Silver Threads

Still walking, still waking

A Part While Apart - Jimmy Betts

Show Description:

“Right now radicalism feels like a locked, very heavily loaded, hidden treasure chest.”

After 15 years of a fully nomadic lifeway, Korean diasporic experimentalist Jimmy Betts is stationary. And while the parked isolation of now being an exhausted working class queero in so-called Iowa is heavy, Jimmy remains a part of the radical roots, while being apart from them. They join the show to talk about home, growth, perspective, misunderstandings and more!

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A black and white photo of Jimmy playing the violin. They are wearing glasses, a ball-cap and t-shirt, with their hair back in a loose bun. They're outside in a covered space, with the wide open sky, field and trees behind them. The text below reads "Jimmy Betts" and there is a Silver Threads logo in the bottom right corner.


Jimmy Betts is a Korean diasporic experimentalist who once crafted a fully nomadic lifeway of nearly 15 years in order to directly support frontline peoples movements, teach various adaptation skills, and learn from contemporary anticolonial and anticapitalist struggles until the recent COVID-19 pandemic, combined with a collapse of financial security and personal support, forced a sudden retreat to disturbingly conservative so-called Iowa.  

Though still identifying as a solidarity organizer, adaptation skills trainer, Plantifa medical herbalist, bookworm, accomplished traveler, fiddler, and itinerant minister, the updated roles of exhausted working class queero, friendly neighborhood anarchist, occupant of traditional Báxoje (BAH-kho-jay) Lands, and “an eccentric oft-do-well Renaissance mammajamma stranded in space-time” are all valid titles.

Jimmy looks forward to returning to life, love, the fight, and the road as soon as possible.  Sugarparents, winning lottery tickets, and sponsoring organizations are all welcomed at this time.  Pronouns: they/them for friends, he/him when not wanting to get in a fight with locals.

About Silver Threads: still walking, still waking

carla bergman and Eleanor Goldfield interview long term organizers about their watershed moments, what they have learned along the way, and how they maintain their hope on this path; dreaming and building emergent worlds for a present and future that is anchored in justice and freedom for all.

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