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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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Winds of Change Newsletter, August 2009     See sidebar for table of contents

New CD Celebrates Coalfield Resistance to Mountaintop Removal

On June 20, at the Mountain Aid concert, the non-profit organization Aurora Lights released its newest compilation CD, Still Moving Mountains: The Journey Home.

The CD and its accompanying multimedia website, JourneyUpCoalRiver.org, use music, interactive mapping and visuals to produce an organizing tool created by and for the local people.

The CD combines interviews with local residents impacted by mountaintop removal with a mixture of local and well-known artists: Kathy Mattea, Del McCoury, Blue Highway, Everett Lilly and the Lilly Mountaineers, Great American Taxi, and Andrew McKnight. Interviews from Mattea and Robert Kennedy, Jr. are also on the CD.

An interview with Ed Wiley, who marched to Washington, D.C., to raise money for a new school, and the song "Shumate Dam," specifically address the dangers the coal industry imposes upon the students at Marsh Fork Elementary.

All proceeds from the album will be used for grants and other educational and charitable purposes consistent with Aurora Lights mission to raise awareness of the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining. The first CD, Moving Mountains, raised more than $6,000 for local grassroots work.

"The first CD was birthed with the idea that music could help inspire people to stand together through the hard times. What surprised me was how often the music and interviews were used in presentations and for outreach," Jen Osha says. "I realized that Still Moving Mountains had to go further to provide people with a way to move from inspiration to education to action. The website is that jumping off point."

On the website, people can use the map to pinpoint the setting of a song or issue, and find photographs, videos, interviews and stories to deepen their understanding of the issue, and even get involved themselves. The website was developed with financial support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

"The multimedia website also serves as a classroom educational tool, providing lesson plans layered in six themes," says the websites designer, Charles Suggs. "Professors from both within West Virginia and out of state have already started developing unique curricula based upon the CD and website."

Aurora Lights will hold a release concert featuring musicians and residents from the CD on August 23, on the State Capital grounds in Charleston. See www.auroralights.org.

(Ed. note: OVEC contributed financially to the production of the CD - many thanks to Jen and to OVEC board member Jeff Bosley for his work on the CD.)

 

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