Operation Appalachian Spring (OAS): Shut Down Mountaintop Removal
Join us this Spring — May and June, 2009 — for Operation Appalachian Spring (OAS). We will coordinate action training camps for people to end the destructive practice of mountaintop removal through non-violent civil disobedience.
Massey Coal’s crimes against nature–on a daily basis in West Virginia– are terrorizing the local communities by blowing the mountains up from the top down and throwing the remains into headwater streams.
Come on down and help us stop this senseless destruction of the mountains of West Virginia. When we win here in West Virginia, we will be able to win in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.
We will have non-violence and other trainings, a kitchen and people who can explain the illegal practice of mountaintop removal. We will work together to defeat Massey Coal and other coal companies who blow up mountains rather than actually mine. We are hoping to shut down the sites on an ongoing basis all summer long. But we need your help.
For more information contact Guin
Check out our website at www.climategroundzero.org
Let’s make it a fun, exciting and worthwhile Summer!!
Climate Ground Zero Action Camp: Day 3
After 3 days at camp here in Montana we have a heavy rain day. Some folks were unprepared for the wet and cold conditions here in the Big Belt Mountains of Montana and this weather has tested their patience and endurance, but overall people are dealing and in great spirits.
Anyone who is involved in direct action must deal with harsh elements and extreme physical and mental challenges. Actions push you out of your comfort zones and you must learn if you are going to be doing actions that you must be prepared to be mentally strong and totally prepared for elements the elements you will face.
One of my top mentors on how to run campaigns and actions once said “if action and campaigns were easy everyone would do it”. But conducting actions and running campaigns to confront corporations and governments on destructive policies and practices has never been easy.
I have learned over the years that actions demand top notch preparation, mental toughness, a high degree of flexibility & creativity, overcoming whatever challenges are thrown your way, and always maintaining a positive under adverse conditions. The Boy Scouts motto could certainly be the lesson of today “always be prepared”