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About Kit O’Connell

Kit O’Connell (pronouns: they/them or he/him) is a movement journalist, radical troublemaker and freelance writer from Austin, Texas.

Formerly the editor of he Ministry of Hemp, they continue to write about hemp along with reporting on activism and social justice as an independent journalist. Their writing has appeared in The Austin Chronicle, YES! Magazine, The Texas Observer and Truthout, among other places.

Previously, Kit created A Burner Lexicon and “The Ethical Slut” Read-Along.

Kit O’Connell, gonzo journalist

A drawing of Kit O’Connell, Gonzo Journalist. (By Francisco Freeman for HEMP Magazine, used with permission.)

Raised as an activist and a writer since his teens, Kit became a full-time journalist in 2012 through his involvement with the Occupy Wall Street movement, ultimately joining Firedoglake as an editor and correspondent. They worked for 4 years as the Editor-in-Chief of Ministry of Hemp, a site they made into an important news and information site for the hemp industry and its customers.

An “angelic troublemaker,” Kit’s organized, marched, and written on behalf of a variety of causes. He briefly appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” stirring up shit at the Texas Senate during the 2013 feminist uprising at the Texas Capitol. Media from New Zealand to Scandinavia quoted a press release he wrote announcing the arrest of Santa Claus.

Proudly disabled, polyamorous and nonbinary/(gender)queer, Kit lives with their spouse and two cats in Austin, Texas.

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2013: Now Is The Time To Act — Kit O’Connell with Caitlin Perrone & Taylor Hampton

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Approximately 8,000 Words operates on WordPress, using the “Unlimited” theme from Compete Themes. Portrait of Kit by Jane Michael Stallings.

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