Category Archives: personal statement

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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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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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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Rest in power, dear friend. You are a part of everything we do.

May 18, 1945 – January 29, 2014 Sidney Floyd Moye Jr. of Matoaka, WV passed away at his happy home, Mountain Valley Farm, surrounded by his family and dear friends just as he wished it on Wednesday night, January 29, 2014. Sid was born in Oak Hill, WV on May 18, 1945, the son of […]

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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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“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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Video from today’s blockage of Alpha’s HQ

Check out more pictures from the action here!

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I Refuse to Be Silent: Statement from Joe Solomon

Today a friend and I interrupted a coal conference – one where industry funded scientists are trying to cast doubt on the clear evidence of the ravages of coal. These scientists are worse than a disgrace: their lies and willful misdirection condone the war the coal industry is waging on West Virginia and the people […]

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Statement from resister in Big Mountain, Ariz.

Please share this on Facebook and Twitter!  And crank the volume! In January 2012 a Dine (Navajo) resister speaks about Peabody and the U.S. Government orchestrating the largest forced relocation since the Trail of Tears, as well as the destruction of sacred sites and traditional medicinal plants and herbs.  Ultimately, he tells Peabody to leave […]

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