Kim KellyMy latest for @TeenVogue delves into the history of “free speech,” and how the U.S. government has curtailed it in order to repress and brutalize union members (especially the @IWW), leftists (particularly anarchists) and the Black liberation movement
Moving through the world while being noticeably “different” can be exhausting, but my visits to the nail salon reinforce the idea that no individual body is really all that interesting.
Kim KellyI don't talk about my disability all that much, so I'm really happy to be able to share this very personal piece on the last day of Disability Pride Month. It's about what happens when someone like me tries to get a manicure.
The president has his politically driven narrative. And then there’s reality.
Kim KellyDear @NickKristof & @nytopinion, your insistence on furthering the false narrative that “anarchism” is a valid synonym for “chaotic bad thing” instead of a leftist political ideology with centuries of global history behind it is going to get people killed
An internationalized, heavy-metal rant against an all-powerful ideology.
Kim KellyLegendary thrash artist Ed Repka (!) did the cover art for geographer Simon Springer's new book, 'Fuck Neoliberalism: Translating Resistance' and I can't think of anything that could possibly be *more* up my alley @PMPressOrg
Kim KellyI know a lot of freelance journalists are struggling economically right now thanks to slashed budgets and the general heat death of our industry. This org is offering $1,500 cash grants to the first 1,000 people who apply
Confused about antifa? So is everyone. "Anti-fascists have a purpose," says Talia Lavin. "It's in the f**king name"
Kim Kelly"The question is not why anti-fascists are willing to throw hands to protect their communities against the far right. The question is: Why aren't you?"
This interview with the brilliant @chick_in_kiev about antifascism is SO GOOD.
Though everyone from Trump to local cops have expressed fear about the idea of anti-brutality activists being armed, they say it’s essential to ward off dangerous extremists.
Kim KellySeattle’s CHAZ is being protected by armed community patrols who guard the zone’s makeshift borders and act as a deterrent for the white supremacists sending threats. I spoke with @PugetSoundJBGC about firearm safety & community defense in a cop-free zone
Kim KellyCheck out this rad new compilation of Asheville punk bands; all proceeds go to the Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross bail fund for protestors arrested while demonstrating against police violence, with particular emphasis on supporting Black arrestees
In credit to the people who freed Capitol Hill, this list of demands is neither brief nor simplistic. This is no simple request to end…
Kim KellyThe people of the Seattle Autonomous Zone have issued their demands—and they are both radical and practical. The city could address most of their demands overnight, and the bigger goals are ultimately achievable, too. Solidarity with Free Capitol Hill!
Abolishing police unions should be part of the broader fight to defund, demilitarize, and ultimately dismantle the U.S. police force.
Kim KellyIt's time for the @AFLCIO to kick out the cop unions and permanently disaffiliate from the International Union of Police Associations. Labor cannot remain complicit here, and must show that is on the side of the workers, not their oppressors. My op-ed
A holiday dedicated to workers injured or killed on the job takes on a darker resonance as work grows more dangerous in a pandemic.
Kim KellyOn #WorkersMemorialDay, as we honor those who lost their lives to the hazards of labor, we owe it to our fellow workers to fight for them while they're still alive. My latest at @newrepublic is for them—and for my granddad, who just died of mesothelioma.
As wrestling events continue in empty arenas, performers are worried about their future.
Kim KellyMy first for @esquire: The WWE laid off 100s of employees last week, including NXT’s @DeonnaPurrazzo. She and socialist indie wrestler/labor activist @TheProductDS explained how the pro wrestling world is handling a crisis—and putting its workers at risk
An employee is dead, and despite the company’s reputation as a bright spot in an often cruel economy, workers fear he or she won’t be the last.
Kim KellyI've been in touch with Trader Joe's workers across the U.S. and they've all said the same thing: the company isn't doing enough to protect them, and they're terrified. As one told me for @thedailybeast, "They’d rather us die than lose a few days of sales"
Suddenly classified as ”essential,” grocery store workers at chains like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are fighting to be treated that way.
Kim KellyGrocery store workers are on the front lines of the #COVID19 pandemic, and for @thebafflermag, I spoke to the workers at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods pushing these "progressive" companies to do better. "We are trying to survive this, just like all of you.”
Kim Kelly‘COVID-19 Behind Bars’ is a new independent journalism project tracking novel coronavirus cases inside jails, prisons, detention centers, and other facilities of incarceration, as reported by the news media as well as people inside the walls. #FreeThemAll
“The doctors said they were going to come and do screenings every day, but for the past two days, they’ve just come into the dorm and stood by the front door and yelled, ‘Does anybody have any symptoms?’”
Kim KellyMy friend in Rikers called back with another update on the DOC's botched #COVID19 response.
"I want to get the fuck out of here, dude. These people, as my dad is fond of saying, could not wipe their asshole with a flashlight and a map. It’s really bad."
The news came just hours after union officials announced that a correction officer also has the infection. The correction officer — a member of the Security Operations Division — worked at the entrance gate at Rikers, union officials said.
Kim KellyIt’s happened: a person incarcerated at Rikers has contracted #COVID19. This is an absolute nightmare
Kim KellyA friend just sent me this crowd-sourced document full of current and existing #COVID19 mutual aid projects from radical folks across the country, please share and get involved in any way you can. We keep us safe