November 14-16, 2008: First Annual Mountain Justice Meeting

Come to the First Annual Mountain Justice Meeting

November 14-16th at the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem,
West Virginia

As Mountain Justice begins its 5th year as a movement for social and
environmental justice in the coalfields, we’re heading to the ASFC
to plan out the next steps in the fight for a sustainable future in
Appalachia. Over the course of a weekend we will get to know each other,
eat great food, share our perspectives and sit down to the important
work of deciding what needs to happen next in the movement to stop
mountaintop removal and grow a strong, diverse and healthy Appalachian
future.

Who should come to the annual meeting? Anyone outraged by the atrocity
of mountaintop removal who is somewhat familiar with Mountain Justice
as a group and as a movement. Especially welcome is anyone who
has been involved with Mountain Justice in the past and anyone with
ideas
on how Mountain Justice can move forward most effectively. The
annual meeting will be our chance to hear from people who can’t make
it
to our monthly meetings, but who want to have input on the overall
strategy of a movement that strives to help create a viable future
for Appalachia.

What will happen at the annual meeting? Fun games and great food,
of course! But also hatching the strategy to accomplish the larger
goals of the Mountain Justice movement to end MTR and support
a diverse and sustainable Appalachian future will be the topics of
conversation.
Local residents and MJ activists of the past, present, and future
will be encouraged to weigh-in about our greater goals, and the
specific objectives and tasks that flow from these goals. Questions
will be
answered, suggestions will be heard, and last but not least,
plenty of chances will arise for anyone to become an active participant
in the Mountain Justice movement.

All opinions are extremely valuable – Let’s work together to
end MTR and create an awesome future for Appalachia by talking
and
sharing with each other our grievances, ideas, and strategies
to and make
sure we are doing this in the best and most effective way possible.
See you there! Please RSVP if you are planning to come.

Contact: green.marley [at] gmail.com,
703 409 6993.

Directions:

From the south:

  • From I 77– Take Exit 14 to Route 20 North. Towards
    Athens.
  • Continue straight on Route 20 at the stoplight in Athens
    and travel toward Pipestem State Park.
  • Continue 1/4 of a mile and
    take Indian Ridge Road on the right.
  • Go 1/2 mile and take sharp left
    onto
    Rocky Mount Road.
  • The Appalachian
    South Folklife Center
    drive is marked by a sign 3/4 of
    a mile on the
    right.

From the north:

  • From I 64 take the Sandstone/Hinton exit.
  • Take Route
    20 South 10 miles to Hinton.
  • Continue on Route 20 through town
    and towards Pipestem State Park.
  • At 1/4 mile before the park entrance
    make
    a left onto Indian Ridge Road.
  • Go 1/2 mile and take sharp left
    onto Rocky Mount Road.
  • Appalachian
    South Folklife Center
    drive is marked by a sign
    3/4 of a mile on the
    right.

Food & Lodging: Camping and cabins will
be available at $12 a night for a bed, $5 for camping. Food will be
provided, though any
and all
donations will be gladly accepted.

Travel reimbursements are available on a limited basis, so please
RSVP as soon as possible if you would like to come, have questions,
or would
like to apply for travel reimbursements. Also, be sure to notify
someone if you have any special needs.

Thanks!
MJ Annual Meeting Working Group

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