"You may not have noticed, but 50,000 U.S. coal miners were on strike for four months this spring and summer 1989. The 10-state strike featured the unprecedented mass application of nonviolent civil disobedience to a labor struggle: Thousands of miners and family members have been arrested for peacefully blocking mine entrances. Troops have been called in; they have, in some instances, fired on the strikers."-Barbara Ehrenreich-
Read Ehrenreich's "The Silenced Majority" for more.