Apr 62014

On April 13 at 10 p.m. (Eastern),  a new series premiers on the Showtime channel. But you can watch the series premier right here, right now. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, this documentary series provides first-hand reports on those affected by and seeking [...]

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 [...]

Apr 12014

In March, OVEC issue organizer Maria Gunnoe, who is the winner of the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize for North America, the 2012 Wallenberg Medal and assorted other awards, received a message on Facebook from Victor Rodriguez: Muchas gracias por aceptarme como amigo, todo un honor de una luchadora contra la minería de carbón a cielo [...]

Feb 62014

We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Wendy Johnston and her family, including her extended family of mountain defenders, on the passing of Wendy’s father Sid Moye. Sid passed away on January 29 at his happy home, surrounded by his family and dear friends, just as he wished. His funeral services were held February 1 in [...]

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 [...]

Jan 312014

Elinore Taylor’s memorial service is Saturday, February 1 at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Huntington. Details here. Elinore Taylor left us January 12. I can’t remember a time when Elinore Taylor wasn’t associated with OVEC. If you go to our website and type in her name, you will find page after page of results. Elinore [...]

Jan 312014

Having lived in West Virginia for 5 years and graduating (long ago) from Huntington High School, the state and its people are often in my thoughts and always in my heart. Last week I received an email from a friend of a friend who lives in West Virginia and was forwarding an article about the [...]

Jan 82014

 It is foolish to say we are destroying the earth ~ cause everything we’re doing destroys us first            – KRS ONE, The Gospel of Hip Hop I was in the 9th grade when I first heard “Self Destruction” produced by KRS-One and D-Nice, members of the iconic hip hop group Boogie Down Productions. The charity [...]

Jan 22014

Right before the holiday break in December, I happily attended the Alliance for Appalachia’s Summit on Economic Transition. I went as an OVEC representative, along with OVEC’s founder Dianne Bady. As someone who helped plan the event, I was ecstatic about the standing-room-only attendance. The full-capacity turn-out reflects current interest in economic transition, a topic getting [...]

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Dec 12013

Dec. 4 Update: Mining activist out of jail after five days Climate Ground Zero Campaign Director Mike Roselle is in jail in West Virginia.  He gathered a bucket-full of dust from a mountaintop removal coal mining site (dust that studies have shown to be toxic) and delivered it to the door of WV Governor Tomblin’ [...]