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Chapter: Jefferson County

If you are looking for a growing base of fun-filled committed community leaders to share your talents with, look no further! The Jefferson County Chapter hosts over two thousand members from all over Louisville, Oldham County and across the bridge in southern Indiana. Our chapter hosts both the young and experienced from many different walks of life. While actively supporting all of KFTC’s statewide campaigns, members in our chapter also have work on local campaigns around air quality, economic justice, and more.

Since the chapter formed in 1983, we have supported and worked with allies on issues that affect you and me, including affordable housing, police abuse, sweat shops, hazardous waste reduction and recycling. Our doors are open to anyone who wants to fight for justice while building a compassionate, connected, and fun community here in our great city. 

 

Recent Activities

Big Weekend Push to the Oct 9th Voter Registration Deadline!

gIMG_6731The voter registration deadline is just a few days away on Tuesday, October 9th.

KFTC chapters across the commonwealth have already registered thousands of voters in recent weeks, but in these last few days, we’ll be pulling out all the stops, registering voters at:

An array of events over three days as part of Northern Kentucky Loves Democracy A table at this weekend’s Swappin’ Meetin’ in Harlan County The Festival of the Horse in Scott County A 36 hour straight voter registration marathon in Lexington! And a 48-hour-straight voter registration marathon in Louisville!! And much more!

 

Contact your local KFTC Organizer to see if there are voter registration events in your area this weekend, and come on out and join us!

Or if you can’t do that, at least make sure you and your friends and family are all set to vote.

Weekend's Rally For Recovery a big boost to our Voting Rights campaign

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This past weekend, our allies at People Advocating Recovery (PAR) held their big, annual Rally For Recovery in Louisville and KFTC members were invited as always to talk to people about our campaign to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society. 

In all, we collected over 250 postcards in support of voting rights for former felons, registered half a dozen voters, and helped over a dozen former felons to start the process to request their rights back through the Governor's office. 

Some of the former felons we met were veterans of the armed services or otherwise people who had served their time long ago.  Few had any idea what the process might be to get voting rights restored in Kentucky and some had been given a lot of misinformation in the past. 

Louisville weekend update

IMG560Today, two KFTC electoral organizers went to St. Stephen's Baptist Church in Louisville to register voters and give out information about voting rights. We registered 30 voters and gave a lot of registration cards for people to take home to family members but they will be returning those cards to the church and they will contact us to pick them up.

KFTC meets with international youth leaders

2012_09_01 International Visitor Leaderhip Program with KFTCJefferson County KFTC Electoral Organizers had a unique opportunity this past Saturday to visit with youth leaders from around the world and discuss organizing. Beth Bissmeyer and Linda Stettenbenz met with a delegation comprising youth from Cambodia, Suriname, India, and Bulgaria in a meeting arranged through the U.S. Department of States' International Visitor Leadership Program. The group's aim: tour the U.S. to learn about youth political engagement in the U.S. and how groups foster sustainable involvement.

Everyone in the room shared a little about their homes and what moved them to become active politically. Sophorn Meas, member of the Prey Veng Youth Working Group in Cambodia, said that many people in his country are afraid to participate in politics as a lasting fall-out from the Cambodian Genocide in the 1970s. "I want to encourage people to not be afraid," said Sophorn. "When I participate, I feel free. I feel I can do what I want to do."

KFTC at Worldfest in Louisville this weekend

Jefferson County KFTC Electoral Organizers and member volunteers had a great first day at Worldfest, an annual three-day event on the Belvedere celebrating Louisville’s international heritage.

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Regular Meetings:

First Unitarian Church
809 South 4th St
Louisville, KY 40203
Monthly Chapter Meeting

Our chapter meetings are held virtually on the 2nd Monday of the month, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and are open to the public. Anyone is welcome to participate.

Chapter Organizer:

Corey Dutton
735 Lampton Street
Suite 202
Louisville, KY 40203
502-589-3188