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Solidarity with Standing Rock Water Protectors

#NoDAPL Protesters Shut Down Intersection in Downtown Columbus

In Columbus, Ohio hundreds of protesters marched together in solidarity with the water protectors at standing rock North Dakota. “This action is occurring simultaneously with protests of across the nation and world in solidarity with the people at Standing Rock” said Madeline ffitch of Appalachia Resist!.

The peaceful protest began in front of the Columbus state house and ended a few blocks away outside of chase bank at 3rd & Broad. Issues such as Ohio’s deployment of 37 State troopers to North Dakota who have engaged in militaristic human rights abuses against peaceful NoDAPL protesters at the expense of Ohioan taxpayers, divestment by banks who have invested over $3.7 billion into energy transfer partners disastrous pipeline, and a call for President Obama to end his final term in the White House with the immediate halting of the US Army Corps of Engineers permits.

“Water is life!” Shouted Peter Gibbons-Ballew- the protester who ground traffic to a halt after locking himself to a van at The intersection of third and State Street. Police on horseback were on the scene as were multiple fire trucks and helicopters circled overhead.”Today is not a day for business as usual – today is a day to shine a light on the human rights abuses being perpetrated on indigenous people attempting to protect their own health and welfare” said protester Lauren Goldberg. Business as usual certainly was not possible in the several hours that protesters occupied the Columbus financial district in one of the biggest protests Columbus has seen for years.

November 15, 2016 has been declared a National Day of Solidarity with the Standing Rock Water Protectors.

Today in the heart of the Columbus financial district, across from the Governor’s office, 77 S High, join us from 11-2 in calling for:The immediate withdrawal of Ohio’s State Troopers from North Dakota.

The immediate divestment of major banks from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The President to immediately halt the DAPL by ordering the US Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the construction permits.

The immediate withdrawal of Ohio’s State Troopers from North Dakota. Committing Ohio state troopers to Standing Rock is an attack on human rights and a misuse of taxpayer dollars. Protesters have been maced, beaten, shot with rubber bullets, locked in dog cages, pulled out of Sweat Lodges during prayer, and brutally assaulted- including children and elders.Because of grave concerns of human rights abuses, the United Nations and Amnesty International have deployed human rights observers to Standing Rock to monitor law enforcement and private security aggression.

The immediate divestment of major banks from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Through Energy Transfer Partners, private banks have invested over $3.75 Billion in the construction of the DAPL. Lets inform the public and ourselves about the importance of divesting from and boycotting these banks:

Wells Fargo, Citibank/Citigroup, TD Securities, ING Bank, BBVA Securities, Citizens Bank, U.S. Bank/PNC Bank/Barclays, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, SunTrust, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and others.

The President to immediately halt the DAPL by ordering the US Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the construction permits. This is clearly within the President’s power. A request from the Department of Justice to halt construction has been ignored by Energy Transfer Partners. The construction of DAPL crosses the Missouri River, the sole drinking water source for thousands of people, both Indigenous and non-indigenous. A spill from DAPL would result in the catastrophic destruction of the Missouri River as a viable water source.

Join together in calling upon our fellow citizens, elected leaders and law enforcement to rectify the perpetuation of systemic and physical violence against the Indigenous Water Protectors and their Allies at Standing Rock as they defend the health and safety of their water systems and land.

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Don’t Frack The Wayne

On the evening of November 18th, nearly 200 Athens County Residents, ranging in age from two to ninety-three, gathered at the Athens Community Center to publicly shame Forest Service and BLM officials who are yet again proposing to open the Wayne National Forest for Fracking.  A similar plan was proposed in 2011, but the community blowback against that plan stopped it dead in its tracks.

No Consent

At Wednesday night’s meeting, the feeling in the room was one of frustration and deja vu, as participants were asked to mill about from table to table in a crowded room where accountability and legitimate information from officials was an impossibility.  At one point, Tony Scardinia, Wayne National Forest Supervisor addressed the crowd, confirming that he would not take questions in a public hearing format, but only informally in a one-on-one format.  As he spoke, many members of the crowd held up signs that read “NO CONSENT”.

Fed up, one woman finally addressed Scardinia directly, saying, “You say you are here to answer our questions, but we only have one question.  What part of No don’t you understand?”  Another woman, visibly pregnant (A recent Johns Hopkins study has made the link between fracking and birth defects), said, “I feel like we were just here.  In 2012, they tried to frack the Wayne.  What did we say?”  The crowd responded loudly, “WE SAID NO!”.  One man dumped a stack of petitions at the feet of Scardinia, saying “1300 signatures, and they all say no!”  The crowd took up cries of “WE SAY NO! WE SAY NO!” and “WE ARE NOT A DUMPING GROUND! DON’T FRACK THE WAYNE!” as they let loose with a cavalcade of paper airplanes flying towards Scardinia. The paper airplanes read “Don’t Frack the Wayne”.

Soon after that, the Forest Service and BLM shut down the event, ending it at least an hour before the scheduled end time of 8:30.

]Adding to the tension was the heavy law enforcement presence, which many attendees objected to as the event was billed as open and welcoming to the public.  Though none of the protestors were violent, as the BLM shut down the meeting, one law enforcement officer used his baton to shove people to the door, sparking public outcry.

It should be noted that there were eight counter-protesters there, compared to the nearly 200 community members there to vocally oppose fracking.  At least one of the counter protestors was paid to be there by the oil and gas industry.

K&H Not Safe, WOUB interview with Peggy Gish and Crissa Cummings

www.youtube.com WOUB Appalachia Resist! K&H Not Safe

Pretrial Wednesday July 16th at 8 am
Supporters are welcome to attend the pretrial to lend support to Crissa Cummings, who was charged with criminal trespass for chaining shut the gates at K&H Partners injection well in Torch, Ohio on June 5th. The pretrial will take place on the 2nd floor of the Athens Municipal Courthouse, 8 E Washington St #201, Athens, OH 45701

 

Christine Hughes Protecting Her Communtiy

Christine Hughes is one of the Athens 8 who were arrested for blocking fracking waste from entering an injection well owned by K&H Partners of West Virginia near Torch, Ohio on February 1st, 2014.

Timothy Fultz Proud to Take Action to Stop Injection Wells

Timothy Fultz was on of the Athens 8 who were arrested for blocking fracking waste from entering an injection well owned by K&H Partners of West Virginia near Torch, Ohio on February 1st, 2014.

“Extractive industries have rarely been beneficial to the residents of Appalachia.” – Kip Rondy

Farmer Kip Rondy is one of the Athens 8 who were arrested for blocking fracking waste from entering an injection well owned by K&H Partners of West Virginia near Torch, Ohio on February 1st, 2014.

Our Water, Our Lives! Their Poison, Their Lies!

Rally Flyer 2-1-14 (Black) KandH1 Injection Well Torch, OHWeather Looks Great for a:

RALLY AGAINST INJECTION WELLS!

Meet at W. State St. ball fields (Athens)
at 2 PM to carpool and caravan.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST 
At last count, 7,892,815,182 gallons of toxic frack waste had been injected underground in Ohio.
ODNR ignores community concerns.
ODNR ignores county commissioners and public officials.
Despite overwhelming public objections, ODNR continues to grant permits for more Class II injection wells in Athens County.We have a right to clean air and water!
We have a right to safe communities!
We have the right to refuse Class II injection wells in our neighborhoods!JOIN WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS TO TELL ODNR AND THE FRACKING INDUSTRY:

SOUTHEAST OHIO IS NOT A SACRIFICE ZONE! 
NO MORE FRACK WASTE!  
NO MORE INJECTION WELLS!
Where and When: 
Saturday, Feb 1st 
Meet at W. State St. ball fields (Athens) 
at 2 PM to carpool and caravan.
 
Dress to be out in the weather! (Please remember insulated footwear, hat, mittens, scarf, and a water bottle!) 
Signs welcome and encouraged. 
Hot drinks will be provided–please bring a MUG if you can.