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Coal Boy - Digging To The Other End of The World

Society & Culture  (tags: India, coal boy, digging for coal, poverty, video )

- 1417 days ago -
Labor Day is coming in the USA. If you do not think Unions are important there are many who suffer daily in how they must earn a living. Corporations and business in for profit do not care about workers only money so watch this then stand up for the Union


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Sheryl G (359)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 5:22 am
The young...."One day I want to be somebody".....if he can survive his childhood, if he gets to grow up, maybe he might work into something a little better. Maybe.

It wasn't that many years ago the young children in the USA and the UK worked in the coal mines under terrible conditions. Many dying before they reached their 18th or 21st birthday.

Unions got our children out of these horrid conditions and into schools. Unions improved working conditions for the adults. As Unions are declining so too are wages and working conditions in Countries that had fought hard to gain better working conditions.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 5:33 am

Animae C (508)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 7:18 am
No unions in India! His dreams keep him going....
Yet in our countries memberships are decreasing!
People mustn't forget our history.

Thanx Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 7:28 am
No child within this world should have to suffer working long hours to support a family or themselves. That they still do in large parts of the world indicates how unbalanced, topsy-turvy and lopsided humankind is.

Shared everywhere
Thanks Dandelion.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 7:30 am
I wanted to also say, that if it wasn't for the Union I joined, and the Union rep who has supported me throughout the last two years, I would be in a much darker place than I currently am.

Ben O (129)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 7:59 am
Today is "Nothing is impossible day"... why do I feel so very sad and helpless...???

JL A (281)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 8:54 am
Truly tragic and exemplifies how union rights are human rights and why we need to be concerned about our safety and that of our children and grandchildren when politicians target unions. Thanks for this reminder Dandelion

Patrick Donovan (344)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 11:55 am
Union support needs to be taught to our children and to the public at large. Too much BS from the wealthy and large corporations has eroded a lot of good work by unions during the 20s, 30s, 40s, & 50s. Somewhere during the 60s they seem to have lost their. I know there are many dedicated union workers trying to organize but too many people turn a deaf ear as a result of the propaganda over the last 40 years.

Winn A (179)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 1:31 pm
I'm in a union and I'm glad I am. Thanks Sheryl. So sorry those kids had do work in coal mines with those horrendous conditions.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 3:21 pm
What a sad video. People should not have to be slaves for a little bread crumb they are earning each day.

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 4:42 pm
I an like Ben will share this Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 5:33 pm
Outside of this small circle of fiends, I have little faith in mankind----the inhumane, cold, cruel, destructive users and abuser faction. I used to sing a few songs about the union and working in the coal mines, scab bosses, and this presentation recalls a song called, "1913". About Calumet county, a Christmas party,for the kids of the workers. How they're dancing 'round & 'round in the hall. The scab bosses come and set fire to the building, thinking the workers are also inside. The children die. The very sad part is that the lyrics are based on fact. I believe I sang the Ramblin' Jack Elliot version. I don't sing those sad stories anymore. I'm at the short end of my stick and when singing in public, feel euphoric when giving folks the gift of a happy trip back in time--a break from the harsh, cold, cruelty and all most of us have to do to merely survive each day. I can't sing those old, very heart-wrenching truths anymore, not without crying, as those truths still hold too true. Thanks for more truth, dear Dandelion, American and all the world over.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 5:36 pm
EDIT--oops--I did mean "friends", not fiends. Also, the song is "The Massacre Of 1913". Pardon.

Thursday September 3, 2015, 11:57 pm
shared/noted with hope
Thank you, Dandelion.

Shirley S (187)
Friday September 4, 2015, 12:46 am
People who don't have unions are doing it hard.

Arild Warud (174)
Friday September 4, 2015, 3:16 am
Whithout strong Unions there will be no progress. - What an extremely sad vĂ­deo.

Charles Wallis (111)
Friday September 4, 2015, 10:41 am

Sheryl G (359)
Friday September 4, 2015, 11:57 am
Thank you Janice for sharing that song title with us and another sad story of how people have been treated in the past. I know many of those sad stories, for some reason that one escaped me, or I'm failing to recall. It shouldn't be forgotten, but I can certainly understand how difficult it would be to try and sing it.....for it is hard to even think upon it without drawing tears to the eyes.

Catrin Schuetz-Kroehler (47)
Friday September 4, 2015, 1:57 pm
No child should have to go through this.

David B (34)
Friday September 4, 2015, 2:06 pm
and yet there are so many people look down their nose at unions and figure the workers are overpaid for what they do . they blame the unions for the companies moving out of country . and that is bull shit with a capitol B they would move anyway , because they want no restrictions on how they make their produce , no rules to follow , no safety , in place . and most of all no reduction of any kind in their profits . and so many people don't realize that even if they are non-union they make the wage they do because of the union . other wise they would still be working for $ 3.00 $$ an hour . with no benefits . and no one to protect them . Thank You Dandelion . as usual a timely topic .

Laura Martin (5)
Friday September 4, 2015, 5:30 pm
Not fair...

Judy C (91)
Friday September 4, 2015, 7:04 pm
No child should have to work, especially in such a dangerous job. Thanks Dandelion. Hopefully this boy will have a better life someday. Unions are the only way people have been protected from exploitation.

Charles Wallis (111)
Saturday September 5, 2015, 6:46 am

Roberto MARINI (88)
Saturday September 5, 2015, 8:32 am
Thank you dandelion

Janet B (0)
Saturday September 5, 2015, 6:57 pm

Jennifer Manzi (175)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 7:24 am

Adrienne L (9)
Monday September 7, 2015, 8:37 am
Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 19, 2016, 9:56 pm
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