What are you doing for Labor Day? Sponsoring a rally to cheer for blowing off the tops of mountains and destroying one of the world’s most important biologically diverse areas? If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, you may not know it, but you are.
Verizon Wireless is cosponsoring a Labor Day rally dubbed “Friends of America,” backed by the fourth largest producer of coal in the United States: Massey Energy. The rally supports dangerous mountaintop-removal coal mining, hosts a speaker who denies global warming is happening, and is aggressively anti-union.
Mountaintop removal has already destroyed more than 1.5 million acres of hardwood forest and 1,200 miles of streams in Appalachia — the region that boasts the world's highest diversity of salamanders, crayfishes, and freshwater mussels.
Verizon Wireless should not support this destructive mining practice or continue to ignore the fact that greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants are the largest single contributor to our current climate crisis.
Send an email right now to Lowell McAdam, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, and demand Verizon withdraw sponsorship immediately of next week’s “Friends of America” climate change-denying, anti-union rally. Insist the company explain its support for the ludicrously destructive practice of mountaintop removal.
If you want to do even more, make a phone call now to Verizon headquarters in New Jersey and speak to Verizon Wireless president and CEO Lowell McAdams at (908) 559-2000. If you are a current Verizon customer, make sure to mention that.
Verizon’s 87 million customers — all of us sharing planet earth — deserve better. Urgent action is needed before the Labor Day rally on September 7. Email and call today.
(If you have a cell phone plan with Verizon, please edit the letter to include this at the top. "As a Verizon Wireless customer..." As a current customer, you have extra power to demand Verizon withdraw support for the rally.)