“Good morning world! The sun is shinning on Rock Creek and it is a brand new day! Birds are chirping, and so are the squirrels, and I am having the first cup of coffee since Thanksgiving. I will attempt to recount the harrowing experiences of this last week, certainly one of the more interesting ones I’ve had. I am getting a lot of advice on how to break my fast. Too much. Way too much. Here is what I did. I drank a half a gallon off store bought egg nog. I ate two pieces of steamed fish. I had a quart of Chunky Monkey and two beers. I went to bed at 1:00 am and slept like a log until 11:00. So do not worry about my health. I went through several months of training for this, knowing what happens to those to continue to resist inside the jail. I expected to be tested this time but I never once thought I would be giving the treatment I received. I thanked Allah for this opportunity. (Or what every his or her name is.) Anyway, I walked through the lions den wearing pork chop underwear, and lost only the underwear, and emerged unscathed and stronger. This is because I never felt alone or abandoned as o many do in jail. I knew my team was engaged fully, and so was our network of beautiful friends who’s phone calls so irritated the staff that they continually made mistakes and over reacted. They tried to break me, and unbowed, they turned up the pressure (but not the heat!). This only increased my determination to endure. For this I thank the jailers.”-Mike Roselle via facebook 12-4-13
mike roselle was arrest thanksgiving day for delivering dust from a mountaintop removal coal mining site near his house in west virginia. he was told to go get the dust and take it back, and he refused so he was arrested. he left the dust there so the governor of west virginia could have it tested to find out it’s toxicity level. because independent scientist have analyzed the dust it is known to be toxic, but despite overwhelming evidence showing what this dust is capable of doing to all living things it comes into contact with, mountaintop removal coal mining is going on constantly and without regulation poisoning the water system and the air, to not mention the destruction of habitats and ecosystems. roselle and friends started protesting to bring light to the problem of the mining on November 25. at this time he began a hunger strike also. he is kinda a badass!
apparently, the governor of west virginia didn’t want the dust from the blasting of the mountaintops. the rest of west virginia doesn’t want it either mr. tomblin! so when mike roselle refused to go back and retrieve the mining dust, police arrested him. he spent…
“This video was taken before we climbed the steps to The WV Governors Mansion…Mike has been charged with 1: Trespassing and 2:Disorderly Conduct by the Kanawha County Magistrate…he is currently in South Central Regional Jail…bail has not been set”-posted by Mike Cherin on facebook.
from the facebook page of mike roselle:
“We will be here every day until we get justice. Until justice flows like a mighty river. Until it lifts all boats. Until we are truly free from the bondage of big coal, big oil and the cult of death. Free the Earth! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!”
“Today I’m celebrating by putting sugar in my coffee. No food for four days. Never felt better. James Guin McGuinness and I go back to the steps today at noon. It is too cold to do more than four hours at a time. The Capital Police are nice but won’t arrest us. Those who agree with our message stop and talk. Those who don’t avoid us and look the other way. Everyone knows the truth about MTR but here in West Virginia few have any hope that this state can be freed from the Coal Bosses that have plundered Appalachia for over a century. But maybe a few is enough if we stand together….”
that is right these fellas are kickin it at the west virginia capital for thanksgiving!!! hells yeah!!!!
most ppl in the activist world have heard the words-beehive collective, whether you are an environmental activist or a gender queer anarchist or just a left leaning human, if you have been around movements, you have a sense of who they are and what they do. the beehive is an art collective telling stories from around the world, focusing on intersections of environmental and economic and ethical justice. they tour the country w huge murals printed on specially made recycled material, using animals and plants as the center of stories purposefully and intentionally to leave racial stereotypes in the dust, the beehive collective is now launching it’s brand new poster- mesoamérica resiste. this poster is mindblowing, and the work the artists and storytellers have put into it is overwhelming! the lowest donation is a dollar and every dollar counts! if you can donate, please do!! all of the proceeds go into spreading the word for humanitarian justice around the world!