The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

May 17, 2017

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20 years of action, innovation and collaboration


Appalachian Voices is celebrating two decades of bringing people together to stand up for the mountains, for clean rivers and drinking water, for farms, forests and wildlife, and for healthy communities across the Appalachian region. We’d love for you to join us for the next 20!

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A ray of hope from D.C.

Through the dark clouds of the White House’s agenda for rolling back or killing off programs critical to Appalachia, a bright spot has emerged — $10 million for repurposing old coal mines in Southwest Virginia for new economic opportunities.

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Western NC families need energy efficiency financing

Our new report shows that a program that pays the upfront cost of home energy improvements could lower monthly bills for thousands of families in western North Carolina while creating jobs, strengthening local economies, and protecting public health and the environment.

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You are my sunshine

Appalachian Voices was proud to co-host the 2017 Solar Fair last week along with our partners in the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia. The event featured a mobile solar unit, solar-powered live music, solar pizza boxes, and much more — all to showcase the economic benefits of energy from the sun.

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asheville coal ashTrump digs coal—but he can't save it

President Trump campaigned on a promise to revive the battered coal industry. Now that he’s in office, his administration's implausible goals are colliding with the market realities shaping the industry’s future.

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Resistance to pipelines across the East

Up and down the Eastern Seaboard, residents are fighting back against plans for new pipelines. The challenges are daunting, but the citizen movement is powerful — and growing.

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Appalachian Trail Days Festival
May 19-21: Enjoy three days of food, crafts, live music and workshops celebrating the Appalachian Trail and those who hike it. Damascus, Va.
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Madison MayFest
May 20: Join the Community Housing Coalition for an evening of live music, dancing and dinner! Marshall, N.C.
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Surface Coal Mining/Human Health Meeting
May 23: The National Academy of Sciences will hold a public meeting to gather information on the health effects of coal mining in Central Appalachia. Email erin@appvoices.org for more information. Chief Logan State Park, W.Va.
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“Before the Flood” Screening
May 25: Join us for this free screening of the climate documentary starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The event is hosted by Local Energy Alliance Program. Charlottesville, Va.
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Gathering in the Gap
May 27: Come out for a full day of live music and workshops hosted at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park. Big Stone Gap, Va.
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Mountain Music Festival
June 1-3: Enjoy a weekend of live mountain music and outdoor adventure. Minden, W.Va.
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Seedtime on the Cumberland
June 2-3: Join Appalshop for this annual festival, and enjoy a weekend of traditional mountain music and arts. Whitesburg, Ky.
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Possum Creek Trail Repair Party
June 3: Help Cumberland Trail staff repair a recently damaged trail and learn the basics of trail maintenance. Caryville, Tenn.
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Defend the Sacred
June 10: This Celebration of Life, Land, and Water aims to strengthen opposition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Live music and dance, local food and speakers. Roanoke, Va.
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Walking the Line
June 17-July 2: Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline walk part of the route of the proposed fracked-gas pipeline. Special celebration event in Staunton, Va., on June 23.
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