2018 Annual Membership Meeting

We’re in a moment of tremendous danger, but also surrounded by profound political opportunity. In the face of these times, KFTC is part of building a movement that is oriented to a shared vision of a beloved community – the Kentucky that many of us believe is possible.

The Beloved Community was a concept popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and is based on his belief that a mass group of people who are truly committed to non-violence can create a world where discrimination, poverty, militarism, hate, fear and all forms of violence are eradicated and love, trust, reconciliation, peace and justice thrive. For KFTC, and our Commonwealth, that Beloved Community is alive in our vision statement.

We are claiming that Kentucky, and building toward it now with work to change the political landscape, and to build power through our relationships and interconnectedness. This movement – this transition – will take all of us. Join us in a weekend of claiming Kentucky and creating our beloved community.

Join KFTC members from across Kentucky at our annual gathering August 3-5 in Berea. We’ll meet on the campus of Berea College for a weekend of great guest speakers, workshops, social activities and more. The weekend gathering is family-friendly. Childcare will be offered, and youth are encouraged to participate in all sessions.

Our Keynote Speaker

Anthony Thigpenn, a Los Angeles-based community organizer for more than 30 years, heads California Calls, a powerful alliance of 31 organizations in 12 counties around the state. The centerpiece of California Calls is to achieve progressive, long-term tax and fiscal policy reform by engaging underrepresented, low-income voters in state public policy decision-making.

Mr. Thigpenn is widely recognized as a leading expert in grassroots, civic engagement technology and programs. He ran successful field campaigns for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Karen Bass, State Senator Kevin de León, and former City Councilmember Martin Ludlow, among others.

Mr. Thigpenn is also the founder and president of Strategic Concepts in Organizing & Policy Education (SCOPE), a grassroots organization formed in South Los Angeles shortly after the 1992 uprising in the city. It was formerly known as AGENDA.

The weekend begins Friday evening as folks arrive, settle in and get to know each other through a fun, interactive and informal program. Then we begin Saturday morning with an opening session where we orient ourselves to the space and theme of the weekend and begin to dig into a great day of learning and sharing.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend two break-out sessions of their choice from a great lineup of eight different workshops. An afternoon break on Saturday will give folks a chance to stretch our legs or relax our minds a bit. Optional recreational and educational activities will be offered during the break. Then we’ll come back together on Saturday evening for a fun awards ceremony that recognizes the hard and important work of KFTC leaders throughout the year, and also hear from a powerful, engaging keynote speaker Anthony Thigpenn of California Calls.

Sunday morning we’ll have a brand-new set of break-out sessions to choose from and then join together for our democratic, grassroots business meeting before saying goodbye. A full schedule is listed below. More details will be added as the program continues to take shape.

Lodging will be provided in three dorm buildings within a very short walk of the meeting space. When you register you’ll have the opportunity to tell us which dorm rooms best suit you and your family’s needs. All dorms are fully air-conditioned, and accessible rooms are available. If for some reason the dorms will not work for your lodging needs, you can indicate that when you register and we will work with you to find appropriate accommodations.

If you have questions about the gathering that you would like answered before deciding to register, please let us know by contacting KFTC staffperson Carissa Lenfert at 502-208-1696 or carissa@kftc.org.

Don’t delay. Register now. We expect to fill up quickly, so reserve your spot today. Register by June 29 to lock in the early-bird pricing. Scholarships are also available by request.

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 3

4 p.m. Registration Opens

7 p.m. Evening Program

9 p.m. Social Activity 

Saturday, August 4

8 a.m. Registration Opens and Breakfast

9 a.m. Morning Program and Opening

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Workshop Round 1

    • Digital Organizing: Building Grassroots Power Online & In Real Life - Join us to learn how to use social media platforms to build community on and offline, bring people into the movement, and take action for justice.

    • From Monuments to Monumental Movements: Supporting People Of Color Led Organizing - We are working for a day when discrimination is wiped out of our laws, habits, and hearts. In this workshop we will hear from folks working for racial justice in Kentucky, learn tools for anti-racist organizing, and explore how best to show up for people of color led movements.  

    • Appalachian Transition: How we got here and where we’re going - Join us to look back at KFTC’s work to build a movement toward a just transition over the last 10 years. We will also analyze the moment we are in right now, and moving forward, what’s it going to take to build a brighter future for the region.

    • Creating spaces of belonging: anti-oppression within our organizing - KFTC aims to model and live out the values and vision that are necessary to build the world we want to live in. This workshop will support participants in building a shared understanding of systems of oppression, how they impact us and our organizing, and how we can create spaces that move us toward collective liberation. We’ll learn concrete ways to make our spaces inclusive for all, and together, we’ll develop more ways forward. We’ll leave better equipped to create beloved communities and spaces of belonging.

    • Action for Democracy: Working Toward People Powered Politics in Kentucky - Join this workshop to learn more about Action for Democracy, KFTC's year-round approach to building grassroots power to win on election day, increase civic engagement, build a healthy democracy, and pass progressive local, state and federal legislation. You'll walk away with new skills to register, educate, empower, and turnout progressive voters in your community in 2018 and beyond.

    • Building Beloved Community through Connection and Resilience - Good organizing demands strategy, tactics, and vision. But good organizing IS, fundamentally, relationships. Through personal relationships, we create the connective tissue of the world we want to see. In this workshop, we’ll consider how to cultivate movements that are inch-wide and mile deep. How can listening, story circles, and togetherness help us grow roots for the long haul.

    • Following Youth Leadership - An interactive workshop facilitated by young leaders from across the Commonwealth.  

    • Beyond Pronouns - Recognizing that we are still learning together about the importance of being better allies to members of our community who are transgender, genderqueer, or non-binary, this workshop will focus on deepening our understanding of our work around gender inclusion and gender justice. Inspired by the #TransLivesMatter film More Than a Pronoun we will be discussing: transitioning, trans visibility, racism, privilege, use of pronouns, restroom issues, suicide, addiction, homelessness, violence, spirituality, and health issues in the Trans community.

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Workshop Round 2

    • (Same set of workshops as listed above)

3 p.m. Afternoon Break

6 p.m. Dinner

7 p.m. Keynote and Awards Ceremony

We will be joined by special guest Anthony Thigpenn of California Calls who will share with us his experiences of over 30 years of progressive organizing.

9 p.m. Social Activity 

Sunday, August 5

8 a.m. Breakfast

9 a.m. Workshops

    • Art in Organizing - Vision Building and the Role of Creative Expression: The world we are building towards, the one described in our vision statement, is a world we’ve never seen before. As Adrienne Marie Brown describes, “Art is not neutral. It either upholds or disrupts the status quo, advancing or regressing justice.”  Art can cause a disruption, help us see the world that we’re striving to create, and can serve as an outlet to help us process the world that we’re living in. Art also allows us to ground our social justice work in our cultural identity to create change in a way that acknowledges our full and authentic selves.  Join us as we view some examples of art in organizing and create art together.

    • Campaign for Our Commonwealth - Investing in Our Future: Join us for a brief overview of economic justice in Kentucky’s tax and budget policy. Hear from experts about what lessons we are learning from Kansas’ tax and budget problems and how we can do better. Leave knowing how we can take action between now and the November elections.

    • Rooted in Faith - the power of organizing for justice from a faith perspective: Join us for a conversation about ways some KFTC members and allies approach grassroots organizing from a faith perspective. How do our diverse religious faiths and spiritual practices inform our shared vision for justice in Kentucky? What are some of the universal truths at the heart of KFTC’s work, and how can we engage people in our community in conversations about those core values? What are some examples of ways Kentuckians are organizing to address poverty, climate change, racial justice, and fundamental human rights by engaging faith communities? And what are some of the tensions, challenges, and contradictions that we face along the way.

    • Pulling Off a Successful Nonviolent Direct Action - More than just an introduction: Nonviolent Direct Action is an effect, yet complex campaign tactic. Come to this workshop to get a good understanding of what NVDA is, how to make it happen, the various roles that need to be filled, how to keep it legal and other legality considerations, and finally, how to take care of yourself and your people mentally and physically throughout.

    • Writing for Social Change: A Workshop on Movement Building - Do you have something to say? And do you want to get it out into the world, but feel intimidated or unsure of where to start? You don't have to be a published author, an award winning journalist, or a famous artist or songwriter to put what's in your head and heart onto paper and into the world. Join us for this workshop to practice writing and learn best ways to create and share what you have to say to build our Beloved Community in a fun, welcoming, judgement-free, creative space.

10:30 a.m. Annual Business Meeting

This is the time when we review and vote on KFTC’s issue platform, elect statewide officers, and approve new and returning KFTC chapters.

12 p.m. Adjourn

August 3, 2018 (All day) to August 5, 2018 (All day)
Event Organizer: 
Carissa Lenfert
Contact Email: 
Event Venue: 
Berea College
Event Location: 
101 Chestnut St
Berea, KY 40404