Media Advisory: WATER: A sacred gift, a human right, and our stewardship role

Media Advisory                                                                       January 3, 2019

Contacts: Robin Blakeman, OVEC, 304-522-0246,
Angie Rosser, WVRC, 304-437-1274,
Janet Keating, CCM, 304-360-4201,

What:  On the eve on the fifth anniversary of the 2014 water crisis, community members are invited to gather for WATER: A sacred gift, a human right, and our stewardship role

When:  6 – 8 p.m. January 8, 2019

Where:  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1600 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV 25311

More what:  Community leaders will:
– Examine West Virginia water justice issues through a moral and faith-based lens
– Discuss current and legacy water pollution issues our community faces and ways West Virginia residents can be proactive in protecting safe drinking water
– Hold a candlelight vigil on the banks of the Kanawha River to mark the fifth anniversary of the West Virginia water crisis.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.

Who:  Invited speakers include: Delegates Barbara Fleischauer and Mike Pushkin

Confirmed speakers include: Angie Rosser (West Virginia Rivers Coalition), Genevieve and Karan Ireland, Robin Blakeman, (OVEC–Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition), Janet Keating (Creation Justice Ministries), Fr. Brian O-Donnell (West Virginia Council of Churches), Rev. Rose Edington (West Virginia Interfaith Power and Light), Gary Zuckett (West Virginia Citizen Action Group)

Co-sponsoring groups: OVEC–Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition / West Virginia Rivers Coalition / Creation Justice Ministries / West Virginia Citizen Action Group / West Virginia Council of Churches / West Virginia Interfaith Power and Light / Christians for the Mountains / CARE–Call to Action for Racial Equality


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