Category Archives: action

Banner Suspended Above Downtown Roanoke, Calls Out Coal Baron Billionaire

  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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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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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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The water crisis is far from over

Ramps is part of the WV Clean Water Hub and we are asking for your help. Please get in touch : (304) 986-5949 or [email protected] or donate on-line!  

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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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Why I stayed in

by david Just to clear up any possible confusion, I thought I might write a brief note explaining some of the circumstances surrounding my recent stay and release from South Central Regional Jail. I was arrested on August 21 for locking to a barrel of ‘dirty water’ in front of the governor’s mansion in Charleston, […]

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Update from David Baghdadi–Prisoners in SCR Jail Denied Books

UPDATE 9/19: David was released from jail today!  After one month in jail, David was released on “personal recognizance” (without bail) and came home to celebrate with a big meal and a lot of snacks. While we’ve missed David during this REALLY long jail stint, one really important thing came out of David’s time there: inmates […]

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“I was scared on the impoundment…”: A Statement from Ricki Draper

Sitting on a slurry impoundment is terrifying. We wore Tyvec suits, respirators, and rubber gloves to protect us from the 2.8 billion gallons  of toxic coal slurry which, according to the Sludge Safety project, can cause “intestinal lesions, neuropathy, kidney and liver failure, cancer, high blood pressure, brittle bones, miscarriages and birth defects.” Today, as we confronted Alpha […]

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“When the profits of coal extraction are gone…”: A Statement from Heather Doyle

My name is Heather Doyle, and today, with a good friend, I am paddling out onto the massive Shumate coal slurry impoundment beneath the Edwight coal mine, above the Coal River valley. We aim to bring awareness to folks in Charleston and beyond about the dirty and poisonous reality of modern coal production that is ravaging […]

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