This film tells the story of a small group of ordinary citizens trying to stop big coal corporations from continuing the practice of mountaintop removal mining. The mining and burning of coal is at the center of America’s struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns.
Crystal Gartner, organizer for the Sierra Club, will introduce the film and explain the coal issue in a local context.
Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.