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NKY Celebrates Pride, Remembers the Year Before

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on June 9, 2021
Two people swing by to learn more about KFTC's work at NKY Pride 21!

Northern Kentucky members came out this past Sunday (June 6th) to celebrate Pride with 100s of others in downtown Covington! The event featured performances from local drag performers, musicians, and others, booths from a variety of community groups, and the first chance for so many to gather safely during the pandemic. The event was lifegiving. 100s if not 1000s joined the celebration, visiting local stores, booths from churches, organizatiosn, and others in support of both Pride and the new Northern Kentucky Pride Center.  And, it took place in the first city in Kentucky to ban the torturous practice known as conversion therapy! 

NKY members set up the table at Goebel Park before Pride!

It is hard though to not reflect on where Northern Kentucky was the year before, when many of us gathered with 100s to declare that Black Lives Matter. We were marching with our community not in celebration of the joy of being able to finally be our fullselves with one another, but in the anger and hurt of the loss of life our Black siblings face and the lack of safety many feel in their community. We were mourning together during the pandemic at the deaths of Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, and George Floyd, and a system that continues to devalue lives of people that look like them.

Elsmere Black Lives Matter Rally in June of 2020 after the murder of Breonna Taylor, David McAtee and George Floyd

Reflecting on the duality of the events, one early in the pandemic and one towards the end, it shows us how the struggle for justice and equity is not always a straight line. It shows that community can be found with collective loss, and with collective pride. And that as we work to build a world where we all are authentic, valued, and whole that we must continue to make space for both emotions. 

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KFTC helped make an animated series premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 8, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that KFTC was part of a team of storytellers and organizers who created MINE, an animated web series making its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival – and to invite you to attend a virtual premiere and Q&A on Monday, June 14 at 7pm ET!

First Time Canvass Reflections

Lance Soto of the American Indian Movement of Indiana and Kentucky and Logan Fedders prepare to canvass in Covington
Posted by: Logan Fedders on May 28, 2021

Last Friday, May 21, I went door-to-door canvassing for the first time.

Voting Rights work moves beyond legislature to field work

Posted by: KFTC Staff on May 20, 2021

VotingRightsCoalition5-11-21The Kentucky Voting Rights Coalition together has accomplished a lot in these last few months:

  • Virtual Lobby Day for a Healthy Democracy with over 70 participants (legislative meetings, a lobby training, social media training, letter to the editor training, spokesperson training, generated tons of calls to the legislative message line and good outreach through social media, and had a fantastic virtual rally with powerful stories in the afternoon).  Thanks especially to Pastor E, Shelton McElroy, Bonifacio Aleman, Savvy Shabazz, Dee Pregilsco, and Debbie Graner for leading the virtual rally.
  • The Kentucky Council of Churches led a strong Virtual Prayer and Action Day about Voting Rights
  • Multiple phone banks and text banks to reach people on this issue and connect them with the legislative message line
  • Strong virtual lobby trainings and issue trainings

KFTC prepares for executive leadership transition

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 14, 2021

As KFTC prepares for the transition of our long-time Executive Director Burt Lauderdale, an Executive Leadership Transition Team is coordinating the transition, including the hiring process for KFTC’s next Executive Leadership. 

Exec Committee members reflect on organizational change

Posted by: Tiff Duncan and Rebecca Tucker on April 14, 2021

Spring is upon us and as nature awakens, we find ourselves at the dawn of a new KFTC. We are digging deeper into our Organizational Change Initiative (OCI) and considering what it will take to create the inclusive, multicultural organization that we aspire to be. However, we are finding that the actual practice of creation is much more complicated than the theory.

Tiffany Duncan, At-Large Representative, and Rebecca Tucker, Secretary-Treasurer, attempted to talk through these complications on a recent call and this article is a further attempt to shape our ramblings into something that might make sense.

KFTC members imagine and prepare for organizational change

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 14, 2021

Participants in Imagining and Envisioning the Future of KFTC heard a word from our chairperson, Cassia Herron, and Executive Director, Burt Lauderdale to provide some context as we prepare for change. Read the transcript below, or watch the video at www.vimeo.com/522584493.

Burt and Cassia

CH = Hello, I’m Cassia Herron, she/her and I am your KFTC Chairperson. I’m a proud Kentuckian, home of Yuchi, Miami, Osage, Shawnee, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Quapaw, and Oceti Sakowin people. Born and raised in Richmond/Madison County and I’ve lived here in Jefferson County since 97.

BL = And I’m Burt Lauderdale, he/him. I grew up in Auburn, Alabama, but I’ve lived here in Kentucky since 1983, here in Laurel County since 1988. I’m your KFTC Executive Director.

CH = Burt and I are here to describe the KFTC Organizational Change Initiative, and our collective responsibility in Imagining and Envisioning KFTC’s future. There’s at least four reasons why KFTC is investing in Organizational Change.

Political education series applies abolitionist perspectives

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 14, 2021

In January, KFTC launched its first ever Political Education Series: Abolition 101. Rooted in police and prison abolitionist perspectives, this political education series depends on a curriculum that cultivates our collective imagination. When we come together to reimagine seemingly concrete structures in our communities, real change can take root. 

Imagining and envisioning the future of KFTC

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 14, 2021

KFTC was founded nearly forty years ago in eastern Kentucky as the Kentucky Fair Tax Coalition. Since our founding, we’ve grown into the statewide, multi-issue organization we are today. And as we’ve continued to grow, our membership has changed, our program of work has exploded, and we’ve outgrown many of our old strategies, structures, policies, and practices.

Just Transition town hall and actions to help us all THRIVE

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 7, 2021

KFTC and allies hosted a virtual town hall on March 31 to spotlight the inspiring ways Kentuckians are shaping a Just Transition to a just, anti-racist and sustainable future in Kentucky. U.S.

Despite challenges, Kentuckians make an impact in Frankfort

Posted by: KFTC Staff on March 31, 2021

You’ve made an impact during the 2021 General Assembly. Some of these impacts have been on legislation – a key meeting with a legislator that changes the course of a bill, or a push of calls and tweets that makes the will of the people more visible and harder to ignore. We also set a goal this session to continue to build the power we need. So many impacts have been in our own communities, talking with neighbors and networks about the bills that impact us, and the work of our legislators. 


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