Category Archives: Stories from South Central

July 2016 Update: Deepening Roots, Cultivating Resilience

Hello from Whitesville! Summer’s here in Appalachia, and it’s been an unusually hot and rainy one so far. This is a long-overdue update on what all is new in our world. But first, a few words about this past week: Here in the Coal River Valley, we didn’t get hit with serious floods last week, […]

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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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March 2015 Update

Click here to subscribe to our email list and receive these updates directly in your inbox! RAMPS March 2015 Update Radical Action For Mountains’ and People’s Survival A dispatch from Whitesville in the southern coalfields of West Virginia Donate to RAMPS’s General Fund! Dear Friends and Allies, It’s been quite a month here in southern […]

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Building Power to Overthrow King Coal

Our Work is Evolving… And we can’t wait to tell you about it. When we reflect on ourselves as an organization, we realize that RAMPS is very different than it was even 9 months ago. We’re pretty excited about the way that we’ve evolved, so we’re writing to tell you about it in hopes that […]

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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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