On Oct 30th 2009 protest where held across America at EPA regional headquarters and other locations to protest Mountain Top Removal strip mining.
The security hassled us from the very start. They told us we could not walk on federal property. They told us we could not let our signs even touch any federal building. They ordered us not to film the federal building. We thought when we broke out the megaphone they would order us to stop immediately. They did not. You can not see it–but for over 1 hour every employee that walked out of that skyscraper heard our words echoing off their building. Hundreds of EPA employees saw our signs and heard our words as they ate lunch. Here are a few of those words.
On October 30th, actions were held across the US to protest the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. In Washington, DC 13 people occupied the EPA headquarters building asking the agency to take action against the ongoing destruction.
JP Morgan Chase Bank is one of the last remaining, and largest, financiers of coal fired power plants and Mountain Top Removal mining. The continued support for coal companies motivated students and youth from all over Kentucky to rally in front of downtown Lexington’s Chase bank today at 1pm. The action aims to send a strong message to Chase bank to halt their support of Mountain Top Removal and raise awareness for the devastation in Appalachia caused by the Chase’s support of companies engaged in mountain top removal. JP Morgan Chase Bank’s current endorsement of coal companies stands in stark contrast with CEO Jamie Dimons promise to “walk the talk” on energy issues.
“We can’t stand by as mountain top removal is being made possible by Chase bank. Raising awareness for the issue is the first step in banning it”, said TERRA member Casey Price. Participants insist that Mountain Top Removal mining is at the helm of the environmental and human rights issues facing Appalachia.
NEW YORK, NY
Scott Edwards, Senior Staff Attorney for WATERKEEPER Alliance and Hurricane Creekkeeper, John L. Wathen speak to reporters after Chase, J. P. Morgan protest demonstration.