Kim Kelly, The Nation

Kim Kelly

The Nation

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Past articles by Kim:

Why the Warrior Met Strike Is Ending

After 23 months, the union tells more than 1,000 coal miners in Alabama it’s time to head back to work—without the contract they want. → Read More

Mehmet Oz’s crudité video gave opponent John Fetterman a golden opportunity

Wealthy Republicans absolutely love cosplaying as working-class everymen, and Oz’s performance was dismal even by those subterranean standards. → Read More

Starbucks Baristas in Philly Are Brewing Up a Union

Workers at four locations have joined the organizing wave, and the beverage behemoth is about to learn what happens when you mess with Philly. → Read More

Journalist Mary Heaton Vorse Spent Decades on the Front Lines of Labor

The Progressive Era labor journalist, feminist, and war correspondent devoted her long and uncompromising career to giving poor and working people a voice. → Read More

Maida Springer Kemp Championed Workers’ Rights on a Global Scale

The Panamanian garment worker turned labor organizer, Pan-Africanist, and anti-colonial activist advocated for US and African workers amid a Cold War freeze. → Read More

The Militant Passion of Emma Tenayuca

Eighty-four years ago this week, this Mexican American labor organizer led one of the largest strikes in Texas history—and was arrested and blacklisted for her trouble. → Read More

Ah Quon McElrath and the Power of Multiracial Working-Class Solidarity

The Chinese Hawai’ian labor activist and social worker would ask, “Look, you are exploited, what are you going to do about it?” → Read More

A Bold New Flavor of Tennessee Whiskey: Union-Made

In the heart of Nashville, the United Distillery Workers of Tennessee are fighting to become the state’s first unionized distillery. → Read More

Concrete Actions Toward Worker Power

Three hundred Teamsters in the Seattle area are bringing the local construction industry to a standstill. → Read More

The Radical Vision of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes

Murdered by gangsters on a dictator’s orders in 1981, these pathbreaking Filipino labor organizers fought for union democracy. → Read More

Workers Are Paying the Price for Kroger’s Profits

A survey of 10,000 grocery-story employees lays out the job’s human cost. → Read More

The Indomitable Rev. Addie L. Wyatt

The trailblazing Black labor leader and civil rights activist took her fight for equality from the packinghouse to the pulpit. → Read More

Why Alabama Coal Miners Are Still on Strike

Greg Pilkerton has been fighting for better pay and working conditions for 10 months. He explains why he and his union comrades aren’t giving up. → Read More

What We Can Learn From Portland’s “Queen of the Bolsheviks”

More than a century ago, the US government tried to silence Marie Equi, a radical queer abortionist. → Read More


100 years after the country's largest labor war, its dark legacy still looms

In Brookwood, Alabama, in the northern part of the state where the tip of the Appalachian Mountain range digs deep into the red clay, 1,100 coal miners are on strike. They, their families, and their union, the United Mine Workers of America, are… → Read More

Labor Day lessons from the American union movement's hidden history

This year, find inspiration in the bravery and sacrifice of generation after generation of workers who had nothing left to give — but still gave everything they had. → Read More

The Coal Miners' Wives Keeping a Strike Alive in Alabama

The women in miners' lives is a labor trope that reaches back centuries, but these women are on the front lines of the struggle here and now. → Read More

King Woman: Celestial Blues Album Review

Kristina Esfandiari and her band move from the darkness to light on their second album, taking liberally from post-rock, grunge, and doom to tell a tale equally inspired by a childhood brush with death and Paradise Lost. → Read More

Alabama’s Coal Miners Are Striking for Their Lives

Over a thousand miners at Warrior Met Coal have been on strike now for over two months, and the conflict is only heating up. → Read More

Mare Cognitum: Solar Paroxysm Album Review

Jacob Buczarski’s cerebral, complex melodic black metal is an elegy for a dying planet. There is little hope on offer here, but plenty of silvery, well-executed riffs. → Read More