Posts by Janet


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Hoots and Hollers Janet Jan 31, 2014
Remembering Elinore Taylor
I can’t remember a time when Elinore Taylor wasn’t associated with OVEC. If you go to our website and type in her name, you will find page after page of results. Elinore was everywhere present in OVEC’s activities and organizational development. Hers was a welcoming smile at board meetings, protests, and public hearings including events that she initiated. Behind that warm smile was not only a friendly, caring woman, but also a dedicated, determined defender of “the least of these, my brethren.”More
Issues: Clean electionsFaithMountaintop removalSocial justice
Water Unites Us!
Hoots and Hollers Janet Jan 31, 2014
Anita Wotiz, former WV native responds: I’m From West Virginia and I’ve Got Something to Say About the Chemical Spill
Having lived in West Virginia for 5 years and graduating (long ago) from Huntington High School, the state and its people are often in my thoughts and always in my heart. Last week I received an email from a friend of a friend who lives in West Virginia and was forwarding an article about the recent chemical spill. She commented that the article expressed many of her questions from the past 35 years she has lived in the state, but she had never felt the rage expressed by the author.More
Issues: MCHMMountaintop removalSocial justiceWater
Hoots and Hollers Janet Jan 10, 2014
OVEC ED Statement on Leak / Water Emergency
The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) extends its concern to people and communities impacted by yesterday’s release of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol. More than a day and a half after people first noticed the odor that alerted officials to the leak, the smell still lingers near downtown Charleston, though, due to health-department-ordered shutdown of restaurants, there are few people downtown.More
Issues: MCHMSludge Safety ProjectWV American Water
Fundraising goal
Hoots and Hollers Janet Nov 15, 2013
Help Us Reach Our Year-End Fundraising Goal
We have a lofty goal of raising $25,000 in memberships and grassroots donations by December 31. We can do this, with your help.More
Issues: Mountaintop removal
 Janet Jul 18, 2013
A Farewell to Janice Nease
West Virginia’s mountains and people have lost another passionate protector. Janice Nease, a coal miner’s daughter, founding member and former executive director of Coal River Mountain Watch, died on July 8, 2013. Janice was a strong Appalachian woman who clearly understood how our mountains and culture are inextricably linked. She excelled at articulating the problems […]More
Issues: Mountaintop removal
Hoots and Hollers Janet Feb 7, 2013
A Statement from OVEC’s Executive Director about the ACHE Act, HR 526, introduced Congress, Feb. 6, 2013
The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) applauds the sponsors of the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act, H.R. 526, (ACHE) just introduced into Congress and supports the ACHE campaign.  After nearly two decades of organizing citizens to oppose this brutal mining technique and after reviewing all the published, peer-reviewed studies, it is clear not only that […]More
Issues: HealthMountaintop removal
Hoots and Hollers Janet Feb 1, 2013
What Took You So Long?
OVEC’s Vivian Stockman and I took a tour of the beautiful, new Marsh Fork Elementary School during the open house January 4, and on January 18 a formal dedication was held. Not surprisingly, the media left out much of the back story. And politicians like Senator Joe Manchin didn’t utter a peep about all the […]More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalPollution
Hoots and Hollers Janet Oct 30, 2012
OVEC Celebrates 25 Years of Organized Voices and Empowered Communities!
Wow! Happy 25th Birthday OVEC!   Who would have thought that OVEC would still be going strong considering our humble beginnings—a small committed group of people that stood up, spoke out and said “NO” to a major polluter? But here we all are, together celebrating a significant milestone in OVEC’s life— 25 years of hard-won […]More
Issues: CoalMountaintop removalPollution
Hoots and Hollers Janet Aug 27, 2012
Rescue Warranted for the WV Supreme Court Public Campaign Pilot
More and more these days, I’m beginning to believe that I live in “upside-down” world, the Bo-Zone Layer (thank you Far Side cartoons) or some other convoluted universe. And West Virginia may just be the center. I’m trying to wrap my mind around the fact that the Michael Callaghan, former chairman of the Democratic Party […]More
Issues: Clean elections
Hoots and Hollers Janet Jul 20, 2012
All That and Mountains, Too
A year ago, I couldn’t have imagined going to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, let alone going there to participate in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20. But it happened this June, and I did it. While I have many reflections on the city and the numerous events, one experience I want to […]More
Issues: Energy efficiencyFaithMountaintop removal
Hoots and Hollers Janet Jun 25, 2012
Blame it on Rio
I’m still amazed after all these years the number of times that I seem to be in the right place at the right time. That was the case on June 21st at the UN Conference, Rio+20 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. I was sitting in the Women’s group office hand-writing some notes for the presentation […]More
Issues: Climate changeEPAMountaintop removal
Hoots and Hollers Janet Jun 20, 2012
The Future We Don’t Want
Below is a statement from the Non-govermental Organizations (NGOs) attending the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.  Much frustration exists among ordinary people here over the fact that that 20 nations are deciding the fate of 195. Many have been saying that the current document is taking steps backwards from the agreement reach in Rio […]More
Issues: Climate changeEnergyMountaintop removal
Hoots and Hollers Janet May 31, 2012
Locks Sheared for The Mountains
Marilyn Mullins had a dream and then she acted on it. Via Facebook, to call for an end to mountaintop removal, she organized a Memorial Day head-shaving event for women at the State Capitol. What a deeply personal sacrifice these beautiful women (and some men standing with them in solidarity) made on behalf of the […]More
Issues: Mountaintop removal
Hoots and Hollers Janet May 1, 2012
What’s up with a Central Appalachian Women’s Tribunal on Climate Justice?
On May 10, at the West Virginia Woman’s Club in Charleston,  OVEC and our partner organizations, the Loretto Community at the United Nations, the Feminist Task Force of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, and the Civil Society Institute, are organizing and hosting the first ever U. S. Climate Justice Tribunal. Women  throughout Central […]More
Issues: Climate changeHealthMountaintop removalSocial justice
Hoots and Hollers Janet Mar 26, 2012
OVEC Introducing Our Blog
As you probably know, the OVEC staff is opinionated and passionate about the environment and social justice. And now we are happy to share those opinions with you – as part of updating the OVEC website, we’re introducing OVEC’s blog, which we hope you will help us name. Suggestions so far include:  Hoots and Hollers […]More
Daffodils in February
Hoots and Hollers Janet Mar 2, 2012
Daffodils in February?
After more than 25 years in my home, this February marked the first time that my daffodils bloomed in February--along with profuse flowers of the Lenten Rose.More
Issues: Climate change
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