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Utility disconnection protections: Let’s make it permanent

Shutting off electricity and other vital utilities of families who can’t afford their bills is unjust. During a pandemic, it’s barbaric. Appalachian Voices offers solutions.

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Highlights from the Energy Democracy in Action webinar series

Advocates from across the country shared stories of how they gained control over how and where their power is produced during the first two webinars of the three-part Energy Democracy In Action series. Read the highlights and register for the third webinar.

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What the bipartisan infrastructure bill means for Appalachia

The Senate’s nearly 3,000-page infrastructure bill would bring major investments in programs that support Appalachian communities, including abandoned mine cleanup and broadband. But the bill also has its flaws.

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White House releases historic guidance for environmental justice investments

CONTACT: Chelsea Barnes, chelsea@appvoices.org, 276-207-9636 Yesterday, the Biden administration released a first-of-its-kind guidance document to ensure the benefits of federal investment reach environmental justice communities. The new “Interim Implementation Guidance for the Justice40 Initiative” provides recommendations to federal agencies regarding

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Biden must stop methane pipelines to deliver on climate change and environmental justice

In the USA Today, Indigenous leader Crystal Cavalier and climate scientist Michael Mann team up for this op-ed calling out the Mountain Valley Pipeline as a nail in America’s climate coffin and environmental injustice.

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Tom Cormons named to new White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

The White House today named the 26 members of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, a new body created to support the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to advance environmental justice nationwide by using all levers of the federal government. The

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It’s a wrap! A rundown of the 2021 Virginia General Assembly

We and our allies fought hard for the health and well-being of communities and the environment, and we’re grateful for the emails and calls you delivered to the legislature to support these efforts.

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An enormous step for coal communities, environmental justice and climate

President Biden’s executive order puts the United States in a position to vigorously confront the challenges of climate change, create good-paying jobs and protect communities from the hazards of polluted land, air and water.

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NC public interest groups urge Gov. Cooper to immediately suspend evictions, utility shutoffs

Raleigh, N.C. — A coalition of racial justice, housing, low-income and conservation groups today sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper urging him to institute an immediate emergency moratorium on housing evictions and electricity, gas and water shutoffs to prevent

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One million N.C. households at risk of losing electricity and water during pandemic

CONTACT: Rory McIlmoil, Sr. Energy Analyst, Appalachian Voices, rory@appvoices.org, (423) 433-9415 Al Ripley, Director, Consumer, Housing and Energy Project, NC Justice Center, al@ncjustice.org, (919) 274-8245 William Barber, III, Environmental Justice Committee Co-Chair, NC Poor People’s Campaign, william.barber.iii@gmail.com, (202) 567-6800 Maria

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