"What We Do to the Land, We Do to the People"-- May 24 West Virginia Direct Actions Against MTR

As part of Mountain Justice Summer Action Camp taking place at the Appalachian South Folklife Center near Pipestem, WV, five members of Mountain Justice and RAMPS boarded a coal barge to protest the destruction of mountains in West Virginia through Mountaintop removal, while other members and their fellow concerned activists blocked coal transport at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 24. Full Story »

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - May. 25, 2012

I am incredibly proud to stand today with the century-long Appalachian resistance against the devastating effects of the coal industry. I have broken the law because the legal system is broken. I have broken the law because mountaintop removal is destroying our health, our mountains, and our futures. I have broken the law because the destruction of our landbase, which is our endowment, is legal. —- Mullins is alarmed by health studies on the impacts of coal mining including the one in 2011 co-authored by Dr. Michael Hendryx, a researcher at West Virginia University, linked mountaintop removal mining to increased community cancer risk, based on data from 773 adults in door-to-door interviews, which found self-reported cancer rates twice as in mining versus the non-mining areas after controlling for age, sex, smoking, occupational history, and family cancer history.

Ms. Wellington presents reports from different protest locations, together with statements from those involved. While the “headline” type style might seem at first somewhat disjointed it does (to me) convey a sense of immediacy and urgency.

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