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

Voter Registration Report from Southern Kentucky Chapter

Greetings from Bowling Green! 

The Southern Kentucky chapter had a blast with voter empowerment this year, registering 469 voters and having a ton of great conversations along the way. photo(1)

Our efforts began with regular tabling at the Community Farmers Market every Saturday, where we have made many good connections for future work. We also committed ourselves to canvassing often on the west side of Bowling Green, a low-income/minority section of town.  Our chapter meetings are held at a community center in this neighborhood, and members have given substantial effort over the years to forge relationships with residents of the west side. 

Member speaks out for her community while Bowling Green passes business tax cut

Dana Beasley Brown

The Bowling Green City Commission voted 4 - 1 to pass a local tax cut for businesses, the costs of which are unknown.

KFTC Electoral Organizers hired, trained and ready to go!

Pictured left to right Tayna Fogle, Allyson Williams, Stephanie Tyree, Carey Henson, Linda Stettenbenz, Beth Bissmeyer, Jennifer Jeffers, Tanya Torp, Kristah Lavalle and Alan Smith.

KFTC's campaign to register, educate and mobilize thousands of voters leading up to the November 6 election took a leap forward August 27 as KFTC ran an intensive two-day training of our brand new electoral organizers from chapter areas across the state. These folks will be assisting KFTC members and chapter organizers build grassroots power and strengthening our democracy.

KFTC members get the Blue Ribbon!

Last night's marathon Public Input meeting marked the end of this important stage of the Blue Ribbon Tax Commission's process for recommending state tax reforms. Although a few good folks had to leave before they could deliver their statement – the meeting ran more than an hour over time – the call for progressive tax reforms and adequate revenue for health, education, and environmental protection and clean energy was loud and clear. Sixteen of the speakers lined up were KFTC members, some coming as concerned Kentuckians and some wearing the hat of an ally organization.

Bowling Green members shape Blue Ribbon tax meeting!

KFTC members and friends who attended the hearing

Bowling Green members – and even some allies from Tennessee – shone at last night's Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Public Input Meeting

Ryan Alessi featured clips from several of our members in his coverage for "Pure Politics." Take a look! Other key parts of these members' testimony is pasted below their clip.

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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!