Chapter: Northern Kentucky

If you believe that Northern Kentucky communities are best served by honoring diversity and promoting sustainability, then join the Northern Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

The chapter began in Northern Kentucky in 2010, and has been active working to build a more just and sustainable community. From concerts, to film series, to candidate forums, our chapter is always working to find ways to better engage and work within our community. We hope you can join us, and help build a better Kentucky.

Recent Activities

Bluegrass Pipeline will cut across Kentucky

As many as a 18 Kentucky counties are within the possible path of a new pipeline that would carry natural gas liquids from the fracking fields of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to processing plants and export terminals along the Gulf Coast.

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Euchre For Justice Success!

The Northern Kentucky chapter recently held a euchre tournament at Pike Street Lounge to help raise money for the work we are doing.

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Secretary of State meeting in northern Kentucky a success

100_1462Last night, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes held a second town meeting, this one in Kenton County, to gather input from the public about election laws and processes in Kentucky. 

About 60 people attended in all, including representatives from local county clerks' offices, political party groups, and Northern Kentucky KFTC members. 

At the beginning of the event, Grimes recognzed KFTC and said that without us and other civic groups like the League of Women Voters, it wouldn't be possible to have smooth representative elections in Kentucky.

The format was simple - a 60 minute discussion facilitated by Alison Lundergan Grimes. There was some context at the beginning and some recognition of county clerks' office representatives, and then the audience was asked questions like "What are your thoughts about our current voter registration process?" "18 states offer online voter registration. Should we try to move in that direction?" "What is your election day experience like?" and "32 states allow early voting. Should we allow no-excuse early voting in Kentucky too?" 

A few KFTC members were prepared to bring up the issue of restoration of voting rights for former felons who have served their debt to society, but Grimes beat us to it. She expressed her support in no uncertain terms and many people throughout the room voiced their support as well.  This included Jim Cole, a representative of the AFL-CIO.

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Secretary of State meetings gathering input on election laws

35421_1360070120623_1197630007_30870127_3370161_nThe Kentucky Secretary of State's office is setting up a series of town meetings across the state to review and recommend improvements to Kentucky’s election laws.

A few have already happened, but four upcoming meetings are:

• Wednesday, May 22 – Kenton County - 5:30pm at Dixie Heights Highschool

• Monday, June 3 – McCracken County - 12:30pm.  Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Avenue, Paducah, KY

• Thursday, June 6th – Jefferson County - 12:30pm.  Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th Street, Louisville, KY

• Thursday, June 20 – Madison County - 5:30pm.  Madison County Extension Office, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond, KY

*blog updated on 5/9,  5/20, and 5/30 to reflect shifting times and locations.  See the bottom of the blog entry for more information. 

This could be an excellent time for KFTC members and allies to make the case for changes we would like to see in our democracy - from expanding voting rights to former felons, lengthening voting hours, or limiting the power of corporations and large donors.

As three of these 4 meetings are in KFTC chapter areas, we'd like to encourage our members to come out to them and speak their minds. 

You can say anything you want, but we created a template (adapted from the earlier blue ribbon tax commission hearings) that might help you think through what to say:

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Northern Kentucky members pull double duty

Members Jesse Byelry, Pamela Dickson, Truman Harris, Emily Spinks, Lauren Gabbard, and Jeff Hampton at the Great American Cleanup

On April 27, members of the Northern Kentucky KFTC Chapter split time at two separate tables to help raise awareness about our work across the state.

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Regular Meetings:

Center for Great Neighborhoods
321 W. 12th Street
Covington, KY 41011
Monthly Chapter Meeting

Every Third Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Chapter Organizer:

Joe Gallenstein
306 Greenup St.
Covington, KY 41011
859-380-6103

Upcoming Events:

September 19

NKY Chapter Meeting

321 W. 12th Street
Covington, KY 41011

Join members as we work on empowering voters, promoting sustainability, fighting oppression, and sharing our vision for Kentucky!

October 11

NKY Racial Justice MEeting

502 Scott Street
Covington, KY 41011

Join KFTC members as we discuss ongoing work to promote racial justice and equity in our communities and beyond.

October 17

NKY Chapter Meeting

321 W. 12th Street
Covington, KY 41011

Join local KFTC members as we discuss our ongoing work around racial justice, voting rights, clean energy, tax reform, lgbtq rights, and so much more!