“When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?”
-Frank Costello, The Departed
“The corporations take advantage of people in Appalachia, and
this is happening all over Appalachia, not just West Virginia… We have
to save one mountain at a time.”
-Psera Newman, Lexington KY
Billy Bragg sings about there being power in a union. But after the past week, I see that there is power not just in unions, but in unity.
Amidst threats and intimidation by King Coal's supporters, 600 courageous marchers kicked off a five day march from Marmet, WV to Blair Mountain.
Gandhi. King. Eastern Europe. Seattle. Latin America. People powered non-violent, yet confrontational, movements make historical change. We're now in the midst of another groundswell of people power. As we've seen in Egypt, Tunisia and the U.S. Mid-West, peaceful protest and non-violent direct action have led the way.
“Mountaintop removal is an act of aggression. Civil disobedience is an act of love.”
-Terry Tempest Williams
A mountaintop insurrection in Kentucky is underway. And it definitely must be on Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s mind this week.