"I think it's a very important story that needs to be told," Ray said. "I hope it gets a wide distribution so that everyone can see it."
The detrimental health effects attributed to mountaintop-removal mining for coalfield residents that were shown in the film moved Joan Steven of Charleston.
"It touched my soul," Steven said, "and I am blessed by the grace of God not to be living in Southern West Virginia."
Kennedy said the movie was made to educate the world on how a few coal companies are polluting West Virginia and harming its citizens.
"Mountaintop-removal mining is destroying the wealth of West Virginia, it's destroying jobs, it's destroying its prosperity," Kennedy said. "Instead, it's enriching a few CEOs who will make tens of millions of dollars. . . . They are subverting democracy in the state and corrupting politicians and the judiciary, and they are destroying transparency in government."
Kennedy said he would speak Saturday at the march's conclusion near the Boone-Logan county line.
He said his son, John Conor Kennedy, has been marching the entire week and his niece, Summer Kennedy, had been participating for two days. He said both of them intend to be arrested, if need be, for their causes.
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