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Sign-on letter to Congress calling for transformation of rural electric cooperatives

On February 23, 2021, a letter signed by 100 organizations - including KFTC - was sent to members of Congress, urging support for a 7-part platform of policies to transform rural electric cooperatives and the communities they serve. KFTC and Mountain Association are founding members of the Rural Power Coalition, which drafted and circulated the sign-on letter. 

Fundraising effort will support July lobbying trip

In July, more than 100 coal miners, widows and loved ones, including many from Kentucky, will travel to Washington, D.C. to demand that congressional leaders take action to reinstate the excise fee that supports the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund.

‘Big Tent’ Environmental Justice Plan Looks Past Racial Divides

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.

Eastern Ky needs federal aid to help now and build healthier communities for the future

For years, Kentuckians have advocated for federal investment to diversify and rebuild the economy and address the legacy costs of coal mining.

Kentuckians are hurting, but Sen. McConnell does nothing

Kentuckians are hurting from the triple whammy of long-term economic distress, the COVID-19 health crisis, and collapse of jobs and income due to the pandemic. According to a recent story in the Washington Post, 1/2 of all adults in Kentucky have lost some employment income since March, 1/4 of all Kentuckians say they do not get enough food to eat, and 1/3 of all Kentucky households struggle to pay the rent or mortgage. 

Yet Sen. Mitch McConnell, arguably the most powerful member of Congress, seems to have turned his back on the people he represents, and millions of people in the United States.

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