Senatorial Debate at Shepherd University
Release, Sept 14, 2012
Johnson demands moratorium, details major jobs plan
Voice of the
Mountains, June, 2012
The Mountain Party
RR 1, Box 108 Ripley WV 25271
Phone: 304 989 1629
FREE FILM (November 1)
THE FREE PUBLIC SHOWING of the important documentary Hacking Democracy is
sponsored by WV Citizens Action Group as part of the WV International
Film Festival. It is about Bev Harris, an ordinary citizen turned voter
machine fraud investigator and who activily wrangles with voting machine fraud
right here in the U.S. It will be presented to the public -free of
9 pm Thursday evening, November 1
at the old Capitol Theater, now the WVSU Capitol Center Theater,
123 Summers St, Charleston.
ANYONE interested in attending the MOUNTAIN PARTY party prior to HACKING
DEMOCRACY should come early to Capitol Roasters in Charleston just across the
the WVSU Capitol Center Theater for a PARTY party, slated to
begin at 7 p.m. Party Chair Charlotte Pritt will give an update on the
party and what our exciting plans are to grow and thrive. Senatorial nominee
Bob Henry Baber will read a poem and say a few words, and our program will
end with a poem by Crystal Good and a short call-for-action by gubernatorial
nominee Jesse Johnson.
Live music will be provided by Albert Perrone,
Sean Richardson and Andy Park.
Capitol Roasters is a coffee shop with beer and wine and good food--sandwiches,
soups and desserts--all available for purchase that evening. We will be
passing the donation bucket to support the Mountain Party, but the doors are
open, no cover.
The Mountain Party was born as a direct result of the Denise Giardina for Governor campaign in the year 2000 general election. For the past decade the Mountain Party has been one of only three political parties legally recognized by the Great State of West Virginia.
The Mountain Party's platform is based on:
- Economic Justice, including ending corporate welfare
- Clean Air, Water and Land
- Responsible extractive industry practices
- Small community schools and limits on busing
- Universal Health Care
- Campaign Finance Reform
- Elimination of corrupt elections
Hundreds of people hand carried petitions to obtain thousands of voter signatures to get gubernatorial candidate Denise Giardina and the Mountain Party on the ballot. Today the Mountain Party maintains same the ability to run nominees for any and all public offices in West Virginia as the corporate-run major parties, relying on our neighbor-to-neighbor grassroots network.
To become an active Mountain Party member, please contact the Mountain Party by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at (304) 989-1629.
To help with fundraising or to make a contribution please contact: Chris Wolford, Mountain Party treasurer by e-mail at email@example.com, phone (304) 782-2064.
Mountain Party isn’t a few lone voices
crying in what’s left of the wilderness.
We are many voices—a diverse choir of believers
keeping the faith forever.
We’re the voice of the Massey miners who are afraid
to speak out for safety
for fear of losing their jobs,
the voice of single working women
who can’t make ends meet or pay their utility bills,
the voice of surface-miners who deep down
hate what they’re doing to their mountains--
but have no other viable alternatives to feed their families,
the voice of first generation low-income high school students
who can’t afford to go to college or find a decent job,
but who can, if they want,
find Oxycontin aplenty around the next dark corner,
the unemployed factory workers whose jobs have fled
first to the right-to-work south, and then to China,
of seniors who can’t afford their meds,
of the little first-grader riding a long strange bus
to a newly consolidated school far, far from home,
and we’re the voice of small dying towns like Richwood and Logan and
who have no capital and no advocate in either capitol to help them get some
so they can pull themselves up by their bootstraps,
and we’re the muffled sound of over-burdened headstreams
which no longer exist, except in memory or imagination,
and of trees that once stretched like waking cats and grew into sunlight,
only to be ruthlessly pushed out of the way
and buried for nothing, to get at the coal,
and we’re the haunting sound of isolated family cemeteries
crying in the lost grey sea of relentless stripping,
and we are
the angry witnesses of Blair Mountain labor and land
being both repeated…and erased
before our very eyes
but not forever,
for we are the collective body of reverence and remembrance.
The Mountain Party will not lick clean coal’s filthy boots
and turn blackened teeth toward t.v. cameras and smile pretty
simply to win an election but lose history.
We will not say the emperor’s is finely clothed
when his engorged belly extrudes the fat of profit
and his butt is showing when he stoops to new lows and new lies.
We are not coal’s enemy
unless its’ profit motive sends 29 men directly to their death
and calls it “an act of God” just like they did after Buffalo Creek.
We are not coal’s enemy
until it lops off entire mountain ranges and calls it good and reclaimed.
And we will be heard above the black din of commerce
masked as progress and heralded by the coal association
in slick press releases circling like vultures around the gilded dome.
The Mountain Party is not an apologist for the past,
but the harbinger of the future.
We are not the party of the privileged,
but have the privilege to speak for those whose voices have been drowned out
by big money
We are the party of bluegrass music, rock salt and stone,
blood, kin and bone.
We are the pen of the budding Appalachian poet
about to re-write flowers into existence,
the clear-cut forest striving to regenerate itself,
& polluted mine run-off trying to lick itself clean.
We are young entrepreneurs with ideas
that will change West Virginia and the world for the better,
we are emergency workers going on midnight calls to save lives,
the committed teacher at a small rural school
helping to create yet one more inspired student,
state workers conscientiously and consistently doing their jobs
sometimes under harsh conditions and with little thanks,
cooks, waiters and waitresses,
surveyors, pharmacy technicians, and nurses,
tree cutters and tree huggers
all on the same page of paper
proclaiming fundamental change.
We are not one voice, but many.
We are the party of celebratory dancing and peaceful evolution.
We are the voice of electronic change skittering across the internet,
the voice of righteous anger
directed towards for the greater good.
We are the voice of the common man and the common place--
both of which are uncommonly good and worth preserving.
Now we will sing together in many colors
calling forth a future:
bright as daylight
clean as a hillside spring,
and true as a million maple leaves
rustling in the crisp fall wind.
We are throwing locust logs that will burn long and hard
on the fires of environmental and social justice.
Not just one, but many, we are
Bob Henry Baber