May 23, 2024

AppVoices' Robert Kell talking to residents of Dungannon
blown-out, ruptured MVP pipeline pipe on a truck
AppVoices' Willie Dodson testifies at an MSHA silica rule hearing in West Virginia

In Case You Missed It...

  • A new partnership with Black By God: Over the next two years, Appalachian Voices and the Black-led, West Virginia news outlet Black By God will work together to develop stories covering air quality issues, community air monitoring and grassroots organizing in largely Black communities in two West Virginia counties.  


  • Getting coal companies to monitor pollution isn’t easy: Look behind the scenes at the slow, steady process of making regulators and coal companies monitor water contamination in the hopes that they will eventually clean it up. 


  • Coal bankruptcies continue to strain communities: When mining companies file for bankruptcy, it’s often their workers and the people living near their mines who lose.



Dante Community Strong Meeting

May 23, 6 p.m.: Help build a resilient Dante as part of a new effort providing direct funding for community-driven projects.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Updates
May 23, 7-8 p.m. Online forum hosted by Wild Virginia and others to discuss the status of the MVP.


Canvassing around proposed Roxboro gas plant
May 26, June 2: Go door-to-door with  us in north Person County, N.C., to talk with community members who will be affected by Duke’s proposed gas plant.

Letter to the Editor Workshop
May 29, 6-7 p.m.: Join Appalachian Voices to learn about writing letters to the editor, hone your writing skills and hear the issues that need your response! We will provide training, content and resources.

Deadline for Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition Mini-Grant Proposals
May 31: Businesses, organizations, government agencies, and individuals are invited to apply for a $12,000 grant for innovative coal mine land reclamation and ecological restoration projects.


Needville play
May 24-26: Catch one of three showings of this play depicting the effects of coal mining on the people of SWVA. Charlottesville, Va.


Pennington Gap Community Strong Meeting

May 30, 6 p.m.: Help build a resilient Pennington Gap as part of a new effort providing direct funding for community-driven projects.

King Coal screening and panel
May 30, 7 p.m. CT: Join SAGE TN, Sunrise Nashville, and the Clean Up TVA Coalition on for a free screening of King Coal, followed by an activist panel at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre.

Troutville Trail Days
May 31-June 1: Celebrate the Appalachian Trail in Troutville,Va., and look for the Appalachian Voices table! 


Teach-in on TVA’s Fossil Fuel Swap

June 12, 6-8 p.m.: Learn about the Tennessee Valley Authority’s gas buildout plans at the Appalachian Voices event. Birdhouse Neighborhood Center, Knoxville, TN.


June 14-15: Live music, craft beer, vendor’s markets, food trucks and more at this Boone, N.C., festival. Look for our table!


Midsummer Magic
June 20, 7 p.m.: Celebrate the summer solstice with Celtic music and fairy houses in the enchanted woods of Rotary Park, Clarksville, Tenn.

Rally to oppose Chesterfield Gas Plant
June 26, 6-6:30 p.m.: Oppose Dominion’s plans for a new polluting fossil fuel plant prior to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors meeting. Chesterfield, Va.

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