OVEC Event Calendar – List Format

Submit calendar items for potential posting on this page to info@ohvec.org.

View upcoming events in calendar format

    CAMPAIGN NONVIOLENCE WEEK OF ACTIONS 2017

    TAKE ACTION SEPTEMBER 16-24, 2017!

    Campaign Nonviolence is a long-term grassroots movement for a culture of peace and nonviolence free from war, poverty, racism, environmental destruction and the epidemic of violence.

    We invite people and organizations in the U.S. and worldwide to take action during CNV Action Week around the International Day of Peace, September 21. Together we will join our voices from around the planet to support a global nonviolent shift!

    During this year’s Campaign Nonviolence Week, September 16-24, 2017 our goal is 1000+ marches, vigils, rallies and more for a culture of peace and nonviolence in cities and towns in all 50 states and in nations around the world. Together we will march against violence and for a world of peace, justice and sustainability. We will connect the dots between war, poverty, racism, climate change, and the epidemic of violence — and join forces for a culture of peace.

    Plan a march and other nonviolent actions such as vigils, rallies and more! Let us know that you will be planning a nonviolent action during CNV Action Week by filling out the form on the right and well add your information to the bottom of this page soon. Once you have your action details you’ll be able to post them here.

    REAP Tire Collection – Wirt Co

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) is holding several tire collections across the state this fall.

    • Wirt 09/23/17 9:00am-3:00pm Elizabeth, Wirt County Recycling Center

    Residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for the county in which the tire collection event is being held. The tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires, 16-inches or less, will be accepted. Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

     

    This tire collection is made possible, in part, through REAP, which brings together all of the state’s cleanup programs to maximize West Virginia’s cleanup efforts

    Click event title for a venue map

    REAP Tire Collection – Putnam Co

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) is holding several tire collections across the state this fall.

    • Putnam 09/23/17 9:00am-2:00pm Winfield, Putnam County Courthouse

    Residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for the county in which the tire collection event is being held. The tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires, 16-inches or less, will be accepted. Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

     

    This tire collection is made possible, in part, through REAP, which brings together all of the state’s cleanup programs to maximize West Virginia’s cleanup effort

    Click event title for a venue map

    Help Collect Water Quality Data in the Mon. National Forest

    Save the date to join fellow water quality monitors for the WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Program’s 3rd Watershed Snapshot Day! This event brings together volunteers to monitor as many sites as possible within the northern Monongahela National Forest. The data collected will help establish baseline conditions and show changes in water quality over time. 

    Volunteers will work in teams, each team will receive a map and detailed directions to monitoring sites and each participant will receive a bagged lunch for the field. Once folks return from monitoring we’ll have a BBQ picnic! Check out the event flyer to learn more.

    What: Watershed Snapshot Day
    Where: Stuart Recreation Area – Elkins, WV
    When: September 23, 2017 – 9:45am – 5:00pm

    To Register: Email or call Jake Lemon, jlemon@tu.org, 814-779-3965. In your email, please include:

    • Your full name
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Any dietary restrictions
    • If you have not been trained by the WV/VA Water Quality Monitoring Program, please include any experience you have with water quality monitoring (no experience is required to participate in Snapshot Day).

    Don’t forget to bring your monitoring kits and hope to see you in the Monongahela National Forest.

    Click event title for a venue map

    REAP Tire Collection- Greenbrier Co

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) is holding several tire collections across the state this fall.

    • Greenbrier 09/27/17 8:00am-4:00pm Rainelle, US Army Reserve Ctr.

    Residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for the county in which the tire collection event is being held. The tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires, 16-inches or less, will be accepted. Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

     

    This tire collection is made possible, in part, through REAP, which brings together all of the state’s cleanup programs to maximize West Virginia’s cleanup effort

    Click event title for a venue map

    Partnerships Across the Ohio River Basin: ORBCRE Symposium 2017 Hosted by Marshall University

    OVEC members and supporters: If you are interested in attending this symposium, please contact robin@ohvec.org.

    From the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and EducationPartnerships Across the Ohio River Basin Symposium 2017

    Schedule (subject to change):

    ORBCRE_ORBA_ALL DAYS

     

    Grassroots WV Summit

    Please mark your calendars and register for the Grassroots WV Summit on September 29-30 – a planning and grassroots organizing summit in Buckhannon, WV. People all across our state have been rising up to fight for justice and equality for themselves, their families, and their neighbors – and holding politicians accountable to working for us, not big donors on Wall Street or political hacks in Washington. During this two-day event, you will have the opportunity to join in on trainings, workshops, projects, networking opportunities, roundtable discussions, and more. If you are standing up for yourself, your family, and your community, this summit is for you!  

    Register here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/wv-grassroots-summit. (The event is free).

    This will be a great place to build relationships with other organizers and leaders, gather concrete skills (elections training, candidate training, issue campaign training, etc.), and trade ideas with groups across WV.  Special thanks to Upshur County Indivisible – Votes for hosting the event, helping lead the logistics and providing the theme of Hate Has No Home Here.

    Have a great Labor Day weekend!

    Cathy

    p.s. Last chance to fill out Rise Up’s organizational survey! (thanks to everyone who already filled it out!)

    Click event title for a venue map

    MARCH FOR RACIAL JUSTICE in D.C.

    March through downtown DC and rally for racial justice. Line up at Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill between 10 a.m and 12 p.m, marching to the Capitol and past the Department of Justice at 12:30, before culminating at the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets. You can join buses coming from other areas. Details here.

    The March for Racial Justice is a black and indigenous led multi-community movement united in our demands for racial equity and justice. We are calling for a reversal of laws, policies and practices that hasten inequality, dehumanize people of color and maintain white supremacy. We march because as long as U.S. laws, policies, and practices remain steeped in white supremacy, basic human rights and civil rights for all—our universal and constitutional rights—will never be fully realized.

    It is our duty to dismantle oppression, as well as, challenge and put an end to racist laws, policies, and practices that dehumanize people of color while sustaining white supremacy. Our mission is to harness the national unrest and dissatisfaction with racial injustice into a national mobilization that strengthens local and nationwide efforts for racial equity and justice.

    For generations, we have marched, sat-in, walked-out, blocked bridges, protested, and educated our communities about issues of racial justice in a struggle to transform the policies that produce these injustices.

    The growing movement against racist policing tactics and police killings has transformed the U.S. political terrain and brought much needed attention to police brutality that is endemic in the U.S. At the heart of this movement is a rallying cry for justice for the victims of this violent system that disproportionately targets Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples.

     Learn more here

    MARCH FOR BLACK WOMEN in D.C.

    Black women and comrades will unite and lock arms and march unapologetically at the center of the scheduled MARCH FOR RACIAL JUSTICE as the MARCH FOR BLACK WOMEN. Black women’s issues are racial justice issues. Black lived-experiences related to gender, sexuality, gender identity are-racial-justice-issues. This march spearheaded by the Black Women’s Blueprint.

    The March for Black Women focuses on the treatment of African American women and girls and serves as a reminder that Black women’s issues are racial justice issues .

    Show Up For Black Women.

    From MamaBlack website:

    We give ourselves permission to believe in the power of our demands and the strength of our convictions to take back what is already ours. We cannot allow an isolationist impulse to dictate our movement strategy given the political urgency of now.  As various communities of Black women, we have always faced innumerable personal, and unspeakable brutalities. We cannot allow the travesties that have affirmed disregard for our existence to continue to flourish while we wither away with resentment and stew in our own rage. Continue to act to eradicate oppression whenever it shows up. This has been our inherited tradition for centuries, practiced in diverse ways around the world, both in peaceful protest and in righteous anger in the face of indignation and in the face of dehumanization.

    Our March is not only a mass mobilization centered on Black women, but a reminder to every single one of us that so long as Black women are killed by the cops; so long as Black women are taken or go missing; so long as we are raped by friends or by strangers or by nationally renown predators — there can be NO JUSTICE. 

    REAP Tire Collection – Kanawha Co.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) is holding several tire collections across the state this fall.

    • Kanawha 09/30/17 8:00am-4:00pm Cabin Creek, AEP Property behind GoMart

    Residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for the county in which the tire collection event is being held. The tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires, 16-inches or less, will be accepted. Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

     

    This tire collection is made possible, in part, through REAP, which brings together all of the state’s cleanup programs to maximize West Virginia’s cleanup effort

    Click event title for a venue map

    REAP Tire Collection – Barbour Co.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) is holding several tire collections across the state this fall.

    • Barbour 09/30/17 8:00am-2:00pm Barbour County Fairgrounds

    Residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for the county in which the tire collection event is being held. The tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires, 16-inches or less, will be accepted. Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

     

    This tire collection is made possible, in part, through REAP, which brings together all of the state’s cleanup programs to maximize West Virginia’s cleanup effort

    Screening of Heroin(e) at MU

    Screening of Netflix documentary, Heroin(e) at 7 pm Monday Oct 2nd, at Marshall Univ. in the MSC Shawkey Room. The three women featured, Necia Freeman, Patricia Keller, and Jan Rader, will be present to speak and answer questions afterwards. Heroin(e)

    REAP Tire Collection – Mingo Co.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) is holding several tire collections across the state this fall.

    • Mingo 10/03/17 9:00am-3:00pm Rt. 52, Old County Bus Garage

    Residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for the county in which the tire collection event is being held. The tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires, 16-inches or less, will be accepted. Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

     

    This tire collection is made possible, in part, through REAP, which brings together all of the state’s cleanup programs to maximize West Virginia’s cleanup effort

    Click event title for a venue map

    OVEC’s Annual Picnic

    Join us for the 30th anniversary edition of our annual picnic for members and supporters, this time at Shelter #4 in the Barboursville Park, Co. Rd 31/6, Barboursville, WV, 25504.

    Come out for family friendly fun! Our picnic shelter will be available all day. There’s a playground, swings, and a climbing and bouncing bridge.

    There’s also tennis, volleyball, basketball, and lake fishing.

    Here’s the day’s line-up:

    10:00 a.m.  5K/10K Race Fundraiser

    12:00 p.m.  Free Lunch

    1:30   p.m.  Annual Awards Ceremony

    2:30   p.m.   Bike Ride

    Live music, too! 

    Please bring your own equipment for outdoor activities. 
    To reduce waste, please bring reusable dinnerware. 

    Need more info? Call 304-522-0246.

    And do check out our $30 for 30 campaign here.

    Save the Greenbrier River

    Help Raise funds to fight the Pipelines — Buffet Lunch . Pipeline Workshop . Music — 50 /50 raffle More information coming soon

    For directions click: http://www.campsummerswv.com/visitor-info/directions

    Save the Greenbrier River, Monroe Co & Peters Mountain Event

    30th Anniversary Film Screening of Matewan

    Share and Save the Date!

    This October 7th, acclaimed independent film director John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi are teaming up with The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum to host a 30th Anniversary Film Screening of Matewan at the Labelle Theatre in Charleston.

    Filmed in the coalfields of Southern West Virginia and featuring local residents as extras, Matewan captures a critical moment in labor history when miners across the Southern Coalfields led a rank and file organizing drive that would change the course of labor relations in our nation for decades to come.

    Save the Date on October 7th to catch one of two screenings at the The Labelle Theatre (3PM and 7PM), along with a raffle, live music, refreshments, Mine Wars Museum merch and a Q&A with the film’s creators. Tickets will go on sale at wvminewars.com later this month!

    Museum Members are invited to a bonus event: a Members Mingle with John Sayles and Maggie Renzi at 12AM at the Unitarian Universalist Chuch in Charleston. Look for member invitations shortly! Non-members may sign up for membership at http://www.wvminewars.com/member.

    Many thanks to the West Virginia Humanities Council for their co-sponsorship of this event. All proceeds for the event benefit The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum’s Blair Centennial Project, which is made possible through funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    We can’t wait to eat popcorn and explore this history with you—see you October 7th!

    Click event title for a venue map

    RAMPS Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain.

    RAMPS Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain. Check back for details or see RAMPS’ website for details, coming soon.

    Global Frackdown Day 2017

    TAKE ACTION on October 14, Global Frackdown Day 2017, and register (in English, Español, Français, Deutsch)

    and

    SIGN the Letter to Stop Fracking Worldwide. We will collect signatures and would like to encourage each group to use the jointly signed letter afterwards to address their Head of State/Ministers/Parliamentarians/Councillors (with regard to the Global Frackdown Day of Action, the COP23 in Bonn but also in relation to national and/or regional decisions).

    Spread the message also via

    Global Frackdown 2017 Facebook

    and

    Twitter English

    Twitter Español

    Twitter Français

    Twitter Deutsch

    REAP Tire Collection – Ohio Co.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) is holding several tire collections across the state this fall.

    • Ohio 10/14/17 8:00am-2:00pm Cabela’s Parking Lot

    Residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for the county in which the tire collection event is being held. The tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires, 16-inches or less, will be accepted. Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

     

    This tire collection is made possible, in part, through REAP, which brings together all of the state’s cleanup programs to maximize West Virginia’s cleanup effort

    Click event title for a venue map

    Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Pittsburgh

    My new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, was recently released in theaters across the United States. For two years, camera crews accompanied me around the world to visit areas greatly impacted by the climate crisis. From the melting ice sheets of Greenland to the flooded streets of Miami Beach, I saw time and time again how Mother Nature is calling out to remind us what will happen if we don’t take climate action now. And in places like the city of Georgetown, TX, which is moving to 100 percent renewable electricity, I also saw that so many have the will to step up and fight.

    That’s why it’s imperative that we all do our part to protect our shared home. I’ve had the great privilege of personally training over 12,000 climate activists as part of our Climate Reality Leadership Corps program, which I’m happy to say is showcased in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. These activists have shown me what can happen when citizens take a stand, and every day, I’m amazed at their commitment and courage in educating their communities about the climate crisis and empowering them to take action.

    Today, I’m excited to announce that we’ll be training our next group of activists at our 36th Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from October 17-19, with support from the Heinz Endowments.

    We’re at a critical moment in our movement’s history. In An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, you’ll also see what was happening behind the scenes at the UNFCCC’s COP 21, where 195 countries and parties agreed to the Paris Agreement. While nearly every other nation on Earth has committed to ending the climate crisis, the White House recently submitted its intention to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris accord. This decision undermines America’s standing as a leader in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time. 

    Make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will. We see this at every one of our Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainings – and we’ll see it again in Pittsburgh – where everyday activists commit to creating a better tomorrow for our planet.

    Learn how you can make a difference in your community and apply to join us at our next Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Pittsburgh from October 17-19.

    My friends, it’s time to be inconvenient – our world depends on it.

    With hope and gratitude,

    Al Gore
    Founder and Chairman
    The Climate Reality Project

    PS. Click here for your chance to take home a signed copy of my new companion book to An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

    Pittsburgh Training_FlyerV4 (002)

    ACP: 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline

    Schedule for Environmental Review of Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP)

    Posted: 15 May 2017 10:05 PM PDT

    Notice from FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION

    RE: Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC​Docket Nos. CP15-554-000 &

    CP15-554-001

    Dominion Transmission, Inc. ​Docket No. CP15-555-000

    NOTICE OF REVISED SCHEDULE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF THE ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE AND SUPPLY HEADER PROJECT

    ​This notice identifies the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff’s revised schedule for the completion of the environmental impact statement (EIS) for Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC’s (Atlantic) Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Dominion Transmission, Inc.’s (DTI) Supply Header Project. The first notice of schedule, issued on August 12, 2016, identified a final EIS date of June 30, 2017.

    However, in response to comments on the draft EIS (which had a comment closing date of April 6, 2017), staff sent an environmental information request to Atlantic and DTI in April 2017, and only recently received the information necessary for us to complete our environmental review. As a result, staff has revised the schedule for issuance of the final EIS.

    >> Issuance of Notice of Availability of the final EIS​: July 21, 2017

    >> 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline: ​October 19, 2017

    In order to receive notification of the issuance of the final EIS and to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription (http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp).

    REAP Tire Collection – Kanawha Co.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) is holding several tire collections across the state this fall.

    • Kanawha 10/21/17 8:00am-4:00pm Intersection of 4th Ave. and C St. in South Charleston

    Residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for the county in which the tire collection event is being held. The tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires, 16-inches or less, will be accepted. Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

     

    This tire collection is made possible, in part, through REAP, which brings together all of the state’s cleanup programs to maximize West Virginia’s cleanup effort

    Click event title for a venue map

    OVEC’s Tri-State Water Defense Citizen Summit

    OVEC’s Tri-State Water Defense Citizen Summit

    We’ll examine the future of the Tri-State’s (OH/KY/WV) land and waterways in light of potential problems from oil and gas fracking and pipelines. This meeting will provide an opportunity for deeper engagement in solution-oriented strategies for a sustainable future for our region. 

    Contact Robin Blakeman at robin@ohvec.org or 304-522-0246 for more details, including registration information. Free; lunch provided. Limited space.

    Freedom Fund Annual Banquet of Huntington-Cabell Branch NAACP

    Please join us for this wonderful annual event, celebrating 108 years of freedom fighting, hosted by the Huntington-Cabell NAACP!

    The keynote speaker is Dr. William White, newly appointed Executive Director of The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs http://www.minorityaffairs.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

    Music by Mr. Fred Chiles

    Tickets are $30

    Please PM us to reserve your tickets, to reserve a table for your group, or to place an ad in our program!

    Facebook event here

    Click event title for a venue map

    Deadline to Submit Water Quality Info to WVDEP

    From Beckley Register Herald: Data on stream, lakes water quality accepted until Oct. 27:

    The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is collecting water quality data on the state’s streams and lakes.

    The water quality data will be used for the 2018 Integrated Report which includes the 303(d) list of impaired waters.

    The DEP develops the report and submits it to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency every two years as required in the federal Clean Water Act. Streams and lakes are included on the list of impaired waters if they do not meet water quality standards.

    The agency also will assess water quality data collected by state and federal agencies, watershed associations, permitted facilities and others with available data.

    Data submission forms are available on the DEP’s website.

    Documentation describing data collection and analysis details will help the agency assess the quality of submitted results, the release said. Data subject to quality assurance/quality control plan should be submitted with water quality data. Examples of QA/QC plans can be found on the EPA’s website.

    Water quality data collected in the state from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2017 can be sent to chris.a.daugherty@wv.gov or stephen.a.young@wv.gov. The deadline to submit data is Oct. 27.

    The release said electronic submissions are highly preferred but non-electronic submissions may be sent to the DEP at the Division of Water and Waste Management at 601 57th St. S. E., Charleston, WV 25304. 

     

    Ripely: Come to a Meet and Greet with our Executive Director

    OVEC’s Executive Director Natalie Thompson is conducting a Fall Meet and Greet Membership Tour. Come meet Natalie and tell her what’s on your mind! 

    October 27 in Ripley, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
    at the Jackson County Public Library
    208 N Church St, Ripley, WV 25271

    WV Good Jobs Conference

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

    The WV Good Jobs Conference will bring together entrepreneurs, funders, accelerators, local community leaders and government agencies to trade ideas, recognize leading entrepreneurs, provide mentorship and support to entrepreneurs in Southern WV.

    The WV Good Jobs Pitch Contest gives an opportunity to local entrepreneurs who are interested in starting, growing, or saving their business within Appalachia. Within the conference all entrepreneurs will have access to a round table workshop that will strengthen their business plans and provide networking opportunities to obtain funding.

    Join us to participate in research-oriented think tanks for strategies to create sustainable economic development in Appalachia.

    Visit the link below to register early! Scholarships are available!

    http://bit.ly/GoodJobsRegistration

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

    Click event title for a venue map

    2017 Shale & Public Health Conference

    2017 Shale & Public Health Conference

    The fifth annual Shale & Public Health Conference will be held November 13, 2017

    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (registration/sign-in at 8:30)

    presented by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania

    hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

    at the Pitt University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh PA 15260 

    Conference itself is free

    $14 for buffet lunch 

    Among the featured speakers is:

    Dr. Walter Tsou MD MPH, past president of the American Public Health Association and former Health Commissioner of Philadelphia

    Register Now

    Click event title for a venue map

    Blood on the Mountain in Buckhannon

    November 19- Blood on the Mountain in Buckhannon, WV Lascaux Micro Theater. Reception 2-4 and screening at 4 pm.

    Click event title for a venue map

Hoots & Hollers, the OVEC Blog © 2014 Frontier Theme