Chop Hair, Not Mountaintops
On Memorial Day, West Virginia women shaved their heads on the steps of the state capitol in a call to end mountaintop removal mining. Today, a crowd cheered as more women (and several men) joined the call and and sheared off their hair on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
As Appalachia Rising explains, "In Appalachia, a woman's hair is her adornment, and in the native American community, women would sometimes shave their heads as a sign of mourning." The cultural significance of women's hair makes head-shaving a meaningful sacrifice. It was one that the participants were glad to make in exchange for some national attention to the ongoing destruction of mountains, streams, and communities through mountaintop removal. As one of the shorn activists said today,"My hair's gonna grow back, but the mountains won't."
You don't have to shave your head to take a stand against mountaintop removal. This week, hundreds of volunteers from across Appalachia are in Washington, DC asking Congress to pass the Clean Water Protection Act, which would effectively end mountaintop removal. Back them up by calling your U.S. Representative and urging him or her to support the bill.
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