As we celebrate National Miner’s Day by recognizing the hard work and sacrifice miners make to support their families. While […]
Nick MullinsFifth generation coal miner seeking answers in complex times.
A Letter to J.D. Vance
Dear Mr. Vance, I read your book Hillbilly Elegy last year. Actually, my family and I listened to it as […]
Is it Trump or Urban Provincialism?
I was raised rural in the Appalachian Mountains. I spent my childhood split between exploring the ridgelines, hollers, and creeks […]
Coal Exports Increase While Coalfield Communities Still Face Crisis
I just read an article in the Williamson Daily News citing that coal exports have increased coal production in the […]
Standing in Solidarity with Kentucky’s Teachers
Why did Kentucky legislators have to take away from teacher pensions? Why is there not enough money to make their […]
The Only Way Out for Appalachia’s Coalfields
The boom and bust cycles of coal markets have always worked to the advantage of coal companies more than Appalachian […]
Exploiting Appalachia’s Heroes
Since I left the mines and joined the ranks of people fighting for justice in our world, I’ve met many […]
Civil Rights and the All Mighty Economy
When I attended Clintwood High School throughout the mid-90s, there was an amazing lack of ethnic diversity. Our school was […]
Appalachia’s Coalfields Weren’t Always Red
Since the last presidential election, I’ve witnessed a near constant stream of ridicule against Appalachian people who voted for Trump, […]
Jobs First, Safety…well….
Anyone who has worked in a coal mine knows that only loyalty to the company bottom line could raise someone […]