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Churchill Downs takes more than it gives. That's why the Kentucky Derby is a no-go for me

April 27, 2021
The Courier-Journal
Jefferson County

This year the Derby is a no-go for me. I’m too conscious of all the ways in which the horse industry, and Churchill Downs specifically, extracts from our community’s resources and provides little in return. 

Political education series applies abolitionist perspectives

April 14, 2021 at 12:00am

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. 

‘We must never forget.’ Kentucky town installs markers for lynching victims.

April 8, 2021
Lexington Herald-Leader
Shelby County

From 1878 to 1911, there were at least six lynchings in Shelby County. Between 1877 and 1934, the lynching of at least 186 Black people took place in Kentucky, according to data compiled by the University of Washington.

5 Years, 1 Bill: Kentucky’s Black Lawmakers Shut Out Of Process

April 7, 2021
LEO Weekly

[N]o bills primarily sponsored by Scott, D-Louisville, have passed at all since she became the first Black, female legislator to be elected to the statehouse in almost 20 years. And, until this year — since at least 2017 — no bills led by Kentucky’s Black (and all-Democrat) legislators have passed, according to a data analysis by LEO Weekly.

Just Transition town hall and actions to help us all THRIVE

April 7, 2021 at 07:25am

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. Rep.

Despite challenges, Kentuckians make an impact in Frankfort

March 31, 2021 at 12:00am
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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.
March 17, 2021 at 10:40am

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

LexStand sponsors virtual town hall on Breonna’s Law

March 2, 2021 at 12:00am

Kentuckians deserve more than what the General Assembly had to offer. That’s why LexStand for Breonna’s Law Coalition co-sponsored a virtual town hall with Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, Inc. and KFTC to support HB 21, Breonna’s Law, and to also push for Lexington to become the second Kentucky city with a local ban on no-knock warrants. 

‘Big Tent’ Environmental Justice Plan Looks Past Racial Divides

February 5, 2021
Bloomberg Law

Environmental justice advocates are looking to link communities of color with experience fighting industrial polluters and landfills with polluted communities in Appalachia—a “big tent,” strength-in-numbers approach they say is ripe for results.

Kentucky restored voting rights to 178,000 with felonies. That's not far enough, advocates say

January 28, 2021
The Courier-Journal

More than 178,390 Kentuckians who completed sentences for nonviolent felony convictions have regained their voting rights since Gov.

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