A new film opening this Friday in Washington warns that the injustices to the workers, environment and communities in the coalfields of Appalachia are the “canary in a coal mine” — warning us what happens whencorporations are allowed absolute control and politicians abdicate responsibility for those they are elected to protect. Blood on the Mountain, (which screened earlier this year at the Metro Council’s monthly Bread & Roses series) focuses on environmental and economic injustice and corporate control in West Virginia and its rippling effect on all American workers. The film is especially timely, given President-elect Donald Trump’s stated intentions of reviving coal mining and reducing environmental and other regulations. It’s also especially urgent because the pension and health benefits of 12,500 former Patriot coal miners will end on December 31 despite bipartisan support of The Miners Protection Act. The DC LaborFest has three free pairs of tickets for the 7:15p show this Friday, which includes a special panel discussion by policy, labor and legal experts; click here to enter our raffle. Blood on the Mountainscreens December 16-22 at the West End Cinema; click here for ticket info.