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Labor Hope, Labor Reality: Organizing Unions in 2023 – An Evening with E. Tammy Kim

May 3, 2023 @ 5:30 pm  |  Namaste Lounge – College 9


On Wednesday, May 3, at 5:30pm in the Namaste Lounge (College Nine), New Yorker writer and co-host of the podcast Time to Say Goodbye E. Tammy Kim will be giving a talk on the state of labor activism and organizing, followed by a panel discussion with writer, organizer, and doctoral candidate in Sociology Sarah Mason and Unite Here member and organizer Martha Hernandez. This event is co-sponsored by The Humanities Institute and UCSC Library, with support from the Anthropology Department.

Tammy Kim in stropped shirtE. Tammy Kim is a contributing writer at The New Yorker who covers labor and the workplace, arts and culture, and the Koreas. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, and the Nation, among many other publications. With Jay Caspian Kang, she co-hosts the podcast Time to Say Goodbye, which New York Magazine described as “not just about the concept of ‘Asian America,’ but, in many ways, the broader discourse of race in America, which it tries to complicate in provocative, meaningful ways.” A contributing editor at Lux, she has been an Alicia Patterson fellow and a fellow at Type Media Center, and she is the current Writer-in-Residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. She also co-edited Punk Ethnography, a book about contemporary world music.

Sarah Mason is a writer, organizer, and PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writing has appeared in the New Left Review, Logic Magazine, the Guardian, and New Politics. She is a head steward in UAW 2865.

Martha Hernandez is a member of Unite Here. A union leader in the Dream Inn, where she has worked as a housekeeper for twenty-six years, Hernandez is a Union Shop Steward and member of the Union Negotiating Committee. She was named Union Member of the Year in 2015.


May 3, 2023
5:30 pm


Namaste Lounge – College 9
Namaste Lounge
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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