Resources & Materials

Scroll down to the bottom to see materials like fliers that are available for download.

Stand up to Intimidation

Whistleblower Protections

Jury Nullification

Think an activist should be found not guilty because they were doing the right thing? You can do that legally, despite what a judge may tell you. Read more to find out.

Mining Violations in the Coal River Valley

Marfork Coal Company Violations on Coal River Mountain

Drainage violations on Marfork Coal Co.’s Brushy Fork impoundment, processing plant & refuse pile

Water violations on the Brushy Fork sludge impoundment

Mountaintop Removal Mining

I Love Mountains

Your most comprehensive one-stop-shop for everything about mountaintop removal!  Watch videos, read  blogs (or start your own), research the politics and economics of coal, and find out your local connection to destructive surface mining.

What is mountaintop removal? —Mountain Justice

Describes the five-step process of mountaintop removal coal mining, supported by several clear and educational diagrams.

Organizations Opposing Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia

Coal River Mountain Watch

A prominent organization fighting for social, economic, and environmental justice in West Virginia.

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the Ohio Valley environment through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building, leadership development, and media outreach.

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards

An organization of concerned community members and their allies who are working to stop the destruction of local communities by surface coal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area, and to help rebuild sustainable communities.

Christians for the Mountains

A network of persons committed to advocating that Christians and their churches recognize their God-given responsibility to live compatibly and sustainably upon this earth God has created.  Non-denominational and non-partisan, but does take a critical prophetic stance in advocacy for justice, righteousness, and peace for the land and its inhabitants.

Sludge Safety Project

Coal slurry is inflicting citizens of Prenter, West Virginia with kidney cancer, breast cancer,  gallstone emergencies, and severe oral complications. The Sludge Safety project is working towards eliminating coal slurry impoundments and underground injections, improving water quality for West Virginia (that has been devastated by coal mining), and demanding alternative methods for coal waste disposal.  A collaborative project of Coal River Mountain Watch, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, and Concerned Citizens of Mingo County.

United Mountain Defense

“…A volunteer driven nonprofit organization committed to halting mountaintop removal coal mining in Tennessee and assisting coal impacted communities.”

Student Environmental Action Coalition — Appalachia

One of the largest grassroots coalitions of student and youth environmental groups, working together to protect our planet and future. A part of the wider Energy Action Coalition.

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Media Voices

Coal Tattoo

The most up-to-date resource for coal-related media in West Virginia!  A blog component of the West Virginia Gazette newspaper.  The author frequently shares exciting “insider” info, and therefore has quite a following of addicted readers.

Appalshop Arts & Education Center

A non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts and education center in the heart of Appalachia producing original films, video, theater, music and spoken-word recordings, radio, photography, multimedia, and books.  Effectively utilizes various art forms to help preserve Appalachian history and culture.

Coal Mountain

A clearing house of coal-related headlines maintained by author Mark Nowak.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Created in 1970 when journalists were being forced by the government to break confidentiality agreements, this organization still exists today to offer and support free legal guidance for members of public media.

Related Campaigns


Protecting Northern Appalachian communities from exploitative gas drilling.

Black Mesa Water Coalition

Defending “four thousand square miles of ginger-colored plateau land in northern Arizona, a distinct elevated landmass the shape of a bear’s paw,” from the likes of Peabody Coal.  They also have a Just Transition campaign.

Black Mesa Indigenous Support

Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS) is a grassroots, all volunteer run collective dedicated to working with and supporting the indigenous peoples of Black Mesa in their Struggle for Life and Land who are targeted by & resisting unjust large-scale coal mining operations and forced relocation policies of the US government.

RRENEW Collective

Remembering and Renergizing Neighbors Economies and Watersheds

The RRENEW Collective was created in the Summer of 2009 in the spirit of facilitating the placement of volunteers with organizations working for a sustainable Appalachia in the coal dependent region of Southwest Virginia.

Indigenous Environmental Network

“A network of Indigenous Peoples empowering Indigenous Nations and communities

towards sustainable livelihoods, demanding environmental justice and maintaining

the Sacred Fire of our traditions.”

Direct Action

Ruckus Society Action Planning Manual

A basic introduction to the concepts, organization, and execution of nonviolent direct action (NVDA)

Read our page about nonviolent civil resistance.