The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

December 21, 2019

Taking our message nationwide

In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, Appalachian Voices' Executive Director Tom Cormons says the outcome of 2019 elections for state legislative offices is a clear mandate for reforming the electric monopoly system in Virginia. Photo: Tom Cormons speaks at a May 2019 press conference at the launch of the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition.

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Progress on healthcare for miners with black lung disease

Congress is expected to reinstate a tax to fund healthcare and benefits for miners with black lung and their families before 2020 — but further action is needed to help those who have been left behind.

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Activists across the generations

A group of social justice activists from Virginia, ages 17 to 75, traveled to the 8th annual Southern Movement Assembly in Mississippi, where they made connections and drew inspiration from others.

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Duke Rate Hike Hearings 2020

After our victory on North Carolina's Senate bill 559, Duke Energy is yet again asking the N.C. Public Utilities Commission for permission to raise the rates it charges families and businesses.

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Re-envisioning public power in the Tennessee Valley

The 2019 Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Tour is a listening project to begin building a grassroots vision for our energy future by asking communities impacted by the Tennessee Valley Authority what they want.

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Threats to Oaks

Magnificent, strong and once thriving in Appalachian forests, oaks now struggle to regenerate. As deadly oak diseases spread in other regions, a new alliance is emerging in our region to protect these vital trees.

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120th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Dec. 14-Jan. 5:
Participate in the nation’s longest-running citizen science project by identifying and counting as many birds as possible.

Winter Solstice Campfire
Dec. 21:
Dress warmly and gather around the campfire at Mount Jefferson State Natural Area for an evening of stories and science. West Jefferson, N.C.

Early Winter Dayhike
Dec. 28:
Join the Sierra Club’s Northern Kentucky chapter for a 3-mile hike through the Morning View Heritage Area. Morning View, Ky.

New Year’s Sunrise at Grandfather Mountain
Jan. 1:
Start 2020 off with a beautiful sunrise from Grandfather Mountain, including complimentary coffee and hot chocolate. Linville, N.C.

First Day Hikes
Jan. 1:
Start the new year off on the right foot with a guided hike at any participating state park.

Owls of the Garden
Jan. 11:
Attend a live owl presentation from Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, followed by a walk through the gardens in search of wild owls. Morgantown, W.Va.

Clean Energy and Climate Lobby Day and Rally
Jan. 14:
Help support the movement toward a 100% sustainable future. Richmond, Va.

Support AML Reauthorization
Jan. 16:
Join Appalachian Voices at an Appalachia Town Council meeting to help encourage the passage of a resolution in support of a tax on coal companies that funds the Abandoned Mine Land program. Appalachia, Va.

Winter Tree I.D.
Jan. 18:
Learn how to identify trees in the winter with Ijams Nature Center staff. Farragut, Tenn.

Jan. 20:
Join the Huntington-Cabell Branch of the NAACP for this annual march. Huntington, W.Va.

Fight Old Dominion Power’s Rate Hike
Jan. 22:
Old Dominion Power has proposed to raise electricity bills for the average customer by $28.93 per month. Attend the hearing, or submit written comments. Richmond, Va.

Virginia Conservation Network Lobby Day
Jan. 28:
Volunteer advocates are invited to join a professional staff of network partners to encourage state legislators to support environmental policy advancements. Richmond, Va.

Environmental Calendar of Events
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