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NKY Chapter hosts People's Hearings

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on July 2, 2021

Over the past few months, members in northern Kentucky have been doing deep canvassing in neighborhoods in Covington looking to learn the issues neighbors were facing – with a specific interest in

NKY Celebrates Pride, Remembers the Year Before

Two people swing by to learn more about KFTC's work at NKY Pride 21!
Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on June 9, 2021

Northern Kentucky members came out this past Sunday (June 6th) to celebrate Pride with 100s of others in downtown Covington!

KFTC helped make an animated series premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 8, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that KFTC was part of a team of storytellers and organizers who created MINE, an animated web series making its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival – and to invite you to attend a virtual premiere and Q&A on Monday, June 14 at 7pm ET!

First time canvass reflections

Lance Soto of the American Indian Movement of Indiana and Kentucky and Logan Fedders prepare to canvass in Covington
Posted by: Logan Fedders on May 28, 2021

Last Friday, May 21, I went door-to-door canvassing for the first time.

Voting Rights work moves beyond legislature to field work

Posted by: KFTC Staff on May 20, 2021

VotingRightsCoalition5-11-21The Kentucky Voting Rights Coalition together has accomplished a lot in these last few months:

  • Virtual Lobby Day for a Healthy Democracy with over 70 participants (legislative meetings, a lobby training, social media training, letter to the editor training, spokesperson training, generated tons of calls to the legislative message line and good outreach through social media, and had a fantastic virtual rally with powerful stories in the afternoon).  Thanks especially to Pastor E, Shelton McElroy, Bonifacio Aleman, Savvy Shabazz, Dee Pregilsco, and Debbie Graner for leading the virtual rally.
  • The Kentucky Council of Churches led a strong Virtual Prayer and Action Day about Voting Rights
  • Multiple phone banks and text banks to reach people on this issue and connect them with the legislative message line
  • Strong virtual lobby trainings and issue trainings

Exec Committee members reflect on organizational change

Posted by: Tiff Duncan and Rebecca Tucker on April 14, 2021

Spring is upon us and as nature awakens, we find ourselves at the dawn of a new KFTC. We are digging deeper into our Organizational Change Initiative (OCI) and considering what it will take to create the inclusive, multicultural organization that we aspire to be. However, we are finding that the actual practice of creation is much more complicated than the theory.

Tiffany Duncan, At-Large Representative, and Rebecca Tucker, Secretary-Treasurer, attempted to talk through these complications on a recent call and this article is a further attempt to shape our ramblings into something that might make sense.

Imagining and envisioning the future of KFTC

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 14, 2021

KFTC was founded nearly forty years ago in eastern Kentucky as the Kentucky Fair Tax Coalition. Since our founding, we’ve grown into the statewide, multi-issue organization we are today. And as we’ve continued to grow, our membership has changed, our program of work has exploded, and we’ve outgrown many of our old strategies, structures, policies, and practices.

KFTC prepares for executive leadership transition

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 14, 2021

As KFTC prepares for the transition of our long-time Executive Director Burt Lauderdale, an Executive Leadership Transition Team is coordinating the transition, including the hiring process for KFTC’s next Executive Leadership. 

KFTC members imagine and prepare for organizational change

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 14, 2021

Participants in Imagining and Envisioning the Future of KFTC heard a word from our chairperson, Cassia Herron, and Executive Director, Burt Lauderdale to provide some context as we prepare for change. Read the transcript below, or watch the video at www.vimeo.com/522584493.

Burt and Cassia

CH = Hello, I’m Cassia Herron, she/her and I am your KFTC Chairperson. I’m a proud Kentuckian, home of Yuchi, Miami, Osage, Shawnee, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Quapaw, and Oceti Sakowin people. Born and raised in Richmond/Madison County and I’ve lived here in Jefferson County since 97.

BL = And I’m Burt Lauderdale, he/him. I grew up in Auburn, Alabama, but I’ve lived here in Kentucky since 1983, here in Laurel County since 1988. I’m your KFTC Executive Director.

CH = Burt and I are here to describe the KFTC Organizational Change Initiative, and our collective responsibility in Imagining and Envisioning KFTC’s future. There’s at least four reasons why KFTC is investing in Organizational Change.


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