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RAMPS Drop in on UBS during Hands Off Appalachia Action

Four members of RAMPS were arrested with eight others on Monday for locking down in UBS’s national headquarters and for hanging a giant banner from a construction crane. Teaming up with Hands Off Appalachia, RAMPS travelled north to Stamford, CT, for HOA’s fall action camp. Coal companies couldn’t tear down the mountains of WV without […]

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Hands Off Appalachia! Come to HOA’s Connecticut Action Camp

Hands Off Appalachia is proud to present the Fall Action Camp in Connecticut [UBS America’s Headquarters] November 19-25. The camp will build organizing capacity and leadership skills among anti-extraction activists in the northeast. After all the hard work and learning, we’ll put our new skills into practice with a culminating action! Expect a week of […]

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Update from 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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Get Ready for the Mountain Justice Fall Summit!

Join us in West Virginia for a weekend of workshops and trainings about mountain top removal coal mining. Following the weekend there will be intensive sessions, including direct action and community service projects, for people who are interested in spending more time working in the Appalachian region. Click here to sign up for the 2013 […]

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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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Activists Boat onto Sludge Pond; Confront Gov. Tomblin on Dangers of Coal Sludge

Click here to see more pictures of both actions. UPDATE 4:00 p.m.: Our two boaters were arrested by the State Police but released without bail on trespassing citations! Welcome home Ricki and Heather! UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: The protestor in Charleston has been cut out of the barrel, spilling coal slurry on the steps of the […]

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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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Protesters Disrupt Coal Industry-Funded “Science” Symposium

UPDATE 4/16 10:45 p.m.  had a bail reduction hearing today and was released on his own recognizance.  He is out of jail and among friends.  Thanks for all your support and for standing up to the legal system! UPDATE: They were charged in Charleston Municipal Court with trespassing, obstruction, and unlawful assembly. Their bails were set […]

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RAMPS Joins Ohio Residents to Shut Down Fracking Waste Storage Facility

New Matamoras OH – Ohio residents and allies from numerous environmental groups including Earth First! have disrupted operations at Greenhunter Water’s hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” waste storage site along the Ohio River in Washington County. Nate Ebert, a 33-year-old Athens County resident and member of Appalachia Resist!, ascended a 30 foot pole anchored to a […]

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