The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

September 22, 2018


Hurricane Florence's aftermath continues to disrupt NC communities

Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence continue to rise more than a week after the storm made landfall in North Carolina, spreading toxic contamination from hog farms and coal ash impoundments and raising concerns about the social disparity of residents impacted by the disaster. Photo by Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper

Read about the disaster and learn how you can help ]


Federal fund for black lung in danger

If Congress fails to act before next year, a tax on coal companies that helps fund healthcare for current and former coal miners with black lung disease will be cut by more than half. Next week, we're traveling to D.C. with Central Appalachian citizens to speak with decision-makers about this and other vital issues.

[ Read more and sign the petition ]

NC revisits coal ash rules

North Carolina's new draft rules to govern coal ash weaken the way groundwater pollution and remediation is managed and don't cover common but serious contaminants like boron and hexavalent chromium. Residents and experts have several opportunities to add their voice before October 15.

[ NC residents: Take action now ]

Stewarding our national forests

America’s public lands are a place of refuge and recreation, but how we manage them is a topic of intense debate. Read about special places, land management debates and forest champions in a special 12-page section of The Appalachian Voice.

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Hands-on education in Central Appalachia

Youth in Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky are participating in projects that foster science and technical skills through interesting projects like building tiny homes, testing water quality and developing satellites.

[ Read: FIRE Summit embraces hands-on learning ]
[ Read: Virginia students develop satellite technology ]

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Mail us a self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope and we'll send you four NO PIPELINES bumper stickers to share!

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Hands Across the A.T.
Sept. 22: Join Hands Across the Appalachian Trail to protect our region from fracked gas pipelines! Giles and Augusta Counties, Va.
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Poor Peoples’ Hearing
Sept. 26: Lift up the voices of those typically left out of our nation’s electoral process. Richmond, Va.
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Wild and Scenic River Celebration
Sept. 28: Celebrate 50 years of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act with beer, music and more. Asheville, N.C.
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Gasland Tour of Doddridge County
Sept. 28: See firsthand the effects the fracked gas industry can have on a community. Doddridge County, W.Va.
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WVHA Fall Conference
Sept. 29: Network with fellow herbalists at the West Virginia Herb Association’s Fall Conference. Hurricane, W.Va.
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High Knob Naturalist Rally
Sept. 29: The Clinch Coalition's free, family-friendly event celebrating the natural world of Southwest Virginia. Norton, Va.
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Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
Oct. 4-7: Three days of music, art and education. Stop by the Appalachian Voices table! Pittsboro, N.C.
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Save Your Streambanks
Oct. 9: Join a workshop on local watersheds, grant opportunities, managing invasive species and more. Carlisle, Ky.
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Coal Ash: A Moral Catastrophe
Oct. 10: Join this free webinar to learn more about coal ash and how faith communities can help.
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Grassroots Organizing Summit
Oct. 12-14: Connect with other grassroots organizers fighting against fracked gas in the region. Mt. Pleasant, Pa.
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Global Gas Frack Down Day of Action
Oct. 13: Join communities around the world in speaking out against fracked gas.
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Butterfly and Monarch Tagging
Oct. 13: Become a citizen scientist and identify as many butterfly species as you can! Knoxville, Tenn.
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Forest Farming Workshop
Oct. 18: Discuss marketing and cultivating ginseng, goldenseal and edible mushrooms. Bledsoe, Ky.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
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