With a bona fide fascist-enabler elected to the Presidency of the United States, many new people have been darkening our door and asking how they can help prepare the fight back. If you’ve wanted to be involved in KWL but haven’t known how, here are ten ways to get involved in the near future.
1. Attend the Next New Member Info Session— To help people see if we’re the right fit for them and let people know everything we’re up to and why, we have semi-regular New Member info sessions. Our next one is on Sunday Dec 4 at 2pm at our office at 340 Legion Dr #6 in Lexington. You can RSVP on Facebook here.
2. Join KWL– Maybe you attended the most recent New Member info session and are ready to take the next step. As a matter of political principle, KWL is a member-funded organization so that we don’t have to answer to big donors or grant-making institutions. We ask our members to pay dues of $5.00/month (or more for more financially comfortable comrades). PayPal has recently changed their payment system to make it more difficult for us to set up recurring payments, but we’ll have that rectified soon. In the meantime, if you’d like to pay dues of $5.00 for the month or $60.00 for the year, you can be a member of KWL today! If you want to be a member and you genuinely can’t afford $5.00/month, reply to this email and we’ll find another comrade to take care of your dues.
3. Red Friday— Last year we delivered baked goods and solidarity to people who had to work on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. We need your cookies, your money and your time to pull it off again this year. If you’d like to give to the effort financially, you can do so here. If you’d like to volunteer as a baker or be a part of our distribution posse, we could use your help. Sign up here.
4. Power to the People Radio— We produce a monthly radio show on WLXU, a low power community radio station. We want YOU to be a grassroots reporter, writer, performer or technician! No experience or technical equipment necessary. People interested should come to the Radio Meeting at our office at 340 Legion Dr. #6 on Tuesday Nov. 22 at 7pm.
5. Holiday Card Writing Party— Members and supporters of KWL will be enjoying holiday beverages and writing holiday cards to our past donors with the hope of soliciting continued generosity. If you want to join us in feeling merry, come to our office at 340 Legion Dr. #6 on Monday Nov. 28 at 7:30pm. Bring yourself and a friend.
6. Serve the People in Cardinal Valley— Last year KWL made a strategic decision to begin arts education programming for kids living in the Cardinal Valley neighborhood. Cardinal Valley is a multiracial, working class neighborhood that is the home to much of Lexington’s Latino population. We want to be present in this community when and if bad things start to happen. So far we’ve done this through an 8 week drama and writing program and an 8 week zine-making program. Next year we are launching Podcastronauts–a 4 week program teaching kids to write and record podcasts, followed by a monthly Podcastronauts club, and a follow up 4 week program. We need your volunteer power to execute this. No experience necessary. We are also open to further programming–the sky’s the limit as long as there are people behind it. If you want to come learn how to get involved and help us plan next year, come to our office at 340 Legion Dr. #6 on Monday Dec. 5 at 7:30pm.
7. Celebrate With Us— We believe that an integral part of building the next Socialist movement is developing strong social ties with each other. Join us for a Holiday Potluck at our office at 340 Legion Dr. #6 on Friday Dec. 16 at 7:30pm. Bring a dish and a pal.
8.Unite with Socialist Forces to Protest Trump in DC— We and most Socialist groups around the country will be uniting against Trumpism under the banner of the Socialist Convergence over the weekend of Friday Jan. 20. We’ll be engaging in joint protest action with other Socialists and coming together for a conference on the night of Saturday Jan. 21. If you want to come with or help plan our trip, please sign up here.
9. Lexington Tenant Organizing Project (“LexTOP”)— For the past year, we have been going door-to-door and talking to tenants in properties owned by some of the scuzziest landlords in Lexington. Right now, we are working a building that is on a sort of low boil, but as the new year begins we’ll need volunteer help to show tenants at this building that KWL has their back and to begin canvassing other buildings. If you’re interested in this work, please sign up here.
10. Campaign Against the Death Penalty with Religious Communities— Starting in the new year, our new faith-based affinity group will be taking on anti-death penalty work and building ties within religious communities. If you’re interested in this work, please sign up here.