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Judy Bonds – In memoriam

January 4, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Julia “Judy” Bonds, a charismatic and tireless leader in the fight against mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.

Judy won the Goldman Prize in 2003 and will be remembered as one of the most important grassroots leaders speaking out against destructive mining practices. She worked closely with the Goldman Prize following her award as a nominator and partner, helping to support other recipients. It was an honor to work with her. Judy passed away on January 3, 2011 at the age of 58 after a battle with cancer.

Photo: Jo Syz Photography

“Responsible citizens must step forward, not just to point the way, but to lead the way to a better world.” – Judy Bonds

Judy Bonds from On Coal River on Vimeo.

Remembering Judy Bonds [Coal River Mountain Watch] Thousands Pay Tribute to Judy Bonds – [Huffington Post] Julia ‘Judy’ Bonds, 58, dies; outspoken foe of mountaintop strip mining – [Washington Post]

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