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Coal industry planning big Labor Day event

This just in from the folks at Massey Energy:

*Working Families to Hold “Friends of America” Rally*

*Featured Guests to Include Sean Hannity, Ted Nugent, and Hank Williams Jr.* *Free Labor Day Festival to Support American Jobs*

A coalition of local employers, associations, and elected officials will
honor American working families with a free Labor Day “Friends of
America” concert and rally near Holden, West Virginia.

“Now more than ever, it is the time for working people and businesses to
join together and speak up about the economic damage caused by an
overreaching government. For our communities to grow and prosper, our
people need freedom,” said Art Kirkendoll, president of the Logan County
Commission. “The Friends of America rally is about standing up for our
freedoms, our families and the American way of life.” **

The rally will feature nationally-recognized musical entertainers and
speakers. Featured speakers include Sean Hannity, a
nationally-syndicated radio host and Fox television host, and Lord
Christopher Monckton, a former science adviser to former British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher. Featured entertainers include country music
legend Hank Williams Jr., Halfway to Hazard, Taylor Made and others.
American icon Ted Nugent will emcee the event.

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“America’s working families are under attack from several fronts.
America’s job providers and American workers must rally together and let
our voices be heard,” said Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy and
lead organizer of the Friends of America Rally. “We are proud to provide
Central Appalachia with good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced, and
we will continue to fight to make sure they aren’t taxed or regulated
out of existence.”

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“Keeping jobs in America has to be the top priority for our leaders in
Washington. American job providers and workers need to join together to
ensure we can continue to provide for our families. This rally is being
held to let Washington know that we support policies that support
American jobs,” said Ruth Lemmon, President of the WV Automobile & Truck
Dealers Association, one of the many state organizations supporting the

“We are glad to support the Friends of America rally. It’s a perfect
opportunity to honor the contribution hard working Americans make to our
economy, our communities and our country, and to let those people have a
voice in the public debate that affects them so deeply,” said Ben
Hatfield, CEO of International Coal Group. “We are proud to stand with
the men and women that fuel American industry, create American jobs and
grow the American economy.”

“Our responsibility to the people of Southern West Virginia is to
protect jobs not only here in West Virginia but America as well, being
the son and grandson of West Virginia coal miners, we must keep these
jobs from being regulated out of existence by policies that would harm
working families,” added John Hubbard, president of the Mingo County

“Friends of America” rally will be held on Monday, September 7, 2009,
from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will be free and open to the
public. You must register online for your free guest pass.

To register for your guest pass and for more information visit the
Friends of America Rally online.