Update from Katie: I’m out of jail!!

I’m out of jail!!

My three friends and fellow protestors are still in jail and continued
support for them would be fantastic! Support either through letters, positive thoughts or donations to the legal fund so they can be bailed out are all greatly appreciated!


"The action went really well, the miners were friendly and we shut that shit down for four hours."


Colin Flood, Jimmy Tobias, and Sophie Kern would love to receive mail in jail at the following address:

Southern Regional Jail
1200 Airport Road
Beaver, WV  25813

A collection of visual, aural and written accounts and statements about this action:

  • The video from the action is here.
  • A video of them talking about their actions is here.
  • Their written statements are here
  • An audio interview here with Rock Creek, W.Va., resident Ed Wiley talking about Brushy Fork before it was filled with coal slurry.
  • Photos are here, including two maps.

Blair Mountain Battlefield Mysteriously Being Bulldozed

In 1921, union miners staged the largest armed insurrection in American labor history on Blair Mountain, in Logan County, WV. Between 10,000 and 15,000 UMWA miners were stopped en route to Mingo County, where they were marching to liberate union men imprisoned under martial law and to organize the coalfields by force. For five days, the miners confronted a private army run by coal operators– and were only defeated when the US Army intervened on industry’s behalf. While the miners lost on Blair, the battle led to a much stronger American labor movement that went on to win numerous concessions, including minimum wage and standardized work weeks.

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