Cumberland | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Chapter: Cumberland

If you believe that Laurel, Knox, Whitley and Pulaski Counties would benefit from local people working together to make their communities better and stronger, then we invite you to be a part of the Cumberland Chapter of KFTC. 

Members from these counties and surrounding counties work together to create space for each other and work on four core areas. In addition to adding capacity to statewide issue campaigns, the Cumberland Chapter focuses on racial justice, voter rights, LGBTQ+ issues and fairness, as well as environmental justice. We bring people from the tri-county area and beyond together, and we make sure to have fun while doing it!

Our monthly chapter meeting is a great way to learn more, meet like-minded folks, and get involved.

Recent Activities

Barbourville Fairness Group forms

A famous excerpt by poet John Donne, "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankin

KFTC members continue to build New Power through the Power House workshops

Since April of this year, KFTC members across eastern Kentucky have helped host energy efficiency workshops in their commun

Cumberland chapter hosts "Anne Braden: Southern Patriot" film

More than 30 community members from the Corbin area gathered on Sunday to watch "Anne Braden: Southern Patriot" and have a conversation about the film. The event was hosted by the Cumberland Chapter of KFTC. Appalshop director Mimi Pickering led the conversation afterwards, which created a space for folks to talk about organizing for racial justice.

Fixing What's Broke: why Congress must support a Just Transition for miners with black lung and communities

A new report from KFTC describes ways Kentuckians are organizing to demand action from Congress – and especially from Senator Mitch McConnell – in support of a Just Transition for miners with black lung disease, retired and laid off miners, and their communities.

To build a new economy in coal communities, the report says Congress should start by "fixing what's broke," including strengthening funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, passing the RECLAIM Act, and protecting miners' pensions.

Local black lung resolution is picking up steam

Most recent update as of Jan 2, 2019: Sixteen local governments in Kentucky have passed local resolutions in 2018 calling on Senator McConnell and other members of Congress to do right by our miners and communities by passing the RECLAIM Act, strengthening funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, and protecting miners' pensions. 

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The resolution was first adopted by the City of Benham in Harlan County in September 2018. That action was followed quickly by local governments in the cities of JacksonMorehead and Whitesburg, and in BreathittKnottLetcherRowan and Pike counties. 

Knott, Letcher, Rowan and Pike counties became the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th local governments in eastern Kentucky to pass a local resolution calling on members of Congress to pass several bills needed to help sick, disabled, retired and unemployed coal miners and their communities. The fiscal courts in Letcher and Knott counties took the unanimous action at their respective monthly meetings on October 15, and Pike and Rowan counties acted the next day.

Update 11.30.2018: The Floyd County Fiscal Court became the 10th Kentucky community to pass the resolution on October 18. Magoffin County quickly became the 11th, followed by Ohio County, in Western Kentucky, Knox County, and the City of Lynch in Harlan County. 

Update 12.10.2018: Johnson County's Fiscal Court passed the 15th resolution in Kentucky by local governments calling on Senator McConnell and other members of Congress to do right by our miners and coal communities!

Update in late December: Harlan County's Fiscal Court passed the 16th resolution urging Congress to pass the RECLAIM Act, strengthen the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, and protect miners' pensions. 

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Regular Meetings:

The Cumberland Chapter generally meets on first Sunday of every month from 2-4 p.m. EST. The location rotates between the four counties each month. See our events list for the location of our next meeting.

Chapter Organizer:

131 N Mill St
London, KY 40741
(606) 261-4955