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6th Annual Mountain Justice Training Camp May 27- June 6, 2010 Kentucky

by Matt Landon Thursday, Apr. 15, 2010 at 3:05 AM

Mountain Justice Training Camp Location: Wiley’s Last Resort in Letcher County, Kentucky May 27th through June 6, 2010

Thirty or more states have felt the impacts of coal mining including Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

Many First Nations are dealing with impacts of coal mining as well including the….

Crow Nation, Hopi Nation, Dine/ Navajo Nation and Zuni Nation.

2010 is the year to unite all who struggle against the destruction of clean water and surface impacts from coal mining. Mountain Justice isn’t just about the protection of Appalachian Mountains. This is about the protection of all coal impacted communities! Mountain Justice continues to reach out to coal impacted communities across the American continents and the world in an effort to learn, listen, and facilitate action! Consider learning from and strengthening the successes of the Mountain Justice Movement by attending the 2010 training camp. Our vision is to have a Mountain Justice group in every coal mining area around the world!

2010 Mountain Justice Training Camp

Come for the week and stay for the summer! By request, camp will be longer this year to accommodate all the workshops, service projects and actions we hope to do!

As the campaign to stop all forms of surface mining gains national awareness, we have more and more opportunities for folks to devote a summer of work to stopping mountaintop removal. We’ve got a job for every interest, skill set and time commitment! Don’t worry if you can’t volunteer all summer long, there are plenty of ways you can continue working with us in your hometown throughout the year!

Join us for ten days spent cultivating the skills and visions needed to abolish mountaintop removal and build vibrant, healthy, self-reliant communities. Camp is a time for training, strategizing, bonding, service and action for veteran and novice activists, for people living both within and outside of the coalfields, for women and men, for people of all races, for youth and elders, and anyone in between.

Realizing that we ought to model independence from coal,

camp will be off the grid this year!

We're so excited to be off the grid, but for Mountain Justice, a sustainable community is more than some solar panels and rainwater barrels. It’s about the people that defend what they love, the people who work to create sustainable communities, and the nourishing relationships between them. Our focus on sustainability will mean building a strong and diverse organizing community that works on both resistance and solutions.

Trainings and Discussions

community organizing

air and water monitoring

administrative and legal avenues to stop MTR

media work

direct action and civil resistance

alternative economies

sustainable livelihoods

bringing together divided communities

and a lot more!

Trainings will be as collaborative as possible, so come open minded and willing to actively participate—this is a collective movement! If you want to facilitate a workshop, please let us know! Our hope is to continue to build a broad community to sustain, guide and nourish us as we all continue working to abolish surface mining and rebuild economically self-sufficient communities in Appalachia.

No community is sustainable without fun, dancing, bonfires and Appalachian mountain music! So bring your instruments, dancing shoes and high spirits, we’ll be celebrating the ways of life we’re fighting to preserve!

Want to be part of the Mountain Justice Movement? It is so easy, just ask yourself, “Do I LOVE Mountains?” When you answer, “YES!” then you are part of the movement!!!! Now just figure out what you can do to help strengthen the movement. Consider filling an internship position in Appalachia, making a donation, starting a new Mountain Justice Chapter, or attending the 2010 training camp!!!

Mountain Justice Training Camp

Location: Wiley’s Last Resort in Letcher County, Kentucky

May 27th through June 6, 2010

If you’re interested in working for community and environmental justice in Appalachia and across coal country,

check out www.mountainjustice.org for more info and to register for the 2010 camp.

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