In our new TRNN mini-series “Battleground Bessemer,” we will be bringing you in-depth coverage of the historic Amazon union drive in Bessemer, Alabama, where 5,800 warehouse workers are currently voting on whether or not to unionize. We kick off this series with a special interview with world-renowned actor, activist, and TRNN board member Danny Glover, who came down to Bessemer on Feb. 22, 2021, to show support for Amazon workers. In this interview, Glover speaks with TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez about why this union vote is so significant and why labor’s struggle is our struggle.
Ten years ago, I was working 12-hour days as a warehouse temp in Southern California while my family, like millions of others, struggled to stay afloat in the wake of the Great Recession. Eventually, we lost everything, including the house I grew up in. It was in the years that followed, when hope seemed irrevocably lost and help from above seemed impossibly absent, that I realized the life-saving importance of everyday workers coming together, sharing our stories, showing our scars, and reminding one another that we are not alone. Since then, from starting the podcast Working People—where I interview workers about their lives, jobs, dreams, and struggles—to working as Associate Editor at the Chronicle Review and now as Editor-in-Chief at The Real News Network, I have dedicated my life to lifting up the voices and honoring the humanity of our fellow workers.