Locals to Host Benefit Concert, Comedy Show for Striking Miners in Brookwood, Alabama
Local musicians, comedians and business owners are coordinating a benefit concert and comedy show to support the United Mine Workers of America.
Alabama Strike-Fest will take place Saturday, May 22 at noon. The benefit will feature both musical and comedic artists such as Mike Cooley, Lee Bains + The Glory Fires, Drew Morgan and DJ Lewis. Food will be provided by The Alabama AFL-CIO’s BBQ Pitmasters Chili Cookers.
The strike has been going on since the beginning of April when Warrior Met Coal workers ceased production due to unfair working conditions. Warrior Met Coal proposed a new contract to its employees, which they found "insulting."
The contract only addressed a fraction of their demands, one of which included a meager $1.50 raise. It is unclear when a new contract will be proposed.
The concert will take place at 16946 Highway 216 in Brookwood. While entry is free for UMWA workers and their families, a $20 donation is suggested for all other attendees.
For those who wish to attend the event virtually, it will be live-streamed on YouTube.
"The livestream will be continuous and feature in-person and online interviews with guests involved in the labor movement, and will be broadcast on The Valley Labor Report’s YouTube and Twitch channels, accepting donations online," states the description on the event's Facebook page. "All funds raised by the concert and livestream will go directly to the UMWA District 20’s Strike Aid Fund. Donations can also be made online from the concert’s livestream."
To support the United Mine Workers of America and secure tickets to the benefit, click here.
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