[Marxism] FOUR NEW MINE MILL HUNTERBEAR WEBPAGES -- PLUS A BASIC HUNTERBEAR INVENTORY WITH LINKS

Hunter Gray hunterbadbear at earthlink.net
Sun Feb 1 16:11:13 MST 2004


FOUR BRAND NEW MINE MILL HUNTERBEAR WEBPAGES -- PLUS A BASIC HUNTERBEAR MINE
MILL INVENTORY WITH LINKS

Although our Lair of Hunterbear website -- now huge -- has broadly
representative searching going on constantly within, stats indicate that
several basic sections are visited with great and consistent frequency --
mainly from the 'States and Canada: among them, Mine-Mill.  Most of that
material is grouped, but some is scattered.  Here is a basic -- but not
exclusive -- inventory [with links] of our website Mine-Mill material.
[There are a very few other pieces scattered about that are not listed
here -- not hard to find.]

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS INVENTORY, WE LIST OUR FOUR BRAND NEW MINE-MILL
PAGES -- AND I ALSO GIVE SOME OF MY JUST WRITTEN TEXT FROM A RELATED
STRUGGLE THAT IS A PART OF ONE OF THOSE POSTS:  THE GALLUP, NEW MEXICO COAL
STRIKE OF NATIONAL MINERS UNION IN THE MID-1930S -- BRUTALLY AND  VIOLENTLY
STONE-WALLED BY THE BOSSES ET AL.

Here is our basic -- but not completely exclusive -- inventory of Mine-Mill
material on our Hunterbear website:


NEWLY POSTED:  HUNTER GRAY'S ESSAY/REVIEW OF "BIG TROUBLE" -- CENTERED ON
THE FRAMEUP TRIAL OF WILLIAM D. HAYWOOD AT IDAHO  [POSTED 1/25/04]
http://www.hunterbear.org/haywoodtrial.htm


[8/25/01] REFLECTIONS ON FINNS AND FINNISH-AMERICANS
http://www.hunterbear.org/reflections_on_finns_and_finnish.htm

AND A WORD ON THE MINE-MILL UNION AND THE TITO FACTOR AT BUTTE / ANACONDA IN
1953-1954 http://www.hunterbear.org/reflections_on_finns_and_finnish.htm

AND MYRON BERCIER -- AND GUS HALL
http://www.hunterbear.org/reflections_on_finns_and_finnish.htm


NEW!  NEW MEXICO STRUGGLES; AND THE WAR YEARS:  SOME MINE MILL AND RELATED
HISTORY  [HUNTER GRAY /HUNTER BEAR   FEBRUARY 1  2004]
http://www.hunterbear.org/newmexico%20struggles_war%20years.htm

THE MINE-MILL"CONSPIRACY" THAT WASN'T:
RELENTLESS ATTACKS ON A MILITANT,
DEMOCRATIC UNION  http://www.hunterbear.org/Mine-Millconspiracycase.htm


International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers  [Including JRS/HG's
militant defense of Mine-Mill -- focusing on "Red Scare
witch-hunting/anti-labor repression."]  There are two pages in this cluster.
http://www.hunterbear.org/international_union_of_mine.htm and
http://www.hunterbear.org/repression.htm


NEW POST! FIGHT BACK!  MINE MILL VIGOROUSLY ATTACKS THE RED SCARE  [HUNTER
GRAY /HUNTER BEAR  FEBRUARY 1 2004]
http://www.hunterbear.org/fightback_minemill.htm


Mine-Mill: Militant Advocate for Racial Equality and Justice -- a cluster of
several pages which includes:
IUMMSW Steward's Manual and Asbury Howard;
http://www.hunterbear.org/mine.htm ; Maurice E. Travis
http://www.hunterbear.org/travis.htm  ;  "Salt of the
Earth" -- and Juan Chacon http://www.hunterbear.org/salt.htm ;  Big
RS/HG  -  Mine-Mill Arizona Civil Rights Rally
http://www.hunterbear.org/salt2.htm
This whole section expanded.

The immediately foregoing page with the Big JRS/HG - Mine Mill Arizona Civil
Rights Rally http://www.hunterbear.org/salt2.htm now includes,
MINE MILL: CLASS STRUGGLE -- AND LABOR MOVEMENT REVIVAL THOUGHTS
[HUNTER GRAY/HUNTER BEAR:  JANUARY 27 2004]  This brand  new page also is
linked
elsewhere at  http://www.hunterbear.org/mine_mill_class%20struggle.htm

JRS (JHG) REVIEW/ESSAY OF:   MINE MILL:   THE HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL
UNION OF MINE, MILL AND SMELTER WORKERS IN CANADA -- SINCE 1895  (By Mike
Solski and John Smaller)
Review/Essay Published in Labor History, Volume 27, No. 4, Fall, 1986
http://www.hunterbear.org/jrs.htm


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BRAND NEW POSTS [very end of January/beginning of February, 2004]:

NEWLY POSTED:  HUNTER GRAY'S ESSAY/REVIEW OF "BIG TROUBLE" -- CENTERED ON
THE FRAMEUP TRIAL OF WILLIAM D. HAYWOOD AT IDAHO  [POSTED 1/25/04]
http://www.hunterbear.org/haywoodtrial.htm

MINE MILL: CLASS STRUGGLE -- AND LABOR MOVEMENT REVIVAL THOUGHTS
[HUNTER GRAY/HUNTER BEAR:  JANUARY 27 2004]  now linked to the foregoing Big
JRS/HG  -  Mine-Mill Arizona Civil Rights Rally  in the several page cluster
at  http://www.hunterbear.org/salt2.htm  -- and also linked elsewhere at
http://www.hunterbear.org/mine_mill_class%20struggle.htm

NEW POST! FIGHT BACK!  MINE MILL VIGOROUSLY ATTACKS THE RED SCARE  [HUNTER
GRAY /HUNTER BEAR  FEBRUARY 1 2004]
http://www.hunterbear.org/fightback_minemill.htm

NEW!  NEW MEXICO STRUGGLES; AND THE WAR YEARS:  SOME MINE MILL AND RELATED
HISTORY  [HUNTER GRAY /HUNTER BEAR   FEBRUARY 1  2004]
http://www.hunterbear.org/newmexico%20struggles_war%20years.htm

Here is part of my text from just written and posted New Mexico Struggles:

The National Miners Union at Gallup, New Mexico.
This 1934 pamphlet by Pat Toohey -- 62 very interesting pages -- was issued
by Workers Library Publishers, New York City.  It covers in detail the
hard-fought labor struggles by the National Miners Union in the mid 1930s
against the huge coal companies in the general Gallup, NM setting.  This
included the Gallup American Coal Company [controlled by Chino
Copper/Kennecott]; Diamond Coal Company; Gallup Southwestern Coal Company;
Defiance Coal Company; and Mutual  Coal, Light and Power Company [United
Verde Copper Company Mining Extension].  In addition, the Santa Fe Railroad
had its fingers deeply into all of this -- on the bosses' side, of course.

Displeased with the laconic and ineffectual United Mine Workers of America,
the coal miners in the Gallup District voted overwhelmingly for
representation by National Miners Union.  The NMU had been formed in 1928
when the Communist Party, its sponsor, shifted from "boring from within"
existent unions [Trade Union Educational League]  to dual unionism via the
Trade Union Unity League.

The coal miners in the Gallup setting were starting from scratch.  The
bosses had cut wages very substantially and  were forcing miners to perform
"dead work" [non-mining maintenance work] at virtually no pay.  The miners
wanted all of this fully rectified and, also,  among other demands: sought
union recognition, higher wages, substantially improved health and safety
conditions -- and an end to racial and ethnic discrimination.

With the willing and often violent cooperation of the McKinley County
sheriff, his regular deputies and  his volunteers, and then the New Mexico
State Militia, the companies began heavy scab-herding.  Striking miners and
their families and sympathizers countered with mass meetings and  mass
picketing.  The bosses used also used "legal" attacks and frameups,
vigilantes, and deportations onto the remote, adjoining Navajo Reservation.
[The hospitable Navajos always rescued the deportees.] The bosses and the
sheriff et al. also evicted union activists from company-owned housing --
especially cruel and vindictive attacks which presaged the climactic scenes
in the great Mine-Mill film of a generation later, SALT OF THE EARTH, based
on the long, hard-fought strike by zinc miners and their wives in
southwestern New Mexico.

The strike in the Gallup District was finally lost -- but the seeds of
militant, radical unionism were carried  by the strike veterans 'way far
over the Southwest. Coal mining declined at Gallup.  The town, ever more a
citadel of bigotry, came to survive via Highway 66 and then the Interstate.
A reservation border town [Navajo and Zuni especially], Gallup also
exploited all Indians and then kicked them out. My father always refused to
stop in Gallup for anything in the old days -- got gasoline well before we
got there from any direction.  In time, Gallup sort of improved.

My youngest daughter, Josie, was born there right after Christmas in 1979.


HUNTER GRAY [HUNTER BEAR]
www.hunterbear.org

When you cut to the bone  and cut away the college degrees, academic and
other titles, published books and articles, ours is essentially a working
class and Indian family.  We consistently join unions  -- and we always
support them with the greatest vigor.


It's critical to always keep fighting -- and to always remember that, if one
lives with grace, he/she should be prepared to die with grace.









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