New Kentucky: Radical Wholesome Socialism

New Kentucky: Radical Wholesome Socialism

Every socialist has a responsibility to take seriously the way forward for the workers' movements. Thinking about strategy requires information and critical reflection. To that end, we welcome you to the inaugural issue of New Kentucky, the newsletter of the Lexington Democratic Socialists of America.

The Rainbow Coalition Today

The Rainbow Coalition Today

On July 20, 1969, one month before Woodstock and the very day Neil Armstrong would make the first successful moonwalk, a young white guy in a denim work coat, sunglasses, and beret took the stage at the Black Panther Party’s National Conference For A United Front Against Fascism in Oakland California. His name was Bill Fesperman, but he went by Preacherman among his comrades.

Tear Gas

Tear Gas

I’ll never forget the evening of Thursday, May 28th. The Minneapolis Police Precinct 3 was burnt to the ground. Around the same time in Kentucky, the Louisville Police Department deployed tear gas on a small crowd of around 300 peaceful protestors. The following morning I began receiving messages all asking the same question. “You going to Louisville tonight?”

Lexington and Slavery

Lexington and Slavery

A few weeks ago, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton appointed “The Commission for Racial Justice & Equality” to look at ways to address systemic racism. While that commission has created a number of subcommittees to look at various aspects of the matter, it has left one overarching issue to the vagaries of history. Lexington was one of the two largest slave markets in the South. Even more important was the fact...

Report Back: Housing Branch & Lexington Tenants Union

Report Back: Housing Branch & Lexington Tenants Union

The Housing Branch’s goal is to build up the Lexington Tenants Union (“LTU” for short), an organ of power for tenants and others who do not control their housing in Lexington. This is an organization for renters that is separate from the DSA but that our members are working to grow. We want to grow a citywide union to help neighbors connect, understand their rights, and collectively bargain for better...