June 23, 2009: Dr. James Hansen and Civil Disobedience, Coal River Valley

On June 23rd join NASA climate scientist James Hansen, actress Daryl Hannah, 94-year-old former US Representative Ken Hechler, Rainforest Action Network executive director Michael Brune, and community members in Coal River Valley, West
Virginia to launch a year of activism to end mountaintop removal coal
mining.


Blowing the tops off of mountain ranges to harvest dirty coal harms the
people and places of Appalachia, destroys the economic potential of the
Appalachian Mountains for clean energy opportunities and furthers the
burning of climate killing coal.

Dr. Hansen and the people of West Virginia need you and as many friends as
you can muster to come to West Virginia on June 23rd to help build the wave
of activism needed to stop mountaintop removal this year.

This is the year we must stop the most ecologically and culturally
destructive form of strip mining on earth.

WHEN: 12:00pm-3:00pm, Tuesday June 23rd

WHERE: Marsh Fork Elementary, 8801 Coal River Rd Naoma, WV 25140

WHAT: At Marsh Fork Elementary at 12:00 noon Dr. Hansen and MTR impacted
community members will begin the day by speaking out about the problems with
MTR. The elementary school is next to a mountaintop removal mine operated by
Massey Energy; threatening children with chemicals and coal dust, and just
400 yards downslope from a 2.8 billion gallon coal sludge impoundment (if
the impoundment were breached there would be less than three minutes to
evacuate the School). At 1:00pm the crowd will march a short distance to
Massey Energy’s office of operations. Standing in defiance at the Massey
Energy property line of a mountaintop removal mining operation, Dr. Hansen,
94-year-old former Representative Hechler and dozens of Coal River Valley
residents will risk arrest in a line crossing civil disobedience. This is
the next big step in stopping mountaintop removal where it starts.

For more information, please contact Annie Sartor {annie at ran.org).

Mountaintop removal, the world’s worst strip mining, is unacceptable.
Period. Join the fight to end mountaintop removal coal mining on June 23rd.

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