Today at his status hearing in Kanawha county, Ducky (Nathan Joseph) agreed to a plea deal and was taken directly to south central regional jail to serve 5 days. He plead guilty to obstruction, and was sentenced to 5 days in jail and $100 fine plus court costs.
Ducky was one of Five people who, on May 24th, boarded a coal barge as part of the 2012 Mountain Justice Summer Camp. The action took place at the Quincy Docks, operated by Kanawha River Terminals in Chelyan, WV. Ducky and two other activists locked themselves to the boat with a banner stating “Coal Leaves Cancer Stays.” Before he took action, ducky said “If ‘business as usual’ does not stop SOON, there will not be an Appalachia left for our children or our children’s children.”
Ducky also said “I’ve found constant comfort in the knowledge that I took part in this action for good reason. Everywhere I look I see problems with the coal industry. Whether it’s the overt destruction of a natural landmark that should be revered or the blatant disregard for the health and safety of industry employees and community members.”
The other 4 people who boarded the barge with Ducky still have open court cases. Ricki Draper and Jackob Mack-Boll have their status hearings on August 31st and are facing tresspassing charges.
You can write to Nathan Walker Joseph, 1001 Centre Way, Charleston, WV, 25309-1001
To guarantee that the person you’re writing to will receive your letters: Address your letter to the inmate’s full legal name. You must include a full name in the return address as well or your mail will not be allowed in. Use standard sized envelopes and paper, use only a pencil or pen with blue/black ink (typed or colored ink may cause your letter to be confiscated), don’t include cards, photocopies, clippings, or other materials besides black and white written correspondence. Photos are okay. Please assume all mail will be read by the jail. Remember that the person you are writing may not have paper or stamps to write back, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t receive a reply.