"We've been holding these signs too long!" Those are words from Harlan County, Kentucky, resident and amazing activist Teri Blanton at a "Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining" rally on September 13 in Washington, DC.(That's Teri with her arm out while standing on-stage in the background of the photo below.)
Teri and many others took to the stage to call upon the Obama Administration to stop this destructive practice that destroys communities and entire ecosystems in Applachia. For Teri and so many others, it's been a long battle, hence her comment on the protest signs.
Goldman Environmental Prize Winner Maria Gunnoe (of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition) also gave a powerful speech to the crowd - part of which is captured in this video.
The day's events were organized by EarthJustice but attended by members of many groups - from the Sierra Club to Interfaith Power & Light, to the Waterkeepers Alliance, and more.