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Appalachia Rising in Washington, D.C.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Washington, DC
1337 22nd St NW, Washington D.C., DC 20037, USA

Appalachia Rising is a mass mobilization in Washington, DC, September 25-27, 2010, calling for an end to the devastating practice of mountaintop removal mining. Mountaintop removal has already destroyed over 500 of the world's oldest mountains and more than 2,000 miles of streams, and has contaminated our nation's waters. Together, we will bring Appalachia's cry to our nation's capital: We must end mountaintop removal and transform the economies of Appalachia away from destructive mining practices and toward clean-energy jobs and a sustainable and healthy future.It is a time for the national movement against strip mining to assemble and grow through a weekend of strategizing, workshops, learning, and cultural events. We envision a vibrant weekend during which thousands will learn about the challenges Appalachia faces and ways to build a movement to end the destruction and plant the seeds of a sustainable and prosperous Appalachia.

Appalachia Rising will consist of two events. First, the weekend conference, Sept. 25-26, Appalachia Rising, Voices from the Mountains will provide an opportunity to build or join the movement for justice in Appalachia through strategy discussions and share knowledge across regional and generational lines. The second event on Monday, Sept.27, is the Appalachia Rising Day of Action which will unify thousands in calling for an end to mountaintop removal and all forms of steep slope surface mining though a vibrant march and rally. An act of dignified non-violent civil disobedience will be possible for those who wish to express themselves by risking arrest.

Join thousands of Appalachian and national leaders, policymakers, coalfield residents and miners, concerned citizens, activists, mountain groups, environmental justice organizations, and Americans from coast to coast for this momentous movement-building summit, gathering, and call to action. Hear the voices of those most impacted by mountaintop removal coal mining, and let your voice be heard in this movement to offer America hope for a better future.

Plants on the New York State Electric & Gas Corp grid that purchase coal from companies that operate mountaintop removal mines in Central Appalachia include:

* AES Westover , operated by AES NUGs -- located in Broome County, NY
* AES Greenidge LLC , operated by AES NUGs -- located in Yates County, NY
* AES Cayuga , operated by AES NUGs -- located in Tompkins County, NY
* AES Somerset LLC , operated by AES NUGs -- located in Niagara County, NY

Also join the Facebook group: 'Appalachia Rising'

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Sherry Martin

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Silas House, Jason Howard, Kathy Mattea, Mari-Lynn

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Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Sierra Student Coalition, Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment

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