Mounatin Justice Spring Break

Mountain Justice Spring Break

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Goals & Tactics

Goals of Mountain Justice

   1. Raise world-wide awareness of Mountain Top Removal mining and its effects.
   2. Escalate resistance to Mountain Top Removal from a regional to a national level.
   3. Build our support base for the campaign.
   4. Unify and strengthen regional groups fighting Mountain Top Removal.
   5. Mobilize coordinated days of action using tactics ranging from public outreach to civil resistance.
   6. Maintain safety as a high priority.
   7. Debunk the myth of "clean coal" and "jobs versus the environment".
   8. Encourage conservation, efficiency, solar and wind energy as alternatives to Mountain Top Removal and all forms of surface mining.

Mountain Justice Tactics

MJ participants come from diverse backgrounds such as coal field residents, college students, environmentalists, Earth First!ers, and other concerned citizens that care about our mountains. Participants share a common goal to halt MTR coal mining. Though groups attempt to educate and share information with each other; they act according to the dictates of their conscience, group guidelines, and area needs. What works or is needed in one area may not be appropriate in another, but by sharing skills and and comparing our experiences, we seek to form a movement which is greater than our individual parts. In keeping with individual group's autonomous guidelines, Mountain Justice members engage in some or all of the following tactics:

    * Listening Projects in the coal communities to learn from the local residents.
    * Water & vegetation testing surveys
    * Public outreach & education about MTR mining
    * Monitoring coal mining permits, requesting & attending hearings & legal follow-up
    * Monitor mining practices & legal violations & do legal follow-up
    * Lobby & educate public officials
    * Support community members impacted by MTR mining
    * Train grassroots organizers
    * Support local groups working to halt MTR coal mining
    * Raise national attention to the effects of MTR coal mining
    * Draw attention to companies engaged in MTR coal mining & to buyers of MTR coal
    * Participate, organize & enjoy music, theatre, & art for the mountains
    * Participate & organize Public Rallies, Nonviolent Direct Actions &/or Nonviolent Civil Disobedience

Mountain Justice participants do NOT engage in sabotage.

Mountain Justice Mission Statement

Mountain Justice seeks to add to the growing anti-MTR citizens movement. Specifically Mountain Justice demands an abolition of MTR, steep slope strip mining and all other forms of surface mining for coal. We work to protect the cultural and natural heritage of the Appalachia coal fields. We work to contribute with grassroots organizing, public education, nonviolent civil disobedience and other forms of citizen action.

Historically coal companies have engaged in violence and property destruction when faced with citizen opposition to their activities. Mountain Justice is committed to nonviolence and will not be engaged in property destruction.

We work together to create diverse and sustainable economies in Appalachian regions traditionally dominated by the coal industry by supporting businesses, jobs and ways of living that are not environmentally or culturally destructive and are nourishing to the social and biological fabric of healthy communities.

Though our work is focused in Appalachia, we oppose dirty energy and environmental injustice everywhere and we support clean energy and just economic transition for all. Seeking to eradicate, rather than simply shift, the burden of environmental injustice, MJ works to build solidarity and mutually-supportive relationships with communities where extraction and energy generation take place beyond our region. As coal becomes more politically and commercially volatile, industrial and political power-brokers are attempting to position natural gas, often sourced by hydraulic fracturing, nuclear energy, tar sands, biomass incineration, and other forms of resource extraction as clean and just alternatives.

Mountain Justice rejects this fallacy outright and supports those who resist these dirty, dangerous energy sources and also those who are working to implement truly clean energy solutions. We also recognize the native peoples who are the original inhabitants of this land. Accordingly, we seek to support the struggles of indigenous communities who are facing injustice daily at the hands of extractive industries.