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You are invited to Mountain Justice Summer 4
by Vicente Rosa Thursday, Apr. 24, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Mountain Justice Summer Camp May 17 - 23 Harlan County, Kentucky

You are invited to:

Mountain Justice Summer Camp
May 17 - 23
Harlan County, Kentucky

Our 2008 Mountain Justice Summer camp will be at the base of beautiful
Pine Mountain, with an old-growth forest and incredible hiking just
above the camp - plus live mountain music, great food, films, workshops
on coal mining and Appalachian culture, skills training, and plenty of
time for fun and relaxing.

Best of all, the camp is extremely low-cost, only $20 plus $10 per
night. There are
cabins with bunk beds, plus tent spaces, a beautiful
lake, awesome mountain views, and some of the best people you will ever
meet anywhere (sorry - no dogs this year).

Register now at

Go to the website to see pictures of the camp and some photos of our
camp last year in Tennessee. This is our 4th annual camp, and we think
this is going to be the biggest and best camp we have ever had, with
well-known speakers like Kentucky author Silas House, Kayford Mountain
Keeper Larry Gibson, Teri Blanton of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth,
Ed Wiley from Rock Creek, West Virginia, plus many local Harlan County
residents and coal miners who are concerned about mountaintop removal

Music includes: Nashville's Jake Leg Stompers, folksingers Micheal and
Carrie Kline, Here's to the Long Haul, Jeremy Dotson, CD Collins, Danny
Dollinger from Austin Texas, and much more!

During the week we will have community service projects, including
innoculating Hemlock trees at Camp Blanton against Hemlock Wooly
Adelgid, plus forest ecology and plant identification hikes, tree
climbing, The Maze, Sand Cave, Knobby Rock - this is going to be an
awesome week so we hope to see you there!

Please note: Sorry, no dogs at MJS Camp this year. There are plenty of
camp dogs around, so you will have canine company even if you have to
leave your best friend at home.

Here is our current schedule (subject to changes)

Concurrent workshops are designated by
a slash

*** Sat May 17

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Morning Circle & Welcome to Mountain Justice Summer!

10:30 Mountaintop Removal with Vernon Haltom, Coal River Mountain
Watch, Whitesville WV / Conflict Resolution /Legal Workshop- Chris
Irwin, United Mountain Defense

12:00 Lunch

1:00 MTR 101 - Vernon Haltom (repeat) / Community Organizing

2:30 Appalshop's "Coal Bucket Outlaw" with Roy Crawford / Appalachian
Regional Reforestation Initiative - Sadie Heck

4:00 Free time / Shadow Theater - Georgia Matt

6:00 Dinner - Speaker: Dr. Tom Barnes slide show "Pine Mountain"

7:00 Live Music

9:00 Film "Harlan County USA" (Academy Award winning documentary)
introduced by Dr. Lynda Ann Ewen, author of "Which Side Are You On? The
Brookside Mine Strike in Harlan County KY"

11:00 Quiet Time

*** Sunday May 18

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Morning Circle - Welcome to Harlan
County - Teri Blanton,
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

10:30 Dayhoit walking tour w/Teri Blanton/ Church Service - Sage Russo,
Christians for the Mountains / Appalachian Cultural Sensitivity - Dr.
Lynda Ann Ewen

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Working with the Media - Viv Stockman, Ohio Valley Environmental
Coalition, Dana Kuhnline of SEAC, Vernon Haltom CRMW/ Art & Activism -
Sarah Haltom, Coal River Mountain Watch

2:30 Deep Ecology & Bioregionalism - john johnson/ Water Testing/
Climate Justice

4:00 Free Time / Making Kim Che - Patty D and Erin M. / Theater
Performances - Steph Pistello

6:00 Dinner - Coalfield Citizens Panel with Harlan and Letcher County

7:00 Live Music

9:00 Film "Coal Miners Daughter"

11:00 Quiet Time

*** Monday May 19

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Morning Circle

10:30 Coal Mining 101 - with Harlan County miners / Active Listening
- Georgia

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Hiking Blanton Forest - Kyle Napier, Ky State Nature Preserves
Commission / Beehive Collective presentation / Tree Climbing - Hilary

2:30 Listening Projects / Field Water testing / MTR site tour

4:00 Free Time

6:00 Dinner - Speaker: Larry Gibson, Kayford Mountain Keeper

7:00 Live Music

9:00 Film Kentucky Premiere! "Burning the Future: Coal in America" with
filmmaker David Novack from New York City

11:00 Quiet Time

*** Tuesday May 20

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Morning Circle

10:30 Non Violent Direct Action - Hilary Hosta, Matt Leonard, James
Brady / Anti-Oppression

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Kentucky author Silas
House ("Clays Quilt", "The Coal Tattoo")/
Butch Turk skills training / Tree Climbing - Hilary Hosta

2:30 History of Opposition to Surface Mining - Chad Montrie, Univ.
of Mass-Lowell ("To Save the Land and People") / Beehive Collective

4:00 Free Time

6:00 Dinner - Speaker: Ed Wiley (invited)

7:00 Live Music - Public Outcry (hopefully)

9:00 Film "Mountaintop Removal" w/ filmmaker Mike O' Connell (winner of
Reel Current Award, Nashville Film Festival awarded by Vice President
Al Gore)

11:00 Quiet Time

*** Wednesday May 21

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Benham, KY Coal Mining Museum field trip / Making Art with Sarah
Haltom, Coal River Mountain

10:30 Composting toilets/ "Listening for a Change - Oral Histoy and
Appalachian Heritage" w/ folksingers Michael and Carrie Kline/ Archery
/ DIY workshops

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Water testing - Dick Shore/ De-escalation Techniques - Doc /
Primitive Skills - Kris D. / Tree Climbing - Hilary and Chris Irwin/
Other DIY workshops

2:30 SMCRA and Citizens Rights - Gerogia Matt / Appalachian Community
Economics - Randal / Belly Dancing - Sarah Haltom / DIY workshops

4:00 Free Time

6:00 Dinner - Dick Shore as John Muir

7:00 Live Music - Folksingers Michael and Carrie Kline

9:00 Films Appalshops' "Stranger With a Camera" and "Thoughts in the
Presence of Fear" w/ Herb E. Smith

11:00 Quiet Time

*** Thursday May 22

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Morning Circle & State

10:30 Nukes Are Not the Answer - Mary Olson, NIRS / Environmental
Philosophy - Charlee Tidrick

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Bank of America/Citi Campaign - Scott Parkin, Matt Leonard
Rainforest Action Network and Hilary Hosta / Legal Workshop (repeat)-
Chris Irwin, United Mountain Defense / Hiking/ Forest Ecology and Plant
Identification - john johnson

2:30 Campus Organizing

4:00 Free Time

6:00 Dinner - Speaker: Kentucky Author Bruce Hopkins "Sacred Ground"

7:00 Music - Poetry night - Talent Show

9:00 Films Appalshops "Its Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song"
(Hazel Dickens) and "Dreadful Memories" (Sara Ogan Gunning)

11:00 Quiet Time

*** Friday May 23

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Closing Circle

10:30 MJS Meeting

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Take down and head to Heartwood Forest Council in Ohio!

Please register now at

Hope to see you all there!


And please check out the Appalachian Portrait Story Project, by famous
artists Franceso Di Santis - he will be at MJS Camp, makin amazing
portraits of the people of Appalachia

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