Following the May 9, 2009 flooding in the coalfields, Kentucky Mountain Justice volunteerswent to Pike
County to help with the cleanup operation.
We spent a day gutting a house damaged in the flooding in the community of Belfry, KY.
"I cannot tell you how much the help given to Mingo County families has meant. I have gotten many calls asking about the Mountain Justice Summer group - people here saw on the news that some people from the group had been arrested. They were very concerned about them, after all, many of them were digging mud away from their house the week before.
Thank you all with all my heart!"
We spent two weeks in Letcher County, tabling at Appalshop's Seedtime on the Cumberland mountain music festival
and talking with local residents about mountaintop removal mining.
At night, we stayed at Wiley's Last Resort,
a funky campground atop beautiful Pine Mountain, with amazing mountain views, hiking and mountain biking, and
a stunning red rocks formation.
(Group photo by Mary Kroeck, Parson Brown Productions.)
in Kentucky: Dispelling the Lies
Coal & Kentucky's Economy
Kentucky Utilities & You
& coal alternatives
MTR mining & water pollution
Kentucky authors statement
Devastating view from the mountaintop:
Strip-mining method wrecks land, lives of its people; a personal
Kentucky Mountain Justice Hike, Photo taken at The Pinnacles,
Berea KY, July 2009 by Sarah.
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"We are working for a day when Kentuckians — and
all people — enjoy a better quality of life. When the
lives of people and communities matter before profits. When
our communities have good jobs that support our families without
doing damage to the water, air and land. When companies and the wealthy pay their share of taxes and can’t buy
elections. When all people have health care, shelter, food,
clean water and other basic needs. When children are listened
to and valued. When discrimination is wiped out of our laws,
habits and hearts. And when the voices of ordinary people
are heard and respected in our democracy."
"Copyright Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader, reprinted