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Dineh families requesting direct on-land support

For four decades, the Dineh communities of Black Mesa have fought to stop the U.S government and Peabody Energy Company's exploitation of their homelands and communities. Today, families remain, steadfastly resisting the mine, colonialism, and forced relocation. 

In the words of one resister, "WE NEED YOUR PHYSICAL PRESENCE OUT HERE, ASAP! WE don't ask for monies, just your good-spirited will to come out for a few days/weeks/months and immerse yourself into a cultural community under threat, and accept the daily challenges in supporting these native elders' existence. And yes, we are not asking for monies because we wish to maintain that human sovereignty, and not seek lawyers or travels to far off cities to protest."

You are being invited to the resistance communities' lands to support their resistance and deter governmental and corporate harassment.

Support the Unist'ot'en Encampment

Members of the Wet'suwet'en clan are re-occupying their land to stop an array of oil and gas pipelines planned for that area without their permission.

As political prisoner David Gilbert (among many others) has pointed out, it's important that our local struggles take inspiration from and lend our strength to global struggles, especially those struggles led by indigenous people and people of color.

RAMPS has supported the Unist'ot'en encampment financially and by volunteering, and we call on our friends and allies to do the same.

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Honoring the Waters ceremony and candlelight vigil in Charleston, WV.

2017 End of Year Update

posted by admin, Wednesday, December 27th, 2017


              Happy New Year!                        

2017 has been a busy year for us. We’ve worked hard to cultivate resistance and community support in the face of growing threats like fascist, white supremacist organizations, increased repression of radical activism and all the other fucked up shit that has escalated this year.  Our work continues to change and expand with the shifting political landscape. Here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to this year and what we hope to do in 2018:

Here in Whitesville…
We’ve made significant progress turning a vacant lot into a community garden. With help from Whitesville residents, we’ve planted medicinal herbs, added raised beds, built a rain catchment system for watering, and started terracing the hillside.  When spring comes, we hope to fill the raised beds with vegetables, plant more flowers and herbs on the hill, and plant some fruit trees.  We also look forward to working with our friends Aurora Lights  Herbal Medics again to bring another free herbal and alternative health clinic to Whitesville in 2018.
We are constantly engaged in mutual aid work with neighbors in Whitesville- from helping folks heat their homes, to giving people rides to doctor’s appointments or the grocery store. Our community house is a place where neighbors and visitors come to share a meal, get help with school work, or find emotional support. We feel it is an important space in this chaotic community where so many people face depression, drug addiction, violence, and physical ailments. In the past year, we’ve also provided medical support by hosting and caring for neighbors with serious medical conditions.


In “West Virginia”…
We’ve continued our involvement with communities beyond Whitesville as well. We have supported the Stanley Heirs families on Kayford mountain as they carry on the legacy of legendary land defender Larry Gibson. This year we set up and maintained a rain catchment system on Kayford for drinking water and hosted our annual Fall Summit in the park (thanks again to partners Seeds of Peace and the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition!). We’ve also maintained our long standing relationship with Prenter, a nearby community severely impacted by mining. This year residents have been forced to run a diesel generator to power the pumping station providing their tap water, though this water is still not clean enough to drink- it is mainly used for washing. While they are hoping they will have access to city water some time in 2018, in the meantime, we will soon launch a fundraiser to help them pay for the diesel fuel. Stay tuned! In addition, we continue to write letters, keep up relationships and advocate for people who are incarcerated throughout the state.
As fascism grew on a national level in 2017, the threat of fascist and racist organizations within our region specifically- including militias and white supremacist political parties- has risen dramatically. Some of these dangerous groups see Appalachia as an ideal place to establish a “white homeland” and have been working to organize and expand here. We’ve worked with local and regional allies to confront these enemies in the streets of Pikeville, KY; Charleston, WV; and Charlottesville, VA. As an outgrowth of those efforts, we’ve helped establish the “Holler Network”, an Appalachian antifascist network with members throughout the region. This network was instrumental this fall in providing community-based self-defense when black radical artist John Sims came to Athens, OH to lecture and exhibit his work. In the coming year, we will continue to confront the fascists wherever they appear in our region and build the Holler network through trainings, outreach, and direct action to destroy fascism in the streets and the hollers of Appalachia.
Broader Movement Support…
Indigenous solidarity continues to be at the forefront of our work. We are on stolen land! Members of RAMPS spent several months in North Dakota this winter and spring providing legal support to water protectors fighting the Dakota Access pipeline. We also set up jail and legal support for actions throughout Appalachia and hope to continue this work in the coming year (and to provide trainings to folks who are interested!). This summer, RAMPS members supported the Pokanoket Nation’s occupation of part of their ancestral land in an attempt to force Brown University to return it to them. We will continue to support indigenous-led resistance!

To continue our efforts into 2018, we’re asking folks to consider donating here. Thanks to all those who donated their time or money (or anything else!) to support us in 2017!

Feel free to get in touch ([email protected]) or stop by if you find yourself in southern WV! We (almost) always need volunteers- please reach out if that’s something you might be interested in.

For the land and people,

This year’s Fall Summit schedule!

There must be resistance!

posted by admin, Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

You Are Invited to Stand Up Against The Nazi Threat!

Thanks to artist Jimbo Valentine

Spring is here! As ramps pop up throughout the hollers, our work continues on multiple fronts. Here’s what we’ve been up to.

Solidarity with Standing Rock: The Legal Battle Continues

RAMPS members have been intimately involved in the resistance at Standing Rock for much of the last nine months. We have supported direct action, helped maintain the camps, and now we are working in solidarity with water protectors who were arrested while defending sacred water. The legal battle in North Dakota is only just beginning as the frontlines move to the courtroom. Only a fraction of nearly 800 cases have been tried before the courts and several cases have already been dismissed! Water protectors are increasingly facing trumped-up felony and federal charges. We are committed to supporting our comrades as they face the oppressive criminal justice system and we hope that such support becomes an integral part of all our movements in this era of increased repression of activists.

The Nazis Are Coming. For Real.

At the end of April, the Traditional Workers Party (TWP) and other neo-Nazi, white supremacist factions will be descending on Appalachia. They plan to hold an organizing conference on April 28 and a large public rally on April 29 in eastern Kentucky.  We fear this is a crucial moment for the white supremacist movement in this country and more specifically, central Appalachia.  They are converging in Appalachia to capitalize on fear, uncertainty, and economic deprivation and to recruit, train, organize and spread their hateful doctrine. There must be resistance!   We are part of building a larger Appalachian anti-fascist network for the long haul. You are invited to come show the Nazis that they are not welcome.

Community Engagement

As we fight the rise of fascism and white supremacy and face a swarm of Nazis coming to our region, building community power in Whitesville remains at the center of our work. At the RAMPS house we consistently discuss this dark political climate with folks.  We talk about indigenous solidarity, sovereignty and our work in Standing Rock; we talk about the role the criminal justice system plays in the lives of young people in this region; we talk about the racist, fascist policies of Trump; we talk about white supremacy and now we’re talking a lot about the Nazis coming to Appalachia.  It felt good to see one of our young friends write ‘Fuck Trump 2k16’ in the snow on car windows throughout Whitesville this winter and it always brings us a smile to see the ever-changing “Fuck Trump” art on the dry erase boards around the house.

In addition to these conversations, we work to provide alternatives to organizations like TWP that prey on youth in largely white, rural areas like ours.  Our young friends have been learning to read and learning to drive with us, and we’re all excited to be spending more time growing the community garden, foraging in the mountains and planning Whitesville’s second herbal health clinic, which will take place July 25-28.

Thanks for all the support!  It makes what we do possible!  Feel free to get in touch, drop by, or donate to support our work!

For the land and people, #PunchANazi,


Thanks to Jimbo Valentine for the amazing anti-Nazi poster!  We’ve been hanging it up around town, if you would like a digital copy, please get in touch.

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Drink Water! And Protect it! Water is Life!

Mni Wiconi! Leau est la Vie! Agua es Vida!WEEK 3, and still going. Despite the recent sleet and snow, it seems to be turning into a real spring here at the monopod blockade.

From 40 feet in the air above this road in the forest on Peters Mountain, I've been falling in love with songbirds and rainstorms. Rationing water in recent weeks has given me a whole new appreciation of its life-giving relevance, and this past Sunday I watched with an enormous smile as rainwater streamed from my makeshift gutter into the bucket I had set up to collect it.

I'm only one of the many creatures and plants whose thirst was quenched by this recent rain. The storm fed the streams and springs so numerous on this mountain; I heard today from a friend at the support camp that more streams have sprung up in places that once were dry. The trees preparing to grow new leaves absorbed the rain through their roots, and spring herbs took up its energy and are using it to bloom. Some if the water flowed into the vernal pools that salamanders and frogs and other marvelous critters rely on to breed. All of it that isn't used up on the surface, of course, is seeping through the soil to where it will feed this land's underground aquifers - the very groundwater that the MVP so threatens. Besides drilling through the karst, the MVP and ACP combined plan to cross over a thousand waterways along their proposed routes.

Mni Wiconi. Leau est la Vie. Agua es Vida. Water is life. There's good reason why the call at Standing Rock for the defense of water has traveled so far, and been taken up by so many.

We know that fracking, and tar sands, and oil drilling, and pipelines mean death and destruction. So do the massive quantities of industrial and agricultural chemical pollutants, the sprawl of pavement and asphalt that obliterates wetlands. These, along with the commodification and theft of the clean water that remains, all point to a system in which capital and coercive might, rather than the needs of the life that depend on it, control water. What more proof do we need (though there is of course infinitely more) that we live in a social order irredeemably ruinous and exploitative, than that projects like this pipeline continue to threaten the water we rely on?

It's not as though this struggle against pipelines is simply or solely about water. The impetuses for our actions range from pipelines' damage to local and global ecologies to the parts they play in continuing colonialism and their ties to gender-based violence. But water, in it's many forms and in our constant reliance on it, is always a striking reminder of the stakes we face.

The water I can hear now flowing down this mountain reminds me why I'm still here, despite the cops camped out below me, and the increasing days, and the diminishing stock of food. So I'll end with the same important reminder my support crew has often given me (and which anyone hanging out with street medics may get a bit tired of at times).

Drink water!
And protect it.

Image: water droplets festooned my triangular window set into the black plastic rainfly as I looked out at the nearby forest during the rainstorm.
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The cops are there at the behest of an exploitative colonial system that steals and pollutes land and water for profit.

We all have choices to make. If a cop, or a pipeline worker, or anyone else is “only following orders”, they’re choosing to follow those orders, and they’re choosing a side. They’re choosing to support the continued exploitation of Appalachia and our people.

REMEMBER, the police are not there to help us, they’re there to ensure the Mountain Valley Pipeline is built.A forest service cop followed two supporters through the woods from the monopod camp down to the parking area earlier today. The officer claimed he “just happened” to be heading the same direction, even though he had walked past the support camp minutes before and had seen people preparing to leave.

While following the supporters for a mile and half and wearing his body camera, he repeatedly attempted to gather information about who is involved in the pipeline resistance, where they live, and what their plans are. He played the “good cop” role, attempting to build rapport by implying that he supports and respects the monopod sitter and by claiming that he’s only following orders.

Don’t be fooled by these tactics. The cops are there at the behest of an exploitative colonial system that steals and pollutes land and water for profit. They are there to support a pipeline corporation that has no qualms about risking our lives and the health of the land we live on in order to line their own pockets. And even a “nice” cop won’t hesitate to arrest us and lock us in cages when they’re told to. These are the same people that are keeping food and water from being delivered to the monopod and preventing the public from freely accessing public land.

We all have choices to make. If a cop, or a pipeline worker, or anyone else is “only following orders”, they’re choosing to follow those orders, and they’re choosing a side. They’re choosing to support the continued exploitation of Appalachia and our people. They don’t get a free pass for “just following orders”. They are responsible for their choices just like we are.

REMEMBER, the police are not there to help us, they’re there to ensure the Mountain Valley Pipeline is built. Everything you say can and will be used against you. Don’t talk to the police, even the “friendly ones”, until they’re willing to put our land and people over their corporate marching orders.
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Mni wiconi! Rain is a good thing! Still here!

No walls, no borders! Water obeys no closure orders!


#noMVP #nonewpipelines #mniwiconiNo walls, no borders! Water obeys no closure orders!

Today's Appalachian thunderstorm has been met with high spirits. Maps of the intended Mountain Valley Pipeline route through Peters Mountain — which were posted by USFS at the edge of the 125' sellout-to-extraction closure, separating the monopod from her supporters — are seeping in the spring rain.

Mni wiconi! Rain is a good thing!


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