Yesterday, three members of Hands Off Appalachia tried to hand deliver a letter to UBS Americas headquarters in Stamford, CT. UBS’ response? Twelve police officers and the bomb squad!
Do you know what’s even more ridiculous than that? The Stamford 14 were hit with a $16,000 restitution fee for their actions last fall! Help us out and DONATE to our legal defense fund: http://bit.ly/donateHOA
Statement from D Steele, one of the 14 arrested in Stamford: “This is my limit, I will suffer no more”
…As I write this statement, I think of the the first solidarity campaign between Appalachia and Connecticut. When the final battle between the UMWA and Pittston happened, when UMWA miners traveled to the headquarters of Pittston, flanked by people in the northeast standing in solidarity in the fight for a fair wage, and a functional union; they ran face to face with all the powerful forces that constitutes what we call Capitalism..
Dan Fischer writes in Palestine Chronicle on “Zionism in Service of Fossil Fuel Extraction“.
With Israel branding itself as a model of environmental sustainability, many overlook the Zionist lobby’s support for extreme fossil fuel extraction in North America, from fracking to offshore drilling.
Historically, Israel has helped the US secure the flow of oil from the Middle East. In 1958, the US National Security Council stated, “if we choose to combat radical Arab nationalism and to hold Persian Gulf oil by force if necessary, a logical corollary would be to support Israel as the only strong pro-West power left in the Near East.” Now, pro-Israel organizations defend North America’s own energy flows.
Zionist leaders have gone so far as to form an alliance with oil and gas drillers. Named the Council for a Secure America, it has been hailed as potentially “one of the most significant coalitions in our industry” by the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association.
Capitalism vs. the Climate joined with Hands off Appalachia on November 25th in a series of direct actions targeting mountaintop removal financier UBS in Stamford.
14 demonstrators were arrested. On Monday, December 2nd, the last of them were freed.
This is not the first time that people in Appalachia and Connecticut joined together to protest the coal bosses. In 1988-90, Appalachians went on strike against Pittston coal and traveled to protest the company’s HQ in Greenwich, CT. That strike won crucial health care and retirement benefits for miners in Virginia. Now, we will win in making UBS divest from blowing up mountains.
Here is a sampling of our actions’ sizable media attention:
Between the Lines (radio), “Direct Action Protest Hits Swiss Bank UBS for Role in Financing Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining”
Stamford Advocate (front page), “14 arrested in protest of Stamford based UBS”
Stamford Patch, “UBS protesters cause headache for police in downtown Stamford”
News 12 Connecticut (video), “4 “Hands Off Appalachia” protesters facing charges after protesting UBS by climbing atop crane”
The Struggle (video), “UBS is tearing up Appalachia” (starts at 24:42)
Also, on the 24th, Hands off Appalachia dropped a banner in the middle of UBS’ Thanksgiving parade in Stamford!
On Tuesday, April, Carmen, Nick and Vic had their charges reduced to two, non-criminal misdemeanors. The deal which the presiding Judge had to encourage a reluctant prosecutor to accept came with a hefty fine. The judge and prosecutor subsequently rejected a request that community service be done in leu of the fine.
Our #FearlessSummer heroes need your help! Please donate to their legal fund now to help them cover this large fine and other court fees: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=F2H4ZR6KHJD6L
Read more about their action here: http://environmentalheadlines.com/ct/2013/06/28/four-arrested-protesting-ubs-funding-of-mountaintop-removal-coal-extraction/
Join us to support April, Carmen, Nick and Vic at their court appearance: Thursday, July 11th at 9 am, at Stamford’s Superior Court: 123 Hoyt Street.
UBS, a Swiss-owned wealth management firm is one of the largest funders of mountaintop removal coal extraction. April, Carmen, Nick, and Vic were arrested while delivering a message to UBS at their headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. Their message to UBS was simple: Stop funding the destruction of Appalachia.
As a form of peaceful protest April, Carmen, Nick, and Vic refused to leave unless UBS committed to cease funding mountaintop removal. As such, they were each charged with Criminal Trespass and Breach of Peace.
See each of them explain in their own words why they chose to risk their freedom to protect Appalachian mountains and communities:
Their first (and hopefully last) court date is Thursday, July 11th at 9:00 a.m. and they are looking for your support. If you are in the area or are willing to travel please consider coming out. If you can’t make it (or even if you can) please consider donating to their legal fund:
Please share this event on your profile and invite everyone that may be willing to support our heroes. Mountaintop removal is one of the most destructive things happening on our planet, April, Carmen, Nick, and Vic took a stand to help end the devastation, now it’s our turn to take a stand for them.
Read more about this action here:
Please check out Hands off Appalachia, who coordinated with us on this action.
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