[UPDATED] July 20, 2008: Four arrested at Zeb Mountain

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**UPDATE 8/8/08** There was no jail time or fines imposed by the Campbell county judge today. Your generous donations helped pay the $1156 in court costs. THANK YOU!

Sunday, July 20, 2008 at National Coal Corporation’s
Zeb Mountain mine in Campbell County, Tennessee, four protesters were arrested
in solidarity with United Mountain Defense, Three Rivers Earth First!, Mountain
Justice, Christians for the Mountains and coal-impacted residents of Appalachia.

These brave individuals gave speeches of hope for solidarity
amongst miners, activists and entire communities that are affected by the devastations
of
surface mining for coal. Holding hands and singing Amazing Grace along
with more than 50 protesters behind them, they crossed the line onto National
Coal’s property. Once across the line police calmly handcuffed and arrested
them.

Having already destroyed more than 1,300 acres of
Zeb Mountain, Knoxville-based National Coal has set its sights
on other peaks
across the state. Among the places it wants to mine is land in
Sundquist Wildlife Management Area, a public game preserve that drains into
Nashville’s
drinking water supply.

One of those arrested yesterday was Eric
Blevins of Grandview, Tenn. “I crossed an artificial line today because
Appalachia is my homeland, and its life is being destroyed far faster
than it can regenerate,” he
said. “I wanted to open people’s minds to how insane it is that
we allow corporations to own land without loving it and keeping life
sustainable.”

The
march began with a prayer led by Christians
for the Mountains
and included political theater, giant
puppets, speeches, and renditions of “Rocky
Top,” one of Tennessee’s state songs. It was organized
by United Mountain Defense, Mountain Justice and Three Rivers
Earth
First!.

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