Mountaintop Removal Awareness Festival

Are you MTR-aware? Zia Grossman-Vendrillo ’15 invites you to promote environmental justice:


Humans are intimately connected with the physical topography of the Earth, whether it’s Foss Hill or Appalachian hills and river valleys.

On the evening of Thursday, April 25th, Foss Hill will be alive with drums, banjos, guitars, voices, stones on stones, fire, and resounding cries for justice from Appalachia. We will use these media to raise awareness about environmental and social destruction in coalfield communities from the practice of Mountaintop Removal (MTR) mining, as well as the dedicated movement to resist these forces.

The Wesleyan MTR-awareness crew will be joined by:

-Guest speaker Colin Bennett from (350CT) and organizer of
Mountain Justice
Morgan O’Kane, virtuoso banjo player, shouter and activist from
Virginia, now based in New York City, whose live performances are sure
to bring stomps, whooops, shakes and smiles
-Professors Michael Dorsey and Bill Johnston

Click past the jump for the full line-up.

Pre-festival COE panel and dinner at Earth House (Facebook event here):
4:00 – 5:30pm – Professors and students talk about Environmental
Justice and MTR
5:30pm – Free Udupi (vegetarian Indian) dinner at Earth House (BRING A

6:30pm – “Land and People” drumming performance, feat. Advanced Taiko
7:00 – Mountain loss ritual, lead by Rabbi David and Greg the Shaman
7:30 – The Ginsengers, an original Wesleyan folk band formed for this
8:15 – Colin Bennet (talking about MTR and climate activism)
8:45 – Morgan O’Kane (talking about music and activism, and making
unusual and captivating music… making us dance)
9:30 – Prometheus (w/ WesTaiko)

Please join us for any or ALL of these activities!

Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 4 – 6:30 pm; 6:30 – 10 pm
Place: Earth House, 159 High Street; Foss Hill
Cost: Free

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