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May 14 to March 15, 2011
(Saturday and Sunday)
Interested in learning first-hand about the true cost of coal in Illinois? Join Eco-Justice Collaborative and citizen activists for a day-long tour of central Illinois’ coalfields.
We’ll take a driving tour of historic and contemporary coal mining sites. The group will learn about the history of the Illinois’ coal industry and organized labor, visiting the small towns where some of the nation’s deadliest labor battles were fought, as well as the only union coal mine left in Illinois today.
From there, we will explore the impacts that the entire coal life cycle has on the lands, waters, health, and quality of life of central Illinois communities. Participants will see areas subsided from longwall mining, massive coal slurry and coal ash dumps, and get the chance to hear directly from local residents who are concerned about coal’s effects. This tour is intended for concerned Illinois residents who want to learn what they can do to promote a just transition from a coal economy to a sustainable economy in America’s heartland.
Cost from Chicago: $150.00
Includes travel and overnight lodging
(leave ate Friday afternoon and return late Saturday night)
Does not include meals
Contact Pam or Lan Richart
Phone: (773) 556-3417/3418