"The AFL-CIO is not a partisan organization," Lissa points out, noting that state teachers showed how West Virginia's long tradition of a strong labor movement "represents workers who are Democrats, Republicans, members of third parties, and members of no party. Yet the fight for fair pay and worker protection is often placed in a partisan framework, dividing us where we most need to be united."
Lissa knows there's a huge difference between supporting coal miners and coal barons, and she understands that miners and mining communities deserve better.
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That's what I thought I knew about Auburn, WV, from my research: there would be infrastructure issues. So I had expectations of what I'd probably hear. But sometimes your expectations are just WRONG.
You can't beat addiction with "put down the cookie" willpower.
My great-great-great grandmother, Virginia Jackson Marshall (1846 - 1938), was second cousin to Stonewall Jackson. As a member of this extended family of people, I can tell you what I'd prefer: Take the monument to Stonewall Jackson down.
Those who stand to make millions of dollars by driving out future generations have millions of rationalizations.