For folks living in our region (as well as Pittsburgh and D.C.), June is so jam-packed, there’s too much to list in one-email. We’ve highlighted a few events here, but please see Jam-packed June: Jump to it for Justice for a more complete list of events and actions.
We hope to see many of you on Saturday, June 9 for Reflections on Sacred Actions for Earth. This Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) event takes place from 4-8 pm at St. John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston and features West Virginian authors Denise Giardina and Ann Pancake on a panel moderated by retired OVEC Executive Director Janet Keating.
June 12: Two American climate scientists–Michael E. Mann Ph.D. and Rear Admiral (Retired) David W. Titley–will be honored at a Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Charleston event Details here.
June 16 is a big day for member-groups of the Tri-State Water Defense Network.
In the morning, take part in a Huntington, WV portion of the Ohio River Sweep. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Harris Riverfront Park picnic shelter.
Finally, folks are off to Ritter Park in Huntington at 3 p.m. for the 2nd Annual Huntington Pride Picnic. Tri-State Water Defense Network will join the picnic and set up an outreach table at the event.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join in any or all of the June 16 events.
West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections invites you to a training and discussion about the critical role the courts play in achieving success on the issues we are fighting for in West Virginia. Join us at the Four Points Sheraton in Charleston, WV. Reserve your free tickets here.
With civil rights and democracy increasingly under attack, the strength and impartiality of our courts may be the last mainstay for achieving justice on all of our issues. Our rights as voters, parents, workers, and community members depend on the decisions of our elected judges. Come learn with expert trainers and facilitators from Wellstone Action, as well as an experienced judge. More information here.
OVEC will host another stream monitoring training in the Huntington area, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, with lunch provided. You’ll learn to effectively monitor water quality along pipeline routes before, during and after pipeline construction.
We have a limit on how many we can train. If you are interested, please contact email@example.com right away.
Please do check Jam-packed June: Jump to it for Justice for details on more events and actions.
Reminder in case you didn’t sign last month: #FERCdoesntwork: Sign on to this updated petition, to be submitted by the June 25 deadline to docket PL18-1, to tell FERC that its pipeline review process is failing communities and the environment and needs fundamental reform. Want to learn more about pipelines and wonder why FERC should be reformed? Watch this video series!
Another reminder: Sick of fossil fuel industries making a mess of our lives, our air, our water and our land? Sign on to this letter to the governors of WV, OH and PA: “A Cleaner, Better Vision for the Tri-State Region.” If you belong to an organization (other than OVEC; we’ve already signed on), encourage the group to sign this version of the letter.
Save the Date: September 15 is OVEC’s Annual Meeting
Please mark your calendars now and save September 15 for OVEC’s annual meeting and Treehuggers’ Ball all-in-one-combo super spectacular event!
Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Catte, author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia.
The tentative time for the entire event, which will take place upstairs at the Bahnhof restaurant on the corner of 7th Avenue and 8th St in Huntington, WV, is from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m.
We’ll have several musicians and bands, plenty of dancing, good food, great friends, and an all-around most excellent day.