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West Virginia Coal Mine Disaster

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This week, at least 25 miners have died in West Virginia, in a negligent and destructive Massey Coal mine. This at a time when Obama is selling the country on "Clean Coal" and less than two years since millions of tons of toxic coal ash buried the Tennessee Valley, covering entire streams and choking out marshes and forests. The Appalachia region has been beaten back and dismantled by coal industry goons, and at the cost of communities, families, forests, rivers and mountain tops, all for the benefit of a few New York Bankers. The resistance is growing though, and is hardened by the bitmunenic ash of millenia year old mountains, calling out for a war on the machines, a war on capital. Coal River Mountain Watch has been instrumental in the resistance. Having acted as a both a watch-dog group and center of activism. Tonight, members of CRMW will be joining us in the first hour, to give us a report of the resistance. In the second hour, author, poet and activist Erik Reece will be talking about his year in the Lost Mountain range. For a solid year, Erik witnessed the destruction of one solitary mountain, in a process called mountain top removal, or surface mining. In that year, he not only had discussions with local people, who have been directly affected by the burying of streams, erosion of topsoil, and landslides, but also with the mountain itself. Join us tonight to learn the truth about coal, and it's heinous effects on th eland, the people and the environment.