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...

Report Back: Electoral Branch

The Electoral Branch is the most recently formed branch of Lexington DSA. As such, we are still evolving and exploring a number of opportunities for influencing the electoral landscape in Lexington and Kentucky. The ultimate, long term goal for our electoral work is to transition to a socialist society. That said, there are many steps along the way where we can push for more equitable distribution and control of resources,...

The Cost of Coronavirus for Landlords in Mouseland: A Fable in Rebuttal to LEX 18

The Cost of Coronavirus for Landlords in Mouseland: A Fable in Rebuttal to LEX 18

The cat was poised firmly outside the mousehole. His mousehole. Though the cat received regular meals of cat food and was by no ways a hungry or desperate animal, by custom of cats the mice inside were his caloric safety net. In order to avoid a full scale invasion, the mice sacrificed one of their children to the cat on the first of every month. This mousehole was six or...