Cumberland | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Chapter: Cumberland

If you believe that Laurel, Knox, Whitley and Pulaski Counties would benefit from local people working together to make their communities better and stronger, then we invite you to be a part of the Cumberland Chapter of KFTC. 

Members from these counties and surrounding counties work together to create space for each other and work on four core areas. In addition to adding capacity to statewide issue campaigns, the Cumberland Chapter focuses on racial justice, voter rights, LGBTQ+ issues and fairness, as well as environmental justice. We bring people from the tri-county area and beyond together, and we make sure to have fun while doing it!

Our monthly chapter meeting is a great way to learn more, meet like-minded folks, and get involved.

Recent Activities

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

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

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

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

Harlan, Cumberland chapter members excited about 2018 work

In January and February, two eastern Kentucky chapters have started the year off with a bang.

Harlan County chapter members met on January 25 and did some deep visioning on what they want the chapter to work on over the course of the next year, bringing long-time members as well as folks new to KFTC together.

“I'm excited for the direction the chapter is moving in. I believe this can be a great thing for Harlan County, and it can move Harlan in a very positive direction, for the benefit of all who live here,” Lily Milovnik, a Harlan County High School student, said in regards to the January chapter meeting.

Cumberland area groups help facilitate health care access

On December 8, KFTC members in the newly formed Cumberland chapter (Knox, Pulaski, Laurel and Whitley counties) and representatives from the Kentucky Primary Care Association hosted a Facebook live

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Regular Meetings:

The Cumberland Chapter generally meets on first Sunday of every month from 2-4 p.m. EST. The location rotates between the four counties each month. See our events list for the location of our next meeting.

Chapter Organizer:

Angel Hill
131 N Mill St
London, KY 40741
(606) 261-4955

Upcoming Events:

July 14

Cumberland Chapter Meeting

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All are welcome to participate in the Cumberland Chapter of KFTC's monthly chapter meeting. We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month from 2 to 4 pm. The location varies from month to month.

August 11

Cumberland Chapter Meeting

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All are welcome to attend our monthly Cumberland Chapter meeting, which takes place on the 2nd Monday of each month from 2 to 4 pm in various locations.