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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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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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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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Coal Tattoo: Massey's Blankenship to Plead the 5th in Mining Disaster Probe

Retiring CEO Opts Not to Incriminate Self
Don Blankenship is going to plead the 5th in the Upper Big Branch probe. Seems that Big Don is invoking his right to avoid self-incrimination. I'm pretty shocked and awed by this bit of information. I guess all those times I called Blankenship a "homicidal maniac," his lawyers didn't disagree.

Breaking from Ken Ward at Coal Tattoo:

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Appalachians Rising on Kayford Mountain

Mountain Justice Fall Summit Oct. 22-24
After a successful mobilization a few weeks ago in Washington D.C., the mountain justice movement is meeting again this weekend for Mountain Justice Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain, West Virginia. Kayford is the home of anti-MTR activist Larry Gibson.

Expect lots of good stuff to be happening at Kayford this weekend.

Mountain Justice Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain!

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Appalachia Rising Converges on White House in Mass Action

Thousands Call for Abolition of Mountaintop Removal in Action at White House; Over 115 arrested in non-violent civil disobedience.

It was crazy times in our nation’s capitol this last week.  Appalachia Rising, a mass mobilization calling for the abolition of mountaintop removal coal mining, converged thousands of coalfield residents and supporters in Washington D.C. for a conference called "Voices of the Mountains" and a mass march and action.

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Cracks in Big Coal’s Empire

Wall Street and Washington Feeling the Heat
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
-Gandhi

Don Blankenship’s empire is crumbling, rapidly.  Mountaintop removal coal mining may well be on it’s way out.  The money’s drying up.  Appalachia is rising in Washington D.C.  And we’re seeing some VERY interesting developments on Wall Street and in Washington.

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