appalachia

Massey’s Dearly Departed

Feds Say Massey Fabricated Safety Reports at Upper Big Branch

When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?

-Frank Costello, The Departed

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Defending Appalachian History

A Thousand March on Blair Mountain

The corporations take advantage of people in Appalachia, and this is happening all over Appalachia, not just West Virginia… We have to save one mountain at a time.
-Psera Newman, Lexington KY

Billy Bragg sings about there being power in a union. But after the past week, I see that there is power not just in unions, but in unity.

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Coalfield Residents Meet with CEO of Alpha Natural Resources

Agree to disagree on some issues but hopeful for the beginning of a productive dialogue

People Power Works and We're Taking It to Blair Mountain

Dozens of groups plan march and action to end mountaintop removal coal mining

Gandhi. King. Eastern Europe. Seattle. Latin America.  People powered non-violent, yet confrontational, movements make historical change. We're now in the midst of another groundswell of people power. As we've seen in Egypt, Tunisia and the U.S. Mid-West, peaceful protest and non-violent direct action have led the way.

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VIDEO: Mountaintop Removal is an American Tragedy

Actress Susan Sarandon Pledges to End Mountaintop Removal

Cross-posted from RAN’s Understory

by Nell Greenberg

Mountaintop removal is an American tragedy. Plain and simple.

The practice destroys hundreds of Appalachian mountains, contaminates drinking water and sacrifices America’s communities for small seams of coal.

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Kentucky Has Risen!

Direct Action and Mass Rally Call for End to Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop removal is an act of aggression. Civil disobedience is an act of love.”

-Terry Tempest Williams

A mountaintop insurrection in Kentucky is underway. And it definitely must be on Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s mind this week.

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EPA Issues Historic Veto on Arch Coal’s Spruce Mine

Veto Retroactively Stops Largest MTR Mine in West Virginia

Repost from the Understory

By Amanda Starbuck

Excellent news this morning from Washington DC! Today, the EPA announced that they are vetoing the Clean Water Act permit for Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia.

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Judy Bonds, Presente

Thousands Mourn Prominent Mountaintop Removal Abolitionist
Fight Harder
-Judy Bonds

We’re mourning the passing of our friend Julia “Judy” Bonds. She was a mother, a grandmother, a coal miners daughter a national leader in the mountaintop removal abolition movement, a director of Coal River Mountain Watch and a community organizer.

She’d been diagnosed with a very serious case of cancer back in the early summer.

Yesterday, on January 3rd 2011,  she passed away.

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