making new goals, saving that instead for the July chapter meeting when there is more time for discussion.

Special Election TOMORROW

56th District map from the Lexington Herald-LeaderThere is a special legislative election tomorrow (Tuesday, June 25th) in the 56th House District, which covers Woodford County plus parts of Franklin and Fayette Counties. 

If you live in the district or think you might, please visit KFTC's election website at www.KentuckyElection.org to learn about candidate stances, find voting location information, and more.  And whether you live in the district or not, please share this link with people who do live in the district - through email, Facebook, and more. 

In the last few weeks, KFTC members have sent out a mailing to thousands of likely voters, collected candidate responses, promoted our website heavily, brought people out to the candidate forum, and have held phone banks to follow up with people we know in the district. 

Unfortunately, turnout is often low in special elections, but KFTC members vote and the election might be decided by just a few votes, so each one matters.  

For KFTC members and friends who live in or near the district can get involved in some final election events today and tomorrow:

- Final Phone Bank - Monday, June 24th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  We'll be calling from the Central Kentucky KFTC Office at 250 Plaza Dr. Lexington, KY 40503.

- Election Day Field Work - Tuesday, June 25th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a base location in Versailles in order to encourage people to go to the polls, direct voters, hold signs, run a sound car, and maybe even offer folks a ride to the polls. Let us know if you'd like to volunteer with us.

And again, please visit and share the link to www.KentuckyElection.org

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Chapter Feature:

Contact our chapter organizers: 

DeBraun Thomas

Meredith Wadlington

Regular Meetings:

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

We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 :00PM. at the Episcopal Mission House at the corner of 4th St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (across the street from the Living Arts & Science Center) in Lexington.

Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Chapter Organizer:

Meredith Wadlington
250 Plaza Dr.
Suite #4
Lexington, KY 40508
859-276-0563

Upcoming Events:

May 28

Kentucky Poor People's Campaign: Non-violent Moral Fusion Direct Action

700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601

June 4

Kentucky Poor People's Campaign: Non-violent Moral Fusion Direct Action

700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601

June 11

Kentucky Poor People's Campaign: Non-violent Moral Fusion Direct Action

700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601