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Running For The Mountains

Below is a brief, incisive trailer to an exciting new documentary featuring Jesse Johnson. Although the documentary has a much broader story, this particular preview is focused on his exclusion from past debates.
Polidoc, the documentarian will be covering the protest of the debate prior to, and during the broadcast, so this will be an opportunity for you to show the world how much this travesty of justice offends you. The fiercely independent Mobile Broadcast News Service is also planning to do a live worldwide uplink outside of Charleston’s Clay Center during the debate.
Join with Jesse this Tuesday, October 9 starting around 6:45 outside the Clay Center in Charleston, WV.

Running for the Mountains – Barred from the Debate from Polidoc on Vimeo.

Larry Gibson, Keeper of the Mountains

Larry Gibson passed away on Sept. 9, 2012 while gardening his family’s land on Kayford Mountain, where he dedicated the last decades of his life fighting against mountaintop removal and for justice across all of Appalachia. Larry’s 50 acre homeplace is surrounded by nearly 8,000 acres of mountaintop removal devastation. It will hopefully remain as a symbolic sky island which will continue to serve as an important training ground for future generations of activists, educators and chroniclers.

Friends and family of Larry will celebrate his life and legacy on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. in a public event at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium.

Standing tall, one and all. Mr. Mountainkeeper, we will sorely miss you,

Left to right: Chuck Nelson, Ken Hechler, Jesse Johnson and Larry Gibson.

Johnson demands moratorium, details major jobs plan

Released statewide, September 14, 2012
Johnson demands moratorium, details major jobs plan

WV – While detailing a solid plan to immediately provide good paying jobs for workers displaced by halting destructive extraction industry practices, Jesse Johnson, Gubernatorial Nominee for the Mountain Party of West Virginia, is demanding the immediate halt to new permits for “fracking” the Marcellus Shale in the Mountain State and calls for an end to the radical surface-mining practice known as Mountain Top Removal.

It is shocking that Tomblin is ignoring the extreme dangers to the general public across West Virginia presently posed by the extractive industries. Cancer-causing poisons and radiation from drill sites, compressor stations and beyond are being handled and dumped in West Virginia with little or no regulation” Johnson states.

At the Water & Wellness Seminar held in Morgantown, WV on September 8th, Dr. Wilma Subra presented information about the toxins released during shale gas drilling and their harmful effects on human health and the environment. Her statistical research proves that people don’t have to live close to a well site for their health to be seriously compromised. The dangerous levels of chemicals and radioactivity associated with these sites and beyond have now been measured and are well documented.

Johnson has been publicly calling for a moratorium on drilling the Marcellus until proper regulations are passed along with provisions for enforcement for well over a year. Johnson’s longtime stance on mountaintop removal was also validated at the Morgantown seminar.

Mountaintop removal mining poisons the water, ruins the health of citizens, robs our true wealth and even destroys the history of entire communities. A Governor can, and should, stop it by Executive Order -NOW, Johnson said.

Regarding jobs, Johnson urges:

Do the math. If Tomblin was really concerned about jobs he would have already been reclaiming West Virginia’s more than 6,000 abandoned mine sites. That is more projects than there are West Virginia surface mine workers.” There are also over 13,000 abandoned gas wells, and many with breached casings. These all represent shovel-ready jobs, which could pay Davis/Bacon wages. By protecting us from the industrial pollution left by the gas industry long ago, the workers from the 950 Marcellus sites displaced by a permit moratorium could continue to work until proper protections are legislated.

WVU’s Dr. Micheal Hendryx has conducted several peer-reviewed scientific studies on how coal-mining industries have negatively impacted southern West Virginia since the explosive practice of surface mining began. He recently warned residents to have their soil and water tested for toxins before gardening. At the Wellness and Water seminar Hendrix reported that the pollution is so concentrated that in good conscience he couldn’t advocate community gardening.

The January 8, 2010, issue of the journal Science unequivocally documented the irreversible environmental impacts from MTR, including how residences near mines are at far higher risk of serious health problems, including birth defects and early death.

Health impacts associated with surface mining for coal in the Appalachian region are known to include elevated rates of mortality from hypertension, lung cancer, and chronic heart, pulmonary and kidney disease in coal producing communities, Johnson further points out, The dangers released by both hydrofracking and mountaintop removal will continue to poison our air and water. These are life-threatening conditions which Tomblin needs to immediately address. The cancer-causing radiation from Marcellus waste has a 1600 year half-life and his Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to permit dumping it into open pits and is already letting it into landfills. We need answers to existing problems, not create new ones for ourselves and for our grandchildren.

Contact: Tom Rhule, Communications Director 304 989 1629

Jesse Johnson files for Gov. of West Virginia, Declares State of Emergency

The last time Jesse ran, beloved West Virginia Elder Statesman Ken Hechler called him West Virginia’s “Ultimate Solution”.  Since that time, the situation in West Virginia has begun to flatline.

Governor Tomblin pushed through an “Everything Goes” Marcellus bill which fails to adequately protect West Virginians from the deadly toxins and legalized private property abuse by the drilling industry. Senator Manchin’s lawsuit against the EPA, carried forward by the Tomblin Administration, has now caused West Virginia’s rural communities to be abandoned from all federal protections of their water supplies.  Never forget that it took the EPA to step around Manchin’s industry-compliant DEP chief to prosecute Massey energy for violating the Clean Water Act in WV over 4,000 times!

That’s why Jesse Johnson of the Mountain Party has filed to run as West Virginia’s First Responder Nominee.  Under its current political dynasty, West Virginia’s health, education, and well-being have decayed to the point where the Great State of West Virginia is now a Constant State of Emergency.  Outsider extraction interests – by far the most powerful businesses in the state – are once again only backing candidates that are willing to surrender our entire State to be their sacrifice zone –at the dire expense of local sustainable businesses.  The result is a monolithic rule by West Virginia’s corporate-owned leaders, who through their incredibly well financed campaigns have developed an unholy alliance between the two major parties and West Virginia’s corporate-owned media.

Jesse is the only major Nominee that has a bold, innovative plan to bring well-paying, sustainable jobs to our State.  His common sense plan includes protecting our Constitutional rights, invigorating our economy, enhancing our communities, protecting our environment and unleashing our education system. Jesse strongly believes that a Governor should always place the best interests of the people of West Virginia above that of the outside corporations and their banksters, and rejects the legalized bribery of corporate campaign contributions. His grassroots campaign is calling on all citizens to think like “First Responders” to reject attempts by both opposing camps, along with their corporate-owned media, to vote for the lesser of two evils out of fear and panic.

The Mountain Party of West Virginia

Contact: Jesse Johnson


Telephone: 304 581-3005
Cellphone: 304 541 9841

The “Ultimate Solution” -What’s it worth to YOU?


How can it be that West Virginia citizens are amongst the poorest, unhealthiest, and least educated in the U.S. when our Great State has long been recognized as one of the richest states of all?


Outsider extraction interests are by far the most powerful businesses within our borders.  This particular sector has a blatant history of only backing candidates that are willing to surrender our State to be their sacrifice zone – at the dire expense of our sustainable, local businesses.  That explains why West Virginia’s health, education, and well-being have always suffered miserably. Monolithic rule by corporate-owned leaders has produced an unholy partnership between the two major parties and their corporate-owned media.


Jesse Johnson of the Mountain Party is running for Governor.  He is the only major Nominee that has pledged to protect our Constitutional rights, invigorate our economy, enhance our com- munities, protect our environment and unleash our education system. Like you, Jesse strongly believes that a Governor should always place the best interests of the people above that of the outside corporations and their banksters.

Jesse needs your help to implement his bold, innovative plan to bring well-paying, sustainable jobs to our State, based on plain old common sense.  

Since the Mountain Party’s founding, Jesse Johnson has always shunned the legalized bribery of corporate campaign contributions.  Without your help, it may be impossible for us to spread the word about Jesse’s solutions, or the fact that West Virginia’s Mountain Party even has a Nominee for Governor.

West Virginia has been circling the drain for far too long.  Jesse can put a stop to it.  Donate what you can, and/or pledge some of your time to promote this truly grassroots campaign for the singular Nominee that Statesman Ken Hechler  called West Virginia’s “Ultimate Solution” today.

Together we can make all the difference in the world. Right here in WV.

Tom Rhule
Director of Communications
Mountain Party of West Virginia
phone: (304) 581-3005

All donations should be directly addressed to:
P.O. Box 456
Pinch, WV 25156