Fw: Mountain Justice Summer mass arrest! we need your help!
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From: Lindy Greene <lindygreene@...>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 19:14:01 -0700
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From: "mountain justice" <mountainjusticesummer@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 12:19 PM
> ***PLEASE FORWARD FAR AND WIDE***FUNDS URGENTLY NEEDED
> FOR THOSE IN
> RIGHT NOW!***
> We Need YOUR HELP!!
> 16 People were arrested and are In Custody Right Now
> for their participation in a peaceful protest in
> Sundial, West Virginia today. Residents of the Coal
> River Valley are fighting for the very lives of
> their children, whose Elementary School is under
> attack from the callous Mountaintop Removal mining
> operations of Massey Energy. Coal dust from a coal
> prep plant only 150 feet from the school enters
> through air intake vents, causing asthma and other
> respiratory problems, and coating everything with a
> toxic black powder.
> A leaking coal sludge dam containing 2.9
> Billion Gallons of toxic waste-- laden with
> mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and other toxins and heavy
> metals-- is only 400 feet from the elementary school
> and could burst at any minute killing everyone in its
> path, and wreaking havoc for hundreds of miles
> 5 local residents, including parents and grandparents
> of children attending the Elementary School solemnly
> crossed a bridge onto Massey property, attempting to
> deliver a list of demands to officials, and were
> arreseted. Then, waves of supporters, in a beautiful
> act of solidarity, followed across the bridge with the
> same list of demands.
> Coal River Valley residents and their many supporters
> -That Massey shut down the prep plant and cease its
> Mountaintop Removal mining above the school
> -That Marsh Fork Elementary School be cleaned up or
> that a safe, new school be built in their community;
> -That Massey withdraw its application for the second
> coal loading silo behind the school;
> -That Massey stop blasting their homes because
> residents have a right to be safe and secure;
> -And that Massey shut down its surface mine sites and
> invest in true sustainable energy.
> THESE COURAGEOUS 16 ARE IN CUSTODY RIGHT NOW, and NEED
> YOUR SUPPORT!
> Your generous contribution is Urgently Needeed and
> Greatly Appreciated
> Checks, made out to 'Mountain Justice Summer' can be
> mailed to:
> P.O. Box # 86, Naoma, WV 25140.
> Please email, MountainJusticeSummer@... (hushmail.com) , or
> 1-800-My-Yahoo, for mailbox "Mnt. Justice"
> and Pledge your donation-- this way your funds can be
> counted towards bond, and our courageous companions
> can get out of jail quickly!
> Donations can also be made securely through Paypal,
> accessible on the
> Mountain Justice Summer website,
> We Need your help, your donations, and all the support
> we can get! This is an urgent issue, because, as Ed
> Wiley, grandfather of a Marsh Fork Elementary student
> explained, "What Massey Energy is doing to these
> children and this community is nothing short of
> terrorism. The kids live in fear, but we shouldn't let
> Massey drive us out of our homeland. We should have
> the same rights as any other American citizen."
> Massey Energy owns Goals Coal Company, which
> operates a coal preparation plant, loading silo, and
> coal sludge impoundment; essentially a toxic
> waste storage facility; pointed directly at the
> K-5th grade school.
> There is also a 1,849-acre strip and mountaintop
> removal site directly above
> the sludge dam.
> At a rally at the same site on Tuesday, May 24, two
> Coal River Valley residents were arrested when they
> refused to leave Massey premises. They had a list of
> demands to present to the plant superintendent, but
> were refused admittance.
> The West Virginia Department of Environmental
> Protection (DEP) held a public hearing Thursday, May
> 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the school in Sundial. At the
> hearing, the DEP allowed the residents, many of whom
> were elderly and in poor health, only two minutes each
> to voice their concerns over the silo and also over
> the renewal of Massey's permit to operate the waste
> facility, a 2.8 billion-gallon earthen dam whose base
> is 400 yards from school grounds.
> Many participants in the Mountain Justice Summer
> campaign also spoke passionately in support of the
> students and against the prep-plant and sludge dam.
> Despite residents' earlier protests, in 2004 the DEP
> approved Massey's permit to operate a 1,849-acre
> mountaintop removal site around the waste facility
> above the school.
> Mountain Justice Summer (MJS) seeks to add to the
> growing anti-MTR citizens movement. Specifically MJS
> demands an abolition of MTR, steep slope strip mining
> and all other forms of surface mining for coal. We
> want to protect the cultural and natural heritage of
> the Appalachiacoal fields. We want to contribute with
> grassroots organizing, public education, nonviolent
> civil disobedience and other forms of citizen action.
> Historically coal companies have engaged in violence
> and property destruction when faced with citizen
> opposition to their activities. MJS is committed to
> nonviolence and will not be engaged in property
> For More Info: www.mountainjusticesummer.org www.crmw.net
Why do you think that you're superior to me?
Is it because you can "talk"?
I just speak a different language from yours.
Please don't mistreat me.
Your ignorance is not my fault.
---Cynthia Hendrick "SinDee"