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Request for Direct On-land Support from Dineh Families

In this last month, Dineh families have gotten letters and visits from government authorities threatening livestock impoundments and herd reductions. 

For four decades these communities have fought to stop the U.S government and Peabody Energy Company's exploitation of their homelands and communities. Today families remain, steadfastly resisting the mine, colonialism, and forced relocation. 

Dineh families are requesting direct on-land support.  You are being invited to the resistance communities' lands and homes.  People are asking for support in maintaining their herds. Your presence as a human rights observer can help deter impoundments.

Celebrate Kanawha State Forest and deliver our petition to Governor Tomblin
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Honoring the Waters ceremony and candlelight vigil in Charleston, WV.
More video from Honoring the Waters and Candle Light Vigil - Maya Nye speaks
Alpha Headquarters Blockade
In Alpha Natural Resources Headquarters in Bristol, Virginia

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Alpha Poised to Wipe Out Coal River Mountain

posted by squirrel, Sunday, July 6th, 2014
 
Eagle seam strip zoom

Proposed mining above Rock Creek

Two weeks ago, Mountain Justice and RAMPS visited Alpha Natural  Resources’  main headquarters in Bristol, VA, to let the company know that we’re very aware of the rash of new permits to mine Coal River Mountain inside and out. By the time those blockading the headquarters had been cut out and the banner-hanger had been retrieved from the front flagpole with a firetruck ladder, 8 of those taking a stand against Alpha had been arrested. All those arrested served some time in jail, and some chose to delay getting bailed out to serve some of their time, with the last person to be bailed out spending two weeks in jail. Bail for the group totaled $35,000.

We’re glad to have everyone out of jail, but this action was the beginning of this chapter of the fight for this mountain, not the end of it. Marfork Coal, a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, has obtained new permits to mine 1,000 acres of the Eastern Side of the Mountain. This expands upon the already-permitted 3,000 acres in the Eagle 2 permit and the Beetree permit, which would mine the peak, western, and northern sides of the mountain. In addition, proposals have just been revealed for Alpha to destroy 2,000 acres of the southern side of the mountain near Rock Creek and Lower Sandlick.  
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8 in Jail After Alpha Headquarters Blockade and Banner Hang

posted by squirrel, Monday, June 23rd, 2014
 

All of our friends arrested in the Alpha headquarters action were arraigned in front of a judge this morning after spending the weekend in Jail. While none of them can be released from jail until their bail is set, only some of them will get bail hearings this afternoon. If enough donations are made to the legal defense fund, we may be able to get some of them out of jail today or tomorrow!  While it’s looking like half or more of our friends won’t be able to get a hearing today, we hope to raise money in the interim so that we’re able to make bail as soon as it is set.

2014-06-20 06.24.34Over the past decade, the Mountain Justice Legal Defense Fund has made it possible for countless people to risk arrest in actions and for our movement to bail those arrested out when they needed it. Donations to the legal defense fund are usually used not just once, but again and again as court cases are resolved and those funds return. In other words, one donation can help action after action over the years. Right now, our fund is critically low because many activists are still out on bail for other Mountain Justice actions that have happened this year.

If you can, please donate to the legal fund to make it possible to bail out the 8 people in jail now and to support our ongoing work.

Our friends who were arrested near Alpha’s headquarters thought a lot about the issue before taking action. Here are the statements that they made about why they are organizing against Alpha Natural Resources:


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  • The Surface Mine Board hearing is streaming live now.
    This is one more step in the fight to stop the KD#2 permit next to Kanawha state forest.



    DEP Surface Mine Board Hearing - August 11, 2014 Afternoon Session

    DEP Surface Mine Board Hearing regarding the appeal of Keystone Industries’ KD No. 2 mine permit continues.
  • Yesterday, hundreds came out to show their support for protecting Kanawha State Forest and our community from mountaintop removal.

    Today, we will delivered thousands of signatures to Governor Tomblin calling on him to revoke the KD#2 surface mine permit adjacent to Kanawha State Forest.

    Help us to amplify the impact of all those thousands of names by calling today and telling Governor Tomblin and DEP cabinet secretary Randy Huffman to immediately and permanently revoke the KD#2 surface mine permit.

    Governor Tomblin: (304) 558-2000
    Randy Huffman, DEP: (304) 926-0499



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    Governor Tomblin, we represent the thousands of local residents calling on you to immediately and permanently rescind the KD#2 surface mine permit!
  • Help us to amplify the impact of the thousands of names on the petition that we are delivering today by calling and asking Governor Tomblin and DEP cabinet secretary Randy Huffman to immediately and permanently revoke the KD#2 surface mine permit.


    Timeline Photos
    Yesterday, hundreds of people came out to the capitol to show their support for protecting Kanawha State Forest and our community from mountaintop removal mining. Today, we will deliver thousands of signatures to Governor Tomblin calling on him to revoke the KD#2 surface mine permit adjacent to Kanawha State Forest. Help us to amplify the impact of all those thousands of names by calling today and asking Governor Tomblin and DEP cabinet secretary Randy Huffman to immediately and permanently revoke the KD#2 surface mine permit. Governor Tomblin: (304) 558-2000 Randy Huffman, DEP: (304) 926-0499 If you've made these calls before, great! It's important to call again and keep the pressure on. Thanks everyone!
  • UPDATE FROM BRISTOL COURTHOUSE: The RAMPS and Mountain Justice activists that took part in a protest against Alpha Natural Resources in June appeared in court today. Currently, five people are serving up to 15 days in jail as part of a plea deal. Two other people received a continuance and their next court date is September 18th. All eight are charged with $3,500 in restitution. Go to http://bit.ly/RAMPS-legal to DONATE to the legal fund for these brave folks, or http://bit.ly/RAMPS-fund to support future actions and the ongoing campaign against mountaintop removal.


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