Mountain Justice Fall Summit, Oct. 25 – 27, WV

by Mountain Justice

Its not too late to register for the annual Mountain Justice Fall Summit happening October 25 — 27.

Join us in West Virginia for an action-packed weekend of workshops, trainings and action in the heart of the Appalachian mountains.    You will learn about Appalachian culture and history and the long tradition of resistance to strip mining and mountaintop removal mining.  You will see mountaintop removal from the top of Kayford Mountain, the beloved homeplace of the famous “Mountain Keeper,” the late Larry Gibson. 

Larry died protecting his mountain from mountaintop removal — now it’s up to us to keep defending his home.  At the Mountain Justice Fall Summit you will meet residents of the Appalachian Mountains and the Coal River Valley who are fighting to protect them, and the people who are standing alongside them. 

We will teach you about non-violent civil disobedience and direct action and how Mountain Justice and allied organizations are using these tools to directly confront the coal companies who are blowing the tops off America’s oldest mountains.  Mountain Justice is committed to peaceful, non-violent resistance to mountaintop removal.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Students from across America will be there.  You do not have to be an expert on coal or energy issues to participate — everyone who agrees to abide by Mountain Justice’s non-violence policy and Mission Statement is welcome to attend the Mountain Justice Fall Summit.  You will have the option whether to participate in a direct action, or in a support role, or not.  There will also be several opportunities to do community service work on Kayford Mountain and in the local West Virginia communities impacted by mountaintop removal.

After the Fall Summit, participants will have the option of remaining in the area for the following week for more in-depth training, listening projects and other activities.

Registration fee for Mountain Justice Fall Summit includes all food and activities for the weekend — lodging is tent camping, so bring your own tent, sleeping bag, water bottle, sleeping pad, camera, camping chair, warm clothes, etc.  You will need to provide your own transportation and car-pooling is encouraged.

The Fall Summit begins with a dinner Friday night around 6:00 — we will have a Youth Panel after dinner, followed by a screening of the great documentary film about the mountaintop removal resistance movement “On Coal River.”  There will be workshops all day Saturday, with live Appalachian and folk music around the campfire Saturday night.  On Sunday we will visit Kayford Mountain.

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