Kimberly Freeman Brown is the Executive Director of American Rights at Work. Her tenure with the organization began with the organization’s inception in 2004 as its founding Communications Director. Prior to accepting the Executive Director post in November 2009, Kimberly served the organization as its Deputy Director. In the year and a half that she held that position, American Rights at Work significantly diversified its funding, doubled its staff size, and played a prominent role in workers' rights legislative efforts.
As if more evidence was needed that unregulated corporate behavior hurts working families and destroys our environment, now comes news that BP compared its workers to the ‘Three Little Pigs’ in calculating the dollar value of their lives.
For BP to value their workers like farm animals is the clearest illustration yet that only the force of law can protect working people. BP executives had a chance to change after the Texas City explosion that killed 15 workers five years ago. Yet 11 more BP workers died last month in the Deepwater Horizon explosion – now spewing countless gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico – all for want of proper safety equipment and strong oversight by the federal government.