We share this directory as a free service to progressives across Kentucky. It includes a wide range of organizations across our state: partisan and non-partisan, single-issue and broad scope, local and state-wide. They all share one common trait, however: they are using progressive ideals and values to make our state the best it can be and to help others.
It takes quite a bit of time to maintain, so if you would like to show your support for this work, you can “purchase” whatever amount of support you would like on our Donate page. Or, you can join the hundreds who have already become a Supporting or Sustaining member. And, if you would like to see your organization added, send all the details to Webmaster@ForwardKY.com. Thanks!
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU) is freedom’s watchdog, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people by the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Americana provides holistic, comprehensive programs to immigrants, refugees, and low-income individuals in Louisville. These programs enable people to overcome the challenges of integrating into a new community and of living below the poverty line.
Our mission is to enlist the power of education, media, theater, music, and other arts to: document, disseminate, and revitalize the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia; tell stories the commercial cultural industries don’t tell, challenging stereotypes with Appalachian voices and visions; support communities’ efforts to achieve justice and equity and solve their own problems in their own ways; celebrate cultural diversity as a positive social value; and participate in regional, national, and global dialogue toward these ends.
Clean Slate Kentucky is a free public service that provides information and training to Kentuckians with criminal records and those who work with affected communities. We aim to make expungement more accessible to all Kentuckians.
Louisville Clinic Escort volunteers offer to accompany people seeking abortions to the door of EMW Women’s Surgical Center while practicing de-escalation and promoting normalization of abortion access.
Common Cause Kentucky works to promote good citizenship, and to advocate open, honest, and accessible state and local government in affiliation with the national Common Cause organization. We lobby the Kentucky General Assembly for bills that promote honest and open state and local government practices. We also present court petitions when necessary, write regularly to public officials, speak to TV, radio stations, and community groups, and distribute our state newsletter.
Define American is a non-profit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America.
EVolve KY is a group of energetic owners and enthusiasts of electric vehicles. Some of us have expensive electric sports cars, while others have more modestly-priced cars. Some are hobbyists interested in creating a vehicle from scratch. But one thing we all have in common is the desire to move our current boring state of driving forward and fast. As a group, we are interested in providing a place for EV enthusiasts to compare notes, keep up with current trends, socialize, increase the awareness of EVs by participating in community events and helping spread the adoption of EVs by increasing the number and variety of charging options in and around Louisville.
Lexington Fairness is committed to achieving equal rights under the law, acceptance, and fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Central Kentucky through local community action, grassroots advocacy, network-building, and educational outreach.
NKY Pride’s goal is to support and empower the widely diverse people of the Northern Kentucky area to achieve civil and social equality for all by providing resources, support. and advocating for Northern Kentucky’s diverse interests and promoting a sense of community.
Join the growing coalition of Owensboro residents who want legal fairness for all people — a local, anti-discrimination fairness ordinance that would prevent people from being fired from their job, denied housing, or kicked out of a restaurant or park because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Fairness Campaign is Kentucky’s LGBTQ advocacy organization founded in 1991 by 10 Louisvillians. Its primary goal is comprehensive civil rights legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and to dismantle systemic racism.
Since 1915, The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FORUSA) in the United States has led campaigns to obtain legal rights for conscientious objectors, win civil rights for all Americans, end the Vietnam War, oppose U.S. intervention in the Third World, and reverse the superpowers’ arms race. An interfaith pacifist organization, the FOR has members from many religious and ethnic traditions. It is part of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, with affiliates in 40 countries. Louisville Chapter (LFOR) was founded on Armistice Day in 1975 by tireless peace and justice activists George and Jean Edwards. The chapter has organized rallies, marches, boycotts and nonviolent civil disobedience to work for de-militarization, racial and economic justice and LGBT equality.
Forward Kentucky is a progressive media operation based in Kentucky and focused on Kentucky politics, politicians, and policies, with the goal of helping our state move forward and be all that it can be.