October 2011 Movement Endorses March on Blair Mountain
The October 2011 Movement today endorsed the March on Blair Mountain organized by Appalachia Rising and other environmental groups to challenge the environmentally abusive practices of the coal industry, especially the removal of mountain tops.
The March on Blair Mountain fights the same forces as the October 2011 Movement – corporate government that enriches the economic elite at the expense of the environment and workers. We also share the concerns of those that oppose the marchers. There is a need for good paying jobs in a healthy environment but coal is not the answer to those economic challenges. Other economic opportunities can be created for West Virginia and other states that depend on coal mining and mountain top removal. We appreciate the marchers reaching out with your clear call: We march to preserve Blair Mountain, abolish mountaintop removal, strengthen labor rights, and an investment in sustainable job creation for all Appalachian communities.
Americans are the victims of corporatism. We cannot let the economic elite and concentrated corporate powers divide us. We understand that they take advantage of workers with low wages, inadequate benefits and long-term health problems from unsafe work conditions; while at the same time destroying an environment that would be part of the solution to a sustainable economy in the future.
We urge those who have joined the October2011.org movement to participate in the March on Blair Mountain by donating and joining their virtual protest. See http://marchonblairmountain.org.
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