Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mountaintop Removal Activists, miners battle for Blair Mountain

Killing coal miners, destroying the landscape, destroying a part of America's culture

Film "The Last Mountain" a documentary exposing Mountaintop Mining Big Coal
Democracy Now Amy Goodman interviews Robert Kennedy and film maker Bill Naney

"In 1921, West Virginian coal miners took up arms against coal companies in the largest insurrection since the Civil War. Their battle on Blair Mountain won them the right to unionize and launched America's labor movement. 90 years later, more than 700 activists, miners and environmentalists retraced their famous steps to save Blair Mountain as a historic site and demand an end to mountaintop removal. But in Appalachia, coal is king—and miners and their families are fighting to survive."

Appalachia Rising

and some background from Democracy Now , Sept. 28, 2011.

Only 8% of America's coal is from Mountaintop mining
largest force removal of American citizens since WWII

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