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Mountain Justice: Homegrown Resistance to Mountaintop Removal, for the Future of Us All
     

Mountain Justice: Homegrown Resistance to Mountaintop Removal, for the Future of Us All

by Tricia Shapiro
 

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"Shapiro is one of the few writers on this subject that actually understands the strategy, the tactics, and the internal politics of a dynamic and growing movement. This is environmental journalism at it best."—Mike Roselle, Earth First! founder and author of Tree Spiker

Mountaintop removal (MTR) does exactly what it says: A mountaintop is

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"Shapiro is one of the few writers on this subject that actually understands the strategy, the tactics, and the internal politics of a dynamic and growing movement. This is environmental journalism at it best."—Mike Roselle, Earth First! founder and author of Tree Spiker

Mountaintop removal (MTR) does exactly what it says: A mountaintop is stripped of trees, blown to bits with explosives, then pushed aside by giant equipment?all to expose a layer of coal to be mined. In recent years, local people fighting against MTR's destruction of their homes in West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia have invited volunteers from outside Appalachia's coalfields to help them bring national attention to this shameful practice, and abolish it. Since the Mountain Justice campaign began in 2005, dozens of local coalfield residents, students, Earth Firsters, and others have been arrested in nonviolent protest actions against MTR.

"This on-the-ground, insider report of a grassroots effort to end mountaintop removal in Appalachia is a fascinating account of why building solidarity across geographic, age, class, and philosophical lines in such struggles is so important but so hard."—Steve Fisher, editor, Fighting Back in Appalachia: Traditions of Resistance and Change

"Tricia Shapiro has told us the heart of the matter—the dignity, the strength, the loving kindness of the folk who have given all that they have to save a precious and enduring place on the Earth."—Jack Spadaro, whistleblower and former director of the National Mine Safety and Health Academy

Tricia Shapiro has been closely following and writing about efforts to end large-scale strip mining for coal in Appalachia since 2004. She lives on a remote mountain homestead in western North Carolina, near the Tennessee border.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849350235
Publisher:
AK Press
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author


Tricia Shapiro: Tricia Shapiro is a writer living in North Carolina. She has written 20-plus books on a variety of topics for young adults (with a special focus on the environment and social relations), under the name Tricia Andryszewski. Since 2004 she's been something of an embedded reporter covering the civil disobedience and direct action wing of the anti-Mountain Top Removal movement.

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