Coal mining is happening in the following states across the country and threatens nearly 38 states across the country. Mountain Justice has been honing a skill set that we have effectively used to work against the coal industry here in Appalachia and many of these tactics apply to all coal mines including surface and underground mines.
Coal Mining states
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming
Check out the following links for more info about coal mining in the US. http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/coal/quarterly/html/t2p01p1.html
Coal is found in thirty-eight states, and nearly one-eighth of the country lies over coal beds. http://www.coaleducation.org/lessons/MII/doc3.htm http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1996/of96-092/Comp/main.gif
As the campaign to stop mountaintop removal gains national awareness, we have more and more opportunities for folks to help out. We've got a job for every interest, skill set and time commitment! We invite you to spend the summer working with one of our ally groups or to work with us in your hometown throughout the year!
Mountain Justice training camp is an opportunity for veteran and novice activist to build the skills and vision needed to abolish mountaintop removal and build vibrant, healthy, self-reliant communities. We ask that you attend camp with the intention of using these skills either working with allies in Appalachia or working on this issue in your hometown. The registration process will help you develop a plan for how you will use this training. Training camp is a time for training, strategizing, bonding, service and action for people living both within and outside of the coalfields, for people of all races, for youth and elders, and anyone in between.
Mountain Justice Training Camp May 20-27 Letcher County, Kentucky www.mountainjustice.org
Heartwood’s 21st Annual Forest Council: Energy! May 27-30, 2011 at Camp Ahistadi in Southwestern Virginia. http://www.heartwood.org/forest-council/
March on Blair Mountain: June 5-11To register for the march, visit http://www.appalachiarising.org/register/
If you would want to get involved with organizing, visit http://www.appalachiarising.org/getinvolved/
For up to the minute information, visit http://www.friendsofblairmountain.org/
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
This year camp will feature themed training days. Themes will include, Community Organizing, Non-violent Direct Action, Science and SMCRA, and Alternative Economies. Check back for more information about the schedule. Some workshops being covered will include:
• community organizing
• air and water monitoring
• administrative and legal avenues to stop MTR
• media work
• direct action and civil resistance
• alternative economies
• sustainable livelihoods
• and a lot more!
Trainings will be collaborative as possible, so come open minded and willing to actively participate. 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!