Chapter: Southern Kentucky

The Southern Kentucky chapter is a diverse and active group of people working to build a better future for all. We aim to hold our elected officials accountable as we create a more just, healthy, and sustainable community. Among the many issues we care about, our chapter is currently working on fair housing, tax justice, fairness, voter empowerment, and clean, safe, and affordable energy options.

Working together we are building the movement for economic, environmental and social justince in southern Kentucky! Please join us at an upcoming chpater meeting or event. We meet every fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Foundry, in Bowling Green.

Recent Activities

KFTC's statement on immigrants, refugees and Muslims

We the people …

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) has a vision of a Kentucky where “discrimination is wiped out of our laws, habits and hearts.” While discrimination already hurts many members of our communities, the current state legislature and our national government are taking aim at some of our most vulnerable neighbors: immigrants, refugees and religious minorities, especially Muslims. As we always have, KFTC is standing up for the targets of discrimination and working hard toward wiping discrimination out of our laws, habits and hearts. 

We voice our solidarity with immigrants, refugees and religious minorities who are coming under increased attack in this current political climate.

Solar in Kentucky: opportunities to learn and lend support

Kentuckians want more and better energy options, and we are especially interested in seeing more locally and community owned solar projects. That was the overwhelming message KFTC heard when we asked more than 1,000 people across the state to share their vision for Kentucky's energy future. 

Members attend #RenterPower2016 Summit

Summit participants. Photo by Laura Harper

Homes for All is a national campaign  with international connections organized to face a commonly un-acknowledged i

Legislators asked to consider safety of pipelines

Two legislative committee hearings in July focused on pipeline safety in Kentucky.

On July 16, KFTC member Bob Pekny joined Rep. David Floyd to talk about the Pipeline Safety Bill that was introduced in the 2015 legislative session.

“Kentucky is crisscrossed with pipelines of various sorts, most of them related to energy” Rep. Floyd told the Interim Joint Committee on Economic Development and Tourism. “We believe an increase in precautions would be wise.”

SOKY members work toward statewide renters’ rights bill

KFTC Southern Kentucky chapter members used the 2015 General Assembly to give their local work on renters’ rights a statewide platform.

The Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act (URLTA) is a set of codified best practices to clarify the terms of agreements between tenants and landlords.

It simply clarifies and standardizes the terms of a lease and protects renters from retaliatory evictions for reporting housing that is not up to code.

Based on best practices from the rental industry, URLTA is called a “win-win” for renters and landlords. Several states have adopted URLTA statewide. Kentucky’s state law, however, only allows individual communities to opt in to URLTA; it falls short of adopting it statewide.

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Chapter Feature:

Member spotlight

Read an op-ed by Southern Kentucky chapter member, Jeanie Smith on the importance of an Earned Income Tax Credit for Kentuckians.

"I live in Warren County, where according to the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, a state EITC would directly benefit more than 10,000 Warren County families, with an average credit of $330. Our families, like families all over Kentucky, are working hard to make it today. Having a $300-$400 tax credit that targets low- to moderate-income working families would make such a difference in the day-to-day."

Letter to the Tennesee Valley Authority

Southern Kentucky and Western Kentucky chapter members collectively helped to write a letter to TVA in support of the retirement of Unit 3 of the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenburg County, KY. The plant is the largest of its kind in the state, and has detrimental impacts on the counties surrounding it. In this letter, you will find statistics relating to the impacts on communities near the plant, as well as specific asks to TVA to create a Just Transition for these communities. 

An enlarged version of the map above can be found in the letter to TVA. It was created by KFTC members as part of an Environmental Justice Analysis they conducted. Click here to read (and sign!) the letter. 

Regular Meetings:

The Foundry
531 W. 11th Ave.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Monthly Chapter Meeting

Join us for our monthly meeting every 4th Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Chapter Organizer:

Laura Harper Knight
958 Collette Avenue Suite 500
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 282-4553

Upcoming Events:

April 23

SOKY Chapter Meeting

531 W 11th Ave
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Join us for our monthly chapter meeting. All are welcome! The Foundry is accessible and the bathrooms that are not gender neutral. Kids are welcome!

May 28

SOKY Chapter Annual Meeting part 1

531 E 11th Ave
Bowling Green, KY

The Southern Kentucky Chapter implements their Chapter Annual Meeting in two parts.

June 25

SOKY Chapter Annual Meeting part 2

531 E 11th Ave
Bowling Green, KY 42101

The Southern Kentucky Chapter implements their Chapter Annual Meeting in two parts.