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An Update from the Recent Floods

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 […]

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Lou Martin: A Response to Nick Mullins’s December 2015 blog post “The Problem with Environmentalism in Appalachia.”

Our friend and ally Lou Martin wrote this (in response to Nick Mullins’s blog post “The Problem with Environmentalism in Appalachia“) and asked us to post it. Although this isn’t an official communique from RAMPS, we’re posting it in the spirit of fostering dialogue so that our movement can be stronger and more effective… I […]

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Deepening our Roots and Growing our Reach: we’re buying a campaign house!

As we approach our five-year anniversary, RAMPS has a tremendous opportunity that will enable our work to grow and thrive for the long haul—we are buying a campaign house! We’re grateful to have been supported in the past by so many of you who believe in the importance of taking radical action for mountains’ and […]

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December update: Keeping busy and warm in Whitesville

As winter returns to the Appalachian mountains, the slow but inevitable demise of the coal industry is clearer than ever.  Alpha, Patriot, and Arch Coal are in bankruptcy or headed in that direction, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo add to the list of banks that are cutting some of their coal financing, and former Massey […]

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End of Summer Update

Fighting Back in Appalachia: It’s Been a Busy Summer RAMPS formalized some of the work we do with Whitesville youth by launching the Youth Engagement Project (YEP). This project takes youth outdoors and up in the mountains where they harvest downed/dead trees for firewood and collect medicinal herbs. These products are sold locally and the […]

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Update From Stories From South Central

We continue to support, advocate for and amplify the voices of those trapped in cages and those recently released.  We have made incredible progress over the last year, and  we’re excited to tell you about new directions in our work. Stories from South Central was created as an emergency response to the systematic chemical poisoning […]

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MJ Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain

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 […]

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Rest in Power Jimmy! You will be missed!

                                  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 […]

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No Business as Usual at Alpha Headquarters

Activists Blockade Alpha Natural Resources Three activists demanding an end to mountaintop removal, block entrance to corporate office, stop business as usual. June 20, 2014 — Bristol, VA. Three activists with Mountain Justice and Radical Action for Mountains and People’s Survival (RAMPS) are currently stopping business as usual at Alpha Natural Resources headquarters in Bristol, […]

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Another Chapter in the Struggle for Survival

For the land and the people – by D Steele The MCHM chemical spill that poisoned the Elk River and the municipal water of over 300,000 people is not an isolated event, an anomaly or an act of god.  It is also not an incident that happens in the vacuum of Appalachia, this can and […]

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