08 May '11, 6pm

West Virginia Writer Denise Giardina on Honoring History & Marching to Preserve Blair Mountain #coal #mtr

– Guest Post by Denise Giardina regarding the upcoming March on Blair Mountain – The March on Blair Mountain is a unifying rally involving environmental justice organizations, workers, scholars, artists, and other citizens and groups. Visit appalachiarising.org or marchonblairmountain.org for information. See you in June 4 – 11! Ninety years ago, in 1921, thousands of coal miners marched from Marmet, West Virginia to Blair Mountain in Logan County. They were West Virginians from a variety of backgrounds, standing up against coal companies for their freedom and basic human rights. They tied red bandannas around their necks and marched to throw out local politicians who had aligned themselves with coal companies. They marched because they were dying from unsafe working conditions, because they were being cheated out of their rightful pay. They marched because they were being...

Full article: http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/2011/05/08/marchonblairmou...

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