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  1. Appalachia Rising
    Which Side Are You On?

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    On January 9, 2014, a dangerous toxin, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, leaked from a busted tank and into the Elk River in West Virginia. It is believed that nearly 7,500 gallons of the toxin made its way from the 40,000-gallon tank into the river. This is a story too often told in Appalachia.
  2. Austerity vs. the Planet:The Future of Labour Environmentalism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Last December members of the International Trade Union Confederation joined other civil society activists in a mass sit-in at the COP21 talks in Paris. Unionists and their allies, some 400 strong, filled the social space adjacent to the negotiating rooms for several hours, in defiance of a French ban on protests that remained in effect in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks. The ITUC delegation demanded the negotiators go back to the table and make a serious effort to incorporate labour's demands for a just transition – which, at its heart, is concerned with making sure workers in environmentally unsustainable industries are retrained and put to work building a new, sustainable economy.
  3. Capitalism is failing the planet
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    If we continue with capitalist business as usual, there will be disastrous consequences for humanity. Capitalism is in unavoidable conflict with environmental sustainability because of three key features that are inherent to the system.
  4. Climate Change as a Class Issue
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Protesting PNC Bank in Pittsburgh financing of mountain-top removal (MTR) coal mining across Appalachia. MTR causes increased cancer rates and birth defects, as well as massive environmental degradation.
  5. Coal companies trying to revive 'zombie' open cast mines in Wales
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    A tangle of undercapitalised companies are coming forward to cash in on old deep coal mines in Wales - by digging them all out from above from huge open cast pits. But local communities, alarmed at the noise, pollution and destruction of landscape, increasingly see coal as an industry that's best consigned to the scrapheap.
  6. Coal in Our Blood
    200 Years of coal mining in Nova Scotia's Pictou County

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1992
    An account of the coal mining community of Pictou County, Nova Scotia.
  7. Coal Strike of 1902
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    A strike by the United Mine Workers of America in the anthracite coal fields of eastern Pennsylvania.
  8. The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume I
    Economic Writings 1

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2013
    This first volume in Rosa Luxemburg's Complete Works, entitled Economic Writings 1, contains some of Luxemburg's most important statements on the globalization of capital, wage labour, imperialism, and pre-capitalist economic formations.
  9. Connexions
    Volume 9, Number 1 - Spring 1984 - Energy - A Digest of Resources and Groups for Social Change

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1984
  10. Coughing up coal
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2014
    India is rivaling China -- in its plans to consume coal. India is aggressively expanding construction of coal fired power plants to meet growing energy needs. Emissions from coal power plants were linked to 80,000 - 150,000 premature deaths in India between 2011 and 2012 alone and to a wide range of diseases from cancers, to respiratory and cardiovascular disorders. Singrauli -- an industrial hub in north central India -- embodies the tragic human toll that a largely unregulated coal industry can extract.
  11. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2012
    The searing account Chris Hedges' and Joe Sacco's travels to sacrifice zones, those areas in the United States where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit, places that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit and progress.
  12. EnvironmentSources.com
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2017
    Web portal with information about environmental issues and resources, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools make it possible to find additional resources and information.
  13. Gray Mountain
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2015
    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track -- until the recession hits and she is downsized, furloughed, and escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, all for a slim chance of getting rehired. In a matter of days, Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia.
  14. The Hillcrest Mine Disaster
    Resource Type: Article
    The worst coal mining disaster in Canada occurred in Hillcrest, Alberta, on Friday June 19, 1914. A total of 189 men died. 130 women were widowed and 400 children left fatherless.
  15. In China's Inner Mongolia, mining spells misery for traditional herders
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    China's relentless drive for minerals is wreaking havoc on pastoral lifestyles.
  16. The Labor Wars
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1974
    A survey of landmark events in the U.S. labour movement.
  17. Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 4
    Marx and Engels 1844 - 1845

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1845
    Includes The Holy Family, or Critique of Critical Criticism, and The Condition of the Working-Class in England.
  18. Mozambique's Movement to End Land Grabs
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    To corporations, the forest is only business. To communities, the forest is everything: trees, medicine, culture, spirituality. Land-grabbing and the removal of communities from forests and land breaks the community, displaces access to food and water, and uproots the connection to nature and [local] knowledge. There is an old saying in Africa: the land doesn’t belong to us; it belongs to our children, and the children of our children.
  19. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 22, 2017
    Secrecy and Power

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2017
    Secrecy is a weapon the powerful use against their enemies: us. This issue of Other Voices explores the relationship of secrecy and power.
  20. 'Our Rivers are Black with Coal' - living with Siberia's mines
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    A look at the aggressive coal mining industry in Siberia where local opposition and human rights are ignored, and indigenous communities and ecosystems are being destroyed.
  21. People power: how Montana stopped the biggest coal mine in North America
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Campaigners are celebrating after defeating plans to build America's largest open pit coal mine. In an epic 'David and Goliath' battle, Montana activists challenged the project, and all the politicians and businessmen that supported it, with fierce opposition, protests and demonstrations. The outcome spells hope for all in the fight against dirty energy.
  22. Polish farmers threaten uprising over opencast coalmine
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Heinz unites with farmers in rebellion against plan to build a vast lignite mine and power plant on farming land in western Poland.
  23. Poor West Virginia? Think Again
    Resistance in the Valley of Death

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia has once again put Appalachia on the map. This is what it usually takes. People have to not just die at the hands of the coal and chemical industry, they have to die dramatically. The long slow death spiral West Virginia has been in for over a hundred years is not news unless they do.
  24. Pride
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2014
    Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners' strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.
  25. Reclaiming the Commons in Appalachia
    Property is Theft

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The extractive resource industry has a firm hold on the wild, wonderful, but wounded Appalachians. The use of eminent domain and compulsory pooling has robbed communities of their cultural and natural heritage. Capital is the authority of the Appalachian coalfields, and has created systemic poverty and mono economies. Instead of prosperity in the commons, the mechanism of authority has spawned tragedy.
  26. The Road to Wigan Pier
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1937
    George Orwell's investigation of an English working class community in the 1930s.
  27. Scargill, Arthur
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    British trade unionist and political party leader. (Born 1938).
  28. Strike!
    The True History of Mass Insurgence from 1877 to the Present

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1997
    A history-from-below that brings to light strikes as authentic revolutionary movements against the establishments of state, capital, and trade unionism.
  29. Technics and Civilization
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1963
    A history of the machine and a critical study of its effects on civilization.
  30. What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism
    A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2011
    A manifesto for those environmentalists who reject schemes of “green capitalism” or piecemeal reform. Magdoff and Foster argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines or rely solely on new technology to avert catastrophe misses the point. The main cause of the looming environmental disaster is the driving logic of the system itself, and those in power — no matter how “green” — are incapable of making the changes that are necessary.

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