The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


Photo by Mitch EpsteinThe Carbon/Climate Challenge

In a few weeks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to unveil the nation's first-ever proposal to limit carbon pollution from the nation's power plants — the single largest contributor to America's carbon footprint. This is a critical opportunity to move the needle away from dirty fossil fuels and the destruction they wreak and toward cleaner, more sustainable ways to power our lives.

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Check out our new carbon/climate webpages
TAKE ACTION: Support strong carbon regulations now

Historic Blair Mountain Gets Reprieve

In a significant victory, West Virginia regulators have put a critical section of historic Blair Mountain off-limits to mountaintop removal coal mining for the foreseeable future. For several years, Appalachian Voices has supported efforts by Friends of Blair Mountain and others to defend the mountain, one of the most important historic landmarks in Central Appalachia, and secure national historic protection for the battlefield.

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At What Cost?

In our new video, neighbors of one of Duke Energy's largest coal-fired power plants and coal ash pits voice concerns that air and water pollution has caused health problems in their North Carolina community. In addition to the video, Appalachian Voices helped lead a rally of several hundred citizens outside Duke's annual shareholder meeting demanding coal ash clean-up across the state.

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Check out the scene at Duke's shareholder's meeting

Justice to Justice

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards has launched the "Justice to Justice" campaign to shine a light on the dismal safety and environmental practices of coal magnate Jim Justice, including polluting headwater streams in Southwest Virginia. SAMS aims to hold Justice accountable for harm to communities from mountaintop removal mines in his control. We stand with SAMS in this important endeavor!

TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition

Honoring an Appalachian Icon

Kentucky native and musical talent extraordinaire, Jean Ritchie has inspired and influenced generations of musicians and many others. On Friday, May 23, Kathy Mattea, John McCutcheon and Suzie Glaze will perform at a benefit concert in her honor at Union Church in Berea, Ky. Appalachian Voices is deeply honored to receive a portion of the proceeds from the performance and CD sales.

Don't miss this one!






Join Us for Appalachian Voices Annual Membership Meeting
On May 29 we will host our annual membership meeting at all four of our regional offices. Enjoy eats, drinks, and lively discussion about our goals for the year!

Win a West Virginia Rafting Trip!
Help us reach our goal of 50 new members before our membership meeting and we'll enter you into a drawing for a chance to win a rafting trip on the Gauley or New rivers!

Margaret Breslau
Meet an AV member working for justice and peace in Virginia's New River Valley and beyond.

New Trillium Discovered
This rare, yellow-petaled flower was first identified in an eastern Tennessee backyard. Read the story in The Appalachian Voice.


North Carolina
Fights Coal Ash

Across the state, citizens are organizing to clean up coal ash and protect clean water.
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"Dear Jean" Concert Tribute to Jean Ritchie
May 23: Featuring Kathy Mattea, John McCutcheon and Suzie Glaze. Portion of proceeds benefits Appalachian Voices. Berea, Ky.
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16th Annual Clinch
River Days

May 29-31: Featuring nature walks, caving, canoeing, crafts, rides, games and much more! St. Paul, Va.
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The 33rd Annual
New River Canoe Race

June 7: Food and fun at the 33rd annual race. Jefferson, N.C.
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Mountain Justice
Summer Camp

Jun 14 – 22: Nine days of workshops and trainings around the issue of mountaintop removal coal mining. Pine Mountain. Ky.

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

May 17, 2014 ~ Vol. 6, No. 5


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