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29 Miners and Massey’s Coal Crimes

Katrina vanden Heuvel

The Nation

June 26, 2011

It was Easter Weekend 2010 when 33-year-old Gary Quarles—a skilled miner with 14 years experience and a father of two— and an “up and coming” miner, Nicolas McCroskey, 26, were having dinner with a friend. They said that “something bad was going to happen” at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine where they worked.

That Sunday, Quarles also confided in a close friend he’d known since childhood.

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Perspectives: How to Stop Pay-to-Play Politics

by Shreya Barot, American Sustainable Business Council

The American democratic principles of “government of the people, by the people, for the people” are now being endangered by an overreaching Supreme Court ruling – Citizens United v. FEC. The Story of Citizens United, by the famous maker of The Story of Stuff, illustrates beautifully how the ruling enables corporations to spend unlimited money on public elections.

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Attorney General, Delaware Courts Asked to Revoke Massey Energy’s Corporate Charter

ATTORNEY GENERAL, DELAWARE COURTS ASKED TO REVOKE MASSEY ENERGY’S CORPORATE CHARTER LETTER TO DELAWARE ATTORNEY GENERAL BEAU BIDEN FOLLOWS THE RELEASE OF INDEPENDENT REPORT ON THE UPPER BIG BRANCH MINE DISASTER FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE AND APPALACHIAN VOICES CITE REPORT FOR DESCRIBING ‘A SHOCKING CORPORATE CULTURE OF ILLEGALITY’ WILMINGTON, DELAWARE — In the wake of
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Give Us Our Law Back: Montana Fights to Stop Corporate Corruption

For nearly 100 years, Montana law prohibited corporate money in politics. Then came the Citizens United decision.

by Gwen Stowe, Jeff Clements
posted May 24, 2011

In Montana, corporations claim that the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission overturned a century-old anti-corruption law. Now state residents are fighting, all over again, to take their democracy back from corporations.

100 Years of Regulation, Gone

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Amendment Resolution Passed in Williamstown

At a town meeting held in Williamstown, MA, on May 17, residents voted to pass a resolution calling upon Congress to adopt a Constitutional Amendment to regulate the expenditure of funds for political speech by any corporate entity, and to restore the First Amendment to the people. These resolutions will be sent to state and federal lawmakers in order to ask for their leadership and immediate action on this issue.

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