Kim Kelly is an independent labor journalist and author of Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor. Asbestos killed her grandfather, a former steelworker, and she hopes to help prevent others from losing their own loved ones to occupational disease.

LaborFeatureInvestigation
Lawsuit: Alabama Is Denying Prisoners Parole to Lease Their Labor to Meatpackers, McDonalds
No parole if you’re still profitable.
Kim Kelly
A young girl points a pink Polaroid at the camera as a man in a baseball cap looks on, laughing. They're in a living room cluttered with toys and photos.
Labor
The Nation’s Coal Miners Get a Rare Piece of Good News
MSHA’s new silica rule—recommended 50 years ago—could save thousands from black lung, although advocates worry about enforcement.
Kim Kelly
Labor
Washington Strippers Win Bill of Rights
Dancers in Washington state have been fighting for increased protections at the clubs they work. Last week, they won legislation known as the "Strippers' Bill of Rights."
Kim Kelly
LaborIsrael & Palestine
The Next Target for Protests Against Israel: Ports
Hundreds of protesters took action at ports in Oakland and Tacoma to try and stop the Cape Orlando's progress. Meanwhile, dockworkers in Barcelona called for a cease-fire and announced they would not work on ships carrying weapons.
Kim Kelly
LaborViewpoint
Hearing: Don’t Cut Corners with Miners’ Safety
In West Virginia, a push for stronger regulations to fight the new epidemic of black lung afflicting Central Appalachian miners.
Kim Kelly
LaborCulture
Tyler Childers’ New "In Your Love" Video Marries the Joy of Queer Love With the Horrors of Black Lung
Childers' new music video for "In Your Love” is a striking portrait of queer resilience—and coal baron greed.
Kim Kelly
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin
Labor
Coal-State Democrats Push Biden on Silica Rule: What’s the Hold-Up?
The lifesaving rule has been in limbo for 6 months. A recent In These Times investigation named silica as the main culprit in a new surge of black lung deaths.
Kim Kelly
Cover StoryInvestigationGoodman Institute
The Young Miners Dying of “An Old Man’s Disease”
Black lung is completely preventable. And it's on the rise again.
Kim Kelly
Labor
There Is Power in a Pantry
Meet the women who nourished the longest strike in Alabama’s history.
Kim Kelly
Labor
Abortion Rights Are Workers' Rights
The Supreme Court's striking down of reproductive freedom is an attack on workers everywhere. The labor movement should treat it that way—by taking urgent action.
Kim Kelly
Labor
“The Amazon Workers in Bessemer Would Already Have Their Union If We Had the PRO Act”
What the union loss at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama means for the future of organizing in the Biden era.
Kim Kelly and Shaun Richman
Culture
The Violent Story of American Whiteness
Three writers dive into the depths of white supremacy in America, from alt-right dating sites to the neo-Nazi movement to protect Confederate monuments.
Kim Kelly