Posts Tagged with "blair mountain"

“It’s Easier to Mine Coal Without People Around.”

Monday, March 4, 2013

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“It’s Easier to Mine Coal Without People Around.”

RAN’s latest Coal Risk Update highlights the potential human rights impacts of a planned mountaintop removal mine in Blair, West Virginia. Blair Mountain is a national treasure: The mountain is the site of arguably the most important post-Civil War battlefield in the US. Currently, Arch Coal plans to build a mine that would destroy the [...]

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Tell Banks to Stop Financing the Destruction of Blair Mountain

Friday, December 14, 2012

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Tell Banks to Stop Financing the Destruction of Blair Mountain

A Guest Blog by Brandon Nida, Organizer—Blair Mountain Heritage Alliance Many people have not heard of the Battle of Blair Mountain, let alone a place called Adkins Fork in Logan County, West Virginia. But in 1921, the Adkins Fork area was the scene of an intense battle between miners attempting to organize and a private army [...]

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Strip Mining Appalachia’s History

Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Strip Mining Appalachia’s History

We’re starting hear rumblings that Arch Coal might be preparing to begin mountaintop removal coal mining operations on historic Blair Mountain. Blair Mountain is the site of the second largest armed insurrection in U.S. history (after the civil war.) In 1921, 10,000 miners fought an army of coal company thugs on Blair Mountain who were [...]

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Defending Appalachian History

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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Defending Appalachian History

“The corporations take advantage of people in Appalachia, and this is happening all over Appalachia, not just West Virginia… We have to save one mountain at a time.” -Psera Newman, Lexington KY Billy Bragg sings about there being power in a union. But after the past week, I see that there is power not just [...]

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Appalachian Coalition to March on Blair Mountain June 4-11

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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Appalachian Coalition to March on Blair Mountain June 4-11

I’ve been part of the movement to end mountaintop removal for five years now. In 2008, RAN and I helped organize blockade actions against Dominion Energy which was building a new coal fired power plant in Wise, VA. In 2009 and 2010, we worked in solidarity with Appalachian and direct action groups in southern West [...]

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People Power Works and We’re Taking It to Blair Mountain

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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People Power Works and We’re Taking It to Blair Mountain

Gandhi. King. Eastern Europe. Seattle. Latin America. Peopl- powered, non-violent, yet confrontational movements make historical change. We’re now in the midst of another groundswell of people power. As we’ve seen in Egypt, Tunisia and the U.S. Midwest, peaceful protest and non-violent direct action have led the way. Now the Appalachian movements for a just, sustainable future [...]

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The Battle of Blair Mountain

Monday, March 1, 2010

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The Battle of Blair Mountain was the largest organized armed uprising in United States labor history and led almost directly to the labor laws currently in effect today. For nearly a week in late August and early September 1921, in Logan County, WV, between 10,000 and 15,000 coal miners confronted company-paid private detectives in an [...]

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