What Happens When You Protest Blowing Up Mountains in WV
Below is a link to some video footage from last Saturday's peace, non-violent action at a mountaintop removal site organized by RAMPS (you can Google and learn more about RAMPS) provided by documentary film-maker, Mari-Lynn Evans. She said in her e-mail: This is footage of what happened to the RAMPS protesters after the arrest of 20 protesters at the Hobet Mine. Video Footage from RAMPS "Mountain Mobilization", July 28, 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIVZT8epbpE I hope that you will forward this to many other people (or lists) so that the nation can know about the harassment that peaceful protesters of mountaintop removal received, not only from the miners, but also from the West Virginia State Police. Bail for the 19 protesters remaining in jail has been set for $25,000 each--which we believe is excessive.
You can help by forwarding this video link to your lists; people should feel protected, not threatened by officers of the law. You can help by supporting the RAMPS campaign, financially. If you know of any legal assistance that might be available, that, too could be useful. Let me know. Citizens should not be intimidated by law enforcement that are supposed to be protecting them from harm. You can also help by contacting the West Virginia Attorney, Darrell McGraw at Main Office Administration State Capitol Complex, Bldg. 1, Room E-26 Charleston, WV 25305 Phone: (304) 558-2021 Fax: (304) 558-0140 or General Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General at: Civil Rights Division Phone: (304) 558-0546 Fax: (304) 558-0649 Mailing: P.O. Box 1789, Charleston, WV 25326 We appreciate any support that you can provide these good citizens of our nation. And thanks for taking time to watch the video.
Janet Keating, Executive Director
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition