2016 was an eventful year for us– from setting down roots in the Coal River Valley to supporting the ongoing resistance at Standing Rock. Here’s a quick update on where we’ve been in 2016 and where we hope to go this year:
The RAMPS Campaign House
Thanks to your generous support, last winter we purchased a large house in Whitesville and, after months of labor, we moved in this past spring. Now we are working to transform our home into a radical community space in the heart of coal country. Come visit or (even better!) volunteer with us! Thanks to this investment in the future of the Coal River Valley, we have plenty of room to support short or long-term volunteers.
Building Power in the Coal River Valley and Southern WV
In addition to our new house, we strengthened our ties to the Coal River Valley through community projects. This past year, we started a community garden in Whitesville. We’ve started small but are planning to grow in the spring. We have hosted several community events- including a herbal health clinic in Whitesville and our annual Fall Summit up on Kayford Mountain. We have also continued to address the ongoing water crisis in West Virginia by providing support to communities with no access to clean water in Prenter and on top of Kayford Mountain.
Through our work with the Kanawha Forest Coalition, our disaster relief work in the Elk River Valley and our prisoner support and advocacy work, we’ve supported grassroots work outside the Coal River Valley in southern WV as well. A huge shout-out to friends and allies with the KFC, whose tireless efforts opposing the KD#2 mine led to the state withdrawing their mining permit. And another shout-out to the Roush family who worked so hard to support and help their neighbors rebuild their community in the wake of the devastating floods in southern WV this past summer!
Commitment to Indigenous Liberation Struggles
This past summer and through the fall and winter, RAMPS members supported direct action against the DAPL pipeline in support of the Indigenous resistance at Standing Rock. Despite the bitter cold and the police brutality, warriors remain encamped at Standing Rock to oppose construction of the pipeline and reclaim treaty land. RAMPS members continue to support this resistance as it evolves.
As we enter a new chapter in 2017, our commitment to building power in West Virginia and beyond feels more important than ever. Recent events (including the rise of Trump) have only confirmed our belief that resistance and liberation must be found in the streets, the hollows, and the prairies- a belief that increasingly means risking bogus felony charges, as RAMPS members are facing in DC and ND.
We cannot continue to do this work without your continued support!
Feel free to get in touch, come visit, or donate to support our work!
For the land and people, #PunchANazi,
Happy fall from the Coal River Valley! Here’s a quick update on what we’ve been up to, and some of what we’re doing next.
Since August, RAMPS members and friends have been supporting the native water protectors at Standing Rock in their fight to protect water and sacred lands from the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. We’ve mostly been involved at Red Warrior Camp, created to facilitate direct action against the pipeline. It’s an intense fight, and represents a crucial moment for the broader struggles for climate justice and indigenous sovereignty, and a test of movement strength and solidarity.
We’re about to send another crew with a truck full of construction tools, a big army tent, medical supplies, and — if we can afford it! — a big generator. You can read more at our fundraiser page. We’ve already raised more than half of our goal! Can you make a donation today, so we can help water protectors dig in for the winter and defeat the pipeline?
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RAMPS is excited to be co-hosting a FREE herbal health clinic in Whitesville during the week of Sept. 12-16, 2016. ALL ARE WELCOME! Please drop at any time during open hours, or contact us to make an appointment: 304-854-2621 HOURS of the Whitesville Herbal Health Clinic: Tuesday Sept 13th from 10am-3pm Wednesday Sept 14th from […]
A BIG WIN AGAINST KING COAL: We shut down a mine permanently! Middlelick Mountain will remain mostly unmined, thanks to Kanawha Forest Coalition & RAMPS WE WON! It’s rare to get to say this, but it’s true: after more than 2 years of campaigning and pressuring by the Kanawha Forest Coalition, the KD#2 mountaintop removal strip mine in […]
WV NEEDS FLOOD RELIEF VOLUNTEERS! If you want to come down and volunteer, we can help you make it happen! It’s been over 6 weeks since severe flooding hit a large part of West Virginia. We’ve been volunteering in Clendenin, Elkview, and Clay County, working with the Roush family, who are from Clendenin and who have been tirelessly […]
Over two weeks after the floods that devastated parts of West Virginia, there is unfortunately still endless work to be done. Filling in the large gaps left by the official disaster response agencies, many communities and volunteer organizations are organizing to support those affected. RAMPS has been especially impressed with the work of the Roush […]