Mountain Top Coal Removal — One of the Reasons Why We Go Solar

By Emily Steiver on July 22, 2010

It would be cool if someone wanted to organize a big solar power contingent to this event.!


Washington D.C. September 25-27th, 2010

Appalachia Rising, which will take place on September, 25 to 27, 2010 in Washington, DC, is a national response to the destruction and poisoning of communities through mountaintop removal coal mining. It follows a long history of social action for a just and sustainable Appalachia, coming directly out of the work of organizations in coalfield states. It unites coalfield residents and organizations with national allies from all walks of life.

Appalachia Rising has two components: the conference, called Voices from the Mountains, and Monday’s day of action. Appalachia Rising: Voices from the Mountains is a chance to build or join the movement for justice in Appalachia through strategy discussions and share knowledge across regional and generational lines. The Day of Action will unify thousands in calling for an end to mountaintop removal strip mining in Appalachia though a vibrant march, rally, and dignified non-violent civil disobedience for those who choose.
Join us today, and stand in solidarity with the people of the coalfields, who won’t stand idly by as their land and health is blasted away.

We invite all who share our vision to join with us on September 27, 2010 in our nation’s capitol for an end to mountaintop removal, surface mining, and a renewed vision of Appalachia.

Voices from the Mountains
Appalachia Rising: Voices from the Mountains, on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26, will bring the mountaintop removal abolition and national sustainability movements together in critical cross-movement and inter-region dialog and strategy sessions to seed new collaboration. It will also include grassroots organizing workshops, rousing speakers, and cultural events.

Day of Action
The Appalachia Rising Day of Action on Monday, September 27, will culminate at the Environmental Protection Agency D.C. headquarters. All participants will march and rally as they call for the total abolition of mountaintop removal coal mining and strip mining in Appalachia. Event organizers say that individuals who choose to do so will engage in dignified, non-violent civil disobedience, highlighting the urgency of mountaintop removal.

For more information go to:

Or contact:
The D.C. Area Community Mobilizer: James Ploesner at
West Virginia Contact: Andrew Munn at