The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia

Speaking Truth to Power: Appalachian Voices at the DNC

Monday, August 27th, 2012 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

From the halls of Congress to small churches and community centers, Appalachian Voices has worked for years to make mountaintop removal an issue of national importance and awareness. Our members, volunteers and staff understand the importance of speaking truth to power with one strong collective voice. This is why next week we will travel to Charlotte, N.C., as all eyes turn to the Democratic National Convention.

During the convention, we’ll be tweeting, posting to Facebook and on our Front Porch Blog, sharing all of the important events happening in Charlotte and how they relate to our work to protect the communities of Central and Southern Appalachia. To make it easier for you to follow all the action, we’ve created a special page for all things DNC.

On September 3, Appalachian Voices and Greenpeace will host “Bourbon, Bluegrass and a Better Future for Appalachia,” where guests of honor Van Jones and Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth will join us in spirited celebration of our work protecting one of America’s most culturally and environmentally diverse regions.


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Legislation Addressing Health Impacts of Mountaintop Removal Introduced in Congress

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

Today, Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and 11 Democratic cosponsors are introducing the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act into the 112th Congress. The bill seeks to help end mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia by highlighting the health impacts associated with the practice.

We applaud this effort to bring the daily tragedy that is mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia to the attention of the American people and their Representatives in the U.S. Congress. We are also grateful for the continued leadership demonstrated by Reps. Kucinich and Slaughter, both cosponsors of the Clean Water Protection Act (H.R.1375), and longtime champions of Appalachia.

Appalachian Treasures on tour out West!

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 | Posted by | No Comments

By Kate Finneran
Appalachian Voices National Field Coordinator, 2011-12

The Appalachian Treasures Tour is out West right now! Our own Lenny Kohm is out on the road in Arizona currently and headed to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Fullerton, and then Northern California! Click here for upcoming tour dates.

In order to bring the country together to protect the region from the ravages of mountaintop removal, we created the Appalachian Treasures slideshow, with images and voices from the region. Along with directly impacted residents, we travel with this presentation to key Congressional districts across the country to build a national base to gain support for the Clean Water Protection Act and the Appalachia Restoration Act. Along the way, we have traveled to over 20 states and talked to over 7,000 people directly.

Click here to listen to Lenny’s radio interview in Santa Fe!

Beverly Walkup joins us on tour in LA this month, hailing from Southern West Virginia where her community has been affected by mountaintop removal.

Beverly Walkup joins us on tour this weekend in Southern California to speak about how mountaintop removal has affected her community and what folks in Southern California can do to end it.

Is Appalachian Treasures coming to a venue near you? Check our schedule.

Stay tuned for more updates from the road!