Katuah Earth First! Take to the Airwaves

This afternoon, the folks over at The Final Straw interviewed us and put our message on the air. The Final Straw, and their host Burst O’ Goodness, have been ruling the radical waves since 2009 and have lent their far reaching voice to a variety of radical movements.

Here is what this week’s show has in store for folks.

This week’s show features a conversation with Will Potter about
political repression against accused Anarchists in the Pacific
Northwest. Later, we’ll speak with Bryan of Katuah Earth First! about
his participation in a recent action in West Virginia against Mountain
Top Removal.

Our first segment of this weeks show is a conversation with Will Potter,
award-winning journalist, author and blogger at www.greenisthenewred.com
about the JTTF & FBI raids on suspected Anarchists in the Pacific
Northwest and the series of Grand Juries now being convened around
participation in the May 1st protests in Seattle of this year.

Also, we’ll be speaking with Bryan, a member of Katuah Earth First!,
based out of Asheville. Bryan was arrested on July 28th during a
non-violent direct action under the banner of Radical Action for
Mountain People’s Survival (RAMPS). This action briefly shut down and
brought attention to the Mountain Top Removal style of strip mining
being used at the Hobet mine, operated by Patriot Coal in Lincoln
County, West Virginia. We talk about the Katuah bioregion, Fracking in
North Carolina and getting involved to save our landbase.

The show will be streamed here for the next week (July 5-12, 2012). After that you can find the show at Archive.org.

Fundraising is going strong. As of this writing we’ve raised $360 dollars in online donations, and $150 in offline donations. We can’t pull actions like this without support from the community. If you would like to see more actions like this, please go here give where you can. And if you can’t give at the moment, spread the word by sharing http://bit.ly/KEFdonate where you can.

Out of jail, but we’re not done!

Katuah Earth First! takes to the trees and drops a banner!

Photo Courtesy of John Duffy http://www.duffernutter.com

Of the 20 people arrest in the shutdown of Hobet Mine, 9 people have been released! A plea deal was reached where some folks were able to walk out jail this afternoon. The obstruction charge has been dropped, but the trespass charge was pled as guilty. Stipulations agreed to in addition were 12 months of unsupervised probation with the condition to not enter mine property, a $500 fine, and court costs around $160.

Katuah Earth First! executed a banner drop in solidarity of Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival (R.A.M.P.S.). Twenty folks were arrested, with four of them being with KEF!. Two of those folks, Eva Westheimer and Bryan Garcia, have been released today with two more folks still in jail. The action might be over in the coal fields, but we still need to raise money for the fines. With a grand total of $2,000 in fines, and over $600 in court costs, we won’t do it without you!

Stand with the Hobet 20 and stand with Katuah Earth First! and donate to the KEF! Fund. Also, please share this link with your friends, family, and allies: http://bit.ly/KEFdonate

Here are some photos from the action!

Bryan Garcia’s bail at $25,000, please donate

Bryan Garcia in tree a Mountain Mobilization, shutting down Hobet

Bryan Garcia in tree a Mountain Mobilization, shutting down Hobet, the largest mountaintop removal site in the U.S.  –Photo courtesy of Paul Corbit-Brown

Updates will be posted to http://rampscampaign.org.

Following yesterday’s historic shutdown of the Hobet mine — Appalachia’s largest mountaintop removal site– Dustin and at least nineteen other Appalachians and allies are being held on $25,000 bail each — a combined $500,000.*  Most are being charged with trespass and obstruction.

While we believe that these bail amounts are unconstitutionally excessive and may ultimately be reduced, we need to raise as much money as we possibly can to support those brave individuals who have put their bodies on the line to put a halt to the injustice of mountaintop removal mining.  According to Dustin, he was taken into a room and beaten by law enforcement while in custody.  Witnesses have reported that other protesters were brutalized by law enforcement while being taken into custody.  We need to work to ensure that anyone who wants to get out of jail can do so as soon as possible.

Mountaintop removal is a crime against humanity that has left a legacy of poisoned air and water, high cancer rates, economic exploitation, and devastated communities and ecosystems throughout Appalachia.   Corrupted legislators and regulators at the state and federal levels have failed to take action to stop these atrocities, leaving direct action as the last resort for conscientious residents aiming to save the land and people of Appalachia.

Please check www.rampscampaign.org for updates as we receive additional information about our friends in custody.

Help Katuah Earth First cover bail, fines, and court costs for this action by donating here!

Please share the following fundraising link via email, facebook, twitter, and other networks: http://bit.ly/KEFdonate

To see more images from yesterday’s historic action, click here.

*We were able to verify bail amounts of $25,000 for seventeen of our arrested friends and assume it is the same for the remaining three.

Help Katuah Earth First! get an action off the ground!

Dear Friends and Allies,

Katuah Earth First! (KEF!) has had a busy year thus far. Earlier in the year we hosted the Southeast Regional Rendezvous which boasted participants from throughout the region, including West Virginia and Florida. We came together to share are struggles, ideas, and resources to fight our respective campaigns. We then participated in a direct action, along with other organizations, to

Activists blockade train tracks leading to Duke Energy’s Marshall Steam Station.

halt the delivery of mountain top removal coal to Duke Energy. The action was successful in reversing Apple’s decision to use coal to power their data center and commit to renewable energy.

We didn’t stop there. We then provided logistical support for the Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival (RAMPS)

Campaign with a direct action where activists boarded a coal bargeand halted the shipment of mountain top removal coal. Several hundred folks also blocked road access to an active mine site near Kayford Mountain. Both actions were successful, but couldn’t have been done without support from near and far.

Pro-mountain activists board coal barge.

The fight doesn’t stop there and neither will we!

The RAMPS campaign has announced a Mountain Mobilization this July and KEF! is proud to continue this fight in solidarity. This time, we plan on stepping it up a notch!

KEF! is planning a direct action in conjunction with the Mountain Mobilization. We’ll be bringing a diversity of skills to the table, but we can’t do it without your help! We have the gear, we have the people power, but we need the financial backing to pull off an action of this type. There are a multitude of costs associated with an action including transportation, bail, and legal support.

You can help by making a donation to our Wepay account. Whether it’s $5 or $5,000, every dollar helps. Along with making a donation, you can spread the word to your family and friends. Please share our webpage (www.katuahearthfirst.org), friend us on Facebook (Katuah EarthFirst), and share the donation link  (http://tinyurl.com/KEFdonate). With your support we can halt mountain top removal!

For The Earth!

Katuah Earth First!