The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


Dear members,

Last week, the staff of Appalachian Voices -- alongside our allies in the Alliance for Appalachia and amazing activists from across the country -- descended on the halls of Congress to make it clear to decision-makers that we will no longer stand for mountaintop removal and the continued destruction wrought by the coal industry.

People at Week in Washington
Participants form the shape of a mountain at the 6th annual
End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington

Our collective voice was powerful, and over the course of our End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington, the Clean Water Protection Act was reintroduced and already has close to 70 cosponsors.

We will never be able to outspend Big Coal, but by bringing our shared vision and the story of communities across Appalachia to our nation's capitol, we proved that the power of people is as potent as ever.

We are surging forth on a number of different fronts. From holding coal companies accountable in Kentucky through legal action to removing barriers for clean energy across the region, we are preparing for a summer of potential change which needs only one thing to increase its power -- your voice.

Join us today, and make this the season that the will of the people healed America's dirty energy addiction for one and all.

Happy Earth Day,

Willa Mays
Executive Director

Rep. Yarmouth from Kentucky speaks at the Legislative ReceptionBringing Mountaintop
Removal to Capitol Hill

Over 150 of you stormed Capitol Hill to literally speak truth to power, asking Congress to stop mountaintop removal and not use the budget as a way to block the EPA from doing its job to protect our water from mine waste! [ Learn more about the annual Week in Washington and what it means for the movement ]

Folks in Hampton RoadsVirginia is for Lovers . . . Mountain Lovers That Is!

Senators Webb and Warner got a knock on their door...all their over 100 people went to each of seven district offices throughout Virginia on March 25 to say "We love mountains and you should too!" [ Read the full story on how the day went! ]

Matching Gift Challenge30% Closer To
Reaching Our Goal

Double your return on investment by giving to our matching fund challenge! Funds raised will help our Appalachia Water Watch initiative secure the experts needed to defend Appalachian waterways in a legal case against dirty coal operations. A donor is matching your gift dollar for dollar, up to $12,500 -- join the fight for clean water today!


Toys for a Good Cause...
Alakazam!We are proud to announce that the best toy store in Charlottesville, Va. -- Alakazam Toys -- has chosen to donate 10% of toy sales to Appalachian Voices from Monday, April 16 to April 22. Be sure to pick up any Easter, birthday, or 'just because' gifts for your favorite little one at Alakazam next week. Alakazam is located on the downtown mall in Charlottesville at 100 E. Main St., but you can also shop online!



Double Your Impact Today!Kentucky waterways need your help! A generous donor has offered to match up to $12,500 for our Appalachia Water Watch work in KY. This matching challenge ends on Earth Day, so double your impact today!


Patagonia ShoesBuy Shoes, Save Mountains
Patagonia Footwear and Mast General Store will donate $10 to Appalachian Voices for each pair of Patagonia shoes you purchase from April 30 thru May 15! Stop by one of their stores, or shop online!


The Appalachian Voice April / May Issue
The spring issue of The Appalachian Voice is now online, featuring a special section devoted to the issue of climate change and arming you with scientific evidence to counter the top 10 myths about Our Changing Climate.


EarthDay Events
Join Appalachian Voices
at any of the following
Earth Day Events:

Saturday, April 16th
Charlotte Clean and Green Festival in Charlotte N.C.

Saturday, April 16th
Piedmont Earth Day Fair in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Wednesday, April 20th
Discover Plant Art in Asheville, N.C.

Friday, April 22nd
Trees On Fire at The Jefferson Theatre in Charlottesville, Va.

Friday, April 22
Beyond Coal Earth Day Rally at O'Hill Field at the University of Virginia from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 23rd
EcoFair at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville, Va.

Visit our blog for details!

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Find out how you can meet a REAL, LIVE Hellbender on Saturday, June 4!

Environmental Calendar of EventsCheck out our full calendar of environmental goings-on!

April 14, 2011 ~ Vol. 3, No. 4

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