Coal's Human Toll | Suing the EPA | Upcoming Evening with RFK, Jr.
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Our members are invited to join us June 21 in Charlottesville, Va.,
for an evening with Robert Kennedy, Jr., and other special guests to
help us celebrate our 15th year! Stay tuned for details...
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Proudly Crafting Tradition
Blue Mountain Brewery, from Afton, Va., is a farm brewery, growing
their own hops, and proudly craft real American beer inspired by
thousands of years of tradition but not limited by convention and serve
fresh local foods. Visit them online!
A View from the Mountaintop
Renowned author Barbara Kingsolver and Grammy-award winning singer
Kathy Mattea celebrate Appalachia and bring awareness to mountaintop
removal mining at the Bijou Theatre, 5 p.m. March 11. Tickets $25
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Week in Washington Registration Begins March 1
Join The Alliance for Appalachia in Washington, D.C., June 2-6 to
lobby for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. Check the iLoveMountains website after March 1 to register!
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Appalachian Treasures Tour
We're going to the West Coast this March and April to spread the word about mountaintop removal.
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We Can't Wait for
March 22 is World Water Day, and Clean Water events are being planned in Asheville, Charlotte and Wilmington, N.C.
Stay tuned for details.
A white cloth emerges from the Cuyahoga River dripping with oil in 1964.
Photo courtesy Cleveland Press Collection, Cleveland State University
does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through
continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for
our freedom." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
of America's most popular laws — the Clean Water Act — was passed 40
years ago when thousands of people demanded that we stop dumping waste
into our water and our politicians listened.
is another matter. It's not surprising that an industry that will blow
up the Appalachian Mountains for greater profits will also defy law to
pollute our mountain streams. But the failure of state agencies to
enforce the law is astonishing. Appalachian Water Watch
has exposed tens of thousands of water violations in central
Appalachia, where living near mountaintop coal mining shortens life
spans, increases birth defects, and increases cancer risk (see The Human
Cost of Coal below).
the drought-prone Southeast, where two-thirds of all water withdrawals
are used to cool electric generating plants and the majority of our
waterways have unsafe levels of mercury pollution, we are working for
protections through the Red, White and Water campaign. The only way to ensure our water is safe is to continue the struggle and work for our freedom.
Thank you for standing with us.
The Human Cost of Coal
Voices and The Alliance for Appalachia's innovative new tool aggregates
revealing scientific evidence against mountaintop removal coal mining.
The new "Human Cost of Coal" interactive map uses current data to plot
increased health problems, lowered life expectancy and higher poverty
rates in areas with mountaintop removal mining in Central Appalachia.
fight to stop a massive power plant in Surry County, Va., took a
surprising turn when local zoning approved for the project was deemed
illegal and must be attempted again -- providing us with additional
chances to oppose the proposal at every step! Join us at the upcoming
hearings in Dendron, Va., to help fight this unnecessary plant. [ Learn more or RSVP to the hearing ]
Sharing The Plate in Pennsylvania
to the wonderful philanthropy of a congregation in Pennsylvania—and one
special supporter named Shane Freeman—Appalachian Voices was the proud
recipient of Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church's Share the Plate
program in 2011. [ Read about their generous gift ]
February 25, 2012 ~ Vol. 4, No. 2
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