Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Action Alert

September 1
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OVEC Action Alert
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition


 Local Groups and Others Aiding Hurricane Katrina Victims
Click here for info on donating to local groups that are mobilizing to aide Hurricane Katrina victims. Click here for info on national-level groups.  Also, MoveOn.org is coordinating some grassroots emergency housing efforts; click here for info.

OVEC's good friends at Refinery Reform have a member, Hilton Kelley with Community In Power Development Association in Port Arthur, Texas who is working to help refugees in Beaumont and Houston. Apparently there are 1,200 refugees at Ford Park in Beaumont and buses are bringing people from New Orleans to the Houston Astrodome. Hilton is organizing the local Port Arthur community to bring bar-b-ques to Ford Park to cook for people, and is brining in as much food and water as he can.

If you are able to help, he needs: (1) money to help buy supplies, (2) volunteers in the Houston/Austin areas to house people, and (3) in the slightly longer term – clothes, blankets, shoes, etc. Checks can be made out to “CIDA” and donations are tax-deductible. They can be sent to Hilton Kelley at 910 Colorado Ave, Port Arthur TX 77642. Please send him an email at hiltonkelleycida@yahoo.com or give him a call at (409) 984-9595 if you put a check in the mail or are able to offer housing.

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 Is Katrina Spawn of Fossil Fuel-ishness?
As we all know, mountaintop removal isn't the only toll from our ever-increasing use of fossil fuels. Only people who are snookered by the likes of ExxonMobile, or politicians beholden to the coal and oil industries don't believe that human-induced global warming is really happening.  But is it responsible for increasingly severe severe storm events? Check it out: --Brace for More Katrinas, Say Experts; --Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: “For They That Sow the Wind Shall Reap the Whirlwind”; --Global warming beefs up hurricanes.

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 Keep the Lights on Without Coal--Renewable Energy Conference
Renewable energy: Think of the possibilities--ending mountaintop removal and beginning to check global warming. Sept. 7 is the deadline for early registration for the Sept. 14-15 conference: "A Renewable Future - Exploring Energy Sources for West Virginia." Early registration is $75 and regular registration is $100. Some scholarships are available. The conference is at the Days Inn in Flatwoods, W. Va. This 2005 Conference on the Environment is presented by the West Virginia Environmental Institute, in cooperation with the West Virginia Development Office.  The conference will provide a forum for people experienced in providing renewable resources to describe and debate issues relevant to West Virginia. The goal is to lay some of the groundwork for the state to begin utilizing all aspects of its renewable energy potential. For scholarship or other information, call Cindy at (304) 342-6972.  Click here for a PDF informational brochure.

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 WOC's Up, Doc
The September edition of Winds of Change, OVEC's newsletter is on-line. Click here.

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 Ballad for Blair Mountain--Listen Online
Click here to listen to a song for Blair Mountain. We'll update you on the status The Friends of the Mountains’ nomination for Blair Mountain to be listed on National Register of Historic Places  soon. Hint: would-be mountain massacre-ers are not happy. Get some background information here.

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 Web Action and DC Sept. 20 Action for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Not only are the fossil fuel cronies getting away with blowing up Central Appalachian mountains and burying our streams, they just can't stand to be kept out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Watch a bit of Oil on Ice to remind yourself why the Refuge is so important and to see how the Exxon Valdez spill still pollutes the Alaska. 

You are invited to join thousands of Americans for Arctic Refuge Action Day on September 20 in Washington, DC. Show your support for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in person!  Why September 20? Congress could vote as soon as the end of September on whether to open the heart of the Arctic Refuge to roads, oil rigs, and pipelines.  For more information, click here.

Goldman Prize winner and Gwich'in nation member Sarah James is already in DC, holding vigil to protect the Arctic Refuge. She's set up in a tent on the National Mall, and she intends to stay as long as it takes. Years of work to protect the Refuge have come down to the vote expected in September. On September 20, we can stand with the Gwich'in nation, and make clear to Congress that drilling the Refuge would be a grave -- and irreversible -- mistake.

Come to D.C. and stand with the Gwich'in -- or join thousands of others across the country in sending a powerful message with your pledge of support. Click here for more information and to sign an on-line petition. Sarah and her fellow Gwich'in have to face powerful forces in Washington. Oil companies stand to make millions from drilling the Refuge -- and they've lobbied Congress for years to make it happen.  Yet, tapping the oil in the Refuge would solve none of our energy problems, and do nothing about gas prices. It flies in the face of the public interest -- both for the Gwich'in people, and for all Americans.

We can convince Congress to save the Refuge, but only if our lawmakers feel the heat -- from us. So sign the pledge now, and consider coming to DC on Sept. 20.

By the way, OVEC's co-directors Dianne Bady and Janet Keating (formerly Fout), along with the late Laura Forman, met and fell in love with Sarah when they all won the inaugural Leadership for a Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation. Coal River Mountain Watch's own Goldman Prize winner Judy Bonds also knows Sarah. Here's to Native Americans and Appalachians standing together for human rights and the environment in the face of the fossil fuel industry!

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 Come to DC Sept. 24 and 25
West Virginia Patriots for Peace, in coordination with the United for Peace and Justice Coalition, is organizing with groups across the state to send a large WV delegation to the Sept. 24 march and rally in Washington, DC. The WV delegation will meet in the vicinity of the Monument (location TBA) at 10:00 a.m. E-mail patriots.news@verizon.net for the location.

10:00 a.m. All-Day Peace & Justice Festival Begins, Washington Monument Grounds
11:30 a.m. Rally at Ellipse
12:30 p.m. March steps off
3:00 p.m. "Operation Ceasefire" Concert and Rally

On Sunday, Sept. 25 there's an Interfaith Service and a grassroots training session sponsored by United for Peace and Justice. On Monday, September 26, UPJ is heading up a mass-lobbying day. West Virginians are encouraged to join this event. Contact patriots.news@verizon.net for details.

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 Another Reason to Come to DC Sept. 24 and 25
Also on Sunday, check out the DC Green Festival with some amazing speakers and exhibitors at the DC Convention Center.  Speakers include: Lois Gibbs, Brock Evans, Cindy Sheehan, Amy Goodman, Dennis Kucinich, Greg Palast, Lester Brown, Medea Benjamin, Kevin Danaher, Gifford Pinchot III and many other visionary leaders.

Special attractions include a marketplace of green businesses; Air America Radio broadcasting live; Reverend Altagracia Pèrez on the Wal-Mart victory; he Fair Trade Pavilion with coffee and chocolate tastings and an art auction; a mobile tropical rainforest exhibit; workshops on green careers; organic beer & wine; live music; organic vegetarian food court and much more. This is a "nearly zero waste event." Tickets $15 at the door. Click here for more info.

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