PRESS ADVISORY, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mat Louis-Rosenberg
Phone: 304-449-NVDA (6832)
Dozens of people to walk onto strip mine next week, shut it down
Who: RAMPS (Radical Action for Mountain Peoples’ Survival), local and regional allies, activists from around the country.
What: The Mountain Mobilization–largest in U.S. history protest to shut down a strip mine in Southern West Virginia. The movement against mountaintop removal has been gaining ground, with the longest tree sit in the history of the eastern US last summer, coal barge and truck blockades this Spring, and June’s sit-ins in Washington D.C. Meanwhile, environmental protections are under attack by politicians serving corporate interests. “Mountain Mobilization” is part of a national uprising against fossil fuels taking place this summer. In sharp contrast to Washington inaction, ordinary citizens around the country are turning to the proud American tradition of direct action– from July 28’s Stop The Frack Attack protest in Washington D.C. to August’s Coal Export Action in Helena, Montana. RAMPS and allies will not back down until the Obama Administration takes decisive action to protect American communities from these extreme extraction industries.
When: Wednesday July 25 – Wednesday August 1, with mass walk-on to a strip mine July 28
Where: Southern West Virginia. Contact us to be present for the mass walk-on on July 28.
Why: Demand the end to a mining practice that is destroying communities and an end to government inaction. Mountaintop removal is a high-technology mining technique that has reduced employment in Appalachia and endangered the health and safety of mountain communities. Numerous studies have shown clear links between the technique and cardiovascular disease, birth defects, cancer, and other illnesses. Junior Walk, a native of southern West Virginia’s Coal River Valley who has experienced first-hand the health impacts of growing up with polluted water, says, “King Coal is feeling the pressure like never before, and that means this is the most important time to ramp up resistance. Now is when we decide if we let the coal industry strip it all before deserting Appalachia or if we send them packing while we still have mountains.”