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    Invitation to May 25 Ohio River Water Ceremony from MU NASO

    Thanks to all who showed up for Peoples Climate March events — whether in D.C., Charleston or Huntington, or elsewhere.

    One of the more energizing and memorable things about the Huntington rally and march was the presence and leadership provided by the Marshall University Native American Student Organization (NASO).

    We have received an invitation to respectfully participate in their Water Ceremony on Thursday, May 25. See below for details, and please read and follow the instructions below if you plan to participate:   
    Water Ceremony

    (Weather Permitting)

    The Marshall University Native American Student Organization will be having a Water Ceremony on May 25, 2017. It will be at Harris Riverfront Park on the side where the boat ramp is. This event will be open to all who attended the Climate March and expressed interest in attending. The Ceremony will take place in the evening, tentatively around 7:00 pm.

    This is a ceremonial sacred event which means there can be no negativity and no disrespectful words spoken nor disrespectful actions taken. You must do what the elder(s) that are present helping conduct the ceremony ask of you.

    For women who attend the ceremony, please wear a long skirt, and if you are on your moon (period) please do not attend, as this is a time when women are their strongest and their medicine may affect the energy and the process of the ceremony. Please come with a good mind, and willing to learn.

    Also, please leave your pets at home, and no alcohol and drugs. When we say no alcohol and drugs, we mean you must have no alcohol or drugs for at least four days prior. Thank you!

    You can learn more about MU NASO here

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    ABOUT FACE Veterans Action Camp


    Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) are a grassroots organization of post 9/11 veterans who have been working for social justice and to transform militarism for over a decade.

     

    We are excited to join forces with the Ruckus Society, our long-time ally and one of the most well known and respected direct action training and support outfits in the country.

     

    In addition to training up our own membership we are prioritizing outreach to veterans who are already engaged in movement work outside of IVAW. Whether we are connected through membership in Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), the Poor People’s Campaign, or through our larger movement networks, we want to build with military veterans doing movement work in order to cross-pollinate and strengthen our movement connections and potential work together.

     

    Scholarships and travel support is available and will be prioritized for veterans who are active in movement work and those from underrepresented communities. Contact Maggie at maggiemartin@ivaw.org or 912-596-8484 for info on scholarships and travel support.

     

    We want movement and politically active veterans to join IVAW, for a five day action training May 26-30th at Highlander Center in New Market, TN.

     

    We will train 50 veterans and our closest collaborators in 4 distinct track’s on Nonviolent Direct Action* (NVDA):

    • Strategy and Action Planning
    • Artistic and Creative Action
    • Blockades and Holding Space
    • Community Defense

    *Tracks subject to changes based on participant interests.

     

    About Face Veterans Action Camp

    About Face Veterans Action Camp

    For our friends who are #veterans, check out this great event happening at the Highlander Center. We are told they have about 15 slots still available. More details below.

    Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) are a grassroots organization of post 9/11 veterans who have been working for social justice and to transform militarism for over a decade.

    We are excited to join forces with the Ruckus Society, our long-time ally and one of the most well known and respected direct action training and support outfits in the country.

    In addition to training up our own membership we are prioritizing outreach to veterans who are already engaged in movement work outside of IVAW. Whether we are connected through membership in #Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), the Poor People’s Campaign, or through our larger movement networks, we want to build with military veterans doing movement work in order to cross-pollinate and strengthen our movement connections and potential work together.

    Scholarships and travel support is available and will be prioritized for veterans who are active in movement work and those from underrepresented communities. Contact Maggie at maggiemartin@ivaw.org or 912-596-8484 for info on scholarships and travel support.

    We want movement and politically active veterans to join IVAW, for a five day action training May 26-30th at Highlander Center in New Market, TN.

    We will train 50 veterans and our closest collaborators in 4 distinct track’s on Nonviolent Direct Action* (NVDA):
    • Strategy and Action Planning
    • Artistic and Creative Action
    • Blockades and Holding Space
    • Community Defense

    *Tracks subject to changes based on participant interests.


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    Screening of Blood on the Mountain: Davis, WV

    5/13/2107 UN Human Rights Testimony Athens, OH
    5/21/2017 UMWA 1440 Matewan, WV 
    5/28/2017 Tucker Arts Spring Festival Davis, WV
    6/6/2017 AIHC Conference Seattle, WA 
    6/23/2017 Potters Farm Schuykill, PA 
    8/1/2017 Mother Jones Film Festival Cork, Ireland
    9/7/2017 SOMA Festival Maplewood, NJ

     

    http://bloodonthemountain.com/

    WEBINAR: Building Sustainable and Successful Campaigns for Renewable Energy in Your Community

    WEBINAR:
    Building Sustainable and Successful Campaigns for Renewable Energy in Your Community

    June 4 @ 1 PM EST 

    Join Ms. editors and writers and leaders from Mothers Out Front and the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition for this free webinar! Hear from leaders of women-led grassroots groups working to build a sustainable movement to boost renewables and combat climate change.

    In this interactive webinar, we’ll walk through some of the organizing models and strategies, and actions women-led groups are taking to push for renewable energy in their community.

    There will be plenty of time for Q&A for the attendees interested in implementing these models at home!

    FEATURING:

    Kathy Spillar, Executive Editor of Ms.
    Juhie Bhatia, Ms. Contributor
    Kelsey Wirth, Founder of Mothers Out Front
    Natalie Thompson, Executive Director of Ohio Valley Environment Coalition

    Register Now!

    Ms. Magazine and Blog Features OVEC

     

     

    Screening of Blood on the Mountain: Seattle, WA

    5/13/2107 UN Human Rights Testimony Athens, OH
    5/21/2017 UMWA 1440 Matewan, WV 
    5/28/2017 Tucker Arts Spring Festival Davis, WV
    6/6/2017 AIHC Conference Seattle, WA 
    6/23/2017 Potters Farm Schuykill, PA 
    8/1/2017 Mother Jones Film Festival Cork, Ireland
    9/7/2017 SOMA Festival Maplewood, NJ

    http://bloodonthemountain.com

    Day of Action: Call Congress to Urge Climate Action

    Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), a non-partisan organization, is asking you to call your members of Congress on June 9 and ask that they Act on Climate.  This event will precede the arrival of over 1,000 CCL members who will be lobbying on Capitol Hill for climate action on June 13.  Your phone conversations with members of Congress and their staff may take the form of a personal story and personal concerns, or your request for support of a Carbon Fee and Dividend (a fee on greenhouse gas-emitting fuels, returning those revenues to all households in a monthly dividend check).

    Using this online tool will give you the phone numbers you’ll need and an optional script, and will provide feedback to your local CCL volunteers.

    The National Centers for Environmental Information website, part of NOAA, features a section devoted to Billion-Dollar Weather & Climate Disasters complete with a map depicting 15 such U.S. events in 2016, including “West Virginia Flooding and Ohio Valley Tornadoes” June 22nd-24th.  A recent Gazette-Mail article states that federal funds for flood recovery efforts from this devastating weather event will reach a total of $107 million.  Such an historic occurrence is no longer rare due to extreme weather patterns created by the warming climate. 

    Regardless of your political affiliation, if you care about the impacts of climate change, please call your members of Congress and let them hear your voice on June 9!

    Take Me To The River ~ Fracking Ban Celebration

    General Event Info

    FREE ADMISSION ~ June 11th
    Friendsville Community Park

    Event 1 p.m. until 10 p.m.

    Feel free to picnic and bring coolers.

    Complete Event Schedule (not quite ready for prime time, stay tuned)
    Facebook Event Page

    Environment Trail 

    Area Lodging
    Directions to Friendsville
    Help Spread The Word
    Volunteer and get a free event  t-shirt

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    Monthly Membership Meeting: Celebrate WV’s Birthday!

    In June, our monthly falls on West Virginia’s birthday. We will celebrate our beautiful state, and we’ll have some actions you can take to defend our state’s water and communities! Join us at 5:30 p.m. at the OVEC office.

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    Screening of Blood on the Mountain: Schuykill, PA

    5/13/2107 UN Human Rights Testimony Athens, OH
    5/21/2017 UMWA 1440 Matewan, WV 
    5/28/2017 Tucker Arts Spring Festival Davis, WV
    6/6/2017 AIHC Conference Seattle, WA 
    6/23/2017 Potters Farm Schuykill, PA 
    8/1/2017 Mother Jones Film Festival Cork, Ireland
    9/7/2017 SOMA Festival Maplewood, NJ

    http://bloodonthemountain.com

    Appalachia Barnraising

    A Note From PublicLab

     

    Hello!

    We are excited to announce that Public Lab will be hosting a regional event called Appalachia Barnraising June 24 and 25 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

     

    The Appalachia Barnraising is an open event that seeks to bring participants together to share out about regional environmental concerns, advance technical knowledge, and improve social ties. It will also have a focus on extreme energy extraction. Communities affected by coal mining, oil drilling, and fracking will be front and center at this event as we come together to work on developing strategies, and on addressing these issues in our communities, and across the region.

     

    Registration is open and more information about the event can be found at www.publiclab.org/Barnraising.

    Please pass along the invite, and hope you can come!

     

    Screening of Blood on the Mountain: Cork, Ireland

    http://bloodonthemountain.com/

     

    5/13/2107 UN Human Rights Testimony Athens, OH
    5/21/2017 UMWA 1440 Matewan, WV 
    5/28/2017 Tucker Arts Spring Festival Davis, WV
    6/6/2017 AIHC Conference Seattle, WA 
    6/23/2017 Potters Farm Schuykill, PA 
    8/1/2017 Mother Jones Film Festival Cork, Ireland
    9/7/2017 SOMA Festival Maplewood, NJ

    Screening of Blood on the Mountain: Maplewood, NJ

    http://bloodonthemountain.com/

     

    5/13/2107 UN Human Rights Testimony Athens, OH
    5/21/2017 UMWA 1440 Matewan, WV 
    5/28/2017 Tucker Arts Spring Festival Davis, WV
    6/6/2017 AIHC Conference Seattle, WA 
    6/23/2017 Potters Farm Schuykill, PA 
    8/1/2017 Mother Jones Film Festival Cork, Ireland
    9/7/2017 SOMA Festival Maplewood, NJ

    Join Us at Young WV

    Dear Our Children,Our Future Partners and Friends,

    Registration is live and spaces are starting to fill for the Young WV Conference at Marshall University on September 8-10, 2017.  Not registered?  Register here!

                            Are you 15-25 years old?  Do you work with/know a young person?
                               Want WV to be the coolest place to live, go to school and work?

    Then this conference is for you!

    Register TODAY and join a statewide movement of young people committed to making change within their communities in West Virginia.

    At the Young WV Conference, you’ll find:

    • Youth-led breakouts on college readiness, voter engagement, racial justice, mental health, LGBTQ advocacy and more!
    • Young WV Policy Challenge
    • A chance to meet other young people from across the state excited about making change
    • Mini-grant opportunities for exisiting and forming OCOF  student chapters
    • Information on how to create a OCOF chapter in your school or organization

    Want to lead a breakout/workshop?  Register here!  Last year we had over 25 workshops lead by young people and you could be one this year!

     

    Find the latest on the Young WV 2017 Conference at:

    www.ocofwv.org/youngwv/

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    WV Highlands Conservancy 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Save the dates for WV Highlands Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary Celebration! at Canaan Valley Resort State Park!

    OVEC’s Annual Picnic

    Save the date!

    West Virginia Good Jobs Conference

    West Virginia Good Jobs Conference, taking place Nov. 6-8 at the Tamarack Cultural Center in Beckley.

    – See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20170401/coalfield-development-corporation-launches-pitch-contest#sthash.I1GasokB.dpuf

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