Just learned yesterday, January 31st that a prominent Bolivian mining man, Edgar ‘Huracan’ Ramirez had recently died. Interestingly enough he was born in Potosi, Bolivia in 1947 and this is where part of my book takes place. He worked in the mines there and then became a strong union leader and against imperialist dictatorships and he was exiled for awhile and also was commemorated by Evo Morales, and Luis Arce, the present progressive President of Bolivia. Edgar Ramirez chaired Bolivia’s Mine Worker’s Federation, was Executive Secretary of the Bolivian Worker’s Central Union (COB) and promoted the creation of Bolivia’s Mining Corporation (COMIBOL) historical archive system and also helped to develop Bolivia’s new mining code.
When I travelled through Bolivia in 1969, I met a Bolivian Air Force captain who was also anti-imperialist and he offered to take me on a jet plane trip over the Amazon and I foolishly turned him down but they say ‘hindsight is 20/20’. Speaking of miners’ unions, I realized that when the United Steelworker’s Union at Highland Valley Copper in BC, Canada where I worked took a stand and went on strike, we in the staff although not in the union, benefitted when the workers made monetary gains, so did we as we would usually get a raise after the successful strikes were over.