When workers run their own factories, banks and schools: A report on the Mondragan Coops

For the past 50 years, an organized network of over 120 factories and more than 100,000 workers has been growing in Spain’s Basque Country. It has allowed workers to develop their own bank, schools and research centers. Called the Mondragon Coops, they are unique in that they are owned and controlled by the workers themselves—one worker, one share, one vote. They are also unique in they obtain credit from their own worker-owned bank and skills from their own university. They are thriving and growing and have a lot to teach us on the possibilities of radical change in hard times.

Head on out to the downtown library at 7:00 P.M. onTuesday, May 10 for a free talk on Mondragan and other worker-cooperatives by Carl Davidson, a national co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, member of Steelworker Associetes, and writer for Beaver County Blue. Davidson currently resides in Aliquippa, his hometown in Western, PA.

Next PFLAG meeting Wednesday May 4

Drop on by Joespeh Beth’s on Wednesday, May 4 for the next meeting of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). Meeting is from 6:30-8:30 in Jo-Beth’s Gallery. There will be a screening of “You should meet my,” a comedy about a conservative Southern mom who is horrified to discover her only son is gay. Determined that he won’t go through life alone, she sets out to find him the perfect husband.

On Saturday May 14 at Shilito Park Shelter #2, PFLAG will host a cookout from 11:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M. Bring your disc golf and bocce. 

 

Casting Call!

Wanna be in pictures? Lexington filmmaker Justin Hannah is conducting casting for a short  film entitled “Consignment.” The shoot calls for six actors (men and women) in their mid-20′s to late 30′s. Auditions will take place on Saturday, April 30 and filming will occur during weekends in May. If you would like more information on the project, you can visit www.manicbaby.com/consignment for a synopsis and character breakdown. If you are interested in auditioning, please send an e-mail to manic.baby@yahoo.com or call (859) 335-0831.

Special Screening of Pharaoh’s Army with writer/director Robby Henson

Danville native Robby Henson will return to Kentucky for a special screening of his 1995 film Pharaoh’s Army. The movie stars Academy Award winning actor Chris Cooper alongside Academy Award nominees Patricia Clarkson and Kris Kristofferson. Filmed locally and based on true Civil War events, Pharaoh’s Army tells the story of a Yankee raiding party who come across a Confederate mountain woman and her son on a remote Kentucky farm. The screening will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Friday, April 29 in Transylvania University’s Cowgill Center and is part of the celebration for Transy’s new President, R. Owen Williams. Mr. Henson will conduct a presentation following the screening on oral history and film. This event is free and open to the public.

 

By Corbin Little

Over the years, Lexington has become more and more bicycle friendly. Bicycling has grown exponentially due its convenience for many living close to work or school and as daily exercise. To encourage this growth, on Friday, April 9, the University of Kentucky Student Sustainability Council (SSC) hosted Pedalpalooza, a free event that brought together Lexingtonians with varying bicycle interests to network and, more importantly, to have fun. Continue reading »

 

LOT open on Third Street

By Paul Brown

On the 500 block of Third Street next to the Pak-n-save, gray and non-descript upon first glance, sits a building with no sign and a beige painted aluminum gate. Once a month or so, around eight, the building comes alive, and the crowd spills onto the sidewalk. Continue reading »

 

Help defend the mountains by visiting them

By Dave Cooper

The Summer of 2011 will be a summer of action in the Appalachian Mountains.

Mountain Justice Summer Camp

Mountain Justice Summer Camp, 2009. Group 2.

Mountain Justice Summer camp will take place May 21-27 on top of beautiful Pine Mountain in eastern Kentucky.  From the top of the mountain, you can see a mountaintop removal mine on Black Mountain and hear the blasts go off.  The forests on top of the mountain are spectacular, and there are good hiking trails to the Mars Rocks, Tower Road, the Little Shepherd Trail, and the Pine Mountain Trail. Continue reading »

 

Kent State, Part IV?

I have been anxiously awaiting the concluding fourth part of Richard Becker’s excellent series, the first three parts of which ran in February, April, and May of last year. Assuming I did not overlook it somehow, any chance that we will see it soon, or must I abandon all hope?

Dan Casey

Kentucky expatriate

Editor responds:

That is a very good question Dan, and truth be told, you’re not the first person to ask it. So here’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna put your question in our letters to the editor, and maybe Richard—who is currently back in Lexington—will by hook or by crook come across your question, and get inspired to complete part IV. Continue reading »

 

A guide to some of the director’s most notable films

By Grayson Johnson

Earlier this month, Sidney Lumet, one of Hollywood’s most accomplished producer/directors, passed away at the age of eighty-six.  After being in the business for over seventy years and directing over fifty films, Lumet left a giant body of work in his wake. His legacy is acclaimed with forty-six Academy Award nominations and a great deal of film history. With a strong focus on crime dramas with social relevance, his films remain some of the most intriguing, well-acted, and entertaining of their time.  Roger Ebert calls him “one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors.” Since there is no better time to appreciate something than after it is gone, this is a look back at few films that highlight Sidney Lumet’s historical career. Continue reading »

 

 

NoC Sports

Appreciation for sports in this city has long been ignored by city leaders, or so say some Lexington citizens.

“I drove out to Nicholasville yesterday to check out the Riney B [disc golf course and water park], and dammit if their disc golf course don’t go to 24,” says Danny Mayer, 35, a passionate amateur disc golf player and regular faculty member at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. “Along with a private 22 hole course some communitarians have built out near Keene, this gives Jessamine County 2 extra long golf courses.” Continue reading »

 

By Christian L. Pyle

Recently I was walking through the Humanities Division office suite at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) where I’ve worked as an adjunct English instructor for fourteen years, and I noticed a list of Humanities Division birthdays posted on a filing cabinet.  My birthday wasn’t on it.  That’s not just an oversight; the list also did not include over eighty other adjuncts in the division, some of whom have worked there longer than me.  While this may seem a trivial slight, such subtle reminders that adjuncts are not really members of the departments they serve are regular signposts in the current academic workplace. Continue reading »