Category Archives: Solidarity

Resist! All Day, Every Day!

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 […]

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November 2016 Update: Powering Resistance

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. STANDING ROCK RESISTANCE 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 […]

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August 2016 Update

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 […]

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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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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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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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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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Support Stories from South Central WV

As activists who engage in arrestable direct actions, we are familiar with how the criminal (in)justice system works, at least for us. Our friends take the scary and difficult step to risk arrest, putting themselves on the line to resist ecological and political injustices in the communities we work in, and are carted off to […]

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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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RAMPS Campaigner Glen Collins Sentenced to 60 Days for KXL Action

Update:  Glen’s jail sentence ends on May 7 th … But that doesn’t include court costs. Glen owes $518 in court costs, which he needs to pay before he is released.  If court costs are not paid before May 7th, Glen will be kept in Smith County Jail for 5 additional days.   For every […]

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