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Navajos and Appalachians protest Peabody Coal, protesters arrested

“The mine affects lots of ways of life. It’s destroying the places that have names. Everywhere you go here, every place has a name: names I learned from my grandparents, names that have existed for hundreds of years. A lot of those places and knowledge of those places and cultural values are being destroyed by the mine. It’s destroying our way of life,” says Gerold Blackrock, a resident of Black Mesa.

Peabody’s strip mines harm the health of communities wherever they operate, from Black Mesa to Appalachia. Appalachian miners’ hard-earned healthcare benefits and pensions are threatened by Peabody’s business practices. “Peabody and Arch dumped their obligations to retired miners into Patriot. This was a calculated decision to cheat people out of their pensions,” said retired United Mine Workers of America miner Terry Steele.(excerpt)

Yet another polluting industry cheating workers and destroying indigenous land;-/ Read and share!

Earth First! Newswire

Cross Posted from Censored News

By Derek Minnow Bloom, Black Mesa Indigenous Support

Zach Chasnoff, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment

Fern Benally, Navajo, center. St Louis Post Dispatch photo. 

ST. LOUIS, MO — About one hundred protesters gathered in downtown St. Louis today outside of the Peabody Coal corporate headquarters. St. Louis locals were joined by Navajo residents from Black Mesa, Ariz., Appalachians from coal-burdened West Virginia, and supporters from across the United States to demand the cessation of strip mining and accountability for land and people.  

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