The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter



Dear members,

As Thanksgiving approaches, we at Appalachian Voices want to pause a moment to give thanks for the most important component of our campaigns — our members such as you.

Through your generous support we are working to help the many people in Appalachia whose lives are directly threatened by polluted air and water and devastation to the land.

Please take a moment to watch this video from citizens who have benefited from the staunch support of our members.

Thank you for making our work possible.

For the mountains,


Isle of Wight Votes to Oppose Surry Coal Plant

Months of grassroots and direct outreach from Appalachian Voices and coalition partners came together this week when Isle of Wight County in southeast Virginia adopted an official resolution opposing the proposed Surry coal-fired power plant.

Downwind of the proposed plant, the largely agricultural Isle of Wight is the second locality to openly oppose the plant, and joins a large number of health and conservative organizations that have also voiced their opposition.
[ Read the full story. ]

Rising Up to Save Ison Rock Ridge

Despite rain and a threat of thunderstorms, nearly 150 people came out to support citizens from southwest Virginia at the Rally to Keep Ison Rock Ridge Standing at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. last week.

Chanting, singing, and impassioned speeches took place at the rally — organized by Appalachian Voices, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, and coalition partners — and more than 25,000 people across the country simultaneously sent messages to the EPA and President Obama, asking for the permit to be denied.
[ Take action now to help save Ison Rock Ridge. ]

Coal Mining Jobs on Upswing Despite Political Claims to the Contrary

New mining jobs figures might have congressional representatives with coal industry ties scratching their heads.

The argument that regulation of mountaintop removal mines threatens coal mining jobs in Appalachia is weakened further by data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration that shows that jobs at Appalachian coal mines rose in the first three quarters of 2011 to reach a 15-year high. Going by the numbers, Congress can create coal mining jobs in Appalachia by ending mountaintop removal today.
[ Read the full story. ]



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Mary Nell Jackson's "Circus of Happiness"
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Honey Dewdrops Show
Nov. 22: This folk duet combines vocal harmonies with passionate views on mountaintop removal and support for AV.
Charlottesville, Va.
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Little Frog Wilderness Hike
Dec. 3: Embark on an 8-mile hike. The Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2011 will expand the Little Frog Mountain Wilderness.
Near Ducktown, Tenn.
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Solar Christmas Tree Party
Dec. 3: Greet the holiday season in sustainable style with four bands, a raffle and sunshine-fueled LED lights.
Boone, N.C.
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The Last Mountain
Dec. 13: See this mountaintop removal doc with friends, food, brews and the AV crew at Blue Mountain Brewery.
Afton, Va.
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Check out our full calendar of environmental goings-on!

November 19, 2011 ~ Vol. 3, No. 11

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