Nov 72014

Congratulations to long-time OVEC member Shannon Bell and all the warrior women in her book Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice. The book continues to rack up awards, the latest of which is 2014 Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS) Book Award. The AHS is a professional organization committed to […]

Nov 62014

A story in news headline-links: Unofficial Voter Turnout In WV Tuesday Estimated At 37.3 Percent Nationwide, Actual election turnout far lower than reported (Too late this time, but: 5 Ways Life in America Would Be Better if Everyone Voted) Why Democrats lost As the Climate Changes, Voters (those who did come out to vote) Go for Coal […]

Nov 32014

  If you haven’t voted yet, then be sure to get out and vote tomorrow. If you don’t know candidates feel on issues that matter to you, then see if VoteEasy can help you out. If you are a student, then get out and vote. If you are a woman, then get out and vote. If […]

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Oct 302014

Debunking the misleading claims of the oil and gas industry  Dr. Randi Pokladnik and her husband Joel are long-time OVEC members. Randi is from eastern Ohio and has lived for 59 years in the strip-mined coal counties of Jefferson and Harrison. Unfortunately, deep shale gas fracking activities have become the latest way to destroy these […]

Oct 302014

West Virginia’s major water sources, like the Kanawha River, have had the highest rate of reproductive toxins that can lead to birth defects and reproductive disorders in the country. That’s just one reason why OVEC has partnered with WV FREE and other groups for the #changethecurrent campaign. Without adequate safe water regulations and requirements, West […]

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Oct 72014

On September 21, I had the privilege to attend the People’s Climate March in New York City, where more than 400,000 people of all backgrounds came together for the world’s largest march related to climate change. I went there unsure if this action could affect real change at the United Nations, which was the focus of […]

Sep 192014

Tears of joy and massive thanks to Gainesville Loves Mountains for their efforts!  Their efforts could be a model for communities nationwide (see page 3 at link). In the news this morning: Gainesville votes to avoid using mountaintop coal By Morgan Watkins, Staff writer In a room packed with advocates, the Gainesville City Commission on […]

Sep 172014

Count OVEC members and other Appalachians among the tens of thousands of people gearing up for the September 21 People’s Climate March in New York City. No matter where you are, you can support the marchers via social media.  If you are on Twitter be sure to follow and RT tweets from @CJAOurPower @GGJalliance and of course @OVEC_WV. Hashtags for the march […]

Sep 82014

Time to get your ‘shine on! Moonshine that is.  If you are in or near the Washington, D.C. area, please come out tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Stewart R. Mott House. Help raise awareness and funds, while sampling some traditional Appalachian beverages with the experts! It takes good water to make good moonshine! […]