Posts Tagged with "appalachianvisit"

Appalachian Journey: A Supporter’s Perspective, by Sue Thompson

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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I recently went on a trip with two awesome people from Rainforest Action Network, Branden Barber and Debra Erenberg, to visit Appalachia country in West Virginia.  The purpose of the trip was to see first hand what’s happening with mountaintop removal (MTR) due to the affects of coal strip mining.  Its one thing to read [...]

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Ground Zero is No Joke – impressions from Appalachia’s struggle against King Coal

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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Finding your way to Climate Ground Zero is easy if you know where you’re going.  Well, even then I’ve learned that Google will lead me astray from time to time. But in terms of what CGZ is, well, I thought I knew. I didn’t have a clue. Well, maybe that’s unfair. I knew what was [...]

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Appalachians Speak Out (part 3)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

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After a long and bumpy ride, we arrived at Larry Gibson’s property. Larry hosts an annual 4th of July party, and this year Massey workers showed up drunk and threatening violence. Larry knew they were coming, and knew they had started drinking at 9 a.m. to build up the nerve to finally show up around [...]

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Appalachians Speak Out (part 2)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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We spent this morning with Maria Gunnoe from Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, this year’s Goldman Prize winner. Maria is an incredible woman who says that the coal companies put her through hell on a daily basis. Maria’s life has been threatened her life frequently, from bomb threats to attempts to run her off the road. [...]

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Appalachians Speak Out (part 1)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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Yesterday, we met with Judy Bonds from Coal River Mountain Watch who won the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Protecting the Environment in 2003. During our visit at the Coal River Mountain Watch office, the phone rang constantly and people kept coming in to ask Judy questions. She’d already done two interviews that day and [...]

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To Heal the World (Day 2 in Appalachia)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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This morning, we were lucky enough to go on a flyover of mountaintop removal (MTR) sites. The good folks at Southwings Aviation offer these trips as a way to help publicize to the outside world what’s really happening in Appalachia, and our pilot/tour guide Tom was a fountain of knowledge about the issue. Branden got [...]

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On the ground in West Virginia’s Coal Country

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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After a series of challenges yesterday (the pilot tapping futilely on the little “check battery” light and the cancelled flight to Google’s outdated belief that there is no mine where that road used to be) we finally found ourselves in Rock Creek, West Virginia, Ground Zero for Mountain Top Removal coal mining. This is a [...]

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Where in the World?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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So I made it to Appalachia, but as you probably saw, the tree-sit was already over. We spent the evening hanging out with a bunch of activists and community members, hearing stories about their exploits over the past few days. It was a truly impressive operation! While two tree-sitters sat in jail waiting for bail [...]

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