Delegation to Southern Illinois with Jeff Biggers
November 5, 6 and 7
Travel with EJC to southern Illinois where we will experience the ecological, economic and social footprint of coal. Our guide will be award-winning journalist and cultural historian Jeff Biggers, whose family homestead in the Shawnee National Forest has been strip-mined.
Highlights of the tour include:
- Visits to:
- Mother Jones’ tomb at the Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive.
- A strip mine and a longwall mine.
- Coal ash and coal slurry ponds.
- Peabody coal-fired power plant in Lively Grove.
- Discussions with affected residents and coal miners.
- Touring historical sites relevant to coal’s long history in the area.
- Sunset at the Garden of the Gods to experience the beauty of the Shawnee range.
- A catfish dinner in Elizabethtown on a river barge.
We will stay on the Ohio River at the San Damiano Retreat Center, and hold a post-tour discussion in the lodge.
Space is Limited!
If interested, contact:
Pam or Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative
773.556.3417 / 3418
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