SF Loves Mountains

posted by scott parkin

The fight against mountaintop removal coal mining is coming to San Francisco this week with some great events.

*San Francisco Premiere of “Coal Country” – Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7pm
“Coal Country” is a dramatic look at modern coal mining. We get to know working miners along with activists who are battling coal companies in Appalachia. We hear from miners and coal company officials who are concerned about jobs and the economy and believe they are acting responsibly in bringing power to the American people. Both sides in this conflict claim that history is on their side. Families have lived in the region for generations, and most have ancestors who worked in the mines. Everyone shares a deep love for the land, but mountaintop removal is tearing them apart.

The program is free of charge, follow this link to RSVP. Seating is very limited! You must RSVP for this special evening by Monday, September 28!

WHAT: San Francisco Premiere of “Coal Country”
WHERE: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; 151 Third St. in San Francisco
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7pm
COST: Free! RSVP is required! Follow this link http://action.earthjustice.org/earthjusticeaction/events/coalcountrysf/details.tcl or copy and paste it into your browser tool bar.

*Surfers Against Mountaintop Removal Benefit Party – Wednesday Sept. 30 at 9pm
Our friends at the Riptide are throwing a fundraiser for anti-mountaintop removal efforts in Appalachia (and after party for the “Coal Country” film screening). Party will include music, food, big screen surf flicks, mountaintop removal videos, speakers from Appalachia and a surfboard raffle (win a Las Olas 9 ft. Noserider).

WHAT: Surfers Against Mountaintop Removal Benefit Party
WHERE: The Riptide; 3639 Taraval St. @47th Ave SF; (to get there from the city, take the “L” Taraval to Taraval and 45th)
WHEN: Wednesday Sept. 30, 9pm-2am
CONTACT: Scott sparkin@ran.org;415-235-0596
INFO: www.riptidesf.com

*Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – Oct. 2-4
You can help save Appalachia’s mountains right here in San Francisco at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park on October 2-4. It’s a giant free concert that celebrates the bluegrass music that originated in Appalachia’s mountains. With seven stages and dozens of performers, it’s the perfect way to spend your weekend having fun while showing some love for the mountains and mountain music. It’s also an opportunity to outreach to like-minded Bay Area residents to help end the strip mining practice that is destroying those historic Appalachian mountains and the culture that has come out of them.

If you are interested in volunteering with RAN at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival please contact Scott at sparkin@ran.org or call 415-398-4404/extension 324.