Re-posted from The Cumberland – June, 2011
by: Lane Boldman
There will be a march on historic Blair Mountain (in the town of Blair, West Virginia) taking place on June 4th thru 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.
This will be 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
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. We’d love to encourage you to attend for the whole week or just for the final day. If you are planning to attend, let us know! We’d love to publish your pictures and stories from the event.
Contact Lane Boldman, Cumberland Chapter Mountaintop Removal Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the event, go to: http://marchonblairmountain.org.