October 23-24 2010: Fall Summit, Kayford Mountain
Posted October 25, 2010, 3:32 pm
This October 22nd-24th, the 5th annual Mountain Justice Fall Summit will be held on Kayford Mountain in the Southern West Virginia coalfields. Coming on the heels of Appalachia Rising, we are building momentum and standing together in the coalfields for the abolition of surface mining.
Over 500 mountains have been destroyed and over 1,000 miles of streams have been buried in valley fills. Mountaintop Removal (MTR) continues to cause irreversible damage to the environment and aquatic systems that thousands of people rely on for food, water, and homes. In 1986, coal companies began stripping Kayford Mountain. Since then, “the slow motion destruction of Kayford Mountain has been continuous – 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” according to Larry Gibson, whose family has been living on Kayford since the 1700′s.
Mountaintop removal affects thousands of Appalachians on a daily basis. "We're here on a mission, our mission is simple, we want our mountains,” said local resident Adam Hall during Appalachia Rising, "…Because every day…we grow. Our voices are heard. We get louder, and as we grow…the coal companies' resources, they shrink, day in and day out. We will have our day. We will win this fight. No more MTR. No more sludge dams. No more!"
This devastating practice can not go on. Come join us for the Mountain Justice Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain, October 22-24, for a weekend of workshops and a day of action on an MTR site. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-854-1937.