A busy month for local energy activists and Mountain Justice Summer!
Earlier in June, in downtown Pittsburgh, a group of about 75 people
gathered to march for clean energy and justice in the coalfields of
Appalachia. The permitted march was organized by Canaries in the Coalfields
, Tri-State Citizens' Mining Network
, and Mountain Justice Summer
The march ended at the downtown convention center, where the National
Coal Show was being held. Speakers from Pennsylvania and West Virginia
told of the devastation mining is causing in their communities and the
health costs from coal power plant emissions borne by residents of this
region, and demanded a clean energy policy.
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| Radio story
from Rustbelt Radio
Residents of the Coal River Valley of West Virginia returned to Massey
Energy's coal processing plant behind Marsh Fork Elementary School to
again demand that it be shut down and cleaned up.
[ Show Down in Coal Town
| more on Massey Energy
| previous feature
Near Knoxville, TN, approximately 45 activists surprised the first-ever
shareholders meeting of what they call the most destructive coal
company in Tennessee, the National Coal Corporation.
[ Article & photos
And in Lexington, Kentucky, a meal of toxic coal sludge scraped out of
a stream in eastern Kentucky was delivered to the president of a coal
advocacy group; hundreds of concerned citizens attended an
anti-mountain top removal (MTR) rally and march that ended at Kentucky
Utility's headquarters; a film festival educated Lexingtonians about
the dangers of strip mining and its repercussions; and activists passed
out literature on the streets. All part of Mountain Justice
Summer's week in Lexington, Kentucky.
[ Article & photos
And finally, Mountain Justice Summer will take to the streets of
Richmond, Virginia on July 8th to rally against Mountaintop Removal
mining. The action will also be held in conjunction with
Venezuelan communities fighting coal mines, as activists around the
world will simultaneously protest climate change during the G8 meetings
taking place in Scotland.
[ Richmond Mountain Justice