Recent March to Protect Blair Mountain in West Va. Brought Coal Miners and Environmentalists Together
Interview with Chuck Keeney, Blair Mountain, W.V. march organizer , conducted by Melinda Tuhus
In early June, over 500 people – locals and outside supporters – recreated the 1921 miners' march on Blair Mountain, a national historic site in West Virginia. Ninety years ago, the march demanded union rights and pitted thousands of armed miners against coal company security guards, county sheriffs, and ultimately, the U.S. Army. The goal of this year's march was to protect Blair Mountain from mountaintop removal coal extraction, end all mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia and promote local jobs and sustainable communities.