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August 2009
Contents

Floods ... Again
OVEC Organizer Wins International Recognition with Green Nobel
JOBS and Energy Answers for Our WV Mountain Communities
Picnic for Green JOBS
MTR Mining Equipment Taken Off Gauley Mountain For Now
Board Adds Conditions to Disputed Fayette County Mine Permit
Lets Make Sure the Transition to a Clean, Green Energy Future in WV is a Peaceful One
Calling All Potential New OVEC Board of Directors Members!
Congress Doesnt Always Want to Come CLEAN
The CLEAN Citizens Leading For Energy Action Now
American Clean Energy Security Act: Coal Rewarded
Good Gosh, We Could Have Used That Money to Jump Start the Clean Energy Future in America!
Slurry Lawsuit Settlers Frustrated With Wait for Money
Mountains Aided With First-Ever Fundraising Concert in North Carolina
Sludge Safety Project Legislative Session Wrap-Up
DEPs Sludge Study Results: Agency Still Dont Know Nuthin
OVEC Organizer Testifies at Senate MTR Hearing
Thanks for All the Volunteers Who Helped After the Floods
Fighting For Our Ancestors Resting Places
Lobbying for Green Jobs in DC
Growing Movement Demands Protection for Mountains, Climate, Humanity
Environmental Groups Ask EPA to Take Over WV Pollution Permitting
Byrds Eye View: Staffers Get Close-Up Views of Mountain Range Removal
A Good Win in A Critical Federal Court Case Against MTR
Judicial Bill Pulled by Governor
Supreme Court Case Makes WV A National Laughingstock
Eating For OVEC Keeps Raising $$$
Photovoice Participants Capture their Communities in Images
Photovoice Exhibitions Well Covered By Local and Statewide Media
You Dont Have to Go to Copenhagen to Make a Difference
Obama and Mountaintop Removal Mining: The Roller Coaster Ride
New CD Celebrates Coalfield Resistance to Mountaintop Removal
Blair Mountain and the National Register of Historic Places
Ashford Yesterday, Today and Maybe Tomorrow?
Come Home to West Virginia? Buyer Beware!
Louv-ley Day in Charleston
Who Are They Kidding?
Web Extras:
Open Letter to Governor Manchin about Blair Mountain
Matewan, West Virginia


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Photovoice Exhibitions Well Covered By Local and Statewide Media

After eight months of work, Photovoice exhibitions were held in the Clay Center in Charleston and in or near the participants homeplaces the Boone County communities of Bim and the Big Coal River area (around Seth and Prenter), the Lincoln County community of Harts, Lenore in Mingo County, and the Cabin Creek area of Kanawha County.

Local and statewide media covered many of the exhibitions.

An April 2, a Coal Valley News article by Joanie Newman noted that Prenter (Boone County) resident Maria Lambert had taken several photographs on exhibit, including "The Changing of the Water Filter," which shows two filters one sparkling white and the other a deep black in contrast.

An April 4 Williamson Daily News article by Julia Roberts Goad reported that Lenore (Mingo County) resident Donna Branham is a community activist who hopes her photo story will bring people together.

"I am glad the community did this," she said. "I think this collection is magnificent. Maybe other people will get involved when they see these pictures."

Martha Sparks with the Logan Banner reported on the Harts area exhibit on April 30. She wrote that Kay Tomblin took photographs of a "mine blowout" on her property, where orange mud and water flooded down her hillside.

West Virginia Public Radio broadcasted a story about Photovoice on May 1. Reporter Erica Peterson noted that Brenda Farris has protested mountaintop removal operations, but found that her photographs work just as well in raising awareness.

"I wasnt going to do this project," Farris said over the airwaves. "Through my photos maybe I could get some of the message out whats going on around us."

 

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