The speech started around 6pm and Kennedy spoke for about an hour and then spent a long time answering questions from the audience.
“He did a good job connecting environmental destruction and pollution as criminal acts. If you pollute the air and child gets asthma it should be considered child abuse. If you pollute the water and people get sick, it should be considered human rights abuse. It’s a pretty simple statement, but it’s not being done.”
"Kennedy is a man who speaks truth to power. He doesn't pull any punches. I really respect how he truly uses his voice in our society to speak for the land and the people who usually aren't heard. It's inspiring to see a man with such speaking power who doesn't just use it for himself."
“Mr. Kennedy’s visit was a great moral booster. Good to know that there are people who care about what’s happening here and aren’t ready to sacrifice the people and the region for coal.”
“I was glad to here Kennedy address the issue of jobs in the area and how it’s the government’s responsibility to provide transitional funds for families who depend on surface mining for a living when mountaintop removal is phased out.”
"Thanks Mr. Kennedy for telling it like it is and not leaving anyone out.
He really hit home when he says a journalist isn't supposed to write about sides, its about the truth and not a balanced story."
Preparing food before the speech.
The parking lot filled up quickly. Bobby was in charge of organizing the cars.
Gathering in front of the church before the speech.
Debbie Wiley gave the introduction.
Kennedy speaking...he got some good shouts and hollers from the community!
Thank you, Bobby!
A link to an article about Kennedy's book "Crimes Against Nature"