In observance of our nation's Independence Day, See Jane Do explores what the land of the free means to everyday women and shares the stories of women who are "taking planet earth off the market" by speaking up and taking on "the big guys" in their communities.
In observance of our nation's Independence Day, See Jane Do explores what the land of the free means to everyday women.
For Maria Gunnoe, Judy Bonds, Lydia Olympic, and Virginia Brunini it means free from environmental destruction, harmful toxins, and corporate greed. They are "taking planet earth off the market" by speaking up and taking on "the big guys" in their communities.
West Virginian Maria Gunnoe Maria Gunnoe recently won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her work. Gunnoe's home has flooded several times since coal-mining companies built two toxic-waste ponds above the Boone County property.
The mine waste has poisoned her well and drinking water. Incited to take action, she has organized community members and worked successfully for the closure of several mines and for tighter regulations on those that remain open.
Julia "Judy" Bonds is the co-director for Coal River Mountain Watch. She is a coal miner's daughter, granddaughter. She is an Appalachian American and her family has lived in the Coal River Valley in West Virginia for 10 generations.
Judy has been fighting for social and environmental justice for Appalachian coalfields since 1998. In 2003 she won the coveted Goldman Environmental Prize. Since winning the award Julia and others at Coal River Mountain Watch have embarked on a road show to educate America about the clean water act and to educate and motivate Americans about where their electricity comes from and who pays the true price.
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