Winds of Change Newsletter, March 2008 See sidebar for table of contents
OVEC Works! Thanks!
Everyone who sent a contribution to OVEC as a memorial to honor both Toby Marsh, an OVEC member who will be sadly missed, and Madonna Adkins. Cindy Rank wrote that Toby was a true friend to the environment.
Everyone who renewed their membership or recently joined OVEC. Your support helps keep us in action.
All helping us continue organizing in Boone County, despite the efforts to shut us down. We are standing our ground and we stand united as citizens who choose to live where our families before us lived.
Everyone in Prenter who is organizing for safe, clean drinking water.
Artists working from afar: Deb Whalen, CD Collins, Lauryn Shapter, Constance Merriman and many others.
Providing great space and technology for OVECs SpeakOut and Media Justice Trainings: Mentola Jackson of the Mingo County Action for Youth Center.
Mingo County OVEC news Archivist: Donetta Blankenship.
Spearheading the petition for Safe Water and a Stronger DEP: Donna Branham.
Designing and distributing our Intern Ask: Dana Kuhnline.
Hosting the meeting with the health researcher: Owen Stout.
Writing letters to the editor: so many of you (more folks needed!).
Coming to the Speak Out training all the way from Florida and supporting Mingo County Organizing: Bud Fultz.
Coordinating prep for the Appalachian Studies Conference: Wilma Steele and Chris Worth.
Questioning the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority on coal-to-liquid: Walter and Carol Young.
All the members of the Sludge Safety Project Learning Committee.
Phone banking: Michael Morison, Chuck Nelson, Danny Chiotos and Larry Gibson
Writing appeal letters: Trevor Swan and Heather Sprouse
Cemeteries protection bill: John McFerrin, Regina Hendrix, Bill Price, Lois Armstrong and Larry Gibson.
More work on cemetery protections: Anita Miller and Versie Sims.
Mailings: Ronda Harper, Michael Morrison and David Duke.
Campaign planning effort: everyone involved (and still standing).
Planning the legislative flyovers: Michael Morrison, David Duke, SouthWings.
DEP oversight legislative effort: State Workers Union (UE 170).
Fighting the Gauley Knob (Ansted-area) mountaintop removal permit: So many good folks!
Editing: Mary Wildfire, Greg Wood and Laura Bannon.
Collecting signatures on the DEP petition: so many of you!
Global warming watch dogs: Mel Tyree, Allan Tweddle, Mary Wildfire and everyone who is working on cutting energy consumption.
Marshall University Teach-In on Climate Change: several professors.
Help with security and related matters: Jeff Bosley and Victoria Bosley
Helpful suggestions: Brenda McCoy, Donetta Blankenship, LP.
Hosting visitors to Kayford Mountain: Larry Gibson and Chuck Nelson.
For making and showing the new film Rise Up West Virginia: B. J. Gudmundsson (who used her own money to produce this great DVD! Contact OVEC to buy a copy.)
Thanks to our much loved legal team: Attorneys Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment, Earthjustice, Public Justice. Co-Plaintiffs Coal River Mountain Watch and WV Highlands Conservancy.
Thanks to all not mentioned here who are doing things to help make West Virginias future brighter.
And wed never thought wed say this, but thanks to the Friends of Coal for boosting awareness of and enrollment in OVECs Kroger Cares program.