July 14, 2016
From the Blue Ridge to the Eastern shore, Virginians are facing threats of dangerous fracked-gas pipelines, toxic coal ash, soot pollution, rapidly rising sea levels and mountains blasted apart for coal. On July 23, join with hundreds of mountain and river lovers, faith leaders, farmers, climate activists, moms and others for the “March on the Mansion” in Richmond. We’ll tell Governor McAuliffe that he must stand up to corporate polluters and stand with Virginians fighting for clean energy and a safe climate.
West Virginia resident and former coordinator of The Alliance for Appalachia Katey Lauer shares her perspective on the aftermath of last month’s floods and the humanity she witnessed as communities come together and begin to “reconstitute the world.” (The blog was also picked up by DailyKos.)
The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum in Matewan chronicles the dramatic struggle to unionize coal mines in the 20th century — a powerful but little-known episode of Appalachian history.
Since opening in 2014, the KD#2 mountaintop removal mine in Kanawha County, W.Va. has racked up more than 40 enforcement actions due to water pollution exposed by local citizens in the Kanawha Forest Coalition. The state has filed suit against the mining company, but it could be little more than a smoke screen.
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Caroline Armijo, an artist, activist and close friend of Appalachian Voices, ponders a new technology that may offer a solution to the threats coal ash pollution poses to her community.
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