Actor Martin Pfefferkorn as energy genius Nikola Tesla. Click image to see slide show.
On Thursday, July 15, 2010 the 15th Street Friends Meeting House hosted an evening of entertainment and action to support the March on Washington (September 25 - 27) to end mountaintop removal and strip mining in Appalachia. The Arts Committee helped to secure the space, and provided technical support. Appalachia Risingis organizing the March. Titled "We All Sing Glory to the Mountains," the event featured a sermon and song by Reverend Billy and the Church of Life After Shopping Choir; music by banjo player Morgan O'Kane and vocalists Mimi Bessette and Helen Russell from *Woody Guthrie's American Song*; and theatrical performance by actor Martin Pfefferkorn, as energy genius Nikola Tesla.
After the show, the audience had the opportunity to take three different actions in support of ending mountaintop removal:
Signing a divestment letter asking New York Common Retirement Fund to divest from Massey Energy
Author and activist Sarah Moonmoderated the evening, sharing the mission of Appalachia Rising: to awaken all Americans to their connection to this slash-and-bomb practice that is destroying the oldest mountain range in America.