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Celebrating 40 years of action for justice.

Posted by: KFTC Staff on August 17, 2021

 It’s an important time for the organization. We’re reflecting back on where we’ve been, what we’ve achieved, and what we’ve learned. We’re making big plans for our future. And our work to organize for a fair economy, a healthy environment, and an honest democracy continues today.

Support from our members makes it possible. Will you help us celebrate 40 years of action for justice – and imagine and organize for the future – with a gift of any size today? Your donation will make you a KFTC member or renew your membership.

KFTC is strengthened by individuals and groups, in Kentucky and beyond, who help us sustain our movement and win our vision. Some of these partnerships are reflected here. We’re grateful that there are too many to name at once.

An abundance of organizations, candidates, mutual aid efforts, grassroots leaders, and more make up the justice ecosystem in Kentucky. We hope that you will learn more about their work and support them with your time, donations, or whatever ways you are able.

Thank you for being part of the movement for a better Kentucky. We look forward to building the future with you! 

KFTC launched as the Kentucky Fair Tax Coalition in Hazard in Perry County. The group wanted coal and timber companies in eastern Kentucky to pay fair taxes to support healthy communities.

1981: KFTC launched as the Kentucky Fair Tax Coalition in Hazard in Perry County. The group wanted coal and timber companies in eastern Kentucky to pay fair taxes to support healthy communities.

82% of Kentucky voters say “YES” to the Broad Form Deed Constitutional Amendment to protect landowners from strip miners.

 1988: 82% of Kentucky voters say “YES” to the Broad Form Deed Constitutional Amendment to protect landowners from strip miners. 

Hopkins County Chapter members and Noel Avenue residents in Madisonville organize for and win sidewalks and storm drainage – basic services already provided to their neighbors.

 1999: Hopkins County Chapter members and Noel Avenue residents in Madisonville organize for and win sidewalks and storm drainage – basic services already provided to their neighbors. 

The Jefferson County Chapter marched with others in Louisville against police abuse.

2001: The Jefferson County Chapter marched with others in Louisville against police abuse. The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression kentuckyalliance.org was a leader in this coalition, and has been mobilizing people of color and white people to take action together against racism for over 40 years. 

KFTC’s Canary Project hosted numerous flyover tours of mountaintop removal sites.

2007: KFTC’s Canary Project hosted one of several flyover tours of mountaintop removal sites.  

Members and allies rallied at the state capitol to support restoration of voting rights for Kentuckians with a felony in their past.

2013: Members and allies rallied at the State Capitol to support restoration of voting rights for Kentuckians with a felony in their past. The work to respect voting rights continues today and includes: Kentucky Unitarian Universalist Justice Action Network at www.kuujan.org, ACLU of Kentucky at www.aclu-ky.org, Kentucky Council of Churches at www.kycouncilofchurches.org, Black Live Matter Louisville @BLMLouisville on social media, Kentucky Poor People's Campaign at www.poorpeoplescampaign.org, Louisville SURJ at www.louisvillesurj.org, and People Advocating Recovery at www.kyapac.org

250 Kentuckians gathered for the Empower Kentucky Summit, part of a public process to shape a people’s energy plan.2016: 250 Kentuckians gathered for the Empower Kentucky Summit, part of a public process to shape a people’s energy plan.  

Over 100 members met virtually for a series of conversations to imagine and envision the next 10 years of KFTC.

2021: Over 100 members met virtually for a series of conversations to imagine and envision the next 10 years of KFTC. They set a goal to be “Guided by Black, Indigenous, People of Color and impacted communities, recruit, equip, and activate a network of 100,000 members and partners across all 120 counties to dismantle racism and all systems of oppression, to develop a robust democracy and transform the future of Kentucky.”

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Rallies for Climate, Care, Jobs and Justice on August 19

Posted by: KFTC Staff on August 16, 2021

League of Women Voters of Kentucky Seeks Citizen Input on Redistricting

Posted by: KFTC Staff on August 12, 2021

League of Women Voters of Kentucky Seeks Citizen Input on Redistricting

Which side?

Posted by: Burt Lauderdale on August 2, 2021

Dear KFTC Friends, Family, and Community,

Plenty of opportunities to take Action for Democracy

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 22, 2021

Roots and Heritage 2019 - 9/8-19

Building the Democracy Kentucky needs is a key step to winning our vision for Kentucky’s future.  We need to make sure all Kentucky voices have a chance to be heard

The campaign to restore voting rights of Kentuckians with felonies in their past is continuing, with increasing field work to find the 170,000 people who recently got their right to vote back and to help them register to vote!  That’s happening alongside our online efforts to train people, reach people through texting, lobby legislators, and more.

We are excited to announce: Kentucky Just Transition Organizing Fellowship stipends

Members of the Empower Kentucky Leadership Cohort gathered in November 2019
Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 21, 2021

A number of Kentucky Just Transition Organizing Fellowship Stipends will be awarded in the fall of 2021 to celebrate, strengthen, and invest in community, labor, youth, and cultural organ

Reflections from KFTC's outgoing leadership

Posted by: Cassia Herron on July 19, 2021

Cassia HerronI’ve spent over a week attempting to write a “good-bye” letter for this issue. Instead of a letter it seems I’ve inked part of a chapter for a memoir. It was hard to capture in a few hundred words what it’s been like to serve in this role and share parting words for your consideration. In its place, I’ll offer you the letter I penned for our 2020 annual report. 

“Imagining and Envisioning the Future of KFTC” culminates in a “Summer Concert”

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 19, 2021

We've been reporting on a cornerstone of KFTC’s Organizational Change Initiative: the Imagining and Envisioning the Future of K

KFTC and the KFTC staff union agree on first union contract

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 19, 2021

After the announcement of the KFTC staff union’s formation in October 2019, and recognition by KFTC’s Steering Committee, we took the bold step of building an initial contract through Interest Base

Jefferson County chapter and allies help engage thousands in the Metro budget process

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 19, 2021

Working with allies, the Jefferson County chapter recently helped engage thousands of Louisvillians in the Metro budget process and secured a major victory that built community power.

SOKY chapter creates People’s Guide to Planning

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 19, 2021

From protecting natural resources to building apartment complexes, decisions about our communities and day to day lives happen through local planning and zoning. We see the impacts of these decisions when Black neighborhoods face displacement, when gentrification pushes the working class out of affordable housing, and when pollution in our air and water hurts our bodies. While planning processes are designed to shape the future of Kentucky cities, planning and zoning are often difficult for the public to offer input into and to navigate.  

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