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Wise County Coalfield Trip April 14-15

Calling all activists, students, mountain lovers, gardeners, organizers, and caring people!

Mountain Justice at Virginia Tech, and S.A.M.S. (Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards) are hosting a trip to Wise County and the town of Appalachia, VA on the weekend of April 14th-15th to see some of the most coal-affected communities in the state.

We will be carpooling, leaving from the Virginia Tech commuter parking lot (behind Derring Hall) at 1:00 on Saturday April 14th.

That afternoon, we will travel to the Virginia/Kentucky border, and witness the largest Mountaintop Removal mining site in this state. At the Mountain Links community center in Appalachia, we will be viewing a short film about mining in the region, made last summer by a Mountain Justice Summer volunteer.

Saturday evening, S.A.M.S. and other community members will be gathering for a laid-back party; and a chance to speak with locals from the area about the impact of MTR on their lives.

Sunday, we will have a chance to experience mountaintop removal and surface coal mining personally with a M.T.R. site tour, as well as several much-needed work project opportunities to help out the Center. Throughout the weekend, we will be strategizing around Virginia specific anti-MTR organizing. We will be getting back home sometime Sunday evening.

The weekend is free and open to everyone, however is strongly encouraged so we can plan for how many people to feed and house.

To RSVP, get directions, or for more information, feel free to contact erin mckelvy via email or by phone at (540) 552 DUMP (552-3867)

Hope to hear from you soon!

erin mckelvy




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