Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth is a grassroots community organization founded in 1981. Though statewide, KFTC has deep roots in eastern Kentucky where coal mining remains the dominant industry. KFTC is a multi-issue organization of working-class families, with a history of working for land reform and environmental justice.
Joe Szakos was one of the founding organizers.
"We are working for a day when Kentuckians — and all people — enjoy a better quality of life. When the lives of people and communities matter before profits. When our communities have good jobs that support our families without doing damage to the water, air and land. When companies and the wealthy pay their share of taxes and can’t buy elections. When all people have health care, shelter, food, education, clean water and other basic needs. When children are listened to and valued. When discrimination is wiped out of our laws, habits and hearts. And when the voices of ordinary people are heard and respected in our democracy."
- Kentuckians For The Commonwealth - Kentuckians For The Commonwealth website
- Appalshop - Appalshop, an arts organization in eastern Kentucky, is a partner of KFTC and has online resources addressing coal mining.
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