By: Lee McClenon
Last friday, students from Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swartmore participated in a 24 hour fast in solidarity with people in Appalachia who are resisting mountaintop removal coal mining. Below is the memo that they wrote about their fast with the Earth Quaker Action Team of Philadelphia.
Nine Tri-College students from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore are fasting as part of EQATs 40-day fast. Today, we unite separate campaigns at individual schools together under the message of environmental justice.
Many of us have visited Appalachia. Community members told us about the destruction of their homes, health and livelihoods due to practices of mountain top removal coal mining. We fast today in support of and in solidarity with our friends in Appalachia who live in resistance to the power of fossil fuel corporations.
To us, solidarity means recognizing that we have so much to learn from each other, and that we are standing shoulder to shoulder in working with one another. In addition to wanting to show solidarity with the people of Appalachia and with the work of the Earth Quaker Action Team, today our three schools are working in solidarity with each other. Our colleges all have Quaker roots and a stated commitment to Quaker values of social justice and equality. We believe that students from our schools must unite together to hold our schools accountable to that commitment. Our campaigns are working to build student power in order to create a more livable future.
As we prepare to break our fast at 5pm over dinner, we are celebrating our work so far and our continued collaborations, and are steadfast in our belief that our intersecting and allied campaigns will be successful in creating lasting change.