10:00 a.m. Two members lead a rousing Pledge of Allegiance, which they conclude with, "God Bless the union." Steve Earle thanks the protesters for their long travels to be here. "Today, the time has come to challenge a great injustice," he offers. He condemns the machinations of the coal companies as "a fraudulent bankruptcy scheme."
"Today we march for what was promised -- nothing more, nothing less. Until this great wrong is made right, we will not be silenced. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of God Almighty."