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Frank’s Mine in Saline County, Illinois. Photo by Pam Richart. 2015

Join an EJC Delegation to the coalfields of Illinois or West Virginia this Year!

Delegation to America’s Heartland!

Interested in learning first-hand about the true cost of coal in Illinois? Join an EJC delegation to the coalfields of Illinois or West Virginia, where we take a driving tour of historic and contemporary coal mining sites. We’ll learn about the history of the Illinois’ coal industry and organized labor, and visit 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 that coal mining is making them sick and destroying their land and water. This tour is intended for those 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:  $175.00
Includes travel and overnight lodging for two-day delegation
(leave late Friday afternoon and return late Sunday night)
Does not include meals

Coal River Valley, West Virginia

Mountaintop removal mining (MTR) is devastating hundreds of square miles of Appalachia; polluting the headwaters of rivers that provide drinking water to millions of Americans; and destroying a distinctly American culture that has endured for generations. Over 2,000 miles of streams have been buried and destroyed and countless mountains and ridge tops have been eradicated with dynamite.

Coal River Valley is the place where coal mining and climate change converge through the activism of local residents.  Our delegations travel to Whitesville, WV, where we meet with residents affected by mountaintop removal mining and Coal River Mountain Watch, a local grassroots organization working with area residents to stop the pending destruction of Coal Mountain.

During our time there we will:

  • Learn about the life cycle of coal, which is responsible for about 40% of our country’s CO2 emissions.
  • Visit nearby Kayford Mine, view MTR operations, and talk with nationally-renowned activist Larry Gibson.
  • Discover how MTR pollutes streams and alters ecosystems.
  • Learn about the hazards of coal ash and slurry impoundments.
  • Meet with residents and record stories of their ongoing struggles and tactics to stop MTR.
  • Discuss ways to join the growing movement to say “NO” to coal and “YES” to a green economy.
  • Talk about how to support and join efforts underway to stop MTR.

Cost from Chicago:  $350.00
Includes travel and overnight lodging for three-day delegation
(leave late Friday afternoon and return late Sunday night)
Does not include meals


Contact Pam or Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative to learn when the next delegation is planned
Phone:  (773) 556-3417/3418

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