Appalachia Rising: March on Blair Mountain

A historic march to demand an end to mountaintop removal.

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Jun 04, 2011 12:00 AM
Jun 11, 2011 12:00 AM


West Virginia

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The Appalachia Rising: March on Blair Mountain and the culminating Rally and Day of Action will be June 4th to 11th in southern West Virginia’s coalfields. Hundreds of people from Appalachia and across the nation will embark on an historic march to demand an end to mountaintop removal, the strengthening of labor rights, sustainable job creation in Appalachian communities, and the preservation of Blair Mountain.

The Appalachia Rising: March on Blair Mountain is a peaceful, unifying event involving environmental justice organizations, union workers, scholars, artists, and other citizens and groups. The march commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921, when 10,000 coal miners rose against the rule of the coal operators and fought for the basic right to live and work in decent conditions.

Today, Blair Mountain, like dozens of other historic mountains throughout the region, is being threatened by mountaintop removal and it is here that a new generation of Appalachians takes a stand. By working to preserve this mountain we are demanding an end to the destructive practices of MTR that threatens to strip Central Appalachia of its history, its economic potential and its health.

This event builds on the energy of Appalachia Rising, which brought thousands to the streets of Washington DC last September, and spread to Kentucky where dozens occupied their governor’s office for justice in their state and the region last February. Now organizers are bringing the movement to Blair Mountain.

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