"Impacts of Coal" Rally
Thursday, Jan 20
Meet at Laidley Field Parking Area (1549 Piedmont Road at Elizabeth St,
West Virginia's Acting Governor Tomblin is hosting a "Rally for Coal" at the
state capitol on Thursday to show his opposition to the EPA's veto of the
Spruce No 1 mountaintop removal mine. The governor has announced that the
purpose of his rally is to "show the EPA how coal impacts our lives, and the
lives of our fellow countrymen." So let's go and remind the governor of
coal's impact - slurry injections, blasting, poisoned water, destruction of
our communities, cancer and death. The EPA finally did its job and now it
is under attack by our own state government. The governor does not speak for
us. He speaks for the coal industry. We must show our support for the EPA's
decision and make our voices heard.
Please show up, bring your friends, bring a camera and bring signs, photos
and any other visuals that illustrate the devastation that coal has wrought
in our region. We will gather at the bus shelter at Laidley Field and leave
at 1:30 to walk together to the capitol, near the acting governor's rally.
* This is a non-violent event; we intend to demonstrate in a peaceful and
* Please do not engage with pro-coal demonstrators, regardless of how they
react to us.
* Do not bring anything that could be construed as a weapon, including signs
with wooden poles
* Take responsibility for the safety of the people standing next to you
From Coal River Mountain Watch