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4th Annual End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington: March 14-18, 2009

Week in Washington Video Clip from 2008



The 4th Annual End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington promises to be a truly historic event. With a new congress and administration, we have a real opportunity to pass the Clean Water Protection Act in the House of Representatives this year! The CWPA will go a long way to ending mountaintop removal coal mining.

Last year’s week in Washington was a tremendous success — and a lot of fun. More than 120 people from 19 states came to Washington, holding more than 150 meetings with Congressional offices.

The result? People like you helped us gain 8 new co-sponsors for the CWPA — in just three days in Washington. We ended 2008 and the 110th Congress with co-sponsors.

We are proud to include the End MTR
Week in Washington as part of:



Read about and see the pictures from our 3rd Week in Washington!

What Past Participants Have Said:

“The Week in Washington allowed me to dive head first into our political process. It really gave me a sense of place in the broader community of Appalachia and gave me a great foundation of knowledge and support that I can draw upon as I expand my involvement in the movement.” -Cody Simpkins, Morehead State student, Magoffin County, KY.

“The 2008 Week in Washington changed my life for the better in countless ways. Not only did I realize that it truly is “the people’s house” and our voice and presence on the Hill CAN make a difference, but I gained incredible, meaningful friendships that will last a lifetime.” -Steph Pistello, New York, NY

“As Christians we are called to be good stewards of the Earth and to protect the rights of all people. It was truly an honor to stand in solidarity with people of Appalachia directly affected by MTR and to join my voice with theirs during lobby visits at the offices of Illinois Congressmen. I cannot think of a better way to use my time and energy.” -Maribeth Meaux, Joliet, IL

“I’m a pretty active citizen and call Washington DC a lot. It was great to put a face with people I have talked to on the phone. It was also really great to network with other people that have the same frame of mind that we do. I live near the extraction end of coal, and it was very interesting to meet people who live on the burning end of coal,” -Carl “Buck” Shoupe, third-generation disabled union coal miner, Harlan County, KY

Can’t make it to the Week in Washington?
Sponsor a participant by making a contribution today.

$50 will cover most meals for one participant
$125 will cover a participant’s hotel room for one night
$300 will cover a participant’s travel
Or donate your frequent flier miles.
Email for more info.

Please join us for the experience of a lifetime! We hope to see you there!

SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS: The members of the Alliance for Appalachia include:

Appalachian Citizens Law Center, Appalachian Voices, Appalshop, Coal River Mountain Watch, Heartwood, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Save Our Cumberland Mountains, Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, Southwings, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy

Appalachian Voices  •  Coal River Mountain Watch  •   Heartwood  •  Keeper of the MountainsKentuckians for the Commonwealth 

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition  •   Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowermentSierra Club Environmental Justice

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards  •   SouthWings  •  Stay Project  •   West Virginia Highlands Conservancy

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