Speaking of mountaintop removal, OVEC staff Dustin White and Alex Cole, recently spent some time with Swedish National TV for the network’s current affairs program “Korrespondenterna.”
May Calendar of Actions
May 6 in Charleston: Protect Your Wadeable Streams: DEP Public Hearing and Comment Period
May 7 in Huntington: Re-imagine Our Appalachian Region: ROAR!
The principles of permaculture can be applied anywhere—even in your own backyard. OVEC community organizer Alex Cole lives off-grid on a farm in Mason County, WV. Alex will discuss his experience with building his own cabin, growing his own food, installing solar panels to create his own energy, and using permaculture as a guidepost for living his life. Come join the conversation. Our collective ROAR can help re-imagine our region.
May 7 in Spencer: Green New Deal: What It Is, What It Isn’t and What It Can Be
May 11 in Wheeling: A Better Vision For The Valley
While registration for this event officially closed May 4, you can still try to register here; a cancellation may open a space for you. There are also plenty of other opportunities to get involved in our efforts to oppose ASH and re-imagine our Appalachian region. Contact us at email@example.com.
May 14 in Charleston: DEP Hosting Water Quality Standards Public Meeting
May 19 at the LaBelle Theatre: Knock Down the House Comes to West Virginia
Knock Down the House is the inspiring story of four working-class women who embraced the challenge of running for Congressional office in the 2018 midterm elections. One of them is long-time OVEC volunteer Paula Jean Swearengin. Paula Jean and Amy Vilela of Nevada, will be at the event and will take audience questions. We have more details here.
Rotten Tomatoes says: “A galvanizing glimpse behind the scenes of a pivotal election, Knock Down the House should prove engrossing for viewers of all political persuasions.”
Paula and the other women in the film are four of the record numbers of people who, for the 2018 midterm elections, ran for office by organizing grassroots campaigns, rejecting corporate and PAC money, challenging existing and entrenched political norms. They laid a groundwork for building towards a more inclusive and representative government.
Filmmaker Rachel Lears told Vanity Fair, “We really hope that everyone who sees the film comes away with the sense that their voice matters in the democratic process, whatever their capacity is. Anywhere from voting to feeling called to run for office.”
We hope you will do just that. We’ll have information at the event on our West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections coalition work, and the coalition’s Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption agenda—something every candidate for office in the 2020 election should be on the record as either endorsing, or not.
May 20 in Charleston: Runaway Inequality Book Talk
May 22 in Huntington: Charleston-Huntington Solar Co-op Info Session
If you live in this area and want to go solar, now’s your chance! The Charleston-Huntington Solar Co-op, formed with the help of Solar United Neighbors, makes it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels, while building a community of local solar supporters.
Come to this free information session to learn about solar energy, as well as how the co-op simplifies the process of going solar while providing a discount through its bulk purchasing power.
Wednesday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m.
OVEC is excited to be one of the co-op partners. Other partners include: Appalachian Boarding Company, WV Citizens Action Group, WV Citizens’ Climate Lobby, WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, League of Women Voters of West Virginia, Our Children Our Future, Sierra Club, the Wild Ramp, and Watkins Designs Works.
May 24 in Huntington: Community Movie Night—Reinventing Power at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC, 701 5th Avenue, Huntington, 25701
Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom takes us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what’s broken, rethink what’s possible, and revitalize communities.
May 28 in Spencer: Paris to Pittsburgh
March For MindenJune 8: Headwaters Defense calls you to action! On June 8, residents and supporters of Minden in Fayette County, WV, will recreate a march that took place 30 years ago to demand justice for Minden and commemorate the lives that have already been lost to PCB exposure. Learn more and invite your friends on this Facebook event page. See you in Minden!