19 Jun '11, 7pm

[Blog Update] A Dispatch From Blair Mountain, WV

This guest post comes from Jay Mallin , who made the following video while marching on Blair Mountain and interviewing a variety of officials about Blair Mountain’s unique history . Last Saturday I sat for awhile on a roadside guard rail with a young coal miner in Blair, West Virginia. We watched a rally of people who’d come deep into coal country to try to save Blair Mountain. The miner had wandered over with some neighbors who staged a small counter-protest; they’d left, but he stayed on to catch some of the rally. “I can see it both ways,” he said once his neighbors had gone. On one hand he understood the value of a job in the coal industry. When he’d switched from being an X-ray tech in a local hospital to a roof-bolter – one of the most dangerous mining jobs – in a nearby underground mine, his salary had doubled, from $45,000 to $90,000. And cousins who’d moved away t...

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