The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


A Giving of Thanks for Wendell Berry

I know of no wiser or more insightful thinker alive today than Wendell Berry. The work of this Kentucky farmer, author and activist has been a constant source of inspiration for me ever since I read a collection of his essays, "Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community," in college 17 years ago. For his courageous example and extraordinarily insightful work, we owe Wendell Berry a tremendous debt of gratitude. [ Read more and watch the interview ]

Red White and Water coordinator Sandra Diaz talks with Carl Dale Beck about his concerns living in proximity of a massive coal ash dumpDefending His Drinking Water
Against Coal Ash Pollution

Carl Dale Beck, who lives next to a massive power plant coal ash dump in Belmont, N.C., worries every day that the water he drinks from his tap could be contaminated with toxics like arsenic, mercury and selenium. With help from Appalachian Voices, Carl was one of 150,000 people around the country who wrote to ask the EPA to protect the nation's waters from coal ash pollution. [ Read Carl's and other stories of living near coal ash ]

Appalachia's Historical Hidden Treasures

Journey somewhere new this fall and discover the rich cultural and environmental heritage of Appalachia. From the largest underground lake in America, with its cavern walls marked by the tracks of time, to a formerly secret city connected to the world's first atomic weapons, we reveal some of Appalachia's best-kept secrets to visit. [ Get out on the road and explore! ]

Coal Plant Closing Points To Significant Changes in Appalachian Coal's Future

The impending closure of Brayton Point, New England's largest and most modern coal power plant, foreshadows coal's dim future in the Northeast and means that Appalachian coal is losing yet another customer. [ Read our series documenting the challenges facing Appalachia's coal industry and communities ]

Cast Your Vote!

Our Board of Directors helps define the focus and direction of Appalachian Voices. Our members can help, too, by casting their vote in our annual board elections.
[ Current members click
here to vote by Nov. 1


Coal ash ponds are hazardous and can poison groundwater.  Donate today and help our Red, White, and Water team gather information and data to help protect residents living near coal ash ponds.
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Gail Marney
Virginia landowner and teacher Gail Marney faces a constant battle to protect her family's 200-year-old farm -- and her drinking water -- from gas companies intent on drilling beneath the community's land. [ Read more ]

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New Power for the
Old Dominion Tour

Learn more about how you can join the new campaign to bring clean energy to Virginia!
Oct. 29: Catoctin Creek Distillery, Purcellville, Va.
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Hemlock Fest
Nov. 1-3: Three days of live music, primitive camping while raising funds to help prevent the spread of the invasive HWA beetle and preserve Appalachian forests. Murrayville, Ga.
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Fee Free Day
Nov. 9-11: Enjoy many of the nation's national parks on this special fee-free weekend in honor of Veterans Day!
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Lost on the Road to Oblivion: The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country
Nov. 1: Opening reception for a special photography exhibit by Carl Galie. Also featuring an artist's talk Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, N.C.

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

October 26, 2013 ~ Vol. 5, No. 10

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