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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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

First 100 Days: Just Transition & Climate Actions & implications for Kentucky

KFTC chairperson met with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in January 2019, just days after she was sworn into office.
Posted by: Lisa Abbott on March 17, 2021

The text below was updated on March 26, 2021.  (All previous weekly updates can be viewed he

Kentuckians pulling together for mutual aid after disasters

Posted by: KfTC Staff on March 9, 2021

Kentuckians are pulling together to help our neighbors hard hit by the flooding that struck many areas in Kentucky in early March, including some individuals and communities still recover

Healthy Democracy Update - Phone and Text

Posted by: KFTC Staff on March 5, 2021

KUUJAN and KFTC Phone Bank 3-2-21In terms of legislative outcomes in this moment, our Healthy Democracy work is really struggling right now.  Our bill to restore voting rights for people with felonies in their past (HB 232) has broad bipartisan support and we’ve helped recruit 16 co-sponsors to the bill, but it’s not even been assigned to committee.  

Likewise, our endorsed bills around redistricting process, same-day voter registration, early voting, voting by mail, keeping polls open until 7pm, etc. have not gotten far.

In terms of our work, though, we’ve managed to build and use a lot of power by reaching out to constituentsdirectly through phone and text.

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