Southern Kentucky | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Chapter: Southern Kentucky

The Southern Kentucky chapter is a diverse and active group of people working to build a better future for all. We aim to hold our elected officials accountable as we create a more just, healthy, and sustainable community. Among the many issues we care about, our chapter is currently working on fair housing, tax justice, fairness, voter empowerment, and clean, safe, and affordable energy options.

Working together we are building the movement for economic, environmental and social justince in southern Kentucky! Please join us at an upcoming chpater meeting or event. We meet every fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Foundry, in Bowling Green.

Recent Activities

Building New Power through leadership development

There are many important stories coming out of the 2014 General Assembly – the outcomes of bills, the work of citizen lobbyists, the story of all the rallies and lobby days KFTC participated in.

For me, one of the highlights of KFTC’s work in the General Assembly – and, really, a highlight of all the work KFTC does – is the leadership development that happens around the session.

Throughout the session, KFTC is committed to developing leaders and helping their voices be heard. Whether it’s my friend Al lobbying for the first time. Or Mantell from Lexington taking his turn at the mic in front of the large crowd at the Voting Rights Rally. Or all the KFTC members who serve on various strategy teams that, throughout the session, contribute to our collective game plan … KFTC is about developing leaders.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about KFTC’s approach to leadership development.

Renters' handbook brings new community resource for Southern Kentucky tenants

Southern Kentucky Renters' Handbook Launch Party 3.24.14Last week, several Southern Kentucky members gathered on WKU’s campus to celebrate the long-awaited launch of an informational and educational handbook. The Homeless and Housing Coalition of South Central Kentucky hopes the Barren River Area Renters' handbook will help lower eviction rates and improve the experience of renting a home for the more than 67,000 renters in the Barren River Area.

Southern Kentucky participates in general assembly, expands local housing work

It’s been a busy year so far for Southern Kentucky members. The year started off with action in support of House Bill 70, which would restore the right to vote to most former felons in Kentucky once their sentence is complete. Local members met with five legislators on January 15, and all five have since voted in support of the bill. With recent changes in House Bill 70, which is now in the form of a committee substitute (you can read about that HERE), members will be contacting those same legislators and requesting they hold true to the original House version of the bill and not support the recent changes. Current and upcoming actions include calls,e-mails, and visits to legislators and letters to the editor in papers here at home.

Southern Kentucky Update

On September 24, Southern Kentucky KFTC members came together for their regular monthly chapter meeting with many big updates and even bigger plans for the next few months.

Steering Committee representatives updated members on the recent steering committee retreat held in Whitesburg, which provided both an orientation to newly elected representatives and an exciting start to our Fall Fundraising campaign. Several local members have agreed to participate in our Power Builders program, joining members all across Kentucky to celebrate KFTC’s focus on growing a healthy democracy as we raise funds, awareness, and members. To see how to join in this HUGE event, visit our KFTC POWER BUILDER page.

Voting Rights in the News

This segment aired on News Channel 12 in Bowling Green this week. 

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Chapter Feature:

Member spotlight

Read an op-ed by Southern Kentucky chapter member, Jeanie Smith on the importance of an Earned Income Tax Credit for Kentuckians.

"I live in Warren County, where according to the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, a state EITC would directly benefit more than 10,000 Warren County families, with an average credit of $330. Our families, like families all over Kentucky, are working hard to make it today. Having a $300-$400 tax credit that targets low- to moderate-income working families would make such a difference in the day-to-day."

Letter to the Tennesee Valley Authority

Southern Kentucky and Western Kentucky chapter members collectively helped to write a letter to TVA in support of the retirement of Unit 3 of the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenburg County, KY. The plant is the largest of its kind in the state, and has detrimental impacts on the counties surrounding it. In this letter, you will find statistics relating to the impacts on communities near the plant, as well as specific asks to TVA to create a Just Transition for these communities. 

An enlarged version of the map above can be found in the letter to TVA. It was created by KFTC members as part of an Environmental Justice Analysis they conducted. Click here to read (and sign!) the letter. 

Regular Meetings:

The Foundry
531 W. 11th Ave.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Monthly Chapter Meeting

Join us for our monthly meeting every 4th Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Chapter Organizer:

Laura Harper Knight
958 Collette Avenue Suite 310
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 282-4553

Upcoming Events:

June 25

SOKY Chapter Annual Meeting part 2

531 E 11th Ave
Bowling Green, KY 42101

The Southern Kentucky Chapter implements their Chapter Annual Meeting in two parts.