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Matewan: Silver Dollar v. Scrip

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How do we build a movement?  What are the limits and obstacles people face in their organizing that suggest a social movement is necessary? What is the character of that social movement?  How is it going to function?  Who is going to be involved? The answers to these questions are as diverse as the people as the people here at the Leadership School and the needs of their organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

Larry Gibson’s family has lived on or near Kayford Mountain since the late 1700’s. He and his family used to live on the lowest lying part of the mountain, and looked “up” to the mountain peaks that surrounded them. Since 1986, the slow motion destruction of Kayford Mountain has been continuous — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Eighteen years after the “mountain top removal” project began, Larry Gibson now occupies the highest point of land around; he is enveloped by a 12,000-acre pancake in what was previously a mountain range. Here are reflections from some of the participants of the school. Read the rest of this entry »