Leigh Graham is a PhD candidate in urban studies and planning at MIT and a consultant on U.S. Gulf Coast recovery. She sits on the board of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation in Boston and was the founding editor of the Poverty in America blog at

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In the history of Appalachian coal mining, Harlan County, Kentucky, is a landmark in the grassroots fight for better living and working conditions. Labor unrest in the 1930s earned the county the nickname “Bloody Harlan.” Intense organizing continues today, as Harlan County resident leaders help their communities transition from a coal economy …

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