Free Mike Roselle From Jail … Free Appalachia From Mountaintop Removal
From EcoWatch, Nov 30, 2013: A couple of days ago—four years after governmental inaction and continual mountaintop removal have left his adopted Appalachian region in ruin, blanketed ailing communities with toxic silica dust and sullied the headwaters of the eastern states’ waterways, Roselle spent Thanksgiving in the Regional Jail in Charleston, West Virginia with a simple question: Why won’t West Virginia Gov. Earl Tomblin simply have his state department’s do their jobs and test the blasting dust for harmful toxins?
Roselle’s arrest outside the governor’s mansion is one of the most blatant attacks on freedom of speech and on our democracy—and a challenge to all citizens and environmental groups and the Obama administration to either have a Kennedy moment and intervene on behalf of the civil rights of citizens in a rogue state or allow the mounting death toll and health crisis from mountaintop removal to grow in the face of a silent tsunami.
Mike Roselle still sits in jail.
His one-line statement at the governor’s mansion is a powerful call to the nation: “I am not going to take that dust back to Rock Creek.”
From Mike Roselle’s facebook page:
Roselle just got through to the CGZ house for the first time since arrest.
He is in the 9 th day of his hunger strike.
He is in solitary confinement with no blanket.
He wants a public arraignment with a crowd.
He wants EVERYONE to call the jail-304 558 1336
He wants EVERYONE to call the magistrate-304 357 0437
He wants EVERYONE to keep calling the governor’s office
Mike sez” Thank you to everyone,we will stop MTR!!!”
His lawyer and the ACLU are working hard to get to Mike today.
He remains strong!