September 7, 2023

Kim Kelly: The People United will Never Be Defeated

Kim Kelly (independent journalist, author, organizer) breaks down why unions matter, what exactly is at stake with the current Hollywood strikes, and how her experience in sideshow school informed her passion for the labor movement. She discusses the diversity of the labor movement and how she navigates the emotional component, from child labor laws and fast fashion to the nail industry and instances of increased cancers in flight attendants. Kim opens up about being born with ectrodactyly, a rare congenital disorder, how that led her to join a sideshow school, and describes the fascinating history of sideshow and hierarchy of sideshow performers. She explains why prisoners deserve rights and how her career as a heavy metal journalist translates to the labor world, and Mayim explains radical veganism.

Theme Song Written, Produced, and Performed by Ed Robertson. Mixed by Kenny Luong.
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Guest References

Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor
This revelatory and inclusive book “unearths the stories of the people—farm laborers, domestic workers, factory employees—behind some of the labor movement’s biggest successes” (The New York Times) from independent journalist and Teen Vogue labor columnist Kim Kelly.
Brooklyn Anti-Fascist Metal Fest Was a Beacon for a Troubled Scene
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The true tale of a bona fide, one-of-a-kind “Lobster Girl”
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