Mountaintop Removal will be the subject of the event, which is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to share music, poems, essays and other commentary about mountains, eastern Kentucky and mountaintop removal. In addition, Kentuckians Erik Reece, author of “Lost Mountain,” and local poet Ron Whitehead will contribute their voices to the evening, as will some eastern Kentucky residents who are directly affected by mountaintop removal.
The event begins with a short film, produced by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, explaining mountaintop removal’s effect on the Appalachian Mountains and eastern Kentucky.
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a multi-issue, statewide, grassroots, social justice organization. For 27-years KFTC has fought to protect land and people from abuses of the coal industry, including mountaintop removal mining, a technique by which coal companies blast off the tops of mountains, fill in valleys and bury streams with mining waste, then extract the exposed coal seam.
In conjunction with the open mic, there is a display of photographs by Don Ament showing the effect of mountaintop removal in Kentucky. The photographs are on display now through Jan. 14.
In addition, all Heine Brothers’ locations will donate 5 percent of all sales of its Mountain Dream coffee beans sold now through Jan. 14 to Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.