Remembering Judy Bonds on Her 65th Birthday

Aug 27, 2017

Julia “Judy” Bonds would have been celebrating her 65th birthday today. A model of tenacity and courage, she inspired the thousands who heard her speak and those of us who knew her and worked with her. She fought for her community against mountaintop removal until cancer took her from us in January, 2011. Judy urged us to “Fight harder. Fight harder and finish them off.” If you are able to help support Coal River Mountain Watch in that fight, including maintaining the Judy Bonds Center for Appalachian Preservation, we would appreciate it. You can do so at, at our Facebook page at, or through the mail at CRMW, P.O. Box 303, Naoma, WV 25140. Here are some videos so you can hear her yourself. Thank you.  Click on the following links to see the videos.

Judy Bonds memorial video:

Remember Judy Bonds:

Excerpts from "On Coal River":

Judy Bonds at PowerShift 2007:

Judy Bonds' speech at the 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize awards ceremony: