Feb 042013
 
May 30 sketch of Ali/Davis statue location in state rotunda, as dictated to author by Don Pratt.

May 30 sketch of Ali/Davis statue location in state rotunda, as dictated to author by Don Pratt.

Field notes from a May 30 discussion with Don Pratt at the Capital Building.

“I argue for an Ali statue to sit in the state rotunda.” Pratt, visionary, suggests keeping Lincoln as-is, but placing  the Ali statue in the current corner featuring Jefferson Davis.

“You’ll get rid of Davis?” I ask increduously.

“No,” he replies. “We keep Davis but create a new statue for him, crouching, which can be placed at the base of the Ali. It’ll be a symbolic request for forgiveness, act of grace, and show of who has real power.”

“What about the other Cassius Clay?”

“The Lion of Whitehall? The abolitionist publisher muckraker? I say start with Ali. Get a petition going to put him in the state house. Then work on Clay.”

May 312012
 

By Don Pratt

Sit-in for the Mountains participants. Author in background holding Kentucky Proud sign. Photo courtesy Don Pratt collection.

Editor’s note: Following the February 2011 weekend occupation of the governor’s office by Kentucky Rising activists, several Frankfort women organized a Sit-in for the Mountains (sitinforthemtns@gmail.com).  Nearly every Thursday, a small dedicated group of volunteers gathered outside of the governor’s office to bear witness on behalf of the people, flora, fauna and/or land of Appalachian Kentucky. Local rabble-rouser, former grocer, amateur sign-maker and perennial candidate for local office Don Pratt began regularly attending these sit-ins. Below are sketch observations from time spent sitting outside the Governor’s office.

Staff

Many of the capitol staff were supportive, quietly or openly, from the very beginning.  Caroline Taylor Webb, who deserves most of the credit for maintaining recruitment and sharing the ongoing sit-ins for the mountains, had worked there a few years ago, so the staff mostly welcomed us. Spaulding Bakery donuts won over a few others who became first name acquaintances. I was usually able to generate some smiles when I began suggesting my state capital appearances were undertaken while on work release or lunch break from Little Caesars Pizza. Continue reading »

Feb 022011
 

Reform campaign money

I thank the individuals who wrote after the election still supporting my campaign for Council at Large.  I also want to thank all that voted for and supported my election—19,400 or so.

I still hope the principles I stood for become policy. However, I fear the financially “selected ones” now holding office do not have the intellect, courage or desire to change elections, or much else, for the general public’s benefit. Continue reading »

Dec 082010
 

Collecting GOOD USED duffle bags, backpacks and luggage

Foster and adoptive kids need duffle bags, backpacks and luggage for moves from court, to foster or group homes, back to birth families or between homes.  If people have any they would like to donate, please get in touch. I volunteer my assistance in collecting and distributing luggage, anywhere and everywhere in Kentucky.

This is voluntary work and freely given.

Rooster and Rose in the Blanton Center on Nicholasville Road will accept donations during business hours, too.

Don Pratt – 210 Walton Avenue – Lexington, KY 40502-1422

859 389-7694   DBP91044@gmail.com

Sep 292010
 

A progressive city council candidate in a hopelessly conservative city

By Danny Mayer

Say what you will about Don Pratt, but it’s difficult to deny that, for the past 50 years, the current at-large city council candidate has been one of Lexington’s most engaged local citizens on issues big and small, national and local.

So why is it that he’s been snubbed for political office so often, for so long, by a city that proclaims its desire to have an active citizenry, one that’s trying to re-brand itself as a progressive city? Continue reading »