In St. Louis, Missouri, at least 10 people were arrested protesting against Peabody Coal at its annual shareholder meeting. Activists had purchased shares of Peabody in order to voice opposition to its practices, but they were denied access to the meeting room with executives. Navajo activist Marshall Johnson addressed protesters outside the meeting.
Marshall Johnson: “What we’re facing back home on Black Mesa, Northeast Arizona, they’re using our pristine groundwater, sandstone aquifers, for their industrial uses for over 40 years. It’s depleted, it’s depressurizing our springs, our natural way of livelihood that provided for our cornfields, for our animals. Their way of development, of civilization, is all for profits, and yet it is our way of life that we have to subsidize. Basically we’re their welfare.”
The protest comes less than a week after seven students at Washington University in St. Louis were arrested following a 17-day sit-in against Peabody Energy CEO Greg Boyce, who sits on the school’s board of trustees. This week Stanford University agreed to purge its $18.7 billion endowment of coal investments following a student-led campaign.