Harlan County, USA – May 13, 2010 @ 7pm

This film documents the coal miners’ strike against the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky in June of 1973. Eastover’s refusal to sign a contract (when the miners joined with the United Mine Workers of America) led to the strike, which lasted more than a year and included violent battles between gun-toting company thugs/scabs, the picketing miners and their (every bit as militant) wives. Director Barbara Kopple puts the strike into perspective by giving us some background on the historical plight of the miners and some history of the UMWA.

“Harlan County, USA” is the fifth installment of our Monthly Film Series. It will be a benefit for the Portland branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) to help them offset costs of sending two of their delegates to a national convention in Minneapolis. They will also be tabling with literature. Come show some solidarity and watch a great film!

We are asking for a $5 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


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