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Citizens Hold Up Coal Trains, Reclaim Right-of-Way from Coal Industry

On Sunday, 14 people of assorted ages peacefully shut down the main rail line used to transport coal through Montana, by occupying the railroad right-of-way in an attempt to reclaim the space from the coal industry.  Employees of Montana Rail … Continue reading

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A Fearless Summer of Climate Activism

On Monday, I joined three other participants in last summer’s Coal Export Action, as we appeared at the municipal courthouse in Helena, Montana to describe why we and 19 others joined the largest act of climate-related civil disobedience in Montana … Continue reading

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Breaking: 2,000 Public Comments Delivered to Montana DEQ

On Wednesday, activists from Missoula and Helena delivered approximately 2,000 comments from Montanans concerned about the toxic effects of coal mining and transportation to the Department of Environmental Quality, on the final day of a DEQ’s public comment period on … Continue reading

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Deadline Approaching: Tell Montana’s DEQ to Stop Coal Exports!

Important Update: At the request of Montana environmental groups, the DEQ has extended the comment deadline to March 6th.  We’re moving our comment drop-off date to the 6th as well.  If you haven’t already done so, please submit a comment below! … Continue reading

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Today: Social Media D of A Puts the Heat on Mars

The most important moments in our movement are when people take direct action to stop Big Coal.  Sometimes though, we need online activism to amplify the impact of direct action.  Today we’re having a day of social media action that … Continue reading

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Montanans Rally in Support of Civil Disobedience

On Wednesday, over 30 people gathered in Helena, Montana’s Constitution Park to support the venerable US tradition of civil disobedience.  Immediately before an omnibus court hearing for the 23 people arrested during last August’s peaceful protests against coal exports at … Continue reading

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November 14th: Support Non-Violent Civil Disobedience in Montana

On Wednesday, November 14th, several members of the “Coal Export Action 23″ will make an appearance in a municipal court in Helena, as a follow-up to last August’s peaceful civil disobedience at the Montana Capitol.  I’m one of those who … Continue reading

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Rick Bass on the Coal Export Action

Montana author and activist Rick Bass participated in the first day of civil disobedience at the Coal Export Action, and was arrested that evening with six other people.  We’re honored to be able to publish the below post, written by … Continue reading

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Monday, September 17th: Come to the Land Board’s Public Meeting!

The Montana State Land Board is scheduled to hold their next public meeting on Monday, September 17th, 9:00am at the Capitol.  As with other Land Board meetings, there will be several items on the agenda – not all related to … Continue reading

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Where We Stand Now

Wow.  It’s been quite a wild week and a half in Montana. On Monday, the last group of people arrested for civil disobedience during the Coal Export Action were arraigned in court and released, capping off eight days of action … Continue reading

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