A searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia, this brand-new documentary details the struggles of a hard-working, misunderstood people, who have historically faced limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the rich, natural resources of their land.
Blood On The Mountain delivers a striking portrait of a fractured population, exploited and besieged by corporate interests, and abandoned by the powers elected to represent them.
Jeff Biggers, writing in The Huffington Post, says that “Blood on the Mountain captures (the) blatant disregard for the health and lives of coal miners — and the mountains they call home — as a timely reminder of the legacy of an essentially outlaw industry and its 150-year reign in West Virginia.”
“Blood on the Mountain” screens free at 6pm at the Takoma Busboys, and will also feature appearances by the film’s director and producer.
You can see the film’s trailer -- and RSVP to attend -- on our website at dclabor.org, where you can also find out about the latest local labor events and actions by clicking on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1926, the Post Office Department ordered 25,000 railway mail clerks to shoot to kill any bandits attempting to rob the mail.
In 1971, eleven AFSCME-represented prison employees and 33 inmates died in four days of rioting at New York State’s Attica Prison and the retaking of the prison. The riot caused the nation to take a closer look at prison conditions, for inmates and their guards alike.
Today’s labor quote is by Jim Hightower
“Politics isn't about left versus right; it's about top versus bottom.”
Jim Hightower is an American syndicated columnist, progressive political activist, and author.