I’m Jay Baker. My pronouns are he/him or they/them.
I’m a former guerrilla videographer currently working in communications and community education, and as a freelance facilitator. I’m also an unpaid carer for my partner, who has LongCOVID. I’m a member of both the IWW and Acorn renters’ union. I live in Park Hill, Sheffield, in the UK. I’d like to think of myself as harnessing a spirit of “Edward Carpenter-meets-Édouard Carpentier”!
I was pulled from school as a child and taught at home by my mother to whom I credit for my intersectional feminism. I have over twenty years of experience working for social justice – applying the DIY “punk” ethic to making documentaries, writing books, organising anti-fascist events, and helping to launch and run community projects in both Britain and North America – where I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to speak, chair, and MC at festivals, conferences, and events from Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada) and Huddersfield University (UK) to the Non-Violence Festival (Canada) and the Festival of Debate (UK).
I’ve written for Now Then, The Scavenger, and the award-winning zine La Bouche, amongst other websites, zines, and newspapers, and appeared numerous times for the BBC whilst writing for established commercial newspapers before I made the personal (and political) decision to completely boycott establishment media. I co-founded, and coached at, the left-wing football club AFC Unity for nearly 7 years.
I’m currently working on a mobile app to aggregate reliable news sources (you can see a list to the right/bottom of this page), trying to add to my stash of videos on Kolektiva, and am also keen to help develop a network of local radical media hubs as a counter to establishment media.
In what’s left of my spare time, when I’m not playing around with Linux while drinking too much coffee, or reading comic books, I can usually be found working on The Left Fist coverage of pro wrestling from a pro-union/leftist angle in written and podcast form. I love pop culture references, and am here to chew bubblegum and kick ass (and I’m all out of bubblegum).
For enquiries, email me.