Starting Date: 07-08-2005
Starting Time: 12:00pm
Richmond, Virginia 23173
United StatesStudents and youth from across the country have traveled to Appalachia to help organize MOUNTAIN JUSTICE SUMMER. We are working with coal residents and activists from all walks of life to put a stop to mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR)… and We Need Your Help.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
ON THE ROOT CAUSES OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Convergence against Massey Coal and Mountaintop Removal
Noon July 8th Monroe Park--Richmond, VA
On July 8th as the rulers of the eight most powerful nations meet in Scotland to decide our fates, communities around the world will take to the streets to fight back against the fossil fuels industry’s devastation of our Earth and its people. No longer can we stand by as our air is polluted, our water poisoned, our mountains destroyed, and our communities terrorized by these careless corporate thugs. On this day, in conjunction with Venezuelan communities fighting coal mines in their country, the people of Appalachia and folks from all across the east coast will descend on Richmond, VA to confront one of the most ruthless coal companies in the US, Massey Energy Co. Massey is systematically destroying the mountains and people of Southern Appalachia through a form of mining called mountaintop removal (MTR).
What is MTR?
Massey literally blows the tops off mountains to get to the thin seams of coal that lie beneath. The rock is pushed into valleys, burying the streams many communities depend on for food and water. In West Virginia alone, MTR mining has leveled over 500 square miles of mountains and buried over 1,200 miles of streams. More pounds of explosives are used to destroy the mountains of West Virginia each day than were used during the entire US invasion of Afghanistan! To add insult to injury many coalfield residents have been poisoned by the coal dust in the air and heavy metals released into the water.
But all is not lost! There is growing resistance to the coal barons who have turned Appalachia into a national sacrifice zone. And we want you to be a part of it
Join Mountain Justice Summer to take direct action* against Massey Energy Co. Help the residents of Appalachia defend their communities from coal company thugs and toxic waste. Help stop Global Warming at its source. Demand the absolute abolition of Mountain Top Removal Mining and help bring about a sustainable and just future for the people of Appalachia and the World.
Geographical Scope: Regional