Call on President Obama to preserve Blair Mountain
Ninety years ago, in 1921, 10,000 coal miners marched from Marmet, West Virginia to Blair Mountain to rise up against the rule of the coal operators and fight for the basic rights basic right to live and work in decent conditions.
Today, Blair Mountain is threatened with obliteration by mountaintop removal (MTR) mining, and it is here that a new generation of Appalachians and Americans are taking a stand.
For five days, participants in the Appalachia Rising: March on Blair Mountain have braved intense heat, thunderstorms, and coal industry intimidation to raise a call for justice.
On Saturday, thousands more will join the marchers at Blair Mountain to peacefully demand the preservation of this historic landmark, the abolition of mountaintop removal mining, stronger labor rights, and sustainable jobs for Appalachia.
Until recently Blair Mountain was listed as a national historic site, protecting it from coal mining and destruction. But Big Coal is moving in, and got it de-listed. President Obama can protect Blair Mountain by instructing his administration to re-list it on the National Historic Register.