A huge crowd turned out in blistering heat Thursday to support the demand by retired mine workers that Congress keep America’s promise to thousands of retirees, spouses, and dependents. Promised lifetime retirement benefits by U.S. President Harry Truman in 1946, retired miners are on the edge of losing everything they've worked for. Thousands watched as over 100 mine workers were arrested as they blocked the Capitol and urged Congress to pass S. 1714 and H.R. 2403.
photos by Roger Kerson, George Farenthold, Sandra Falwell and UMWA