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Four Anti-Mountaintop Removal Activists Arrested at Home

Scott Parkin

Iran is not the only place where government agencies are trying to
(marginally) disrupt people advocating for change.

Today, the West
Virginia State Police picked up four Climate Ground Zero activists at
home in Rock Creek
on some old charges from October.  Back during a
peaceful march organized by seniors
against mountaintop removal
led by 81 year old Roland Micklem, two
young activists -Gabe Schwartzman, 19, and David German, 18- were
arrested for unfurling a banner on top of Walker CAT's headquarters. 
The charges are related to that banner drop.  Last month, the state
police arrested Micklem
over the same incident.

As a result of the Oct. banner hang, Walker
CAT president Steve Walker equated the anti-MTR activists holding a
banner on his propert with terrorist suicide bombers
, that's right,
suicide bombers.  Beyond the insult to real victims of actual suicide
bombers, Walker's comment had only the intention of creating more
tension in a West Virginia already marred by violence and intimidation.

Next month, Climate Ground Zero will have a three week winter
action camp
which will prepare 30-50 anti-MTR for actions in the
Coal River Valley to carry out civil disobedience actions.

Could these arrests be a pre-emptive arrest to disrupt Climate Ground
Zero's activities?

We've spent 2009 escalating the fight to end mountaintop removal. 
The coal industry spent 2009 escalating their rhetoric (example above)
to cast us as "extremists" and "terrorists," and encouraging
intimidation and violence in the coalfields.  Now West Virginia law
enforcement is arresting activists and lead organizers in Rock Creek on
"old" charges.

Four Climate Ground Zero
activists arrested today in Rock Creek, West Virginia.

Rock Creek, WV - At 3:47 pm, Tuesday, four Climate Ground Zero
activists were arrested for trespass at their homes in Rock Creek, West
Virginia. Matt Louis-Rosenberg, Jacqueline Quimby, Kimberly Ellis and
James McGuiness were taken to the Kanawha County Courthouse by State
Police. State Trooper Lt. Bowers. The charges stem from an October 10
demonstration at Walker CAT's headquarters, which challenged Walker's
misleading pro-coal advertising campaign at which Gabe Schwartzman, 19,
and David German, 18, were arrested by City of Belle Police and cited
for trespassing on a structure or conveyance. The two had unfurled a
banner which read, "Yes, Coal is Killing West Virginia's Communities" .

More information as the situation develops. For more information,
call Mike Roselle, Climate Ground Zero 304 854 7372.

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