Economic Justice News

KFTC members attend Equity Summit 2015

January 13, 2016 at 03:09pm

Last October several KFTC members and staff traveled to Los Angeles, California for PolicyLink's Equity Summit 2015: All in for Inclusion, Justice, & Prosperity.

‘Walk Your Block’ is Jefferson County's next Smoketown initiative

January 13, 2016 at 02:31pm

A year after the Vision Smoketown survey report was released, largely the same Jefferson County Economic Justice team is putting together a report on the Smoketown Walk Your Block project launched in April 2015.

We Are Kentuckians rally lifts up a vision for Kentucky

January 5, 2016 at 09:39pm

KFTC Chairperson Dana Beasley Brown opened the first We Are Kentuckians rally in Frankfort by sharing a vision of healthy communities, good jobs, the best health care, fairness, racial justice and a healthy environment across Kentucky.

“Our collective voice is so important in this political landscape – the voice of real people. We’re churning our dreams – you and me – with people all over our commonwealth. And we have the solutions that can make them a reality,” Beasley Brown told the crowd of 200 gathered in the capitol rotunda on January 5, the first day of the 2016 General Assembly.

We Are Kentuckians Rally on January 5th

December 21, 2015 at 08:28am
Let’s start the new year off with a declaration at our Capitol!

We have a shared vision for Kentucky. We have momentum, with raising the wage in Lexington and restoring voting rights. Now is the time for us to work even harder together, to grow stronger, and build new power.

Be in Frankfort on January 5th to shout our vision for a better Kentucky.

Central Kentucky members celebrate as Lexington raises the minimum wage

December 11, 2015 at 03:58pm
Central Kentucky

Lexington minimum wage victory

Central Kentucky KFTC Chapter members are still celebrating a big victory in Lexington. On November 19 the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government voted 9-6 to raise the minimum wage in Fayette County from $7.25 to $10.10 over a period of three years.

The chapter had been working on this issue for nearly a year by lobbying council members, cosponsoring and attending rallies, speaking at council meetings, writing and calling council members, and writing op-eds and letters to the editor, among other strategies.

This victory is significant not only because it will affect an estimated 31,300 workers, according to the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, but also because it makes Lexington the second city in Kentucky and only the third city in the South to raise the minimum wage.

Janet Tucker, a long-time KFTC member, former KFTC chair, and co-chair of the Working Families Campaign is excited about the victory. She first brought the issue of raising the minimum wage to the chapter.

“This was a tremendous victory for thousands of hard-working people in Lexington!”

“This was a tremendous victory for thousands of hard-working people in Lexington!” Tucker said. ”Much thanks goes out to the many people, including KFTC members, who worked on this for months, to Jennifer Messotti who championed this bill, and to Steve Kay and all members of council who voted for this bill. We realize this is not a living wage and there is still much work to be done. The Lexington Working Families Campaign will continue to work equity here in Central Kentucky.”

An Open Letter To The Lexington City Council From The Central Kentucky Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

October 23, 2015 at 03:14pm
Central Kentucky

We are the Central Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, and we believe that all Lexington’s workers deserve a wage that can sustain themselves and their families.

Group pushing for state residents to formulate a Clean Power Plan

October 21, 2015
The State Journal

This article describes Empower Kentucky, a project of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth aimed at getting community stakeholders to formulate their own clean energy plan by June 2016 in response to the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan.

Empower Kentucky will build a state energy plan “that works for everybody”

October 20, 2015 at 03:28pm

Empower Kentucky, an ambitious project to re-shape Kentucky’s energy future based on a vision “that works for everybody” was announced today by KFTC members.

“Over the next year KFTC will invite thousands of people from all walks of life to share their vision and ideas for transforming Kentucky’s energy system,” said Sean Hardy of Louisville. “Then, together, we will write our own energy plan, one that works for everybody, all of us.

Recap of 2nd Annual Smoketown GetDown

October 14, 2015 at 04:05pm

Last month the Jefferson County Chapter hosted the 2nd annual Smoketown GetDown for Democracy block party: the party hasn’t stopped since!  The event was a celebration of the history of the Smoketown neighborhood and the innovative ideas from local residents for its future.

KFTC members "All In" during exciting annual meeting

August 25, 2015 at 10:15am

EmPower Kentucky panel at 2015 Annual Meeting

KFTC members affirmed once again that we are “all in” for a better Kentucky.

Celebration of Tanya Turner

At the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting August 21-23, members from across Kentucky gathered at General Butler State Park to strategize, envision, share ideas and have fun together.

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