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Ken Hechler

From Selma to Coal River Mountain: Ken Hechler's Century of Hellraising Leadership Marches On

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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.

If We Can Stop the Keystone Pipeline, We Can Stop Mountaintop Removal. Right?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.03.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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.

Mountaintop Removal 2012: Coal River Mountain Activist Bob Kincaid on Judy Bonds' Legacy and the New Abolitionists

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.04.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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.

Why Congress Wants the Comcast-NBC Merger: A Peek Into Congressional Correspondence World

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

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.

Profiles in Courage

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Maybe there is some merit to electing to high office senior citizens whose better days in public service are supposedly behind them.

Breaking News! Appalachians Hail EPA's Great Victory for Clean Water Act and Justice

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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.

Private Security Walks Off The Job in Protest; Coal Company Goes Too Far

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

Laura Steepleton and Nick Stocks spent the past week tree-sitting 80 feet above the ground in an act of civil disobedience protesting Massey Energy's mountaintop removal site there.

Hechler's Wake Up Call to Greens and Liberals: Big Coal Denial Calls for Hellraisers

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Tragic lessons in history remind us that the coal crisis and its deniers call for more hellraisers, not compromise.

West Virginia Tourists Beware: Violence Escalates in Coalfields

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

Violence against environmental activists seems almost inevitable in the coalfields this summer as West Virginia politicians ignore the tense situation.

Historic Senate Hearings on Clean Water Protection Act Today: We All Live Downstream

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Over 1,300 miles of streams have been sullied and jammed by mountaintop removal operations. Over 500 mountains have been blown to bits.

Updated:VIDEO: Nonviolent Goldman Prize Winner Attacked by Massey Supporter: 94-Year-Old Hechler, Hannah, Hansen Arrested at Coal River

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Daryl Hannah, NASA's celebrated climate scientist James Hansen, and 94-year-old Ken Hechler, the legendary congressman and coal miner hero were arrested in a non-violent protest in West Virginia.

Reckoning at Coal River: Media and Nation Must Bear Witness to Coalfield Tragedy This Week

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The human rights and constitutional violations of American citizens besieged by ruthless outside coal companies will be on full display this week to the national media and the nation.

Rep. Hechler to President Obama: Time for a Harry S. Truman Moment in the Coalfields

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Standing at the Massey Energy mountaintop removal operation last month, the 94-year-old Hechler showed no sign of retreating on this egregious violation of human rights and the environment.