There's a governor's race this year, so we'll put pressure on candidates to support voting rights, encouraging them to commit to use their power, if elected, to issue pardons or streamline the process by which someone can request their right to vote – a process Governor Bevin has made even harder since taking office.
Pre-rally: People with felonies in their past will gather inside the front door of the capitol (700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort) starting at noon for rotating video interviews, or inside the rotunda starting at 1 p.m.
Rally: From 2-3 p.m. we'll have a rally in the Capitol rotunda with singing and stories from people who are being denied their right to vote. We'll deliver our messages to Governor Bevin, calling on him to use his power as governor to reinstate the streamlined process for rights restoration that he overturned after he took office.
After: There will be an optional debrief meeting in the capitol annex in room 169 at 3:30 p.m. As you go there through the underground tunnel connecting the two buildings, take some time to look at the ACLU display along the hallway focused on Kentucky's history of lynching. We've fought for the right to vote in a lot of ways over the years and it brings home the gravity of the issue.
If you have a felony in your past and would like to speak at the rally, please reach out to Dave Newton at Dave@kftc.org or 859-420-8919 as soon as possible.
What to bring:- A photo ID to get through capitol security- (optional) a pen to hand off to Governor Bevin's office in case he needs one to sign an executive order to restore voting rights- Yourself!
Please fill out the form below to let us know you are coming, particularly if you have a felony in your past and would like to speak!