The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

March 29, 2017

photoBudget puts Appalachia last

The White House’s proposed budget purports to put America first. It puts Appalachia last — taking aim at vital funding for economic development and other programs that are a lifeline for many in our region.

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Add your voice to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline!

Thousands of citizens have taken every opportunity to tell federal regulators to reject the proposed fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny this unnecessary and unwanted project.

[ Take action now! ]

Get out the sunscreen! Solar coming to Southwest Virginia

On May 9, Appalachian Voices is proud to co-host the Southwest Virginia Solar Fair — a celebration of developing the region as a solar energy technology hub and providing solar installations for community members.

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N.C. counties make energy efficiency history

Yancey and Mitchell counties in western N.C. became the first counties in America to pass resolutions supporting the development of “on-bill financing” by the local electric utility to help residents afford home energy efficiency improvements.

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The energy burden

Residents in East Tennessee, like in many places across Appalachia, spend a significant portion of their income on energy bills. Many service agencies and churches already struggle to help everyone in their communities who needs it with payment and weatherization assistance, but with threats to federal funding, they may face an even greater demand.

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Standing with miners and their families

In a matter of weeks, health care benefits for thousands of retired union coal miners will run out. In just a matter of years, the entire United Mine Workers pension plan, which covers nearly 90,000 former coal miners and their widows, may become insolvent.

[ Tell Congress to pass the Miners Protection Act ]

 

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Creative Resistance: Fighting Toxins and Fossil Fuels
April 4: This public talk by renowned author, poet and scientist Dr. Sandra Steingraber will explore how the current political moment invites new engagement in environmental advocacy. Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Solar Community Interest Meetings in Norton and Big Stone Gap
April 6, 8: Have you ever wondered if solar panels are right for your home or small business? Join these meetings in Norton and Big Stone Gap, Va., to learn more!
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Community Benefit Dinner
April 8: Come enjoy a meal at Kindly Kitchen and support the High Country CSA's Cost Share Program. Boone, N.C.
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Kentucky Green Living Fair
April 8: Enjoy a day of workshops, local foods, live music and more at Kentucky’s largest sustainability event! Somerset, Ky.
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ACT Spring Fundraiser
April 9: Spend an evening with the Alliance of Carolinians Together Against Coal Ash for a celebration of coal ash community heros and a silent auction and raffle to raise money for well testing and relief for impacted communities. Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Annual Spring Nature Festival
April 21-23: Enjoy a weekend of seminars and guided walks that highlight the wonders of natural history. Warrior’s State Park. Kingsport, Tenn.
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Boone in Blossom
April 21-23: This festival includes live music, workshops on healthful living, yoga and more! Butler, Tenn.
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Earth Day
April 22: Look for events near you to celebrate, or join the March for Science in Washington, D.C.
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Save the Date!

SWVA Solar Fair
May 9: Join the Solar Working Group of Southwest Virginia for hands-on projects, presentations, cotton candy and more! Wise, Va.
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SWVA Economic Forum
May 10: Come learn how your business, organization or community can help revitalize the economy of Southwest Virginia. Wise, Va.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
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