Photos posted by the City of East Liverpool, Ohio:
The photos included the following message:
Sound familiar? The Appalachia region of America has mining communities with widespread poverty, a poor healthcare system, and rates of opioid addiction that are highest in the world.
Black lung is also back and worse than ever. Coal companies have a habit of denying disability claims until victims die an early death.
Center for Public Integrity: Breathless and Burdened
Yearlong investigation examines how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, have helped defeat the benefits claims of miners sick and dying of black lung, even as disease rates are on the rise and an increasing number of miners are turning to a system that was supposed to help alleviate their suffering.
Part One: The Law Firm
Part Two: The Doctors
Part Three: The Next Battleground
Good news! The Johns Hopkins black-lung evaluation program that routinely sided with coal companies against the claims of miners who said they were suffering from pneumoconiosis has closed for good.
Scroll down to learn more about poverty, addiction, and cancer rates in Appalachian mining communities. Click the image on the right to learn why America's victims of addiction are turning to heroin.
The Video that Ruined Larson's Televangelism Career
Poverty, Addiction, and Healthcare
Problems in American Mining Communities
Corporations and politicians gain financially, while holding the health and vote of Appalachia hostage with threat of employment leaving. As the information below shows, the human cost is severe.
Study says advanced form of black lung at historically high levels:
Life Expectancy Change by County, 1997 - 2007
From WV Public Radio:
"We also ask whether society is ready to treat addiction as a health issue, or whether we are still quick to make moral judgments about people with drug addictions. Finally, we debate what's at fault.
The Needle and the Damage Done: West Virginia's Heroin Epidemic
"West Virginia has the nation's worst rate of drug overdose deaths. It started with prescription painkillers, and now is increasingly fueled by heroin."
War on Poverty vs. War on the Poor
Poverty in Central Appalachia
Because it has worked for them, to keep their labor force vulnerable, keep them powerless.”
-Cynthia M. Duncan, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology
Fox News is Unfortunately a Popular
form of Entertainment in Appalachia
Learn more about the SafeLink phone program from FactCheck.org
Guest panelist Katie Pavlich:
"On top of it, we're subsidizing cell phones for these people... Not only were people who aren't qualified getting these phones, they're actually selling them back for drug money and using the money from their sold Obamacare phones to buy drugs."
Pavlich's most recent book:
Assault & Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women
Pavlich also won an award for her blogging:
Speaking of drugs, Journalist Gary Webb's 1996 'Dark Alliance' series in the San Jose Mercury News prompted the first and last Central Intelligence Agency director Q&A session with the community (in Los Angeles), and inspired the the 2014 movie Kill the Messenger.
DemocracyNow: "For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. This drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombia’s cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the 'crack' capital of the world."
Imagine when citizens didn't have access to the internet. The most vulnerable were easy victims. It is still a struggle.
If you look at history, there has always been a champion of the poor against the social class with the most power and influence.
Abuse of the underserved is what happens when income inequality becomes vast and large segments of the population are marginalized.
When did class warrior become a negative thing? Class warriors have been the voice the American working class against "robber barons" since the 19th century.
NPR: You're being treated unfairly at work. How do you react — voice your concerns or stay quiet?
"The reaction may indicate whether you're a powerful or powerless person, this study says, but it could also explain how inequality is maintained in society. Powerful people react swiftly when they are victims of unfairness, while less powerful people are slow to notice and react to injustice, according to research published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
"Power shapes how quickly you respond to self-related injustices.
When people have a lot of power and resources, they come to feel like they deserve better outcomes than others," explains Takuya Sawaoka, Stanford University doctoral student who also authored
Social anxiety and self-consciousness in binge eating disorder: Associations with eating disorder psychopathology."
Hit single by 'Postcards of Life': Children of the Sun
3 Perspectives to Change Your Outlook on Life (Click image to access link)