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We gained ground Tuesday – and we can’t slow down

Posted by: KFTC Staff on November 7, 2019

Congratulations, Kentucky – we chose a new governor! We did it by choosing each other ­– by having conversations with our neighbors about the issues we care about and by showing up together at the polls.

Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s campaign knocked on one million doors. Ally organizations engaged voters across the state. And more than 300 KFTC members and volunteers had conversations with more than 50,000 Kentuckians at their front doors, on the phone and at community events.

Together, we made an impact. And we can’t slow down.

We focused our efforts in neighborhoods that candidates don’t always reach: poor and working-class people, Kentuckians of color, and rural communities. Folks who might not always make it to the polls, but who know and care the most about the issues. We also continued engaging Kentuckians who couldn’t vote yesterday because of a felony in their past, their age, or immigration status.

We talked with a woman living in a domestic violence shelter and voting for the first time. To a retired veteran excited to see a Fairness Ordinance pass in their town. We talked with a 75-year-old who lost her husband to Black Lung disease. To hundreds of students on college campuses. And to a man in eastern Kentucky who said, “You all are out planting seeds, and soon you’ll have a garden come up.”

Those of us dreaming of a better Kentucky – and a better world – have a responsibility to build it. Electing leaders who will show up with us and for us is one important step. Last night’s result creates momentum for Kentuckians to choose state legislators, a new senator, and a new president in 2020. 

This election also makes it more possible for us to protect public education and health care in the General Assembly, expand voting rights, and more. And grassroots leaders will need to hold Beshear accountable to his campaign promises and push him to bolder action. 

Thank you to every KFTC member and volunteer who showed up during this election. 

Let’s keep building grassroots power together.

Member Sandy Downs at the Roots & Heritage Fesitval in Lexington.

  

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Election Day is tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know.

Posted by: KFTC Staff on November 4, 2019

IMG_1714Tomorrow – Tuesday, November 5 – is Election Day in Kentucky.

This election will be close. If you’re eligible to vote, please make a plan to go to the polls between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Together, we can choose leaders who will show up with us and for us on issues that matter to Kentuckians, like health care, public education and voting rights.

To see what will be on your ballot, learn where candidates stand on issues, find your voting location, and much more, visit www.KentuckyElection.org

Members celebrate Northern Kentucky’s love for democracy

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 24, 2019

Northern Kentucky members celebrated the voter registration period with a whirlwind of activity from September 28 through October 6!

NKY members learn of sustainability initiatives on tour

Posted by: KFTC staff on October 17, 2019

The Northern Kentucky Chapter hosted a Sustainability Tour in September with allies in Covington to learn about ways local communities are trying to promote sustainability.

Beshear and Bevin are tied in the polls. You can break that tie.

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 16, 2019

IMG_1916According to a new poll released today, Andy Beshear and Matt Bevin are tied in the race for governor. You can break that tie.

One big take away from this poll is that KFTC's work is so crucial right now. While Bevin and Beshear are fighting over swing voters and turning out their bases, KFTC is helping to engage and turn out new voters – new voters that could make a decisive choice on election day.

But to do that, it will take all of us showing up. Will you volunteer with KFTC between now and election day? Sign up at www.WeAreKentuckians.org.

We registered over 2,500 voters!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 16, 2019

voters345353KFTC members relentlessly got out into their communities over the past few months to register their neighbors to vote door-to-door, at community events, and more.

The voter registration deadline was Monday, October 7.

In the end, we registered 2,560 voters!  Not only did we exceed our goal by over 500 voters, every region of the state hit or exceeded their goal!

We also recruited 4,841 people to sign petitions on various issues in that time and we did it all with 363 volunteer shifts by KFTC members like you!

Behind every one of those numbers are thousands of real people who we connected with.  People with stories who are just a little more empowered and connected to our Democracy because of that.   To see a gallery of pictures we took doing voter registration, look here!

Voting Rights work integrated with voter empowerment

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 16, 2019

As the 2019 governor’s election looms close, KFTC members are continuing the fight to restore voting rights of people with felonies. The campaign is gaining momentum and getting stronger every week.

Here are a few highlights of recent work:

Voting Rights campaign update

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 11, 2019

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Even as the 2019 governor’s election looms close, KFTC members are continuing the fight to restore voting rights of people with felonies. The campaign is gaining momentum and getting stronger every week.

Here are a few highlights of recent work:

Reflections on the Georgetown Fairness victory

Photo taken by Mary Meehan of WEKU Radio. Danny Woolums, Jr, Georgeotwn native and CKY member, speaks about the need for Fairness at Georgetown Council meeting.
Posted by: Willow Hambrick on October 11, 2019

Georgetown passed a fairness ordinance on September 9, becoming the 13th Kentucky city to do so. Since writing this, Versailles became the next city to pass a fairness ordinance, and Highland Heights has had its first reading, with a second reading is scheduled for the 15th.

I am a retired public school teacher, an adjunct professor at Georgetown College, a mother of five children (two of whom are gay), and a grandmother to seven. My husband, a local pediatrician, and I both spoke in favor of the ordinance.

KFTC leaders confront results of racial justice assessment

Posted by: Mikaela Curry and Tiffany Duncan on October 11, 2019

“Solidarity is not a matter of altruism. Solidarity comes from the inability to tolerate the affront to our own integrity of passive or active collaboration in the oppression of others, and from the deep recognition of our most expansive self-interest. From the recognition that, like it or not, our liberation is bound up with that of every other being on the planet, and that politically, spiritually, in our heart of hearts we know anything else is unaffordable” 

— Aurora Levins Morales

As a part of KFTC’s commitment to racial justice, the Steering Committee made the decision last year to commit to a racial justice organizational assessment and visioning process. 

During the weekend of October 5-6, members of the Executive Committee, Steering Committee, Racial Justice Team and People of Color Caucus, as well as several staff, gathered to discuss the results of the Racial Justice Assessment that was conducted by Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned consulting firm that was hired to conduct an independent third-party analysis of KFTC’s culture, obstacles and goals regarding race equity work.

Big Sandy chapter hosts Disability Justice workshop

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 10, 2019

Members of the Big Sandy chapter – inspired by the disability justice workshop at the annual meeting – came together in Prestonsburg to organize a local Disability Justice Workshop.

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