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Friday, August 2
 

4:00pm

Registration Opens
Registration table open in the Level 2 foyer of the Alumni Building. Please see the attached map of Berea College campus which highlights each of the buildings and locations that will be used throughout the KFTC Annual Meeting.

Most of our activities will be in the Alumni Building. The building has three levels. You will enter the top level, referred to as Level 2. This is where you will register, buy KFTC stuff, bid on silent auction items, attend plenary sessions and the awards ceremony (Baird Lounge). On the middle level, or Level 1, is the cafeteria and the Hutchins workshop room. There are no bathrooms on this level. The lowest level, referred to as the Ground Floor, has several workshop and activity rooms.


Friday August 2, 2019 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Alumni Building 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

6:00pm

Dinner
Dinner is located in the Cafeteria located on the Level 1 of the Alumni Building. All meals throughout the Annual Meeting will be served in the Cafeteria.

Most of our activities will be in the Alumni Building. The building has three levels. You will enter the top level, referred to as Level 2. This is where you will register, buy KFTC stuff, bid on silent auction items, attend plenary sessions and the awards ceremony (Baird Lounge). On the middle level, or Level 1, is the cafeteria and the Hutchins workshop room. There are no bathrooms on this level. The lowest level, referred to as the Ground Floor, has several workshop and activity rooms.

Friday August 2, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Alumni Building 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

7:00pm

Changing the Landscape: Running for Office as a Woman and Person of Color in Kentucky
It will take more grassroots leaders running for elected office and leading progressive campaigns to change the political landscape in Kentucky. And having more women and people of color stepping into those roles will be key. KFTC’s New Power PAC endorsed a record seventy candidates in the 2018 General Election; 38 of the candidates were women and 16 of the candidates were people of color. Join us for a lively panel discussion featuring women and people of color who have recently run for office in Kentucky sharing their experiences and insights.

This plenary discussion will be in BAIRD LOUNGE of the ALUMNI BUILDING.

Speakers
avatar for Rep. Jim Glenn

Rep. Jim Glenn

Kentucky House of Representatives
Rep. Glenn was elected to the Kentucky state legislature in 2018 and represents House District 13 in Daviess County, a seat he also held 2007-16. He is a professor of Business Administration at Owensboro Community & Technical College.
avatar for Derek Guy

Derek Guy

Family Advocate, The Center for Women and Families
Derek is a community leader and civil rights advocate in Louisville. He is passionate about issues such as children’s welfare, transgender rights and racial equality. He currently works as a Family Advocate integrating Domestic Violence and Serious Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorder... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Nima Kulkarni

Rep. Nima Kulkarni

Kentucky House of Representatives (Dist. 40)
Representative Kulkarni was elected to the Kentucky state legislature in 2018 and represents House District 40 in Jefferson County. Rep. Kulkarni is an attorney and a University of Louisville graduate.
avatar for Janiah Miller

Janiah Miller

Janiah is a rising senior at Northern Kentucky University where she is majoring in Integrative Studies with minors in Political Science, Social Justice, University honors and two focuses in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies. She has been in the Student Government Association since... Read More →
avatar for Jeanie Smith

Jeanie Smith

Jeanie is a middle school Social Studies teacher and long-time KFTC member who focuses on education and economic justice advocacy locally and statewide. She is married to Alan and has two little boys, True and Everett, who help keep her motivated to work for a better Kentucky. Jeanie... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
avatar for Alicia Hurle

Alicia Hurle

Deputy Organizing Director for Democracy, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth


Friday August 2, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Baird Lounge 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

9:00pm

Film Screening and Town Hall: Perceptions and Non-Perceptions of People of Color
Having a healthy democracy is one where ALL voices are included –  no matter the color of your skin, what city or holler you come from, or your past mistakes. But some elected leaders want to make it more difficult for some folks, especially those with a felony in their past, to vote and have their voice included in our democracy. Join leaders from the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival for a film screening and discussion on this very topic. Together we’ll watch parts of the show Finding Justice and the documentary Thirteenth and have a conversation about what we can do in our communities to make sure the voices of all Kentuckians are included in upcoming elections. Our discussion will end with a call to action!

Speakers
avatar for Arnold Farr

Arnold Farr

Kentucky's Poor People Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival
Arnold L. Farr is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky.  He is also founder and President of the international Herbert Marcuse Society.  His books include Marginal Groups and Mainstream American Culture with Yolanda Estes and Clelia Smyth, and Critical Theory... Read More →
avatar for Reverend Dr. Donald K. Gillett, II

Reverend Dr. Donald K. Gillett, II

Pastor, Chairperson for Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival
Reverend Dr. Gillett serves as the Senior Pastor at East Second Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and as a chairperson for the Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Doctorate of... Read More →
avatar for Pam McMichael

Pam McMichael

Kentucky Poor Peoples' Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Pam McMichael grew up in rural Kentucky, now lives in Louisville and is a Tri-Chair of the Kentucky Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. She is a founder of the Fairness Campaign and Kentucky Fairness Alliance, a founding co-director of Southerners on New Ground... Read More →

Activity Host
avatar for Tayna Fogle

Tayna Fogle

Democracy Fellow, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Democracy Fellow


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Baird Lounge 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

9:00pm

KFTC Game Night!
Variety of board and card games provided, as well as some games for kids. If you have games you'd like to share, bring 'em! 

Activity Host
avatar for Erik Hungerbuhler

Erik Hungerbuhler

Data & Digital Communications Manager, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Alumni Building 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

9:00pm

Music Festival in Old Town
Join your KFTC family and the local community for the Levitt AMP Berea Music Series, a seasonal street festival in the "Old Town" Artisan Village shopping district of Berea. The music festival features regional live music and performance art, handmade arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, Berea Farmer's Market, children's activities and family fun atmosphere.

We invite you to stop by the Madison County KFTC field office, located in Old Town, to visit "Democracy Headquarters" during the music festival. Democracy HQ is an initiative of the Madison County Chapter of KFTC. It is held each Friday throughout the Levitt AMP Berea Music Series to discuss building a healthy democracy with music festival attendees. 

Moderators
avatar for Sasha Blankenship

Sasha Blankenship

Community Organizer, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Friday August 2, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Old Town 210 N. Broadway #3 Berea, KY 40403
 
Saturday, August 3
 

7:15am

Sunrise Meditation
This 45-minute practice will focus on easy meditation techniques. Come to release stress and restore before a busy day. This practice is open to all levels of experience.

Workshop Organizers
avatar for Beth Howard

Beth Howard

Deputy Organizing Director for Leadership Development, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 7:15am - 8:00am
Activities Room Alumni Building

7:30am

Breakfast
Breakfast is located in the Cafeteria located on the Level 1 of the Alumni Building. All meals throughout the Annual Meeting will be served in the Cafeteria.

Most of our activities will be in the Alumni Building. The building has three levels. You will enter the top level, referred to as Level 2. This is where you will register, buy KFTC stuff, bid on silent auction items, attend plenary sessions and the awards ceremony (Baird Lounge). On the middle level, or Level 1, is the cafeteria and the Hutchins workshop room. There are no bathrooms on this level. The lowest level, referred to as the Ground Floor, has several workshop and activity rooms.

Saturday August 3, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am
Alumni Building 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

7:30am

Registration Opens
Registration table open in the Level 2 foyer of the Alumni Building. Please see the attached map of Berea College campus which highlights each of the buildings and locations that will be used throughout the KFTC Annual Meeting.

Most of our activities will be in the Alumni Building. The building has three levels. You will enter the top level, referred to as Level 2. This is where you will register, buy KFTC stuff, bid on silent auction items, attend plenary sessions and the awards ceremony (Baird Lounge). On the middle level, or Level 1, is the cafeteria and the Hutchins workshop room. There are no bathrooms on this level. The lowest level, referred to as the Ground Floor, has several workshop and activity rooms.


Saturday August 3, 2019 7:30am - 7:30pm
Alumni Building 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

9:00am

Saturday Morning Opening
Overview of the weekend and reflections on leadership in this moment.

Saturday August 3, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Baird Lounge 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

10:15am

Group Photo
Last year's photo was awesome. Let's do it again...bigger and better.

Location: Alumni Building Courtyard. We will relocate to another location (TBD) if necessary because of the weather.

Workshop Organizers
avatar for Caitlin Sparks

Caitlin Sparks

Communications Associate, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am
Alumni Building 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

10:30am

Morning Break
Take a morning break! Walk, breathe, talk to someone new.

Saturday August 3, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am

10:45am

Morning Workshop - Building Resiliency Through Mindfulness: Finding Balance in an Imbalanced World
When something challenging happens, how well do you recover? Well-being and resilience are skills we can learn and cultivate in our personal lives, our organizing and our communities. In this workshop we’ll discuss what is mindfulness, different mindfulness practices, and collectively share skills and resources that are available in our areas so we can leave the workshop being more equipped to build resiliency into our life.

Speakers
avatar for Fannie Madden-Grider

Fannie Madden-Grider

Rowan County Steering Committee Representative
Fannie has personally practiced meditation since 1976 and taught Eastern Thought and Meditation at Morehead State University for eight years. Since 2017, Fannie has led the Rowan County Democracy Team and is currently the Steering Committee representative for the Rowan County chapter... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
avatar for Jacob Mack-Boll

Jacob Mack-Boll

Organizing Apprentice, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Barton Room Alumni Building

10:45am

Morning Workshop - Democracy in Action: Engaging and Empowering a Base of Kentucky Voters
Do you want to learn how you can engage and empower voters in your community? KFTC believes that fostering relationships with voters before, during and after election day is key to building a progressive political base in Kentucky. And door-to-door canvassing is the best way to build relationships with voters and empower them to take action all year long. This workshop will give you the tools for planning and running a door-to-door canvass in your community. Come learn how to take action for democracy!  


Speakers
avatar for James Bacon-Brown

James Bacon-Brown

Central Kentucky KFTC Member
James lives and works in Lexington. He is a member of the Central Kentucky chapter and is involved with the chapter’s Democracy Team.
avatar for Greta Elenbaas

Greta Elenbaas

Greta lives in northern Kentucky's Fort Wright, and has been a KFTC member since 2017. She is involved in racial justice and democracy teams locally, and is committed to helping develop educated and empowered Kentucky voters. Greta is excited about KFTC's five-year plan to restore... Read More →
avatar for Alvin Madden-Grider

Alvin Madden-Grider

Alvin Madden-Grider, at 9 years old, accompanied his mom to the Jefferson County polls, leafleting voters in support of new school taxes to improve education for students with learning disabilities. As teachers, writers, journalists and parents, Alvin and his spouse/partner Fannie... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
avatar for Alicia Hurle

Alicia Hurle

Deputy Organizing Director for Democracy, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Skylight Room @ Boone Tavern

10:45am

Morning Workshop - Disability Justice 101: Community Care for Every Body
In this workshop, participants will examine how ableism intersects with other socially constructed identities to reinforce systemic oppression. Participants will be introduced to disability justice principles and explore strategies for advancing accessibility, inclusion and liberation in their chapters and organizing efforts. Attendees will be challenged to think critically about how people living with both visible and invisible disabilities might experience erasure, discrimination, microaggressions and violence through story-based learning and personal reflection. They will imagine alternatives to the messages in our society that keeps us separate and gives privilege to those who are more able-bodied. The goal of this workshop is to equip leaders with tools to build relationships and communities based on care and mutual respect.


Workshop Organizers
avatar for Chandra Cruz-Thomson

Chandra Cruz-Thomson

Jefferson County Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
avatar for Tiffany Duncan

Tiffany Duncan

CKY KFTC Member
Tiffany grew up in Lexington, where she is a member of the Central Kentucky chapter. Tiffany participated in the 2019 KFTC Organizing Academy. Relationship building is her favorite organizing strategy and she believes that transformation happens when people exist in supportive environments... Read More →
avatar for Beth Howard

Beth Howard

Deputy Organizing Director for Leadership Development, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Baird Lounge 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

10:45am

Morning Workshop - From Apathy to Action: Climate Talk That Works
Are you talking about climate change with your friends and family? For a lot of Kentuckians, we avoid talking about it because it feels like climate change isn't something that resonates with our communities. But with an estimated 12 years left before irreversible climate impacts, now is the time to learn how to have these conversations. In this 90-minute workshop, participants will build a collective set of skills and strategies to talk about climate change in a way that moves us from apathy to action. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how climate change impacts us in Kentucky and concrete examples of how and why we must act on climate. Speakers from Sunrise Movement, Climate Advocacy Lab, and Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition (KSEC).

Speakers
avatar for Erin Bridges

Erin Bridges

Fundraising Director, Sunrise Movement
Erin Bridges has been a trainer, speaker and action lead for Sunrise Movement since its founding in 2017, and currently holds the role of Fundraising Director. Sunrise is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. On the heels of the 2018... Read More →
avatar for Jack Zhou

Jack Zhou

Social Scientist, Climate Advocacy Lab
Jack produces and manages the social science resources of the Climate Advocacy Lab, an online space that helps translate public support into action on climate. Jack’s research interests include motivated reasoning, framing effects and political polarization. In other words, how... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
CC

catherine clement

I am a retired professor of cognitive psychology.  I was on the faculty of Eastern Kentucky University for 28 years, teaching courses in statistics, research methods, and cognitive psychology, and supervising student research.  I have been a member of the NET committee of Kentuckians... Read More →
MG

Matthew Gidcomb

CKY KFTC Member
Matthew Gidcomb is a software developer in Lexington. He is a member of the New Energy and Transition Committee and the Central Kentucky chapter's Energy and Equity work team.
HJ

Henry Jackson

Henry Jackson is a generalist urban planner with over 35 years experience.  His main interest is climate stabilization, its best practices, and energy conservation.  He is the past strategic planning manager for Lexington and was the first commissioner of heritage and urban design... Read More →
avatar for Nikita Perumal

Nikita Perumal

New Energy & Transition Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Nikita grew up in Louisville and is the New Energy and Transition Organizer with KFTC. After five years away, Nikita returned to Kentucky to work on the issues she feels most passionate about, in the place she calls home, with the organization that first sparked her interest in activism... Read More →
avatar for Steve Wilkins

Steve Wilkins

Member, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
After retiring as an educator with Eastern Kentucky University, Steve made a commitment to be an active member of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. During that time, he has been involved with East Kentucky Power Cooperative’s “clean energy collaborative,” the Kentucky Sustainable... Read More →
avatar for Chris Woolery

Chris Woolery

How$martKY Program Coordinator, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Chris Woolery became the How$martKY™ Program Coordinator in September of 2015 after four years with MACED as a Residential Energy Specialist. How$martKY™ partners with rural electric cooperatives to design, finance, and install home energy efficiency upgrades – and these improvements... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Community Room @ Union Church

10:45am

Morning Workshop - Second Chances: Voting Rights for People with Felonies in Their Past
Part of building a healthy, participatory democracy means that voting includes everyone. But one in eleven voting-age Kentuckians don’t have the right to vote because Kentucky has the harshest felony disenfranchisement laws in the U.S. In this workshop we’ll review our five-year plan to restore voting rights to an estimated 312,000 Kentuckians with felonies in their past and will share some stories about our personal experiences, effective and campaign tactics. We’ll learn what we can do in our individual chapters and communities to make history and restore voting rights to thousands of Kentuckians!

Speakers
avatar for Debra Graner

Debra Graner

KFTC Member
Debbie is a new KFTC member from Frankfort who got involved this year rebuilding our campaign to restore voting rights of people with felonies in their past. She has herself lost the right to vote. She’s active in local church and volunteer work, mostly with the local animal shelters... Read More →
avatar for Corey Logan

Corey Logan

Central Kentucky Member, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Corey is an active KFTC member from Lexington who got involved around our campaign to restore voting rights to people with felonies in their past after losing her right to vote back in 1995. Upon being released, he got a GED, then a college degree in radio and tv communications.  Corey... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
avatar for Tayna Fogle

Tayna Fogle

Democracy Fellow, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Democracy Fellow
avatar for Dave Newton

Dave Newton

Democracy Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Hutchins Room

10:45am

Morning Workshop - Skill Up! Action For Democracy Tools for Grassroots Leaders
To win in 2019 and 2020, it’s going to take all of us – having more conversations with more people, building authentic relationships with them, and connecting them with opportunities to get involved. Through hands-on mini-trainings, you’ll learn how to have these conversations through new digital tools, life hacks for talking with strangers, and social-science-based strategies to make your message more effective. You’ll leave the workshop feeling more confident to talk with your family, friends, and neighbors about the role elections can play in the issues that matter to them.

Workshop Organizers
avatar for E'Beth Adami

E'Beth Adami

Communications & Development Manager, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
avatar for Lakin Dillingham

Lakin Dillingham

Lakin is from Knox County and part of the Cumberland Chapter. They’re passionate about organizing around alternatives to and reform within our current criminal justice system, demystifying the election process, and working toward a just transition.
avatar for Caitlin Sparks

Caitlin Sparks

Communications Associate, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
avatar for Meredith Wadlington

Meredith Wadlington

Central Kentucky organizer, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Community organizer; audio producer / writer / editor.
DW

Danny Woolums

KFTC Central Kentucky Member
Danny has cared about elections and voter turnout since he was a child watching how his immigrant mother was unable to vote. He hasn't missed an election since turning 18 and has spent the last 4 years working on political campaigns and community education in Lexington. Sharing whatever... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Activities Room Alumni Building

10:45am

Morning Workshop - Stairway to Housing: Opening the Door to Our Housing Future
Home is a place to spend time with loved ones, rest and rejuvenate for the day to come. But for many Kentuckians, this isn’t an option. We have an opportunity to take down the walls and barriers to housing and renovate Kentucky’s housing policy. We’re going above and beyond the old frameworks to paint a fresh vision of what’s possible. Alison Johnson of Housing Justice League in Atlanta will help us by sharing about Georgia’s recent passage of statewide housing bill HB 333. Angela Briggs will share stories and experience from field organizing for renters’ rights in Barren County.


Speakers
avatar for Angela Briggs

Angela Briggs

With a background in media and politics, Angela Briggs brings a unique perspective to grassroots organizing, particularly in rural areas. She was part of a group that worked to highlight the housing problem plaguing rural Kentuckians that ultimately led to a statewide Uniform Residential... Read More →
avatar for Alison Johnson

Alison Johnson

Executive Director, Housing Justice League
Alison Johnson is a long-time resident and community leader in Peoplestown, the Atlanta neighborhood she still calls home. Her work in community organizing and housing justice comes from her deep family and social roots in Atlanta, and the legacy of displacement that her own family... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
avatar for Alexa Hatcher

Alexa Hatcher

Organizing Apprentice, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
avatar for Laura Harper Knight

Laura Harper Knight

Southern Kentucky Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 101 @ Union Church

10:45am

Morning Workshop - Who We Are and What We Do: Introduction to KFTC and Grassroots Organizing
Are you new to Kentuckians For The Commonwealth or are unfamiliar with grassroots organizing? This workshop is a great way to learn about KFTC, what grassroots organizing is and isn’t, and why we believe organizing is the best way to build grassroots power, develop leaders and create long-lasting change. Classroom 132 of the Hafer-Gibson Building.

For those new to Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and would like to learn more, please check out our new video and website at: wearekentuckians.org!


Speakers
avatar for Serena Owen

Serena Owen

Kentucky Colonel Serena Owen's calling in life is to help others. In addition to being an active KFTC member and Sustaining Giver, Serena is a loving mother, wife and friend for life. She’s also an educator, community/state/national activist, video and youth ministry leader, and... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Smith

Debbie Smith

Northern KY KFTC Member
Debbie lives in Kenton County, and like most members, is passionate about justice! She has served as a mentor of the Young Activist Coalition in the Greater Cincinnati area, helping found the coalition. In addition to her work with KFTC, the Young Activist Coalition, and helping coordinate... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
avatar for Taylor Adams

Taylor Adams

Organizer Apprentice, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
avatar for Joe Gallenstein

Joe Gallenstein

Northern Kentucky and Rolling Bluegrass Chapter Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
I'm the Chapter Organizer with the Northern Kentucky and Rolling Bluegrass chapters. I also really enjoy the Arrowverse shows on the CW, though I watch them all on Netflix.


Saturday August 3, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Classroom @ Hafer-Gibson Building

12:15pm

Lunch
Lunch is located in the Cafeteria located on the Level 1 of the Alumni Building. All meals throughout the Annual Meeting will be served in the Cafeteria.

Most of our activities will be in the Alumni Building. The building has three levels. You will enter the top level, referred to as Level 2. This is where you will register, buy KFTC stuff, bid on silent auction items, attend plenary sessions and the awards ceremony (Baird Lounge). On the middle level, or Level 1, is the cafeteria and the Hutchins workshop room. There are no bathrooms on this level. The lowest level, referred to as the Ground Floor, has several workshop and activity rooms.

Saturday August 3, 2019 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Alumni Building 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

1:30pm

Afternoon Repeat - Building Resiliency Through Mindfulness: Finding Balance in an Imbalanced World
When something challenging happens, how well do you recover? Well-being and resilience are skills we can learn and cultivate in our personal lives, our organizing and our communities. In this workshop we’ll discuss what is mindfulness, different mindfulness practices, and collectively share skills and resources that are available in our areas so we can leave the workshop being more equipped to build resiliency into our life.

Location: Barton Room in the Alumni Building

Speakers
avatar for Fannie Madden-Grider

Fannie Madden-Grider

Rowan County Steering Committee Representative
Fannie has personally practiced meditation since 1976 and taught Eastern Thought and Meditation at Morehead State University for eight years. Since 2017, Fannie has led the Rowan County Democracy Team and is currently the Steering Committee representative for the Rowan County chapter... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
avatar for Jacob Mack-Boll

Jacob Mack-Boll

Organizing Apprentice, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Barton Room Alumni Building

1:30pm

Afternoon Repeat - Democracy in Action: Engaging and Empowering a Base of Kentucky Voters
Do you want to learn how you can engage and empower voters in your community? KFTC believes that fostering relationships with voters before, during and after election day is key to building a progressive political base in Kentucky. And door-to-door canvassing is the best way to build relationships with voters and empower them to take action all year long. This workshop will give you the tools for planning and running a door-to-door canvass in your community. Come learn how to take action for democracy!  

Speakers
avatar for James Bacon-Brown

James Bacon-Brown

Central Kentucky KFTC Member
James lives and works in Lexington. He is a member of the Central Kentucky chapter and is involved with the chapter’s Democracy Team.
avatar for Greta Elenbaas

Greta Elenbaas

Greta lives in northern Kentucky's Fort Wright, and has been a KFTC member since 2017. She is involved in racial justice and democracy teams locally, and is committed to helping develop educated and empowered Kentucky voters. Greta is excited about KFTC's five-year plan to restore... Read More →
avatar for Alvin Madden-Grider

Alvin Madden-Grider

Alvin Madden-Grider, at 9 years old, accompanied his mom to the Jefferson County polls, leafleting voters in support of new school taxes to improve education for students with learning disabilities. As teachers, writers, journalists and parents, Alvin and his spouse/partner Fannie... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
avatar for Alicia Hurle

Alicia Hurle

Deputy Organizing Director for Democracy, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Skylight Room @ Boone Tavern

1:30pm

Afternoon Repeat - Disability Justice 101: Community of Care for Every Body
In this workshop, participants will examine how ableism intersects with other socially constructed identities to reinforce systemic oppression. Participants will be introduced to disability justice principles and explore strategies for advancing accessibility, inclusion and liberation in their chapters and organizing efforts. Attendees will be challenged to think critically about how people living with both visible and invisible disabilities might experience erasure, discrimination, microaggressions and violence through story-based learning and personal reflection. They will imagine alternatives to the messages in our society that keeps us separate and gives privilege to those who are more able-bodied. The goal of this workshop is to equip leaders with tools to build relationships and communities based on care and mutual respect.

Workshop Organizers
avatar for Chandra Cruz-Thomson

Chandra Cruz-Thomson

Jefferson County Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
avatar for Tiffany Duncan

Tiffany Duncan

CKY KFTC Member
Tiffany grew up in Lexington, where she is a member of the Central Kentucky chapter. Tiffany participated in the 2019 KFTC Organizing Academy. Relationship building is her favorite organizing strategy and she believes that transformation happens when people exist in supportive environments... Read More →
avatar for Beth Howard

Beth Howard

Deputy Organizing Director for Leadership Development, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Baird Lounge 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

1:30pm

Afternoon Repeat - From Apathy to Action: Climate Talk That Works
Are you talking about climate change with your friends and family? For a lot of Kentuckians, we avoid talking about it because it feels like climate change isn't something that resonates with our communities. But with an estimated 12 years left before irreversible climate impacts, now is the time to learn how to have these conversations. In this 90-minute workshop, participants will build a collective set of skills and strategies to talk about climate change in a way that moves us from apathy to action. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how climate change impacts us in Kentucky and concrete examples of how and why we must act on climate. Speakers from Sunrise MovementClimate Advocacy Lab, and Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition (KSEC).



Speakers
avatar for Erin Bridges

Erin Bridges

Fundraising Director, Sunrise Movement
Erin Bridges has been a trainer, speaker and action lead for Sunrise Movement since its founding in 2017, and currently holds the role of Fundraising Director. Sunrise is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. On the heels of the 2018... Read More →
avatar for Jack Zhou

Jack Zhou

Social Scientist, Climate Advocacy Lab
Jack produces and manages the social science resources of the Climate Advocacy Lab, an online space that helps translate public support into action on climate. Jack’s research interests include motivated reasoning, framing effects and political polarization. In other words, how... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
CC

catherine clement

I am a retired professor of cognitive psychology.  I was on the faculty of Eastern Kentucky University for 28 years, teaching courses in statistics, research methods, and cognitive psychology, and supervising student research.  I have been a member of the NET committee of Kentuckians... Read More →
MG

Matthew Gidcomb

CKY KFTC Member
Matthew Gidcomb is a software developer in Lexington. He is a member of the New Energy and Transition Committee and the Central Kentucky chapter's Energy and Equity work team.
HJ

Henry Jackson

Henry Jackson is a generalist urban planner with over 35 years experience.  His main interest is climate stabilization, its best practices, and energy conservation.  He is the past strategic planning manager for Lexington and was the first commissioner of heritage and urban design... Read More →
avatar for Nikita Perumal

Nikita Perumal

New Energy & Transition Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Nikita grew up in Louisville and is the New Energy and Transition Organizer with KFTC. After five years away, Nikita returned to Kentucky to work on the issues she feels most passionate about, in the place she calls home, with the organization that first sparked her interest in activism... Read More →
avatar for Steve Wilkins

Steve Wilkins

Member, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
After retiring as an educator with Eastern Kentucky University, Steve made a commitment to be an active member of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. During that time, he has been involved with East Kentucky Power Cooperative’s “clean energy collaborative,” the Kentucky Sustainable... Read More →
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Chris Woolery

How$martKY Program Coordinator, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Chris Woolery became the How$martKY™ Program Coordinator in September of 2015 after four years with MACED as a Residential Energy Specialist. How$martKY™ partners with rural electric cooperatives to design, finance, and install home energy efficiency upgrades – and these improvements... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Community Room @ Union Church

1:30pm

Afternoon Repeat - Skill Up! Action for Democracy Tools for Grassroots Leaders
To win in 2019 and 2020, it’s going to take all of us – having more conversations with more people, building authentic relationships with them, and connecting them with opportunities to get involved. Through hands-on mini-trainings, you’ll learn how to have these conversations through new digital tools, life hacks for talking with strangers, and social-science-based strategies to make your message more effective. You’ll leave the workshop feeling more confident to talk with your family, friends, and neighbors about the role elections can play in the issues that matter to them.

Workshop Organizers
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E'Beth Adami

Communications & Development Manager, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
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Lakin Dillingham

Lakin is from Knox County and part of the Cumberland Chapter. They’re passionate about organizing around alternatives to and reform within our current criminal justice system, demystifying the election process, and working toward a just transition.
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Caitlin Sparks

Communications Associate, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
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Meredith Wadlington

Central Kentucky organizer, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Community organizer; audio producer / writer / editor.
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Danny Woolums

KFTC Central Kentucky Member
Danny has cared about elections and voter turnout since he was a child watching how his immigrant mother was unable to vote. He hasn't missed an election since turning 18 and has spent the last 4 years working on political campaigns and community education in Lexington. Sharing whatever... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Activities Room Alumni Building

1:30pm

Afternoon Repeat - Stairway to Housing: Opening the Door to Our Housing Future
Home is a place to spend time with loved ones, rest and rejuvenate for the day to come. But for many Kentuckians, this isn’t an option. We have an opportunity to take down the walls and barriers to housing and renovate Kentucky’s housing policy. We’re going above and beyond the old frameworks to paint a fresh vision of what’s possible. Alison Johnson of Housing Justice League in Atlanta will help us by sharing about Georgia’s recent passage of statewide housing bill HB 333. Angela Briggs will share stories and experience from field organizing for renters’ rights in Barren County. 

Speakers
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Angela Briggs

With a background in media and politics, Angela Briggs brings a unique perspective to grassroots organizing, particularly in rural areas. She was part of a group that worked to highlight the housing problem plaguing rural Kentuckians that ultimately led to a statewide Uniform Residential... Read More →
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Alison Johnson

Executive Director, Housing Justice League
Alison Johnson is a long-time resident and community leader in Peoplestown, the Atlanta neighborhood she still calls home. Her work in community organizing and housing justice comes from her deep family and social roots in Atlanta, and the legacy of displacement that her own family... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
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Alexa Hatcher

Organizing Apprentice, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
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Laura Harper Knight

Southern Kentucky Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 101 @ Union Church

1:30pm

Afternoon Repeat - Who We Are & What We Do: Introduction to KFTC and Grassroots Organizing
Are you new to Kentuckians For The Commonwealth or are unfamiliar with grassroots organizing? This workshop is a great way to learn about KFTC, what grassroots organizing is and isn’t, and why we believe organizing is the best way to build grassroots power, develop leaders and create long-lasting change. Classroom 132 of the Hafer-Gibson Building.

For those new to Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and would like to learn more, please check out our new video and website at: wearekentuckians.org!

Speakers
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Serena Owen

Kentucky Colonel Serena Owen's calling in life is to help others. In addition to being an active KFTC member and Sustaining Giver, Serena is a loving mother, wife and friend for life. She’s also an educator, community/state/national activist, video and youth ministry leader, and... Read More →
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Debbie Smith

Northern KY KFTC Member
Debbie lives in Kenton County, and like most members, is passionate about justice! She has served as a mentor of the Young Activist Coalition in the Greater Cincinnati area, helping found the coalition. In addition to her work with KFTC, the Young Activist Coalition, and helping coordinate... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
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Taylor Adams

Organizer Apprentice, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
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Joe Gallenstein

Northern Kentucky and Rolling Bluegrass Chapter Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
I'm the Chapter Organizer with the Northern Kentucky and Rolling Bluegrass chapters. I also really enjoy the Arrowverse shows on the CW, though I watch them all on Netflix.


Saturday August 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Classroom @ Hafer-Gibson Building

1:30pm

Afternoon Repeat -Second Chances: Voting Rights for People with Felonies in Their Past
Part of building a healthy, participatory democracy means that voting includes everyone. But one in eleven voting-age Kentuckians don’t have the right to vote because Kentucky has the harshest felony disenfranchisement laws in the U.S. In this workshop we’ll review our five-year plan to restore voting rights to an estimated 312,000 Kentuckians with felonies in their past and will share some stories about our personal experiences, effective and campaign tactics. We’ll learn what we can do in our individual chapters and communities to make history and restore voting rights to thousands of Kentuckians!

Speakers
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Debra Graner

KFTC Member
Debbie is a new KFTC member from Frankfort who got involved this year rebuilding our campaign to restore voting rights of people with felonies in their past. She has herself lost the right to vote. She’s active in local church and volunteer work, mostly with the local animal shelters... Read More →
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Corey Logan

Central Kentucky Member, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Corey is an active KFTC member from Lexington who got involved around our campaign to restore voting rights to people with felonies in their past after losing her right to vote back in 1995. Upon being released, he got a GED, then a college degree in radio and tv communications.  Corey... Read More →

Workshop Organizers
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Tayna Fogle

Democracy Fellow, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Democracy Fellow
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Dave Newton

Democracy Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hutchins Room

3:00pm

Afternoon Break
Take an afternoon break! Walk, breathe, talk to someone new.

Saturday August 3, 2019 3:00pm - 5:30pm

3:00pm

“Tell Your Story” with the Kentucky History Society
Come by for a few minutes and tell YOUR story.

We want to encourage stories mostly about civic engagement (with focus on voting)
- We will talk about things like:
- What defines citizenship?
- What makes a good or bad citizen?
- Does being a good citizen require civic engagement?
- What kind of engagement?

We want to collect your stories of civic engagement, so please come see us at the break…. These are big things, but we will keep it short.



Workshop Organizers
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Dave Newton

Democracy Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Barton Room Alumni Building

3:30pm

Tour of the Berea Urban Farm with Sustainable Berea
Join us for an optional Saturday afternoon tour of the Berea Urban Farm and learn more about the projects and initiatives that Sustainable Berea spearheads in the local community!

The Berea Urban Farm is an educational market garden where community members grow food while teaching others how to grow their own. Members of Sustainable Berea work together to increase Berea's resilience by partnering with other community groups to re-localize the economy, food system and energy sources while also developing multiple community projects.

The Berea Urban Farm is located on Adams Street in the Old Town district of Berea. KFTC will provide shuttles to the farm from the Alumni Building circle on Berea College campus.

We encourage members to listen to this radio interview with Cheyenne and Richard about Sustainable Berea and the Berea Urban Farm!

Speakers
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Michael Harrington

Program Associate, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
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Cheyenne Olson

Executive Director, Sustainable Berea
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Richard Olson

Board Chair, Sustainable Berea


Saturday August 3, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Old Town 210 N. Broadway #3 Berea, KY 40403

5:30pm

Dinner
Dinner is located in the Cafeteria located on the Level 1 of the Alumni Building. All meals throughout the Annual Meeting will be served in the Cafeteria.

Most of our activities will be in the Alumni Building. The building has three levels. You will enter the top level, referred to as Level 2. This is where you will register, buy KFTC stuff, bid on silent auction items, attend plenary sessions and the awards ceremony (Baird Lounge). On the middle level, or Level 1, is the cafeteria and the Hutchins workshop room. There are no bathrooms on this level. The lowest level, referred to as the Ground Floor, has several workshop and activity rooms.

Saturday August 3, 2019 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Alumni Building 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

6:45pm

Keynote Address by Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Executive Director of Highlander Research and Education Center
Join us on Saturday evening for a very special address by Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Highlander Research and Education Center

Speakers
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Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson

Executive Director, Highlander Research and Education Center
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is the first black woman Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center, a social justice leadership training school and cultural center founded in 1932. Through popular education, language justice, participatory research, cultural work... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2019 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Baird Lounge 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

8:15pm

KFTC Annual Awards Ceremony and Celebration
The annual KFTC Awards Ceremony is an opportunity to recognize members who have made exceptional contributions to our work during the past year. Over the years, many KFTC members have been arrested, lost jobs and overcome great personal adversity in the pursuit of change. These annual awards recognize courage, sacrifice, hard work, passion and commitment.

Location: BAIRD LOUNGE of the ALUMNI BUILDING

Speakers
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Jarrett Cox

Jarrett Cox is a life-long resident of Cub Run, KY in Hart County. The son of a Union construction worker and first in his immediate family to graduate from high school, Cox was drawn to KFTC because he wanted to work toward a better Kentucky. In his spare time, he is a graphic designer... Read More →
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Yesenia Soriano-Altamirano

Yesenia Soriano-Altamirano was born in Mexico and now calls Kentucky home. Yesenia believes that if you love something you shouldn’t ignore its weaknesses, but rather help it to grow and change. She loves Kentucky and wants it to be the best that it can be for its people. Yesenia... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2019 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Baird Lounge 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

9:30pm

Trivia Night
Not your typical trivia night. Toss out the same ol' sports teams questions, bring in the questions about queer, black, Latinx, indigenous, and womxn history and liberation. Plus, disability justice and just transition. 8 topic rounds + final round where teams challenge each other to answer the hardest questions. Come with a team or by yourself to this kid-friendly space all about collective learning. Snacks provided!

Activity Host
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Corey Dutton

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
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Jessie Skaggs

Program Associate, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
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Laura Greenfield

Research & Data Visualization Manager, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


Saturday August 3, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Baird Lounge 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404
 
Sunday, August 4
 

7:15am

Sunrise Yoga and Meditation
Join KFTC member and certified yoga instructor Megan Gammon for an optional Sunday morning yoga and meditation to start the day.

Speakers
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Megan Gammon

KFTC Member
Megan holds a 200 hour yoga teacher certification under the guidance of Mary Irby (founder of White Crow Yoga) and Susan Tutino (founder of Strawberry Fields Yoga). Her training is in the lineage of Thirumoolar's Therapeutic Ashtanga Yoga. Megan is committed to a yoga practice that... Read More →


Sunday August 4, 2019 7:15am - 8:15am
Activities Room Alumni Building

7:30am

Breakfast
Breakfast is located in the Cafeteria located on the Level 1 of the Alumni Building. All meals throughout the Annual Meeting will be served in the Cafeteria.

Most of our activities will be in the Alumni Building. The building has three levels. You will enter the top level, referred to as Level 2. This is where you will register, buy KFTC stuff, bid on silent auction items, attend plenary sessions and the awards ceremony (Baird Lounge). On the middle level, or Level 1, is the cafeteria and the Hutchins workshop room. There are no bathrooms on this level. The lowest level, referred to as the Ground Floor, has several workshop and activity rooms.

Sunday August 4, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am
Alumni Building 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

8:00am

Check Out at Registration Table
Please check out by returning your keys to the registration table located in the Level 2 Foyer of the Alumni Building. You may check out at any time during the weekend by visiting the registration table and returning your keys.

Sunday August 4, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm
Alumni Building 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

9:00am

Platform Preview Discussion
This is a space for folks who have questions or concerns about the platform. Our hope is that providing time to ask clarifying questions or talk through different perspectives will help folks be better prepared for the platform discussion at the Annual Business Meeting. This space will allow members to work through some questions or concerns prior to the meeting. This is a voluntary session. If you don't have questions or concerns about the platform, there is another plenary session at this time.

This discussion will be in the ACTIVITIES ROOM of the ALUMNI BUILDING.

Heather Mahoney will facilitate the discussion.


Sunday August 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Activities Room Alumni Building

9:00am

Up From the Grassroots: Building Inclusive, Unstoppable Leadership
Bringing about change in our communities, whether or not we hold formal positions of authority, is something that requires bottom-up, grassroots leadership. Supporting the development of diverse grassroots leaders in our communities is central to democracy and to healthy, vibrant communities. KFTC believes change happens from the ground up, and must be led by those most affected by injustice. We help our members discover and build their skills, understanding and confidence to be effective change makers, based on the unique gifts, life experiences and styles of leadership each of us brings to the table. 

Whether you see yourself as a grassroots leader, want to become one, or just aren’t sure, join us in this session to learn how you fit in. In this dynamic session, we will use music, stories and visuals to understand what grassroots, community leadership looks like, celebrate the contributions grassroots leaders make in Kentucky and build out where our grassroots leadership needs to go in 2019 and beyond. 

Sunday August 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Baird Lounge 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

10:15am

Morning Break
Take a morning break! Walk, breathe, talk to someone new.

Sunday August 4, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am

10:30am

KFTC Annual Business Meeting
This is the time when we review and vote on KFTC’s issue platform, elect statewide officers, and approve new and returning KFTC chapters. See the attached platform packet for more information about the platform process.


Sunday August 4, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Baird Lounge 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404

11:45am

Closing Session
We're all in this together.

Sunday August 4, 2019 11:45am - 12:00pm
Baird Lounge 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40404