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2015 Fall Summit

It was a great weekend up on Kayford for the first frost of the season!  Lots of locals, Appalachian organizers and college students came together, had fun, met new folks, and learned and shared a thing or two. Here are some of our allies, friends and sponsors mentioned during the weekend’s events: Black Mesa Indigenous […]

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RAMPS Launches Youth Engagement Project (YEP)

Over the past few months, outdoor activities with local youth have developed into a new project, the Youth Engagement Project (YEP). RAMPS members have been making trips with local youth to find downed trees in the forests surrounding Whitesville, then cutting and splitting it into pieces that are sold as firewood.  Some of the wood is […]

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RAMPS Joins Nationwide Leaders at the 4th Extreme Energy Extraction Summit

Earlier this month, RAMPS joined leaders from across the continent for the 4th Extreme Energy Extraction Collaborative (or E3C) Summit in Biloxi, MS. As part of the Extreme Energy Extraction Collaborative, RAMPS helps build connections between different organizations and frontline communities fighting extraction, as well as helping to organize this annual summit where leaders of the […]

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David Baghdadi in Jail for the Holidays

Update: David has served his 30 days and is walking free! ————————————————————————————– 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 […]

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Alpha Poised to Wipe Out Coal River Mountain

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 […]

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8 in Jail After Alpha Headquarters Blockade and Banner Hang

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 […]

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RAMPS Supports Big Mountain Spring Training Camp

Elders Circle of the 40-Year Sovereign Dineh Nation Resistance, Black Mesa Indigenous Support, Save the Confluence, RAMPS, and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment worked in concert to hold a training camp at Big Mountain this May. As resisters to Peabody Energy from the decades-exploited lands in Appalachia, to the corporate headquarters in Saint Louis, to […]

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Honoring of the waters: Stand in Solidarity at Your River in Candlelight Vigil

Thank you to everyone! On Tuesday, January 21st, at 6:00 p.m., citizens of WV are honoring the Waters and holding a candlelight vigil by the Kanawha River, in front of the capitol.

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Help us get clean water to those in the chemical spill zone

The RAMPS campaign is working with Aurora Lights and Coal River Mountain Watch to bring clean water and sanitizer to people in areas whose water supply is contaminated by the 4-methylcyclohexane methanol spill. Right now, we’re still delivering hundreds of gallons of water a day, along with hand sanitizer and wipes (which become pretty important […]

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Help Support Chemical Spill Relief

Donate to send relief supplies to families affected by chemical spill Truck leaving early Sunday morning Aurora Lights is sending a flat-bed truck of supplies to Boone County, W.Va., for folks who have not been receiving sufficient water, liquid baby formula, etc., after Thursday’s chemical spill that poisoned their tap water.  Your donations will ensure […]

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