Chapter: Western Kentucky

We share a vision of a Kentucky where people and communities matter above profits, taxes are fairly assessed, we empower voters and protect their rights, we defend our environment, basic needs are met for all, and we value our most vulnerable populations. We engage with these issues because it is our goal to achieve a more equitable and just society. Our chapter is dedicated to addressing these issues with our government and leaders and holding them accountable.

If you also share this vision, please join us for one of our upcoming chapter meetings or events. We’d love to see you there!

Recent Activities

ORSANCO work continues, hearings in early April

For more than a year, KFTC has worked with allies to protect the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission’s (ORSANCO) mission to clean and protect the Ohio River through monitoring and enforcement. This commission, made up of representatives of the federal government and 8 members states (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois) of ORSANCO maintains pollution control standards that are higher than the EPA or state enforcement agencies.

While these standards have not solved the Ohio River’s pollution issues, it has made considerable progress since the founding in 1948. Yet some political appointees in ORSANCO want to make these essential standards optional for states to enforce, giving states the ability to ignore damage to our water systems that disproportionately impacts lower income people and people of color across the region.

Southern Kentucky and Western Kentucky members see representatives sworn in despite new limitations on access to the Capitol

On Tuesday, January 8, Kentuckians gathered at their Capitol for the first day of the 2019 legislative session.

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.

Students should feel safe, protected, and free at school

As a student, it is my belief that students should feel safe, protected, and free at school. However, arming teachers may not make students feel safe, it could in fact do the opposite.

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Regular Meetings:

Faculty Hall Murray, KY

We meet every third Sunday of the month at 3:30 p.m. in Faculty Hall on Murray State University's campus.  Call Organizer Laura Harper Knight (502)216-6642 or join our Facebook group to connect with the chapter and find meeting details.

Chapter Organizer:

Laura Harper Knight
KY 42001
270-282-4553

Upcoming Events:

May 19

Western Kentucky Chapter Meeting

Faculty Hall
Murray, KY

Join the Western Kentucky Chapter for our monthly meeting! Learn about our latest work, take action with us, and enjoy conversation and community with like-minded people.

June 6

ORSANCO Commission Meeting

668 West 5th Street
Covington, KY 41011

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) will be discussing and potentially voting on proposed changes to their Pollution Control Standards.