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OVEC (the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition) formed in 1987 to stop a toxic waste dump/incinerator proposed for a low-income community near Huntington, WV. We won that campaign. By supporting organized voices and empowered communities, we’ve been winning environmental and social justice campaigns ever since. Our members and volunteers are crucial to our work. Join OVEC!

Action Alert OVEC Jul 23
You’re Invited: WV For the People
Will you join your community at a rally near you in support of sweeping pro-democracy legislation?  More
Hoots and Hollers Randi Pokladnik Jul 23
The Climate Crisis We Can No Longer Afford to Ignore
The deadly climate crisis is worsening. We cannot afford “all of the above” as energy options. Greta Thunberg has repeatedly said, “I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.” More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jul 9
Union Election Results!
The NLRB counted votes today; Results: The majority of OVEC’s non-supervisory employees voted to form an OVEC Union.  More
sunflowers in a late fall garden
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Jul 8
Midsummer in the Garden-Blog 57 in a Gardening Series
Garlic and onions and sunflowers and sunflowers, oh my! More
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Jul 7
How to Get Through the Worst Day of Your Life
Death is surely a time of great pain. Having a conversation around and plans for the inevitable helps to ease some of the trauma. State laws allow you to carry out meaningful ceremony and even the burial of your loved one yourself. More
Chuck Nelson
Hoots and Hollers Janet Keating Jul 7
Remembering Chuck Nelson
After Chuck Nelson found an OVEC newspaper on his windshield that provided information about the abuses of mountaintop removal strip mining (MTR) for coal, he called OVEC’s office to volunteer. From that day forward, Chuck was all-in for ending mountaintop removal. Chuck, a retired underground miner, was an expert not only on underground mining, but […] More
Chickens on Mary's porch
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Jul 2
Livestock and Your Garden-Blog 56 in a Gardening Series
Let's get the straight poop on livestock and your garden. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jun 30
By Chuck Nelson: Communities Must Organize to Win
Rest in power Chuck Nelson. Here are some of his pointers on organizing he shared in 2009. More
Action Alert OVEC Jun 30
Take Action Now on New Chemical Disaster Rule
Here's an easy way to submit written comments to EPA demanding a new Chemical Disaster Rule that ends the dangerous cycle of chemical disasters in our communities. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jun 25
Rest in Power Chuck Nelson
Rest in power Chuck Nelson. More
Action Alert OVEC Jun 24
Today in Charleston: Black Voters Matter #FreedomRide2021
Join the Black Voters Matter #FreedomRide2021 as it comes to Charleston, WV today. More
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Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Feb 28, 2021
The Problem of Power
There’s a near perfect, inverse correlation between wisdom and power. Wise people give regard to future generations and learn from the past, seeing beyond the self. Why are these people not the ones in power? More
Hoots and Hollers Randi Pokladnik Feb 22, 2021
The Truth About Polystyrene
Given the toxicity of polystyrene from cradle to grave, isn’t it time to stop packaging our foods and beverages in this polymer? More
Hoots and Hollers Janet Keating Mar 2, 2021
The Social Dilemma: You Are the Product
Your actions on social media allow AI to learn what triggers your response. Social media can sow discord and misinformation. There may been benefits. And there are existential threats. More