December 31, 2009
Top Ten Rock Creek Stories of the year.
Will Wickham and Glen Collins use U-Locks around their necks to lock
down to big yellow machinery on Kayford Mountain, May 23, 2009.
photograph by antrim caskey
10. Climate Ground Zero
staff increases from four people to over forty full time volunteers, then Ivan
shows up and our food budget doubles.
9. We kicked Marcel’s
horse out of dilapidated Number Four House and did a complete makeover. Then
Guin moved in and now we miss the horse.
8. We get a goat to eat all of the poison ivy. Goat eats everything
but the poison ivy.
7. We get a new sign for the Ford Addition Road on Route
Three. Charleston newspaper publishes detailed directions to our houses. House and
new sign get paintballed.
6. Seeds of Peace kitchen is replaced by Everybody’s Kitchen’s
famous kitchen bus. Food stays just as good but there is no coffee in the morning. We
5. Of the forty people living here on Rock Creek, Dr. Bob is
the only one who hasn’t been arrested yet. He is our cook, carpenter,
accountant and dentist. We don’t have a dental plan, but we do have a dentist.
4. Sergeant Smith and Lt. Bowers crash big party on the Ford
Addition and order us, then beg us to tell Nick and Laura, two tree sitters in
their second day of shutting down blasting on the Edwhite mountain top removal
mine, to come down. Support crew
delivered the sitters warm squash soup in their trees, but forgot to mention it.
They came down voluntarily on the seventh day, suffering from sleep deprivation
due to constant harassment by Massey employees.
3. Ford Addition’s Rock Creek grill chosen to cook the half
of pig donated by a neighbor to Larry Gibson’s annual Fourth of July
Celebration of the Mountains. The other half was donated to the Massey coal
miners who live just down the road. Their BBQ must not have been as good as
ours because a different miner came over to Larry’s for a hot dog, and is now a
You Tube celebrity.
2. Two young women bump into some strip miners as they make
their way up and out onto the three hundred foot boom where they shut the
dragline down for half a day. Lt. Bowers had to go up and arrest them. Then they get
charged with battery. Isn’t this a crazy town?
1. Climate Ground Zero, against all odds, survived the last
year of the first decade of the twenty First Century. Not only that, the
campaign to end mountain top removal has grown into a full blown movement.
Climate Ground Zero has been cited as one of the top news makers of the year by
several media outlets. In West Virginia, Rock Creek has become the symbol of
resistance, and Coal River Mountain is where we draw the line. We are looking
forward to keeping up the
struggle over the next year and want to thank everybody for their support over
the last one. We hope to see you here on Rock Creek.