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Charleston WV to DC Walk: Pennies Of Promise

September 13, 2006
Photos by Vivian Stockman

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Ed Delivers on His Promise

On a sweltering mid-summer morning, grandfather Ed Wiley set out from Charleston, W.Va. for a walk.  43 days and 455 miles later, he arrived in Washington DC, along with an entourage of hundreds of supporters and hordes of media. Ed met Senator Byrd and other WV Congressional Reps. He capped off his walk with a press conference at the Cannon Office Building on Capitol Hill, where featured speakers included Representative Christopher Pallone, Mary Anne Hitt of Appalachian Voices and Teri Blanton of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.  All speakers spoke passionately about the need to and mountaintop removal and called for passage of the Clean Water Protection Act.

While walking to DC, Wiley--representing the Pennies of Promise campaign --raised awareness about the situation at Marsh Fork Elementary, in Sundial, W.Va., where his granddaughter is a student. Ed also raised funds for a new school in the kids' own community while calling out Gov. Joe Manchin for his inaction on ensuring the school kids' safety. 

There's more funds to be raised, more agitating to do--so please stay tuned and please help spread the word!

Here are some pictures from Ed's arrival in DC.

The night before the final leg of the walk into DC, Ed was treated to a party. The cake marks his miles, his days on the road and features a penny with his likeness, complete with his camo baseball cap.  Thanks for the cake and all the incredible hospitality, Ann!
The night before the final leg of the walk into DC, Ed was treated to a party. The cake marks his miles, his days on the road and features a penny with his likeness, complete with his camo baseball cap.  Thanks for the cake and all the incredible hospitality, Ann!

The morning of Ed's walk into DC, supporters prepare signs for the march.
The morning of Ed's walk into DC, supporters prepare signs for the march.

Pennies of Promise campaigners join the walk into DC.
Pennies of Promise campaigners join the walk into DC.

Mission Accomplished: A signed we passed along the way.
A signed we passed along the way.

Ed approaches Capitol Hill.
Ed approaches Capitol Hill.

The press mob Ed even before the press conference begins.
The press mob Ed even before the press conference begins.

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