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Kentucky Mountain Justice Speaks Out Against UK Alliance with Coal
October 27, 2009
Lexington, KY- Early this morning,
Kentucky Mountain Justice organizers made a bold statement about the proposed "Wildcat Coal Lodge" by hanging a banner
from Memorial Coliseum. The banner, reading 'University of Coal? Or University of Kentucky?', along with the Mountain
Justice website, criticized a recent decision by UK's housing board to accept "Coal" in the name of a new athletics facility.
Coal River Valley Residents Declare State
of Emergency, Meet with Governor Joe Manchin; Seven Arrested
in Sit-In at Governor's Office
October 19, 2009
Coal River Valley residents and supporters associated with Mountain
Justice and Climate Ground Zero delivered
a letter to Governor's Manchin's office in the State Capitol building.
The statement from Coal River Valley residents called on Manchin
to use his executive
powers to halt mountaintop removal mining operations on Coal River
Mountain, one of the last intact mountains remaining in the Coal
River Valley area.
Seven protestors, ages 18 to 22, were arrested in a sit-in at Governor
Manchin’s State Capitol office.
They were cited with misdemeanor trespassing and
obstruction for refusing to leave the office
at closing time.
Nationwide Rallies in Opposition of Mountaintop Removal
August 14-19, 2009
Concerned citizens nationwide rallied together at regional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters for National Days of Action protesting mountaintop-removal coal mining (MTR). Demonstrations took place in Atlanta, New York, Boston, Dallas, Kansas City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
Mountain Justice Parade Shakes Up Downtown Knoxville
July 26, 2009
Pedestrians walking around downtown on Sunday were met with the songs and rhythms of an activist parade targeted at the coal industry and
Tennessee Valley Authority. Organizers with environmental groups Mountain Justice, United Mountain Defense, and Three Rivers Earth First!
paraded through the streets of downtown Knoxville, with a headcount of nearly 100 participants. The musical parade marched around the TVA
headquarters and the John J. Duncan Federal Building, which houses the Office of Surface Mining environmental regulator.
|Photo: Eric Loftis|
31 Arrested Demanding Justice in Coal River Valley, WV
June 23, 2009
Mountain Justice joined with the residents of Coal River Valley at Marsh Fork Elementary School in
Raleigh County, WV for a rally and to deliver a list of demands to Massey Energy. Thirty-one were arrested including
Goldman Environmental Prize winner, Judy Bonds, dozens of coal field residents, 94-year-old former U.S. Congressman Ken Hechler, NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen,
and actor/activist Daryl Hannah.
|Photo: Jamie Goodman |
Non-violent Civil Disobedience in Coal River Valley, WV: Seventeen Arrested in Three Separate Actions
May 23, 2009
More than seventy-five residents of the Coal River Valley and members of a coalition that includes
Mountain Justice and Climate Ground Zero picketed the entrance to Massey Energy's Marfork mining complex
today at noon. Seven people were arrested. The actions were in protest of the company's plans to blast
100 feet away from the Brushy Fork coal sludge impoundment.
|Photo: Margaret Killjoy |
Two people wearing hazmat suits and respirators were arrested after boating onto the Brushy Fork impoundment
a banner that read, "No More Toxic Sludge." At a third action, six activists hung a "Never Again" banner and chained themselves to a massive dump truck
on a Patriot Coal-owned mountaintop removal mine on Kayford Mountain.
Bluegrass at the bank strikes again! - Sarasota Florida
March 20, 2009
On the morning of March 20th, 2009 a small crew of Mountain Justice and Earth First!
activists from Florida and Appalachia disrupted the lobby of the Bank of America
branch in downtown Sarasota Florida to protest BoA's continued funding of mountaintop
removal coal mining and the construction of new coal-fired power plants despite recent
claims of environmental concern. While several folks distributed informational
hand-outs about BoA's investments in coal to tellers and account-holders, one
individual played bluegrass banjo to celebrate the culture of the Appalachian
region that BoA's investments so threaten. The activists' signs read
'Bank of America: still funding coal, killing communities.'
Fourteen Arrested At TVA Headquarters During March in
March 14, 2009
residents joined dozens of activists from across the country today in
demonstration at the Tennessee Valley Authority's headquarters, which resulted
in the arrest of 14
individuals, after participating in a "die in" in front of the building . This
event was held to in solidarity with communities affected by the destructive
impacts of Mountaintop Removal coal mining and the surivors of the recent coal
ash disaster in Harriman.
Lockdown at Dominion construction site
September 15, 2008
Protesters from across the country join Wise County VA residents to oppose power plant's impact on environment and health, and to demand a clean energy future.
Ten activists locked
and other devices to blockade two gates at the site.
This action was organized by Mountain Justice, Blue Ridge Earth First!,
Rainforest Action Network, Asheville Rising Tide, and Students for Democratic
March on Zeb Mountain
July 20, 2008
Residents of coal-impacted communities throughout
Tennessee and Appalachia took a stand today for the mountains of East
Tennessee by marching on Zeb Mountain, a surface mining site owned by
Knoxville-based National Coal Corporation. In the tradition of American
Civil Disobedience, the march, organized by United Mountain Defense,
Mountain Justice, and Three Rivers Earth First!, included a diversity
of coal-impacted citizens ranging from hunters fighting for the state’s
wildlife to religious leaders promoting environmental stewardship
Youth protest State's approval of coal gasification plant
July 10, 2008
fifty protesters gathered in opposition to a new coal project in Massachusetts,
donning haz-mat suits and delivering a pile of coal while displaying "global
warming crime scene" caution tape on the front steps of the Office
of Energy and Environmental Affairs at 100 Cambridge Street in Boston.
The office has recently dismissed an appeal of the state's approval for
a coal gasification project in Somerset, MA.
Blue Ridge Earth First! & Mountain Justice Blockade
June 30, 2008
On the morning on June 30, 2008 activists with Blue Ridge Earth First!
(BREF!) and Mountain Justice (MJ) blockaded the entrance to Dominion's
corporate headquarters on Tredegar St. in Downtown Richmond. They were
protesting Dominion's promotion of new coal and nuclear facilities as
solutions to climate change. The blockade consists of four activists
locked to a weighted barrel and a fifth suspended above the road.
Fossil Fools Day!
April 1, 2008
On April 1, 2008, Fossil Fools Day, activists throughout the world joined
together in hundreds of autonomous actions against
the fossil fuel industry and thier facilitators.
Bluegrass at the Bank Action Strikes Again!
Blacksburg, VA, March 11, 2008
On March 11, 2008, Action Jackson, this time accompanied by Blue Ridge
Earth First!, protested yet another Bank of America as part of Mountain
Justice's sustained campaign to pressure BoA to divest from coal.
Today's event in Blacksburg Virginia included 8 musicians and activists.
Interactions with the employees and customers were,
for the most part, very positive. One bank employee
even wished us well and thanked us for stopping by,
even though she didn't seem to fully understand what was
Bluegrass at the Bank Action
Boone, NC, March 5, 2008
On March 6, 2008, approximately two dozen Mountain Justice
activists visited a Bank of America in Boone North Carolina
to protest the bank’s funding of mountaintop removal coal mining
and coal-fired power plants. Today’s event was the third bluegrass-themed
protest in a week in which Action Jackson, an Appalachian string band
from East Tennessee staged a traditional fiddle and banjo jam inside a
BoA branch while others rallied in opposition to Bank of America’s
investments in coal.
Mountain Justice Protests Bank of America
Columbia, SC, February 27, 2008
On the tail end of the mid-day rush today, Mountain
Justice activists entered into a Bank of America
branch in downtown Columbia South Carolina to protests
the bank's investments in Mountaintop Removal and
coal-fired power plants. While two protestors played
high-energy traditional fiddle and banjo music,
others, adorned with Mountain Justice stickers,
distributed information to employees and
account-holders while one soap-boxed, explaining that
as BoA continues to fund the destruction of
Appalachia, Appalachian musicians would continue to
arrange renegade performances at BoA locations.
Mountain Justice Blacksburg meets AEP CEO Michael Morris
Virginia Tech, February 18, 2008
Justice Blacksburg along with the Concerned Citizens
of Giles County met AEP CEO Michael Morris with critical
questions during AEP's latest University Listening
Check out the video to see well
articulated and poignant questions about energy
production and coal. Michael Morris
seems to totally miss the point. He didn't come to
listen, he came to indoctrinate students with clean coal lies!
Mountain Justice bring an intelligent argument
and exposes the evils of the coal industry.
Clowns chase Klan out of Knoxville
Knoxville , TN, May 26, 2007
Thanks to Three Rivers Earth First!, Mountain Justice, Katuah Earth First!, Knoxville Anti Racist Action, Katuah Anti
and the clown block for utterly wrecking the failed attempt
of the Nazis to get a foothold in Knoxville. In one day Three Rivers Earth
posted over 1000 anti racist fliers all over Knoxville recruiting
people to come, this is just one example of all the work and effort that
in to creatively and nonviolently rejecting the VNNers out
Mountain Justice Spring Break
Charleston, WV, March 10 - 16, 2007
Working in coalition with Southern Energy Network,
Energy Justice Network,
Rainforest Action Network,
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition,
The Sierra Club, and
Coal River Mountain Watch, a
week of education, networking, and fun culminated in an occupation
of West Virginia Govcernor Joe Manchin's office in which 13 people were arrested.
Pennies of Promise
Charleston, WV to Washington DC, August 2 - Sept. 13, 2007
On August 2nd, Grandfather Ed Wiley left Charleston to walk to Washington DC in order
to raise awareness of the situation at Marsh Fork Elementary School and gain
an audience with Sen. Robert Byrd. On September 13, Ed and his throngs of
supporters walked into DC and up to the Senate offices.
National Governors Association Convention
Charleston, SC, August 4, 2006
Every year, all the governors in the country get together for a big meeting. This
year's meeting was in beautiful Charleston, SC. From golf tournaments to fun runs
to just walking down the street, we told every governor we could meet about MTR
and asked them to ask the Appalachian governors how this could possibly be happening.
Earth First! Rendezvous Action
Carbo, Virginia, July 10, 2006
Following a week of learning new things, meeting new people, and catching up with
old friends in the woods of South Western Virginia, Earth First! blockaded a
40 year old dirty coal power plant.
"Coal Quality" '05
Huntington Confronts Industry Myths
Huntington, WV, October 19 - 20th, 2005
On October 19th and 20th, as the 'Coal Quality '05' Expo took place in
Huntington, local community members took the opportunity to stand in
solidarity with their neighbors in the coalfields, just an hour south of
A Mountain Takeover
Zeb Mountain, Tennessee, August 15th, 2005
This morning, a dedicated group of citizens reclaimed
Zeb Mountain in Campbell County,TN, from National
Coal, an ecologically destructive Tennessee mining company.
Preaching the gospel of justice
Hundreds rally against mountaintop removal
Charleston, West Virginia, July 30th, 2005
Hundreds of people converged on the steps of the capitol
building in Charleston Saturday to learn about and voice
their opposition to Mountaintop Removal coal mining. The
atmosphere of the rally was similar to a festival throughout
the varied line-up of speakers and performers.
Residents, MJ trace Massey’s Trail of Destruction
Coal River Valley, West Virginia, July 19th, 2005
From July 19 through the 21st Coal River Valley residents
and concerned people from around the globe came together
to oppose Mountaintop Removal coal mining in the heart
of MTR country. Each day highlighted a different site
and a different atrocity perpetrated on the people of
West Virginia by Massey Energy. From toxic dust storms
and community displacement to enormous leaking dams,
this 15 mile stretch of Rt. 3 has seen the full range
of devastation brought on by a Massey MTR site.
Day of Action Against Climate Change
Richmond, Virginia, July 8th, 2005
Protest targets Massey 300 demonstrators rallied against
the coal company's practices in Appalachia.
Grants Meeting with Hunger-Striking Grandfather
Charleston, West Virginia, July 5, 2005
At approximately 2:30 pm, Governor Joe Manchin granted
an impromptu meeting with Ed Wiley, grandfather of a
Marsh Fork Elementary School Student. Ed Wiley, who
went on a hunger strike earlier this morning, vowed
to remain on the Capitol steps until the Governor addressed
his concerns regarding the health and safety of the
students of Marsh Fork Elementary School.
citizens arrested delivering demands to Massey headquarters
Richmond, Virginia, Jun 30, 2005
Concerned parents and other citizens of Coal River
Valley, West Virginia, with support from Mountain Justice participants, today delivered a list of demands
to Massey Energy's headquarters in Richmond, Virginia,
insisting that Massey respond. The citizens are demanding
that Massey shut down its preparation plant, coal silo,
1,849-acre mountaintop removal coal mine and 2.8 billion-gallon
coal sludge dam—a toxic waste storage facility—at
the kindergarten through fifth-grade school.
rallies in downtown Lexington over the issue of mountaintop
removal coal mining
Lexington, KY, June 17, 2005
Kentucky Coal Association president Bill Caylor, left,
tasted a small amount of coal slurry, brought to him
by a group from the "Rally to End Mountain Top
Removal Mining" a protest that was being held at
stockholders meeting of National Coal Corporation Disrupted
Knoxville, Tennessee, June 7, 2005
Approximately 45 activists surprised the first-ever
shareholders meeting of Knoxville-based National Coal
Corporation, at the Holiday Inn Select in west Knoxville.
The procession, which included a marching band, a bear
costume and other animals. Protestors demanded that
National Coal stop mountaintop removal mining, while
distributing informational flyers to shareholders.3
activists were arrested and slapped with a $46,000 bail.
arrested while attempting to deliver demands to Massey
Sundial, West Virginia, May 31, 2005
the Sake of the Kids
Coal River Residents Confront Massey Energy
Sundial, West Virginia, May 24, 2005
residents protest at TECO coal company
Corbin, KY, May 18, 2005
Zeb Mtn, TN, August 18th, 2003