The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


Dear members,

Being an Appalachian mountain girl, born and bred, my heart soars when I'm close to the clouds, near a stream, and surrounded by green.  As I always say: "I'm happiest when I'm going uphill."  

Willa MaysI was thrilled to take on the role of executive director of Appalachian Voices in 2009, to help strengthen this dynamic, powerful organization whose mission is my passion -- to bring people together from around the country, people like you, to protect the land, air, water and communities of this Appalachian region we all love so dearly. It has been an exciting and extremely rewarding four years as we have taken our cause to new heights.

But change is a part of life and the time has come for me to move on. With Appalachian Voices stronger than ever, I have decided to turn over the reins to someone who I believe will be the best leader of this great organization yet. Tom Cormons, who for several years has helped lead our program work from our Virginia office, is stepping into the role to lead Appalachian Voices into the next stage of transitioning our region away from fossil fuels and to a clean, vibrant future.

I, too, will continue this work, but now as a member of Appalachian Voices, rather than its leader.

Fond farewell,

Willa Mays
Executive Director

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Make a Match for the Mountains

We know you love the mountains - but what if you could show TWICE the love? A generous member has donated $25,000 toward helping us end mountaintop removal coal mining -- help us double our impact by reaching our goal of $50,000.
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Appalachia's Political Landscape

It's a new year, and politicians new and seasoned are presiding in the halls of federal and state government. Our staff has taken a look at the key issues and leaders to watch in Appalachia's upcoming political landscape:

Residents Speak Out for the Mountains

Children in Appalachian coal mining communities are 42% more likely to be born with birth defects and have a life expectancy that is almost 5 years lower than the national average. They understand why. [ Please watch this important video and ask President Obama to END mountaintop removal coal mining now ]

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The Appalachian Voice allows us a way to explore and share the issues affecting our region. We want to keep up-to-date with the concerns of communities across Appalachia. The team that brings you The Voice is looking for readers to help us fine-tune Appalachia’s finest news source. [Sign up to raise your Appalachian Voice]




Donate to our matching grant challenge!
We’re already halfway there! Help us reach our goal of $50,000 and double your impact today.

Volunteer Olivia Stegall
OliviaSince she was four years old, Olivia has been volunteering with Appalachian Voices and working to end mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. Now ten, she was most recently featured in our No More Excuses video.
[ Read about the Littlest Lobbiest that could ]


Week In Washington 8th Annual End
Mountaintop Removal
Week in Washington
Register now to attend the Alliance for Appalachia’s yearly trip to Washington, D.C. to lobby for the Clean Water Protection Act to end mountaintop removal in Appalachia. May 4-8, Limited spots and scholarships available.
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The Building Conference
Jan. 31 - Feb. 2: Focus on designing, funding, building, appraising, supporting and maintaining efficient, healthy and affordable housing and communities. $199. Morgantown, W.Va.

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Walk for a Sustainable Future, People, Jobs, Environment and MTR

Feb. 2-13: Join the people of Kentucky for a 10-day walk from Prestonsburg to the state's capital of Frankfurt, staying in local homes and community churches along the way. Event starts with a tour of a mountaintop removal mine site on Feb. 2.

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Free Saturday Bee School

Feb. 2, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16: A free annual public event offers beekeeping courses to master basic beekeeping. McDowell County Center, Marion, N.C. Free, but registration is required.

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

January 26, 2013 ~ Vol. 5, No. 1

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