Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Action Alert

August 30
2006
Alert Archive

OVEC Action Alert
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

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 Where's Ed? Join Him in Person or Support Him by Phone on Sept. 12
Ed Wiley's walk for the Pennies of Promise campaign is closing in on DC. He's got about 100 miles to go in his 455 mile trek to raise awareness about the need for a new Marsh Fork Elementary School. He'll arrive in DC on September 12. That's during Stop Mountaintop Removal Week in DC. Come on to DC for the festivities!

If you can't make it to DC, Appalachian Voices notes, then call your representative on September 12 in support of the Clean Water Protection Act. You will be part of a movement sending a clear message to our representatives that America wants to end mountaintop removal coal mining. It's easy -- just call the Capitol switchboard and ask for your Representative. The number is 202-224-3121. Click here for talking points about the Clean Water Protection Act.

Stay up to date on Ed's walk here, here and here. Please, be sure to call the West Virginia Governor, as all these websites advise.

Ed, Day 19: Over 250 miles into the walk, at Bulington, West Virginia (near Romney) on Sunday, August 20.
                                 --Photo by Abbey Chapple

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 Your Calls Made a Difference!
Good work! So far, we have stopped John Correll from heading up the Office of Surface Mining. Thanks so much for making those calls. Read more here.
 

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 Mountain Mourning
Now out: Christians For The Mountains' DVD "The Mountain Mourning Collection." The DVD includes Christians for the Mountains' film "Mountain Mourning" (30 minutes); OVEC organizer Maria Gunnoe's personal backyard in "Look What They've Done" (20 minutes); OVEC board member Larry Gibson's island in the midst of massive earth destruction in "Keeper of the Mountains" (18 minutes); a call to action and support from Christians for the Mountains co-founder Bob Marshall (5 minutes); and a selection from a high school film project "Bringing Down the Mountains" (5 minutes). Follow the links above to buy this DVD.

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 Mark Your Calendars for Events Near and Far
Check out our online calendar for more entries, but here are a couple of reasons to mark you calendar:

September 27:  Noon. Mountains Should Be Forever! Join the Fight for Community Assets! Come to the Press Conference at the Legislative Plaza, Nashville, Tennessee. Save Our Cumberland Mountains, an organization with 2500 citizens across Tennessee, has identified mountaintop removal mining as a priority issue for the 2006 election cycle. As citizens of Tennessee we demand an energy future that does not destroy our community assets. Sign up for the Rally today! Contact: lauren@socm.org or (865) 426-9455 or www.socmstripmining.org.

October 20 -21: A symposium called Writing about Mountain Culture, Mountain Top Removal, and the Environment will be taking place at Marshall University on Friday Oct. 20 and Saturday Oct. 21. Six authors will hold writing workshops, give readings, and engage in roundtable discussions. The authors include Chris Holbrook, Charlie Hughes, Kristin L. Johannsen, Eric Reese, Anne Shelby, and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, all of whom worked on Missing Mountains (Wind Publications, 2005), a book dedicated to stopping mountaintop removal. Denise Giardina will be the featured speaker on Saturday afternoon.

November 11: 7-8 p.m. Art Show and Fundraiser for OVEC in Huntington, W.Va.: Bob Ross Don't Live Here No More. THE APPALACHIAN LANDSCAPE: RAPED, PILLAGED, POISONED AND POLLUTED. More info soon.

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