West Virginia Teachers on picket lines fighting so-called reforms. Coal miners blocking a train for back wages in Kentucky. Protests over a state legislator’s deal that results in closing a newborn ICU in Tennessee. A West Virginia woman arrested for chaining herself to her car on her own property to protest eminent domain for profits from pipelines.
What do they have in common? A long history of Appalachians standing up for their rights against big money, out-of-state interests.
All across our Appalachian region citizens continue to organize and protest to make their communities a better place and to fight for their rights.
National attention was focused on the Kentucky coal miners who blocked the trains from hauling out the coal they mined but weren’t paid for.
Then, there was a round-the-clock protest in Kingsport, TN, where the local hospital wants to close a newborn intensive care unit.
More controversial, but just as determined, are the folks trying to protect their family farms from the huge gas pipelines forced on them by Big Energy with our federal and state government’s help. Protestors continue to stand up to mountaintop removal mines, which damage local towns drinking water, and residents’ health.
Democracy is not a spectator sport. To keep our freedoms and protect our families and communities we sometimes have to make a fuss and put our foot down.
It’s good to know when we do this that we’re walking in the footsteps of generations past.