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Badly Licked Bear is a member of the Auntie Sewing Squad (A.S.S.). For the first 34 years of their life, they grew up between Ranchos Palos Verdes and San Pedro. Currently, at 42 years old, they live in Los Angeles. They became involved because they felt the obligation to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. Badly Licked Bear has a history of organizing mutual aid and believes mutual aid is a valuable aspect of community building.

Thematic Summary

The first part of this interview focuses on the background/childhood experiences of Badly Licked Bear. That transitioned into a discussion on how they practically raised themselves in a hostile society. Growing into the person they are, they began to explain to us how they got into the Auntie Sewing Squad, and their role of driving the relief van to Navajo Nation. After talking about the A.S.S, we discussed how their past work as a curator shaped them. Then we transitioned into a conversation on the effects of the pandemic and current election.

Background/childhood of Badly Licked Bear: 00:00:00 - 00:06:38

Badly Licked Bear personal journey: 00:06:38 - 00:12:50

Auntie Sewing Squad involvement: 00:12:50 - 00:24:16

Badly Licked Bear’s community work history: 00:24:16 - 00:30:21

Being in the Auntie Sewing Squad during the pandemic and election: 00:30:21- 00:38:21

The future of the Auntie Sewing squad and moving forward: 00:38:21- 00:44:19

Wrapping up the interview: 00:44:19 - 00:46:44

Interview Date



Angela Soto Cerros; Zoe Forsyth

Interview with Badly Licked Bear



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