The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


Executive Director Willa Mays marches with Stefan Jirkan during the Blair Mountain March
Executive Director Willa Mays with Stefan Jirka from Blue Moon Fund during the Blair Mountain March.
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Dear members,

They came to Blair Mountain from far and away; from the coalfields, from devastated mountains and from communities across the nation that have never known the paralyzing grip of coal. Last week, the staff of Appalachian Voices joined over one thousand people in the March on Blair Mountain, to speak out for the mountains and the people who call them home. All walks and stages of life marched together in a peaceful display, and I was honored to walk alongside them. The willingness to blow up Blair Mountain, a site of historical significance and perennial natural beauty, shows that truly nothing--except profit -is sacred to the coal industry.

We hope that the March on Blair Mountain will serve as a catalyst to end mountaintop removal. Recently, Massey Energy, the largest MTR coal company, was bought out by another corporation, but they cannot hide their track record of environmental devastation and disregard for miner safety behind this new parent company. I’d like to ask you to sign the petition to revoke Massey’s charter and call the company what it really is: a corporate criminal.

To all those who came out to Blair Mountain, you have my respect, and to those who supported us from afar, my gratitude. Let’s continue on with the spirit of this past week, and send a message to Massey--we the people granted you a charter in the first place, and we the people will take it away.

For the mountains,

Willa Mays
Executive Director

Massey Energy
Massey Energy: Too Dangerous To Do Business

Corporate Greed Doesn't Always Succeed

Massey Energy--the main culprit behind mountaintop removal practices--is one of the biggest coal polluters in the world. Their disregard for safety regulations led to the death of 29 miners in last year’s Upper Big Branch disaster.

But the American public has the ability to revoke Massey’s corporate charter and stop the greed that threatens the health of the environment, miners and coal communities across Appalachia. [ Sign the petition to revoke Massey's charter! ]

Dirty LieThere's No Cure In Mercury

Coal fired-power plants emit more mercury than any other industry in the U.S., causing severe air pollution for citizens and the environment. Fortunately, the EPA recently proposed stronger regulations for mercury pollution that will prevent 91% of mercury in coal from entering the air. Updated regulations are necessary to improve the health of our air, waterways, and communities, but they need your support. [ Add your voice to the EPA's public comments on mercury ]

RiverFest2011 Hellbenders, gyotaku, and watermelon -- Oh my!

Appalachian Voices members, families, and friends had a wild time at Riverfest, held in Valle Crucis, N.C. From the pickin’ parlor to the river parade, everyone in attendance had a great time, and learned a little about our mountain rivers in the process. Big thanks to everyone who joined us at this day of fun in the sun. [ Read more about RiverFest on the Front Porch Blog ]

Appalachian Roundup....

(More work Appalachian Voices is doing to save mountains)

THE LAST MOUNTAIN MOVIE: Bill Haney's evocative documentary on the impact mountaintop removal coal mining has on Coal River Valley, W.Va., is making waves across the country. Appalachian Voices is attending showings throughout June and July to spread the word about this destructive practice. [ Join us at a screening near you! ]

Cry of the MountainCRY OF THE MOUNTAIN COMES FROM THE HEART: For a frank and honest look at the impacts of coal mining, look no further than Cry of the Mountain. The spellbinding, one-woman play will be performed at Live Arts in Charlottesville, Va. from June 23 to 26. The proceeds from the final showing on Sunday, the 26th at 2:00 will benefit Appalachian Voices; we will also be on hand to facilitate discussion following the show. [ Tickets go on sale soon here. | See a preview of the show ]



Mountain Protector

Invest in a clean energy future! For as little as $10 per month you can help move the Southeast away from coal and make way for clean, renewable alternatives. Visit our Membership Page to make a monthly donation and become a Mountain Protector today.


The Appalachian Voice June / July issue is now on newsstands and online, featuring a look at eco-tourisThe Appalachian Voicem hotspots in our region. Included:
state-by-state sampler, a regional waterfall guide and a glimpse into the secret world of Appalachia's wild orchids.
[ View online today! ]


Recipes from The Community Garden Market
Eat Fresh, Be Healthy!
The Community Garden Market of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., is a thriving market with a complete selection of natural and organic foods along with remedies, supplements, books, pet food and much more. Visit them online for recipes and information on healthy living.



The Last Mountain
ONGOING: Don't miss your chance to see a showing of this documentary film that examines Coal River Valley's fight to save their community from Big Coal.
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Mountain Keepers Music Fest
July 2-3: Featuring local and regional musicians playing bluegrass, gospel, country and old time music. Come out for poetry readings and home-cooked pot-luck meals. Kayford Mountain, W.Va.
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Music Fest 'n Sugar Grove
Jul 8-9: Come out to the 14th Annual Music Fest N' Sugar Grove with headliners Doc Watson and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Sugar Grove, N.C.
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Firefly Gathering
Jul 14-17: Attend a weekend workshop on self-sufficiency and wilderness skills taught by master teachers in a fun and creative setting. Asheville, N.C.
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Floyd Fest
Jul 28-31: Have fun at one of the biggest music festivals of the summer with headliners Sam Bush Band and the Nocturnals. Floyd, Va.

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

June 21, 2011 ~ Vol. 3, No. 6

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