Happy birthday, Ken Hechler. If only the rest of Congress, the Democrats and all of us had your courage and determination today -- to be hellraisers, pass the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act and end the cancer of mountaintop removal.
This is where the urgency and solidarity and audacious determination of national organizations -- and residents across the country -- are desperately needed, on a par with the tar sands movement. If we can stop the proposed Keystone pipeline, we can stop mountaintop removal.
Today is Day 12,580 of the mountaintop removal mining disaster, the most egregious human rights and environmental violation in our country and perhaps one of the most discussed but shamefully ignored humanitarian crises in our nation.
Of the 104 legislators who signed the letter to allow the country's largest broadband provider to take over a broadcast network, movie studio and cable programmer, 88 received campaign contributions from Comcast.
While the 150-year strip-mining war continues in 20 other states, this is a beautiful and historic moment to celebrate on behalf of human rights and environmental justice in the Appalachian coalfields.