Update: David has said that he’s doing okay with reading material in jail, and he’s asked that anyone else who was considering sending books his way donate to Dineh relocation resisters on Black Mesa in Arizona instead. See the link on the right to learn more or donate. Thanks!
David Baghdadi is spending this holiday season behind bars for his action to cut off the stream of money that banks invest in mining companies. enabling them to create the huge, capital-intensive surface mines that destroy the mountains of Appalachia.
Because he refused to pay restitution, David is having to serve 31 days in Bridgeport Correctional Center. Over a year ago, David was part of an affinity group that hung a banner from a crane telling the nearby UBS headquarters to “stop funding mountaintop removal” as part of the Hands off Appalachia Campaign. This disposition comes after David has been summoned to court in Stamford 11 times to be jerked around by the Connecticut Judicial System.
We all know what a good “comrade” Baghdadi is, and now it’s our turn to support him while he’s in Jail from Hanukkah through late January.
If you want to write to David, address letters to:
David Baghdadi, #400485
Bridgeport Correctional Center
1106 North Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
David during his time in jail, we’ll need funding for his legal support, phone calls, and travel costs. Can you donate to David’s legal fund during this holiday season? http://bit.ly/donateHOA. If you want to do something for David directly, you can send him books to read! Just make sure they’re sent straight from Amazon or a similar book distributor and are new and paperback. You can also find more information about how to support David at http://www.prisonprofiler.com/content/Bridgeport-Correctional-Center-Connecticut or contact the RAMPS campaign via our facebook page. Thanks, everyone!
RAMPS and Keepers of the Mountains are hosting the 9th annual Mountain Justice Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain, October 24th-26th.
Join us for a weekend of workshops, discussions, storytelling and music as we celebrate the changing of the leaves at the beautiful Stanley Heirs Park on the edge of destruction. Register Now!
For this year’s fall summit we’re gathering a diverse group of folks, including local community members, Appalachian organizers, and college students, to create an inter-sectional gathering to discuss the many issues affecting our communities more holistically: covering issues including Mountaintop Removal, Fracking, Water, Health, Drug Addiction, Jails and Prisons, Colonization, Local Plants, Military Industrial Complex, Direct Action, Community Organizing, Disaster Response and much more.
Can’t wait to see you on Kayford!
Updates: Friday – All 5 folks have been released from jail on the own personal recognizance. 3:30 PM – The five activists arrested have been set a $1,500 bail each. They are all scheduled for arraignments in the morning, where charges will be made official and bail may be reset. 10:15 AM – Five […]
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As our voice shakes with sadness, love and rage; We share with you the genuine words that Ken Ward Jr. wrote for the Charleston Gazette. “The news started spreading this weekend, and was confirmed by a short obituary […]
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 […]