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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 Message from Rick Bass

Rick Bass, one of Montana’s best known environmental writers,  was arrested at last year’s sit-in at the State Capitol, the first large scale civil disobedience against coal exports in Montana.  Below, Rick explains why stopping the Otter Creek Mine is … 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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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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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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Nov. 14 Court Hearing Coverage

From ”Coal protesters seek jury trial” by Sanjay Talwani at the Helena Independent Record:  A group of people charged with trespassing in August during protests related to coal development filled a Helena courtroom Wednesday afternoon, asking a judge for jury trials … 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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We Made History in Montana

This week, the Coal Export Action made history in Montana.  Over the course of a week, 23 activists were arrested, in a sustained act of civil disobedience aimed at drawing attention to the deadly impacts of coal exports, and raising … Continue reading

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Breaking: Land Board Flees from Public Scrutiny, Coal Export Action More Important than Ever

When making decisions that affect thousands of constituents, public officials have a responsibility not only to be transparent, but to listen to and actively encourage public input.  This week the Montana Land Board failed in this responsibility, casting doubt on … Continue reading

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