“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.
Amidst threats and intimidation by King Coal's supporters, 600 courageous marchers kicked off a five day march from Marmet, WV to Blair Mountain.
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.
Breaking from Ken Ward at Coal Tattoo:
Expect lots of good stuff to be happening at Kayford this weekend.
Mountain Justice Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain!
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.
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.