Southern Kentucky | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

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

Southern Kentucky participates in general assembly, expands local housing work

It’s been a busy year so far for Southern Kentucky members. The year started off with action in support of House Bill 70, which would restore the right to vote to most former felons in Kentucky once their sentence is complete. Local members met with five legislators on January 15, and all five have since voted in support of the bill. With recent changes in House Bill 70, which is now in the form of a committee substitute (you can read about that HERE), members will be contacting those same legislators and requesting they hold true to the original House version of the bill and not support the recent changes. Current and upcoming actions include calls,e-mails, and visits to legislators and letters to the editor in papers here at home.

Southern Kentucky Update

On September 24, Southern Kentucky KFTC members came together for their regular monthly chapter meeting with many big updates and even bigger plans for the next few months.

Steering Committee representatives updated members on the recent steering committee retreat held in Whitesburg, which provided both an orientation to newly elected representatives and an exciting start to our Fall Fundraising campaign. Several local members have agreed to participate in our Power Builders program, joining members all across Kentucky to celebrate KFTC’s focus on growing a healthy democracy as we raise funds, awareness, and members. To see how to join in this HUGE event, visit our KFTC POWER BUILDER page.

Voting Rights in the News

This segment aired on News Channel 12 in Bowling Green this week. 

Bike Parade in Bowling Green!

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Rolling through streets and neighborhoods, members of the Southern KY chapter of KFTC visited the Westside where we have focused our canvassing, reminding people to vote with home made signs and our voices.  We then visited two polling places and WKU, and finished on the square downtown.

We also did two interviews and video for WKU-TV with Ka'Seana Blanton and had a photographer follow us around for the whole ride.

We're also giving rides to the polls and fielding phone calls, and doing it all in style.

Here in the Central KY time zone, we have just over two hours left before the polls close.

Voter Mobilization update from Bowling Green / Southern Kentucky

phone bank(1)Howdy from Bowling Green! The SOKY chapter got together for our second phone bank last night, and it was as much fun as we coud handle!

Eight members braved the cold and drizzly weather for pizza and a little democracy in action.

We called around 250 people and had some great conversations. Our meeting space is often shared by ESL classes, and we were delighted when one student and one instructor volunteered to make calls with us!

We also hope to have another student ride with us in the sound truck today, joining Jason Brown on the megaphone.

We'll also have a phalanx of bike riders alongside the truck today...pictures of that to come.

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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."

Take Action for Democracy in Warren County!

Together, we can get one step closer to the Kentucky we all believe is possible. But it's going to take all of us, and it's going to take a real grassroots effort to knock on doors, call our neighbors and talk about the issues that matter to us. We're laying the groundwork for something BIG in 2019 and 2020. Are you with us?

Will you commit a few hours to a healthy democracy? We need you on our team. Please click this link to sign up for actions in Warren County!  

 

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 310
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 282-4553

Upcoming Events:

September 24

SOKY Chapter Meeting

531 West 11th Ave
Bowling Green , KY 42101

Join us for our monthly chapter meeting at The Foundry in Bowing Green, KY.

October 1

SOKY Democracy Team Meeting

958 Collett Ave
Conference Room
Bowling Green , KY 42101

Nearly everyone** is invited to our monthly Democracy Team meetings. Our Democracy Team is who decides how our voter empowerment work happens in our chapter.

October 22

SOKY Chapter Meeting

531 West 11th Ave
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Join us for our monthly chapter meeting to hear about what we are working on in our chapter area, and become involved. 

All are welcome, please bring a friend!