Dear Fans ~
Things feel rather glum around the lair these days. The older vampires wont stop arguing over the ugly struggle currently happening in America between corporate power and the working class. Some of them are deeply offended by Governor Scott Walker, of Wisconsin, who proposes to break up the unions, as though he remembers nothing of history.
According to one of the vamps, who lived in Colorado back in 1914, John. D. Rockefeller tried to bust up unions back then. He proved influential in sending in armed forces to use machine-guns against coal mining families.
The miners were tired of working around the clock, seeing their coworkers die from mine explosions, collapsing walls and suffocation. The death rate in those southern Rocky Mountains was higher than anywhere else in the country. Workers were so poorly paid, their children also worked in the mines. While Rockefeller and affiliated mine companies grew filthy rich by the miners' labor and as corporate greed acquired more and more real estate, they kicked the working families out of the company-owned homes in the middle of winter. As a result, the miners pitched tents in a public park. They dug holes inside their tents so the family could hunker down into the frozen ground below the gun fire. Even still two women, eleven children, five miners and one National Guard soldier died in the carnage.
The incident is now famously referred to as "The Ludlow Massacre." (It happened in Ludlow, Colorado, in 1914). In memory of that stand-off, the labor unions subsequently managed to promote child labor laws and reduce daily labor to the eight-hour work day that America's working class take for granted today. At least that's what the old vampires say happened. I wouldn't know. I wasn't there. I've only been a vampire for one year.
Meanwhile, I did manage to find this link:
Oil baron John D. Rockefeller, owner of the steel mill dependent on the coal, sent in a hundred private "detectives" who the sheriff promptly deputized. They brought machine guns, terrorizing strikers with beatings and mock executions.
~ Vamchoir (aka Ravena Doomlah)