Arrested Queer Activist Allegedly Beaten by Police in West Virginia
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
August 01 2012 2:42 PM ET
Dustin Steele, a queer activist with the environmental group RAMPS (Radical Action for Mountain Peoples' Survival) was arrested by West Virginia state police on July 28 along with what activist Jamie Phillips says were 19 other peaceful protesters who were there to argue against the Hobet strip mining site in Lincoln County, West Virginia. The activists say that Mountaintop Removal (MTR) coal mining is hazardous to the health of all those who drink water polluted by the process, as well as destructive of the health of workers and the actual area physically destroyed.