Friday, May 23, 2008

Back to Kentucky

Bees have spent the last week with folks at Mountain Justice Summer Camp in Blanton, Kentucky where we participated in workshops, discussions and film premiers about strategies for education and resistance to Mountaintop Removal coal mining. Also at the camp were powerful speaking presentations from Appalachian activists Larry Gibson, Ed Wiley, Maria Gunnoe and best selling author, Silas House

We held two workshops of our own to solicit feedback of the developing Coal poster storyboard and were fortunate to have collaborated with historian and author, Chad Montrie, to discuss the past, present and future of resistance in the coalfields. His book, To Save the Land and the People, is an excellent historical account of opposition to surface mining and can be found at, or purchased by, your local library. 

Several Bees were also able to reconnect with folks from KFTC and Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky this past week to share our evolving storyboard and discuss with them potential holes in our research and strategies for further development and long-term communication. 

Thanks to ALL who have helped us throughout our travels in Appalachia. And while we must go home to Maine for the summer, we are already strategizing for our return in the fall and will be tireless with the poster in the meantime - going to print in Early August!

Here's to the Long Haul!
in solidarity
- The Bees

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