Vision Smoketown began as a volunteer based community-canvassing project conceived after Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) relocated our Jefferson County office to the Smoketown neighborhood in July 2013. During this time, members of the Jefferson County Chapter’s Economic Justice team were focusing their attention on local affordable housing issues. After moving to Smoketown, the team wanted to understand the desires and needs of Smoketown residents within the changing dynamics of Louisville. From May through August 2014, KFTC members and volunteers went door to door in the Smoketown neighborhood collecting responses to a 51-question survey developed in partnership with Center For Neighborhoods. KFTC collected a total of 140 survey responses and continued building relationships with community members during three Smoketown community cookouts held in the backyard of KFTC offices during the summer of 2014 and our Smoketown GetDown for Democracy a block party held on September 19, 2014. This canvassing project has evolved into working with residents in defining problems and issues in order to develop strategies that bring positive changes in the neighborhood and to its residents’ everyday lives. KFTC believes that providing a means to convey a community’s voice can lead to a more collaborative community vision and will help develop future neighborhood leaders.
This Fall 2014 Power Up Webinar is about writing letters to the editor--strategies to make it effective, tips, and best practices. Just about 15 minutes--plenty of time to be drafting your great letter as you listen!
KFTC developed this overview of the EPA's proposed carbon emissions standards for existing power plants, released in June 2014. It is intended to help KFTC members understand and talk about the issues surrounding climate change and this EPA proposal.
The Odor Response Team Project (ORT) was put together in an effort to document odors and to use the documentation to reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals associated with Rubbertown chemical facilities.
For many years, REACT (Rubbertown Emergency ACTion) has received numerous calls from people living and working in the Villages of Park DuValle among other neighborhoods. From complaints of odors to beliefs that illness was directly related to Rubbertown, people have called wanting answers. When Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) offered to help support the work of REACT, it seemed the perfect time to implement the idea of Odor Response Teams.