40 days for the Children (Day 3)

Hello BlueNC friends,
I wanted to let yall know about something that the App Voices blog is covering. Its one of the most important things that have happened in the mountains in a long time.

I did a DKos post on it here, and have posted the rest below...

(Crossposted at the Appalachian Voices' blog)

Things are swingin for Ed in the "serious backroadage" of West Virginia as he makes his trip from The WV capitol of Charleston to Washington DC.

Visit our friends at Pennies of Promise to learn more about Ed and why any grandfather would walk 455 miles in the heat of summer so that his grandkids can have a safe place to go to school!

Please, everyone help get Grandpa Ed some attention by RECOMMENDING his story. His granddaughter, along with dozens of others, is sick from a coal silo less than 300 feet from their school, which sits directly below a 2.8 billion gallon sludge dam. They have been ignored for 2 years, now this grandfather is walking 455 miles in the heat of summer so that his granddaughter can have a safe place to go to school. Learn more at Appalachian Voices and Pennies of Promise

Here's the word from the road... Pass it on!

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Following a excellent night 2 stay at Vivian Stockman's house we went into cell phone range to await the 10:30 radio interview. Ed knows and understands the importance of these interviews for getting the message out, but he was visibly upset and quite antsy not to be pounding the pavement ever second of every day. As we keep saying - THE MAN IS A MACHINE.

He then did his radio with Hoppy and the Metronews Networks which will be broadcast all over WV. Hoppy and Metronews have a very Blankenship friendly reputation, and Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has come on the program several times himself. Unphased, Ed Wiley was an absolute smash. Hoppy asked Ed some questions which were clearly intended to challenge him and to support the Massey framing. Ed was relentlessly on message, and never in need of a lifeline, as he kept reminding Hoppy that this was for the children, for the children, FOR THE CHILDREN! Ed absolutely continues to awe and impress those who hear or see him in person or in the media.

Despite a late start, Ed still managed to march 16 miles in temperatures that never reached 90, but remained a much more bearable 89 degrees Farenheit.
The kindness and the donations have kept the trip going thus far, but Austin(App Voices field organizer) and Jordan (filmographer) are still working to drum up support in upcoming towns. Your generosity and support is CRUCIAL to the success of this mission. So, a few things...

1) $MONEY$ - This is for the health of the children. I pledged .05/mile to keep Ed going and to help give hope to these kids future, and YOU SHOULD TO!

2) Housing - Do you or someone you know live within an hour ofEd's route? PLEASE HELP PUT ED UP. Roadside housing is the most sustainable way to keep this trip alive! Plus, hes a great guy! :)

3) CALL GOVERNOR MANCHIN! Call him toll-free: 1-888-438-2731 or 1-304-558-600 e-mail: Governor@WVGov.org
Tell Governor Manchin's office that you support Ed Wiley and the building of a NEW, LOCAL, and SAFE Marsh Fork Elementary School!

Let me stress #3. Governor Manchin's secretary, just yesterday, asked for the contact info of folks calling. Could it be that Governor Manchin, after 2 years of inaction, will have the gumption to call Ed Wiley on his walk to the nation's capitol?

7AM wake-up this morning, and a few minor flag adjustments (so people won't have to crook their necks to read it - according to Ed) and he's on his way to Frametown, WV!

In the next few days, Ed's route will be through...

Frametown

Sutton

And then...

Falls Mill

Rock Cave

Buckhannon

Ellamore

Elkins

As I said, if you think that children deserve a safe place to go to school, please recommend this diary, then visit Appalachian Voices and Pennies of Promise to learn more about how you can support Ed Wiley over these next few weeks.

Comments

I believe ...

children deserve a safe place to go to school. Recommended. Hoping for cool temps for Grandpa Ed on his journey.

Thanks for this post and the links. All politics is local. I think somebody famous said that once. ;)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

When I think about the world

we're leaving for our kids, it just about breaks my heart. Thanks for posting this ... and for all you're doing.

Recommended.

Cruised around AppVoices site

I'm feeling a little nauseous after looking at the pictures of coal mining mountain top removal. Makes my heart sick with grief to see that. I also found the following article post. Have y'all folks from western NC heard about this timber sale?

Proposed Cutting and Selling of National Forest, Use of Chemical Poisons, and Daylighting Roads Adjacent to Blowing Rock, N.C.

On June 30, 2006, the U.S. Forest Service released an environmental assessment that calls for the cutting and selling of hundreds of acres of the Pisgah National Forest along Thunderhole Creek and Big Ridge which lie adjacent to the town of Blowing Rock. The area is used by many local residents for hiking, camping, jogging and other outdoor activities.

Larry Kissell's BBQ and bluegrass in Raleigh was fun! Met a few blueNC bloggers. 'Ola!! How did things go at Heath's shindig? We gotta get these guys elected so they can put a stop to this mountain top removal fubar crap and National Forest old growth cutting madness. This kind of stupid deliberate destruction of God's good earth just makes my ears go red. I'm so steamed right now I could chew nails. I need to calm down. Where's that dang bottle of wine I opened last night?

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I have the picture to prove we were there!

It was great to meet you. It was fun. WFC and I drove with the top down allll the way home. I felt a little like Thelma and Louise. ;)

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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Same here, SD!

It was so great to meet all the blueNC folks who made it out tonight! What a great group! And there were a bunch of young'uns (young adults) at a table next to my Johnston table. My sources overheard some of the conversations and they were all bloggers, too, but I didn't get any intel on where they blog, maybe a college site?

It was so great to meet Larry Kissell. Wow. What an amazing Congressman he'll make. NC-08 will be so lucky to get him.

I was gonna ask if y'all flew home at warp speed, but then I looked at the clock and realized what time it was. It's been a great day. Time to turn it in for the night. Kings Dominion tomorrow!! I love rollercoasters!!

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I went on a roller coaster

with my son, neice, and nephew last week - I wasn't the same for two days.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Hey Leslie!

Sorry to take so long to get back to you. I've just got back from vacation, and have been busy with Ed stuff at every place with wireless internet between my mountains and Arizona (aka...only Austin TX).

So I've been a little slow. I have seen the Blowing Rock timber sale, but havent covered it in depth. WataugaWatch probably has been though.
HOpe all is well :)
peace,
jw