Many Americans suffer from the loss of loved ones to acts of violent terrorism. Steve Walker’s comments play off of people’s fear of violence, escalating tensions between supporters and opponents of mountaintop removal. We, as individuals and as a movement, are committed to nonviolence. D.B. Cox, our arresting officer, noted that we “complied and were arrested peaceably.”
As residents of Maryland, we came to West Virginia because, if our hometowns were being destroyed like the mountains of West Virginia, we would want all Americans to come and stand with us. Furthermore, both of our home towns burn mountaintop removal coal, which implicates us and urges us to take action to stop this atrocity.
We ask that Steve Walker recant his words, which misconstrue our act of nonviolent civil disobedience.
Dave German & Gabe Schwartzman
Rock Creek, WV