Mountaintop Removal Environmental Impact Statement Released
The agencies say, "After considering all
comments received on the Draft EIS and developing responses, the
agencies determined that changes required to the Draft EIS were minor."
What that really means is, "J.
Steven Griles wishes will be followed. That is, we, the agencies,
will attempt to
streamline the permitting process and ignore the
science. We, the agencies, will attempt to ignore all you people
devastating cultural and social effects related to mountaintop removal /
valley fill coal mining.
Ball Nov. 4--Stoney End Harp One in Silent Auction
Our list of items donated for the silent auction keeps growing. Thanks to Frog Creek Books for their donation! Our biggie this year, donated by Mary Ramsey, is the "Lorraine" harp from Stoney End Harps. The harp is valued at over $1300 new. This used harp is in very good condition, and the minimum bid is $500. We can take bids over e-mail, as long as we have a phone number where we can contact you on the evening of Nov. 4. If we don't get our minimum, then we'll auction the harp on E-bay. (If s/he can't pick up the item, then the buyer is responsible for paying for shipment of the harp.) To bid, or to see photos of the harp, e-mail email@example.com.
Please let your friends know about the auction, and please help us spread the word about Treehuggers' Ball--print and distribute a flier by clicking here.
Co-Director Goes International --Tune In
with Bob Kincaid On Air Again
Opportunities at Appalshop and SOCM
Position Available: Community Organizer. Save Our Cumberland Mountains (SOCM) is seeking applications for a community organizer. SOCM is a state-wide, multi-issue, multi-racial member-run 33 year old community organization based primarily in rural communities and small towns in Tennessee. Current organization-wide campaigns are around strip mining, forestry, aerial spraying of toxic chemicals, voter rights, and state tax reform. Local organizing in chapters takes place around many issues of local impact. SOCM is committed to organizing that builds greater racial diversity.
Organizer will work with members through state-wide issue committees and/or local chapters to help set strategy, build leadership, carry out work plans, and move the campaigns forward. Positions require some internal fundraising and writing duties.
REQUIREMENTS: Commitment to environmental, social, and economic justice through community organizing; ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds; self-motivated and self-starting; ability to work independently and cooperatively; own a car; willing to travel for field time in different parts of the state; previous organizing experience a plus.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Starting salary is $22,000 depending on experience. Group health insurance, paid vacation (4 weeks to start), sick leave, personal growth leave (1 week/year), parental leave (1 month), pension, sabbatical, and opportunity for trainings.
TO APPLY: Applications are welcome right away. Send resume and cover letter to SOCM, P.O. Box 479, Lake City, Tennessee 37769, (865)426-9455; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. SOCM is committed to the active recruitment, hiring, and advancement of people of color.