Mountain Justice Fall Summit
Friday – Sunday Oct 25-27, 2013
Southern West Virginia
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.