On June 11, 2011, Grammy Award winning singer and environmental and social activist Kathy Mattea spoke to over 1,000 participants at the March on Blair Mountain rally, Blair Mountain, WV. Here are Kathy’s remarks. I am here because I care about these Mountains. I am here because I care about my own people. I am here … Read more
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At 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 5, my brother called to tell me that the Massey Upper Big Branch mine had exploded near Montcoal. He is a member of a mine rescue team, and he told me they thought 28 men were lost. I immediately got on the phone to find out if our friends … Read more
Boy, was that a bunch of bull. I would first like to know how Mr. Biggers past a geography course. The last time I checked Southern Illinois was about 400 miles from Appalachia. It seems today like everyone with an agenda in the media wants to claim to be from Appalachia. Yes, I’ll have to … Read more
Stories of coal: Kathy Mattea looks into her own West Virginia past, working to halt the future of mountaintop removal mining
In the battle to stop mountaintop removal in Appalachia, Grammy Award-winning singer Kathy Mattea is firmly entrenched in the center of the dialogue. Answering the call: While “singing is like breathing,” the challenges of advocacy and activism are “much more involved,” says Mattea. Photo by James Minchin.
Randy Maggard is interviewed by outdoorsman Buddy Bill Moser (left) and Don Jordan – (right) on their radio show “Inside Outdoors” in Bloomington, Indiana. Buddy Bill and Don Jordan participated as special guest speakers at the premier of Coal Country, and CD release of Coal Country Music in Indiana. PLAY RANDY MAGGARD INTERVIEW Buddy Bill … Read more
NEWS: Coalfield Uprising Arrests at Gov’s Office: Will Manchin Defend Coalfield Residents or Absentee Big Coal?
As a supportive crowd sang, “This land is your land, this land is my land,” seven peaceful sit-in activists were arrested in Governor Joe Manchin’s office at the West Virginia state capitol at 5pm this afternoon, as part of the growing national coalfield uprising to stop mountaintop removal mining. Today’s protest called on the governor … Read more
Panel Discussion after the Premier at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Editor: Mel Tyree says burning coal is melting Arctic ice and causing droughts and wildfires, and that the glaciers in Glacier National Park will be gone in 15 years and the ocean’s coral reefs in 40 years (Readers’ Forum, Sept. 23). He must not know the facts. Summer Arctic sea ice is up 25 percent … Read more