WV Blockaders: Bail ’em out!

19 May

So our friends at Climate Ground Zero in WV have been busy. First they disrupted the Massey Energy shareholder’s meeting. They blockaded the entrance to Massey’s regional HQ with a tripod. Photos below the fold. Now two mountain defenders are in jail with an insanely high bail amount of $100,000 each and need our help to get that reduced so they don’t sit there rotting forever.

It takes literally two minutes. Just call 304-369-7360 and/or 304-369-7360 and leave a message for “Magistrate Snodgrass”, something like the following:

I am calling to express my outrage at the exorbitantly high bail Magistrate Snodgrass set for EmmaKate Martin and Benjamin Bryant. Their case numbers are 10-M-7-11-12-13-14 and 10-M-7-15-16-17-18. The 8th Amendment states “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”  Snodgrass is using bail as punishment, and it is certainly excessive.  He is doing a disservice to society by holding them behind bars until their hearing.  Please reduce their bail to a reasonable amount that reflects their four non-violent misdemeanor charges.

This is also out on Facebook, because the CGZ crew are freakin’ awesome at outreach. Hopefully with enough public pressure, Mr. Snodgrass will reduce their bail to something that the CGZ legal fund can manage. Click “Continue reading” for photos of these kids, their tripod and a promo for CGZ’s upcoming action camps.

Here’s the aforementioned tripod, with extraction imminent:

Here’s EmmaKate Martin, 18:

Here’s Benjamin Bryant, 23:

Here’s a link to 7 photos of the protest at the Massey shareholders’ meeting.

And here’s the poster for their action camps, taking place all summer:

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