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LOCAL Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Environment : Labor & Class : Protest Activity

Richmond Mountain Justice Rally

MOUNTAIN JUSTICE SUMMER

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ON THE ROOT CAUSES OF CLIMATE CHANGE

EAST COAST CONVERGENCE AGAINST MASSEY COAL AND MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL

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, who has been systematically destroying the mountains and people of Southern Appalachia through a form of mining called mountaintop removal (MTR).
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With this form of mining Massey literally blows the tops off mountains to get to the thin seams of coal that lie beneath. The leftover rock is then pushed into valleys, burying the life-giving streams many Appalachian 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! Too add insult to injury many coalfield residents have been poisoned by the coal dust in the air and heavy metals released into the water. Those who have chosen to resist these atrocities have had their children intimidated, their lives threatened, and their houses shot at. On the other end of the productions line the burning of coal has led to skyrocketing asthma rates, rampant mercury poisoning, and contributed significantly to global warming. 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. Put an end to Global Warming. 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.

MASSEY, YOUR TIME HAS COME!

For more information about the Richmond convergence, contact:
communitiesagainstcoal (at) yahoo.com

G8 International Day of Action Against Climate Change:
www.cca.movingpages.org

Info for the Venezuela Action:
www.noalg8.contrapoder.org.ve

To find out more about Mountain Top Removal and what you can do to stop it:
www.mountainjusticesummer.org

*Historically coal companies have engaged in violence and property destruction when faced with citizen opposition to their activities. MJS is committed to nonviolence and will not be engaged in property destruction.
 
 


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