33 Miners One Year Later: Unemployed with PTSD; or, Unlikely Global Mobilization

New York Times wrote a very intriguing article today about the 33 Miners who were an international sensation just one year ago, but who are today dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and many of whom are unemployed

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/12/world/americas/chiles-rescued-miners-face-major-struggles-a-year-later.html?_r=1&hp

What is particularly timely about this article is its coincidence with international people’s movements that are working to address the international wealth gap problem–many of these movements beginning to coalesce around the name “The 99.”  These 33 individuals were “famous” just one year ago, but today they, like many people around the world, are struggling just to get by.  The interdisciplinarian in me also wants to note (although mathematics is not my forte) that these “33″ individuals might well be a  powerful symbol to be mobilized for campaigns for “the 99″ by nature of the mathematical relationship.  Yesteryear’s fame might well be the exemplars of today’s pain . . .

Interestingly, this coincides with our community’s announcement of the potential formation of an “Occupy Blacksburg” campaign, which I can say from personal experience would be rather unprecedented in light of the fact that this community, and indeed this entire part of the state, is very remiss to engage in anything that might be deemed “protesting.”

Here is some information about that potential movement:

We’re holding an event to organize people in Blacksburg who support the #OccupyEverywhere protests that are occurring around the country and who would like to get more involved. We’ll be holding an informational gathering at the Blacksburg Farmers Market (Draper and W. Roanoke) this Thursday (10/13) from noon to 2pm. If you want to learn more about the goals of these movements, how to get involved, and start getting your voices heard, please come out and see us. This event is open to everyone, and we hope you all can join us!

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=284215728263423

Please contact Ariel Conn (aconn31@vt.edu) or James Dale (jgdale@vt.edu) if you have any questions or if you’d like to be involved but can’t come out at that time.