Shred Radio Ep. 15 – May Day Panel

Shred Radio hosts a panel with three labor organizers to reflect on reflect on some of the words and symbols we encounter in our organizing efforts, as well as its emotional / psychological dimensions.

Erin Delaney is a Chicago based artist and labor organizer. Working in performance and music, her work investigates a productive collaboration between artist and audience through shared tasks and service. Erin Delaney uses performance as a tool for alliance building, creating platforms for empathy and awareness in line with her social and political concerns. She is currently working as a lead organizer with the Chicago chapter of Fight For $15, supporting fast food workers in their fight for a union, and is a member of the UMAW Chicago local. Erin is open to supporting any union effort that requires an organizer. So, if you hate your boss, hit her up.⁠ ⁠

Ted Minh is a warehouse worker at Amazon and a member of Amazonians United Chicagoland. He unites with coworkers to build community that fights for better working conditions and respect for all workers. His interests are nature walks, Asian foods, cats, and the liberation of all oppressed peoples of the world.⁠ ⁠

Patrick Johnson-Whitty originally wanted to play saxophone, but his middle school band director told him that he would get into college for free if he played the bassoon, so that’s what he did. Somehow this turned into a career he now lives in San Francisco, where he has been a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 2010. Patrick wants to build a vision for a world where the arts are seen as a public good, not a private luxury. Patrick organizes with Union of Musicians and Allied Workers and is a member of the American Federation of Musicians. ⁠