Our guest blogger is Brian Komar.
The March on Blair Mountain was one of the most inspiring, successful, peaceful volunteer-led protest efforts I’ve ever experienced in my life.
After Grammy-winning singer Kathy Mattea gave an incredible speech and performance, the five-day march ended with more than 1000 rally-goers marching up Blair to make it clear that the coal companies are not going to blast the historic mountain without a fight. Most inspiring of all, the marchers were almost equal parts labor and environmentalists from Appalachia and from around the world. The entire crew that pulled off the march did a remarkable job and deserve our gratitude (and donations).
The night before the rally, there was a free screening of the mountaintop-removal documentary The Last Mountain in Charleston, WV. Bobby Kennedy Jr. and documentarian Bill Haney were joined by many of the freedom fighters highlighted in the film. More than 550 people from across the region packed the gorgeous Capitol Center.
The Last Mountain also screened at Bonnaroo, and had a sold-out opening in Nashville Thursday night, helping spread the message of the fighters for Blair Mountain and the birthright of Appalachia.
This week, the film the coal companies don’t want you to see opens in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia, and we’re holding a special screening in Minneapolis at the Netroots Nation convention. This documentary is becoming part of a new organizing model to leverage culture to help end mountain-top removal and the corporate trampling of democracy.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will appear Thursday at the Embarcadero Cinemas in San Francisco for a Q&A after the 7:20 p.m. show.