Jul 112014

Roland Micklem and Mike Roselle are fasting in Charleston, WV as a witness against mountaintop removal coal mining. They are on day five of the fast, sitting on a bench outside the governor’s office in the West Virginia State Capitol. The fasters need your support and encouragement, so come on out and visit with them. [...]

Jul 32014

 Statement from OVEC member Chuck Nelson: My name is Chuck Nelson. I’m a 58-year-old UMWA member. I’ve lived my entire life in coalfield communities. I’m disabled now, after working 30 years as an underground coal miner. Coal mining has been the so-called economic cornerstone of West Virginia’s economy. In reality, it’s been nothing but a [...]

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Jul 22014

It sadly comes as no surprise after recent statements by UMWA boss Cecil Roberts  that he is asking the once proud union to protest EPA’s proposed EPA carbon emission standards at a rally outside a public hearing on July 31 in Pittsburgh. The idea that the new rule would have “no significant effect on global [...]

Jul 22014

Keeper of the Mountains Foundation invites you to join them on Kayford Mountain for a solar-powered weekend of music and fund. Celebrate our Community and our Water! Musical guests include Colleen Anderson and George Castelle, The Company Stores, Appalachian Hillside Revolution, Willie Dodson, Debra Wolf, The Missing Parsons Report, T. Paige Dalporto and more. Guests are [...]

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Jul 22014

Are you AWARE that you can have some fun tomorrow night while raising funds for local environmental justice groups? AWARE is Artists Working in Alliance to Restore the Environment. Come on out to AWARE’s “Restoring America Beginning in West Virginia,” held at the Woman’s Club of Charleston, WV from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July [...]

Jun 182014

Madonna sang it, so it’s got to be spot-on: “Music makes the people come together.” Madonna’s Music may be about people coming together to party, but I do think music can move and motivate the masses to take more beneficial actions (not that we don’t need some fun in our lives), such as, for example, [...]

Apr 72014

Another disappointing ruling came down from the the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice Roberts lastweek, in which Big Money scored a major victory against average citizens.  In McCutcheon v. FEC, the court struck down contribution limits for what one individual can contribute to political campaigns and party committees during an election cycle. The floodgates [...]

Apr 42014

passing along a media advisory…. Media Advisory                                                                                 April 4, 2014 Contact: Mari-Lynn Evans, 330-867-7443, mlevansesp@aol.com What:  Video interview with sister of a coal miner killed at Upper Big Branch released in response to “Upper Big Branch: Never Again,” a “documentary” funded by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship Where: http://youtu.be/kr-SOHMNQ4c Who: Coal miner Dean Jones was one [...]

Apr 42014

The folks at  sent this update around to their e-mail contacts: Dear friends of Appalachia and its mountains, It’s been 3+ years since Gainesville Loves Mountains first started our campaign to end GRU‘s purchases of mountaintop-removal-mined coal. I’m writing today to let you know that our campaign has finally reached its conclusion. We can win [...]

Feb 52014

When I first read this document 12 years ago, it infuriated me. Starting on page 13, the essay includes points that amount to a depopulation plan for southern West Virginia. I think it infuriates me even more now, after everything that’s happened since then. The latest: the January 9 “leak” into the Elk River of [...]