Show the True Impact of Coal on Thursday, January 20th
"Impacts of Coal" Rally Thursday, Jan 20 1:30 p.m. Meet at Laidley Field Parking Area (1549 Piedmont Road at Elizabeth St, Charleston, WV) Acting-Governor Tomblin is hosting a "Rally for Coal" at the state capitol on Thursday to show his opposition to the EPA's veto of the Spruce No 1 mountaintop removal mine. The governor has announced that the purpose of his rally is to "show the EPA how coal impacts our lives, and the lives of our fellow countrymen." So let's go and remind the governor of coal's impact - slurry injections, blasting, poisoned water, destruction of our communities, cancer and death. The EPA finally did its job and now it is under attack by our own state government. The governor does not speak for us. He speaks for coal. We must support the EPA's decision and make our voices heard. Please show up, bring your friends, bring a camera and bring signs, photos and any other visuals that illustrate the devastation that coal has wrought in our region. We will gather at the bus stop at Laidley Field and leave at 1:30 to walk together to the capitol, near the acting governor's rally. We will walk together, stand together, leave together. IMPORTANT: * This is a non-violent event; we intend to demonstrate in a peaceful and respectful manner. * Please do not engage with pro-coal demonstrators, regardless of how they react to us. * Do not bring anything that could be construed as a weapon, including signs with wooden poles * Take responsibility for the safety of the people standing next to you. * Please stay with the group at all times. * Dress in layers so you will be warm. ------ If you can stay in the Charleston area on Thursday, People Concerned About MIC would greatly appreciate you presence at the Chemical Safety Board meeting, which begins at 6:30 WV State University Student Union in Institute. The Chemical Safety Board's meeting will inform the community on the agency's final investigation report on the August 2008 at the Bayer plant and their recommendations to regulators and industry about how to make the our valley safer.