|Posted by The Shadow on July 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM|
Below is a write up from our most recent demonstration in Pikeville and Prestonsburg Kentucky.
On Saturday morning around 9:20 we arrived in Pikeville Kentucky, a coal town of about 6900 people. There were seven of us there- 5 from Kentucky, one gentleman from Tennessee, and one gentleman from Virginia. Unfortunately, this being the League’s first demonstration in the Appalachian Mountains, we didn’t take into account that the weather could be cold and rainy- which it was. After a brief stop at a department store to grab some ponchos and umbrellas, we hit the streets with our signs that read ‘Support Kentucky Coal Miners’ and ‘Feds Out of Kentucky’ Due to the rain, there was not as much traffic as we had anticipated- none the less, the people that were out there and saw our message seemed to like us very much. We received numerous honks, waves, and thumbs up from the people of Pikeville. Some even took some Free Magnolias with them. Before the demonstration ended, some of our activists ran across the street to a local produce shop and bough Ale8s (Kentucky soft drink) for everyone, and the store owner, seeing that we were having a pro-coal demonstration, took a stack of Free Magnolias to distribute in his store.
On our way out of town, we noticed a small group of people standing on a bridge above an overpass holding signs and flags. We later found out they were having an anti- amnesty rally. While we did not get to stop and show our support, we certainly do support the citizens of Pikeville and Pike County who do not want to be replaced by third world immigrants.
We drove about 25 minutes west to another small mountain town, Prestonsburg, whose population is about 3300 people. By the time we got there, the rain was long gone, it had warmed up outside, and more people were outside. We occupied a busy intersection in the middle of town. With the exception of one man, who drove by several times and blocked traffic by stopping in the middle of the intersection to try to argue and belittle us, we received an overwhelming positive response from the people of Prestonsburg. It seems we wouldn’t go 5 seconds without hearing or seeing a honk, thumbs up, or wave. We distributed hundreds of Free Magnolias to the public, and we even received a couple of small donations. We struck up conversations with those who were walking by on the sidewalks, including one young lady who told us she had been arrested 4 times for standing with her friends, family, and neighbors for trying to prevent coal mines in Perry County and surrounding areas from being shut down. She told us that she had been working on coming up with ideas for more jobs and energy sources for Eastern Kentucky since the attacks on coal, but had never thought about the option of secession- an option that seemed to appeal more and more to her the more we talked about it. She, like the rest of Prestonsburg and Floyd County, was very appreciative of our presence there. All in all, our first demonstration in Appalachia was an absolute success. We will be having more pro-coal demonstrations in the future, so be sure to keep listening for our next event!