The United Mine Workers of America, AFL-CIO and random environmental groups protest outside the Massey Energy shareholders meeting May 18th 2010.
Features Cecile Roberts president of the UMWA, Kevin Zeese of the Prosperity Agenda and random pissed off miners demanding justice by various means of punishment for Don Blankenship and the Massey Energy board of directors.
James "Guin" McGuinness discuses the realty of Jail Time for Non Violent Civil Disobedience actions to bring attention to the environmental cost of Mountain Top Removal.
Rescind mining permits on Coal River Mountain ~ October 19, 2009
Dear Governor Manchin,
As residents of West Virginias Coal River Valley we write you to declare a state of emergency. Coal River Mountain is our last mountain untouched by mountaintop removal and it is in imminent danger of blasting. This would not only threaten our communities, it would also destroy our chance to have permanent jobs and renewable energy through ridge-top wind power. You have the power to rescind these permits.
The Senior Citizens March to End Mountaintop Removal ended in a protest and press conference at Massey subsidiary Mammoth Coal Company on US-60, east of Cedar Grove, at 4:00 p.m. on Oct, 12th. Mammoth Coal Company is 25 miles from the marchs starting point at the state capitol in Charleston.
Thirteen marchers, ages 53 to 88, walked the fourth five-mile stretch of their journey to the gates of Massey-owned Mammoth Coal Company Sunday. The route took them past American Electric Powers Kanawha Valley coal plant in Glasgow, W.Va.. In the wake of Saturdays banner drop at the Walker CAT facility in Belle, W.Va. security and one police vehicle met the marchers as they passed AEPs entrance.
Two young people unfurled a banner which read, Yes, Coal is Killing West Virginia's Communities off of the Walker CAT building in Belle, W.Va. Saturday afternoon. The youth are affiliated with Climate Ground Zero and say they acted in autonomous solidarity with the Senior Citizens March to End Mountaintop Removal, are affiliated with Climate Ground Zero. The marchers passed the Walker CAT building on todays route.
After marching for 5 miles today the seniors settled into the Universal Unitarian Church in Charleston for a fine Bus Cooked meal from Everybody's Kitchen & Seeds of Peace. After the meal Larry Gibson kept the fire of determination lit for over an hour. I've tried to boil it down to the core of the essential.
Day 1 of a 5 day march covering 25 miles from Charleston, WV to it's end in civil disobedience actions at the front gates of Massey Energy owned, Mammoth Coal in Cedar Grove, WV.
There will be an update video each day of the March.
opednews.com Massey Morgan Rd Julian, WV 6AM ish 9-9-09
I was filming a Chain & Tube Lock Down Blockade of the road which leads to Massey Energy Regional Headquarters as the first workers of the day arrived. I was wearing my Press Pass prominently around my neck. The road was an intersection off of a 4 lane road with a 65 mph speed limit and the blockade was about 40-50 yards from the intersection. The road appeared to continue for approximately 1/4 mile. There is nothing at this intersection that marks it any differently than any other road intersecting this 4 lane roadway. This part of West Virginia often has severe fog problems, but not this morning. I interviewed the participants and waited for the cops to show up. The cops arrived quickly. I positioned myself about 30-40 feet from the lock-down and waited for the police interaction with the protesters. Deputy Eric Eversole appeared to be first on the scene. He briefly surveyed the situation at the lock-down and then abruptly turned walking quickly toward me and said:
"Turn your camera off. You're under arrest for trespassing."
Massey Energy was the major sponsor of the Friends of America Labor Day rally.
Don Blankenship spoke so long that there were actually people heckling him to turn it over to Hank.
TRO limited to Raleigh County West Virginia and "agents" of the enjoined. NOT to all Massey operations everywhere and everyone who ever heard of Mountain Top Removal. Guilty of trespassing, 1k fine + court costs. Forced Siezure of Journalists property was also removed from the language.
The judge claimed there was no legal explanation for the acts of trespass because he repeatedly refused to hear of the NECESSITY of the actions in relation to saving the resources of the community.
Civil Court proceedings against Mountain Top Removal activists for trespassing on the property of out-of-state coal operator, Massey Energy. A restraining order is being contested that is written broadly enough to include you, now that you've read this.Court continues today.
You can make donations to the bail fund @ http://MountainJustice.org
17 people arrested in the Coal River Valley today. They were there to protest the inevitable massacre of nearly 1,000 people living in harms way of billions of gallons of toxic coal slurry sludge.
They were charged with trespassing and 2 were charged with littering (they left a 60ft banner floating in the middle of the sludge.
The 7 people you will witness being arrested in this video are being held at least until TUESDAY.