OVEC Action Alert

May You Join in Building People Power!

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Action Alert
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May 6, 2019 View / Comment Online

Online Action
Tell the Trump Administration:
No More Excuses, End Mountaintop Removal

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
There is so much going on in May. 
Please come out, join in. May = building people power!

May 6 in Charleston: Protect Your Wadeable Streams: DEP Public Hearing and Comment Period
Can’t be there? OVEC staff member Robin Blakeman will be there to represent us. Want to get in your own comments, but not sure how? Thanks to our friends at WV Rivers Coalition, here’s an easy e-way to comment.

May 7 in Huntington: Re-imagine Our Appalachian Region: ROAR!
What: Living Off the Grid – One man’s path to greater independence
When: May 7 @ 7 p.m.
Where: 725 14th Street West, Huntington, 25704 (OVEC office)

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
The Concerned Citizens of Roane County, several of whom are OVEC members, will present this discussion about the Green New Deal.

May 11 in Wheeling: A Better Vision For The Valley
State and federal politicians, foreign investors, and foreign corporations are all conspiring to bring a massive petrochemical build-out to our region, all to make plastic. The proposed Appalachian Storage Hub would bring increased fracking in our region, thousands of miles of pipelines, underground storage caverns for volatile natural gas liquids, and chemical plants, along with air and water pollution and increased greenhouse gas emissions. Citizens groups along the Ohio River Valley need your involvement to create a better vision for the valley and move that vision to reality.

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 info@ohvec.org.

May 14 in Charleston: DEP Hosting Water Quality Standards Public Meeting
Dustin White will be there to represent us, but we hope you can make it to.

May 18 in Huntington: 5th Annual Sustainability Fair
If you’d like to help with OVEC’s outreach efforts during this fun event, contact info@ohvec.org.

May 19 at the LaBelle Theatre: Knock Down the House Comes to West Virginia
#KDTHWestVirginia #KnockDownTheHouse #WV #OVEC #WVProDemocracy
This film is now streaming on Netflix, but we are waiting to watch it with you, as we host the first public screening of the film in West Virginia, at the LaBelle Theatre, 313 D St, South Charleston, WV 25303. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

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.”

If you do Facebook, please obtain your tickets from this FB event, and invite your friends. If you don’t do Facebook, head over to this Eventbrite page to secure your tickets.

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
The newly launched Charleston-Huntington Solar Co-op is open to residents of Cabell, Kanawha, Mason, Putnam, and Roane counties, as well as nearby locations in northern Boone, Lincoln, and Wayne counties and southern Jackson County. 

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.
Unlimited Future, Inc.
1650 Eighth Ave
Huntington, WV 25703

Click here to RSVP. Join the event on Facebook here, and invite your friends, too. 

If you can’t make this info session, you’ll have plenty of time to learn more—start right here: Charleston-Huntington Solar Co-op—as the co-op is accepting new sign-ups through September 30.

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
This 80-minute film examines the disastrous consequences of climate change and celebrates the stories of those taking action against it. The film will be followed by a brief discussion.

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!

News: March for Minden planned for June 8



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