New Kentucky sat with Arnold Farr, a socialist who ran for Fayette County School Board in 2020, and Kristin Pack, a leader in Lexington DSA’s electoral work. Arnold lost the race this time around but his organization remains intact and he is going to fight another day. We tried to find out from these grassroots leaders of our movement what socialists can learn from Arnold’s run for office.
I joined DSA shortly after the 2020 Uprisings began. I was a self-proclaimed progressive, a SUPER baby socialist, and I knew that I wanted to join the fight for Black lives in the most effective ways possible. To me, the clearest course of action in 2020 was to radicalize and to organize... if you hadn't already.
After a day of marching, chanting, and booing at electeds as they skulked from chamber, we were met on the pavilion by DSA members bearing hamburgers and fries from Cookout. I knew DSA as good folks, but to see them suffer the punishing March winds in the most cursed city in all of the state to feed fast food to pissed-off teachers swelled my heart.
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.