The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

To tell the truth

In a rare opportunity, Program Director Matt Wasson was invited to testify at a congressional hearing where his command of scientific facts about the harms done to communities by mountaintop removal mining and unregulated coal ash waste took center stage.

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Photographer Lynn Willis joined Southwings' volunteer pilot Tom White in July for an aerial tour of the Kayford Mountain area of West Virginia, capturing the ongoing destruction of mountaintop removal mining in a set of stunning photographs.

View Lynn's photographs

Learn more about mountaintop removal

Judge rules for clean water in Virginia

In a lawsuit brought by Appalachian Voices, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards and others, A&G Coal Corp. -- owned by billionaire Jim Justice and backed by numerous industry heavyweights -- lost its appeal of a court decision that found it had illegally been discharging mining pollution into tributaries of Callahan Creek.

Read about this ruling that defends the Clean Water Act

Appalachians turn out for EPA hearings on carbon

From the coal counties of Appalachia and other Southern communities, thousands of people attended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's hearings in July regarding the agency's historic proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants to address climate change and other harms.

Read about Appalachians who support carbon limits

mountain bogs

Appalachia's mountain bogs harbor rare, fascinating creatures such as this endangered bog turtle. Discover why these high-elevation wetlands are so special, and read about other current topics from fracking regulation to opportunities for rural women in the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice.

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Scott Goebel
Poet and activist Scott Goebel provides an off-the-grid retreat for writers, musicians, and people just in search of some solitude.

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Moral Week of Action
Aug. 22-28: Stand with North Carolinians demanding social and environmental justice. Special environmental justice focus on Aug. 27.  Raleigh, N.C.  
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Help Chart VA's Energy Future
Learn how to support renewable energy policies in Virginia. All events, 6-8 p.m.
Aug. 19: Norfolk
Sept. 9: Middleburg
Sept. 16: Fredericksburg
Sept. 23: Harrisonburg
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Bingo Night
Sept. 9, 7 p.m.: Play bingo at the Southern Cafe & Music Hall, with proceeds benefitting Appalachian Voices! Charlottesville, Va.
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People's Climate March
Sept. 21:  Travel with others from Appalachia to stand against climate change. Find a bus near you. New York, N.Y. 
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AV Community Gathering
Sept. 24, 6 p.m.: Join AV staff and members for an evening of presentation and discussion. Free. Boone Healing Arts Center, Boone, N.C. Email
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Fractured Sanctuary Art Exhibit
Through Sept. 25: Artist Lindsay Barrick explores the destruction of nature, including mountaintop removal mining, at Bethlehem Branch Library, Hickory, N.C. A portion of sales will support AV. 

Environmental Calendar of EventsMore calendar events...

July 16, 2014 ~ Vol. 6, No. 7


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