Oct 272010

By Jackson Cofer and Elias Gross

There is a new campaign in town to raise awareness on a subject that no one really wants to talk about: bathrooms. Under the auspices of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC), Jackson Cofer, Elias Gross and a handful of concerned activists have banded together to form a Safe to Pee campaign for Lexington. Starting with the vision of access to safe bathrooms for all people, the campaign is focused on those who do not conform to traditional gender roles, the different-abled, and those in non-traditional families.

We are researching building codes to create an informed checklist to assess the conditions of bathrooms in Lexington. We plan to dispatch teams with our checklists and our vision to collect data on safe bathrooms starting in the downtown area. Continue reading »

Apr 082010

Why, how and who to contact

By Austyn Gaffney

In a state that prides itself upon its namesake as a commonwealth—a democratic body in which the people hold supreme power—our elected officials are silencing the potential voice of over 186,000 Kentuckians. These are the men, women, and youth who have served their time in prison after committing felonies, and who have since reintegrated into society. Although they participate in our communities, hold jobs, and support their families, former felons are not granted the right to vote. In denying felons of a basic right of citizenship, our current state constitution victimizes our neighbors and friends by promoting “felony disenfranchisement.”

Here’s how things currently work. Unless a former felon receives permission by the Governor to have their voting rights restored, they are unable to have a firm hand in our democracy. This strict, narrow process toward enfranchisement has led to one in seventeen Kentuckians who currently cannot vote. Continue reading »