The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

Last week, the world lost a true warrior for environmental justice and human rights, and Appalachian Voices lost a colleague and true friend. Known to many as "The Chief," Lenny had the qualities of a leader, and touched the lives of thousands of environmental activists, organizers and concerned citizens around the country and beyond.

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We Made it! Highlights from the People's Climate March

Appalachian Voices recently joined 400,000 people in New York City for the largest climate march in history. And it was truly inspiring. While massive extractive fossil fuel interests try everything in their power to tighten their grip on our region's energy future, moments like these show we are making progress.

Read about our experience!

In September, Gainesville, Fla., became the first city in America to enact a policy to reduce its reliance on mountaintop removal coal. This is the story of how a couple of committed local residents came together and formed Gainseville Loves Mountains and created a movement to cut the ties this destructive form of coal mining had to their hometown.

Read the inspiring story

Our Water, Our Future

Appalachian Voices joined dozens of residents from Appalachia and allies from across the country in Washington, D.C., recently to pressure the White House Council on Environmental Quality to protect Appalachia's water and future from coal pollution. Now it's your turn to add your voice to ensure that the Obama administration takes action.

Read Dana Kuhnline's update on the event
TAKE ACTION at Send a note to the CEQ

Don't Tax the Sun

Hundreds of Appalachian Power customers in Virginia are standing up to oppose an unfair tax on residential solar installations. Appalachian Voices and partners helped residents attend meetings and send letters to the state's utility commission to point out how the fee will actually punish homeowners who want to invest in clean energy. A decision from the commission is expected in the next several weeks.

Read more about this effort

North Carolinians Take Stance on Fracking Issue

Over 1,800 North Carolinians attended four public hearings across the state in support of much stronger rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing. At the final hearing in the western part of the state, Appalachian Voices joined 600 concerned citizens to show opposition to fracking and support for tighter regulations. The state's Mining and Energy Commission expected to receive thousands more written comments by the Sept. 30th deadline.

Read about the hearings

Honoring Jean Ritchie

The “Dear Jean” CD, featuring Kathy Mattea, John McCutcheon, and a host of other artists in tribute to folk icon and Kentucky native Jean Ritchie, was officially released in September and already has been at the top of the Folk DJ charts. Appalachian Voices is honored to receive a portion of the proceeds for our work to end mountaintop removal coal mining.

Watch the "Black Water" video
Purchase the "Dear Jean" CD



Appalachia is your mountain playground - help us protect itBecome a Mountain Protector and join us in our mission to defend Appalachia for your grandchildren to enjoy.

Donate today!

Davis Wax
Whether he’s building trails or volunteering with Appalachian Voices, Davis steps up to make a difference for the mountains.


The average family can save $96 a year just by line drying your clothes. Learn more about this and other tips in our new Energy Savings Updates!

Congratulations to Stephanie Jenkins of Durham, N.C., for winning our whitewater rafting raffle by becoming a member at FloydFest!


Within the Lines: Creative Perspectives on Wilderness
Oct. 3:Interdisciplinary artists celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act. HandMade in America, 125 S. Lexington Ave, Asheville, N.C.
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25th Anniversary of the American Chestnut Restoration Program
Oct. 11: Farm tours, chestnut roast, chestnut beer and prize raffles. Glenn C. Price Research Farm, Meadowview, Va.
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35th Anniversary of New River Gorge Bridge
Oct. 18: Enjoy BASE Jumpers, performances, vendors, and the once-a-year chance to walk across the bridge. New River Gorge, Fayetteville, W.Va.
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Wild & Scenic Film Festival Hosted by Appalachian Voices
Oct. 30: Featuring 12 films of environmental significance plus raffle prizes, giveaways and membership specials. Bijou Theater, Knoxville, Tenn.
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Within the Lines: Creative Perspectives on Wilderness
Nov. 7: Local writers celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act. HandMade in America, 125 S. Lexington Ave, Asheville, N.C.
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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 go to Appalachian Voices. 

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September 30, 2014 ~ Vol. 6, No. 9


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