Welcome to Rising Tide’s first ever print(able) newsletter! In this issue you will find: Blockades at BP, treesits in Cascadia, international Climate Camp news, road resistance in Russia, lockdowns in WV, and much more from the frontlines of climate action. Help get the word out by printing and distributing the newsletter in your town!
Washington Post front page: About 100 arrested in mountaintop mining protest
Huffington Post: Mass Arrests in DC: We Shall No Longer Be Crucified Upon the Cross of Coal (Jeff Biggers)
Friends of the Earth (U.S.): Photo Coverage
It’s Getting Hot in Here: 1,000 Calls for Appalachia- Dept. of the Interior Action report
- Mountain Justice arrestees released from jail
- Rally arrives at White House- crowd is addressed and civil disobedience. Climatologist James Hansen: “We cannot enrich the experience of a few at the expense of many” before arrest with others, including Kayford Mountain, WV resident and activist Larry Gibson.
- 35+ students, Quakers, RAN members blockade flagship PNC bank in downtown D.C., Reverend Billy gives a Sermon on the Mountaintop Removed. 4 arrests so far, including Kate Rooth (Appalachian native + lead coordinator for Appalachian Voices)
- Coalfield Residents Accompanied by Demonstrators converge on DC HQ of the Army Corps of Engineers. An in-office occupation is quelled with 9 Rising Tide activists drawn out of the building. Rally circled building and two Kentucky coalfield residents are granted meeting with ACE officials.
Previous Actions from FRIDAY:
DC Rising Tide surprised Pepco(al) customers and staff today in the Pepco(al) lobby as they burst into song criticizing Pepco(al) for their delivery of electricity from coal, including coal from Mountain Top Removal coal mining in Appalachia. In this “flash mob” event, the activists entered the customer service area in Pepco(al)’s headquarters in Washington DC and called them out for “Destroying Mountains, Destroying Communities.”
The singers also demanded that Pepco(al) stop sourcing energy generated from burning coal, particularly coal from mountaintop removal mining, use renewable energy like wind and solar instead, provide reparations to communities impacted by their power plants and by climate change, and cancel rate hikes for folks in DC.
The flash mob comes one year after DC Rising Tide initially delivered demands to Pepco at their headquarters. DC Rising Tide returned today as part of the Appalachia Rising movement to save the mountains, culminating in massive street demonstrations on Monday the 27th.
Appalachia Rising is a mass mobilization in Washington DC on September 27, 2010 calling for the abolition of mountaintop removal and surface mining. It is a culmination of the national movement against surface mining and a foundation upon which to build a pan-Appalachian movement for prosperity and justice. Coalfield citizens and organizers envision a vibrant mobilization of thousands – coalfield residents, students & youth, Christians & people of all faiths, families, celebrities, underground miners, activists, artists, and all who yearn for justice – to converge on Washington DC for a day of non-violent action and dignified civil disobedience targeting the politicians and agencies who could abolish surface mining with the stroke of a pen.
Appalachia Rising is a mass mobilization in Washington, DC, September 25-27, 2010, calling for an end to the devastating practice of mountaintop removal mining. Mountaintop removal has already destroyed over 500 of the world’s oldest mountains and more than 2,000 miles of streams, and has contaminated our nation’s waters. Together, we will bring Appalachia’s cry to our nation’s capital: We must end mountaintop removal and transform the economies of Appalachia away from destructive mining practices and toward clean-energy jobs and a sustainable and healthy future.
The weekend includes two full days of strategizing workshops, learning, featured speaker panels and discussions, cultural events, and entertainment. On Monday, September 27, we will march, rally, and support individuals taking part in dignified non-violent civil disobedience against mountaintop removal mining.
Join thousands of Appalachian and national leaders, policymakers, coalfield residents and miners, concerned citizens, activists, mountain groups, environmental justice organizations, and Americans from coast to coast for this momentous movement-building summit, gathering, and call to action. Hear the voices of those most impacted by mountaintop removal coal mining, and let your voice be heard in this movement to offer America hope for a better future.
Dear Friends, Supporters, Comrades and Community,
As you may recall, a lively protest took place on the streets of Chicago’s financial district last November 30, on the 10th anniversary of the “Battle of Seattle” and a week ahead of the big UN climate summit in Copenhagen. Several groups from across the city had come together to demand just, equitable, and effective solutions to the climate crisis, starting with the shut-down of the Crawford and Fisk coal plants in Chicago’s Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods. The November 30th (N30) event also targeted “false solutions” to climate change like carbon trading, nukes and agrofuels, and was part of a national day of action for climate justice.
Now, the city has decided to charge these folks $8,340, with a deadline of mid-August to pay the fines.