September 27 – Appalachia Rising, a mass convergence on Washington D.C. calling for an end to Mountain Top Removal (MTR) culminated with a march of roughly 2,000 people and arrests of over 115 people. There were actions at the White House, PNC Bank, Department of the Interior, and the Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters. These actions come at a time when MTR has been thrust into the national spotlight by Appalachian communities facing poisoned drinking water, increased cancer, and destruction of some of America’s most pristine mountains.
Here are some of the highlights:
Washington Post: About 100 arrested in mountaintop mining protest
It’s Getting Hot in Here: Appalachia Rising up in DC
(Protesters sit down at 6:30).