Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Charleston, WV Will Bowl for the Mountain Keepers & Youth Leaders

Post written by Morgantown, WV resident & Build It Up! WV leader Joe Gorman

This is an opportunity to bowl with Build-It-Up! West Virginia leaders and participants and representatives from other proactive youth summer programs around the East Coast and Midwest. Larry Gibson, from Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, will be the night's guest speaker.

Proceeds benefit the Build-It-Up! West Virginia, support a week-long training we're hosting in South Charleston, and benefit the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation's work to build a healthy, local economy and stop mountaintop removal.

RSVP & invite your friends to the event on Facebook!

$20 gets you a pair of bowling shoes and three games of bowling. Additional donations welcome - bring your checkbook!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Artwork Connects Us to History

Post written by WVU Student Kofi Opoku

Kofi's piece with Marin Luther King Jr's historic words

After visiting the "Keeper of the Mountains" and listening to Larry Gibson’s story, I was amazed at his unrelenting fight against Mountaintop Removal mining. I was intrigued by how one man could speak up against an empire of coal companies and expect his voice to be heard. After Larry had finished showing us the devastated mountains, I dared to ask, “Do you ever feel like giving up?” He paused and answered me with his own question, “Do you know why Martin Luther King said he had been to the mountaintop?” It was then that it dawned on me; the reason why his passion seemed so familiar. Larry had the same fight in him as the activists and leaders who were willing to give up their lives for this country. Although MTR mining is seen as an environmental issue, there is undoubtedly a political underlining. It is this correlation between politics and the environment that I sought to emphasize in this poster series.

Kofi's piece with John Muir's historic words

Kofi's piece with Franklin Delano Roosevelt's historic words