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Red Onion Hunger Strike Reminds Us of George Allen’s Legacy as Gov.

In the late 1990s, then-Gov. George Allen (R), now running for re-election to the Senate against Tim Kaine (D), had a get-tough corrections policy that resulted in the abolition of parole and the lengthening of criminal sentences. He went on a prison-building tear that included the construction of two "supermax" (or level S facilities for their maximum-security features) to house the supposed expected flood of violent offenders. A surplus of cells resulted, which were then rented out to other states with overflowing prisons, resulting inappropriate incarceration of low-threat offenders from urban areas.  The recent hunger strike by inmates protest conditions that date back to construction.  And lest you think that only the worst of the worst are imprisoned there, Joe Giarratano ended up at Red Onion for 8 years AFTER starting his peace studies program . To continue reading see:
*http://bethwellington.blogspot.com/2012/05/huger-strike-at-supermax-red-onion.html
*http://bethwellington.blogspot.com/2012/05/red-onion-hunger-strike-ends-peace.html

What We Do to the Land We Do to the People

In our neighboring state, as part of  the Mountain Justice Summer Action Camp taking place at the Appalachian South Folklife Center, five members of Mountain Justice and RAMPS boarded a coal barge to protest the destruction of mountains in West Virginia through Mountaintop removal, while other members and their fellow concerned activists blocked coal transport at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 24.  One, Catherine Ann MacDougal of Rock Creek, had already engaged in the Bee Tree Hollow Tree Sit in Coal River Valley for thirty days during July and August 2011.

The five locked  themselves on the barge beside Kanawa River Terminal's Quincy Dock near Chelyan, trying to raise a large banner that read "Coal leaves, cancer stays" before being stopped by company workers stopped them.

Meanwhile on Kayford Mountain, a major mountaintop removal coal mining site, dozens obstructed access to the haul road at the Republic Energy mine. During a half an hour...

This coverage is part of SAMPLER (Southern Appalachian Media Project for Literacy on Environmental Renewal) Donate to SAMPLER!
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