The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

June 25, 2019

The Appalachian African-American Cultural Center

In Pennington Gap, Va., Ron and Jill Carson are celebrating local African-American history and hosting public conversations about race. “We’re trying to heal the world, to get people to talk about it,” says Ron Carson. “Because if you don’t reveal, you can’t heal.”

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Trump administration backs down on job center closings

After public outcry, the federal Labor and Agriculture departments have decided not to close 25 Job Corps centers, which employ over 1000 workers in rural America. The centers teach vocational skills to thousands of underprivileged Americans aged 18 to 24 as well as providing academic opportunities and social guidance.

[ Read the blog ]

Appalachians in D.C. call for a better future

This week, several folks from Appalachia are joining others from coal-impacted communities around the country in Washington, D.C. Their mission: to lobby as concerned citizens for the passage of the RECLAIM Act.

[ Read their stories, then take action to help ]

Companies put on notice for illegal discharges in W.Va.

Appalachian Voices and partner groups took legal action this month to compel owners of 15 coal facilities to stop illegal discharges of toxic substances including aluminum and selenium into West Virginia waters.

[ Read the press release ]

Help stop Duke Energy’s unfair rate bill!

Duke Energy is still pushing a deceptive bill in the NC legislature that would allow the monopoly utility to raise electric rates more easily, with fewer public hearings and less oversight.

[ NC residents, contact your representatives! ]

Natural gas—a bridge to climate disaster

The natural gas industry would like us to think that their product is a “bridge fuel” from dirty coal and oil to cleaner sources. Don’t fall for it. We pull back the curtain on this false narrative to show that gas is just as dangerous—or even more dangerous—than other other fossil fuels.

[ Read the blog ]

NC deals a setback to Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate

In denying a water quality permit to Mountain Valley Pipeline’s proposed Southgate extension, North Carolina environmental regulators said the pipeline company was trying to rush the permit through without supplying key information, like the pipeline route.

[ Learn more ]

A Force for Change

Appalachian Voices' 2018 Annual Report, A Force for Change, highlights some of our greatest accomplishments since the beginning of 2018 and demonstrates how we are working to honor our supporters' commitment to the region and our mission.

[ Read the report ]


Summer of Sound continues!
Still looking for a reason to become a member of Appalachian Voices? Well, look no further because the Summer of Sound is back! Join us in June for your chance to win two 4-day tickets to the fabulous FloydFest!



Battle of the Beer Label!
Design the label for Wild Wolf Brewing Company's new Appalachian Voices-inspired “Power to the People Pilsner!” The winner will receive a prize pack, courtesy of Wild Wolf Brewing Company. All submissions must be in by July 7. Submit your entry!


Unity Days Event
June 29:
Speakers will discuss regional environmental racism, including the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed Buckingham compressor station, at a presentation in Charlottesville, Va.

Henderson is Home Cleanup
June 29:
Clean up garbage and help install a rain garden along Oklawaha Greenway in Hendersonville, N.C.

7th Annual Kentucky Native Plant Sale
July 6:
Located at Memorial Park in Berea, Ky. Proceeds go to Monarch Watch and other nature groups.

Bats and Caves Awareness Day
July 6:
Learn about the importance of bats and caves and how to preserve them at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Cass, W.Va.

Piedmont Natural Gas Rate Hike Hearings
July 9 (High Point), July 10 (Charlotte), July 11 (Wilmington); all start at 7 p.m.:
Speak out against Piedmont's request to increase revenues on the backs of NC ratepayers. Details TBD, email to get involved.

3rd Annual Floyd Energy Fest
July 13:
Activites, exhibits, presentations and more on sustainability in Floyd, Va. Visit the Appalachian Voices table!

STAY Summer Institute
July 18-21:
Stay Together Appalachian Youth’s annual gathering for people aged 14-30 includes youth-led workshops, skillbuilding, art and music. Marion, Va.

SolSmart Community Celebration
July 25:
Join the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia to celebrate newly designated SolSmart communities. Details TBA, check Facebook page for updates.

9th Annual Whipporwill Festival
July 19-21:
Learn about sustainable living through workshops, activities, entertainment and more. Beattyville, Ky.

New River Conservancy Annual Celebration
July 28:
Enjoy food and drinks to celebrate the conservancy at River Ridge Cattle Co, between Mouth of Wilson and Independence, Va.

Building Operators Certification (BOC)
August 8-Nov. 1:
BOC Level 1 Training Series, hosted by Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), and Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC). Registration ends Aug. 1. Hazard, Ky.

Environmental Calendar of Events
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