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Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere Conference
November 17-19
Asheville, N.C.

A Frontier Christmas at Wilderness Road State Park
December 4-5 -- Ewing, VA

Storytelling at McDowell Co Public Library
December 5 -- Old Fort, NC

Festival of Christmas Past
December 12 -- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Visit our Fun Across Appalachia page for more info!

November 13, 2009 ~ Vol. 1, No. 5

Dear Members,

Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings, both great and small. We are so grateful to our members who provide us with the support we need to keep up the fight for our beautiful Appalachian mountains, clean air and pristine water.

Appalachian Voices has recently been recognized by international and national organizations for the quality and effectiveness of our work. Without you, our work would not be possible and in this season of giving thanks, please accept our deep appreciation for your support. 

We hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday.

Warm Regards,
Willa Mays
Executive Director

P.S. Please join us at our open house Thursday November 19, or at one of our showings of the movie Coal Country.

Google Earth Heroes

Dr. Matt Wasson is one of Appalachian Voices' HeroesAppalachian Voices was recently honored as a Google Earth Hero for its work on The website--created for the Alliance for Appalachia, a 13 organization group working to end mountaintop removal coal mining in the central Appalachian region--features tools created using Google Earth, who commended the work as "a tool to help change the world; ordinary people achieving extraordinary goals with the help of Google Earth."

Appalachian Voices was highlighted in one of Google Earth's feature videos created to educate people about human and environmental rights issues and how organizations are using of Google Earth tools to accomplish their goals. Watch the video about Appalachian Voices here.

Even More GOOD news on Good MagazineGood Magazine's 1st Annual Good 100 list which celebrates "the most important, exciting and innovative people, ideas and institutions making our world better" listed our website as number 2 on their list.

According to GOOD, "The website is providing people with the resources to fight mountaintop-removal mining in Appalachia…[it] shows how the energy we use is connected to mountaintop removal, and connects people with their lawmakers to lobby for change."

Appalachian Voices 2008 Staff PhotoMeet the Appalachian Voices Team and Learn More About Our Work

Join us at the Appalachian Voices main office in Boone, N.C. on Thursday, November 19, 2009 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and enjoy some local entertainment and light refreshments. Our office is located at 191 Howard Street in downtown Boone.

Coal Country Movie Screenings in Boone, NC and Charlottesville, VA

Coal Country is a documentary that explores the dramatic struggle and tension around the mining and use of coal for electricity production in the Appalachian Region.

Coal Country, the DocumentaryBOONE, NC... The Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy (AIRE) and Appalachian Voices will host two screenings of the documentary Coal Country at Dragonfly Theater on Tuesday, Nov. 17, one at 6:00 p.m. and one at 8:00 p.m. A discussion will follow each screening. [More info]

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA... Appalachian Voices and the Wise Energy for Virginia coalition will be screening Coal Country at the Vinegar Hill Theater on Dec. 9 and 10, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. A wine-and-hors d’oeuvres reception and benefit with special musical entertainment will take place on December 10 from 5:00-6:45 p.m. at Siips Restaurant downtown. Special guests will include coalfield residents featured in the film as well as Sissy Spacek. [More info]


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