Hands Off Appalachia: February and March!

The Past Two Months

February and March were busy months for Hands Off Appalachia! We travelled to Connecticut, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and Maryland for speaking events, public demonstrations, and court dates.  

Stamford 14 Appear in Court 
The Stamford 14 (who were arrested in November for hanging a banner from a construction crane, blocking the entrance of UBS’s North American Headquarters, and dropping a banner inside the headquarters) appeared in court on February 13 and March 20. On both occasions, the judge gave the 14 a continuance. They will appear again in court on April 22 for a pretrial hearing. 

Stamford 14 Speaking Tour  
On the way to court, the Stamford 14 stopped in eight cities along the east coast to talk about mountaintop removal and Hands Off Appalachia. They spoke at colleges, churches, and community centers, and met people resisting extractive industry in different ways in each city.

Mountain Justice Spring Break 
On March 7, Mountain Justice Spring Breakers joined Hands Off Appalachia in Roanoke, Johnson City, Kingsport, and Asheville to meet with UBS and demand an end to mountaintop removal. We asked each office to contact UBS Americas and urge an end to UBS’s funding of mountaintop removal. While the Johnson City and Kingsport offices did not give protesters a meeting, UBS officials sat down with groups in Asheville and Roanoke. We will maintain communication with those branches, and continue pressing them to make a statement
against MTR to UBS Americas. 

The Walk for a New Spring walked through Stamford on March 13 and held a vigil in front of UBS to demand an end to their funding of mountain top removal! 

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