If you think the system is rigged and your vote doesn’t matter, that’s doing what the powers-that-be hope you will do to change the status quo—nothing.
Things might be very different if those 108 million people had voted. If you haven’t already done so, vote!
And, from ProPublica, here’s everything you need to know to hit the polls and cast an informed vote.
If you see something that you think is improper at the polls, you may contact the county clerk’s office, 304-526-8625, or the Voter Registration Office, 304-526-8633. The Secretary of State’s office number is 304-558-6000. You can also use Electionland to report problems at the polls.
As we noted in this October blog, the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report underlines the necessity for each of us to really support and watch out for one another. (If you haven’t done so yet, please do read page two of our current newsletter on this topic.) Your vote is a means of supporting like-minded folks.
Since our state is one of the ground zeros for climate change, the IPPC report underscores the importance of OVEC’s long-time work tackling issues related to fossil fuel extraction. And, while it may feel like all of our state politicians are beholden to the fossil fuel industries, our votes and our contact with them do matter. Vote, and then dog the officials with calls and letters to let them know we want climate action!
Online action: Tell the Trump Administration: No Keystone XL Pipeline
Minden Community Action Team and Headwaters Defense have developed a guide for community members and allies to assist with public comments, which are due by November 13. Learn more and take action, here.
This film is a critical one for anyone who lives in or near the Ohio River Valley; it chronicles the C-8 pollution of the water system in Parkersburg and surrounding areas. It also speaks volumes to the need to press for more effective water regulation measures throughout the state and region.
The film will be shown every Monday in November at 7 p.m. at the Underground Cinema, 230 Capitol St, Charleston, WV, 25301.
On November 5, panelists include OVEC’s Robin Blakeman and Alex Cole, along with representatives from at least some of the four other groups who are sponsoring the film. Topics will include current WV water pollution challenges.
One of the screenings will include a Skype interview with the film-maker. For updates, check the event on Facebook here. Invite your friends!
Tonight, November 5: Public Hearing on Proposed Electric Rate Hikes, in Charleston at 6:30 p.m.
November 6: General Election
November 12: Mondays that Matter: The Devil We Know
November 19: Climate Change Address with Bob McCollister
November 19: Mondays that Matter: The Devil We Know
November 26: Mondays that Matter: The Devil We Know
November 30-December 1: CARE’s Mountain State Racial Justice Summit
In Case You Missed It: OVEC and Our Coalition Work in the News