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The Advocate — Issue #117

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May 25, 2019

Unprecedented alliance for energy reform in Virginia

Appalachian Voices has joined with eight other organizations from across the ideological spectrum to launch a major initiative to increase clean energy competition and protect consumer interests in Virginia’s energy system.

[ Read about the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition ]

Monopoly power play: The latest on Duke Energy’s bad rate bill

A bill in North Carolina that would allow monopolies like Duke Energy to raise rates and charge residents for coal ash cleanup is being championed by some of the officials elected to guard against such shenanigans. But a movement is afoot to thwart this plan and ensure North Carolinians do not shoulder the bill for Duke’s shareholder profits.

[ Details of the bill and how we got here ]
[ NC RESIDENTS TAKE ACTION: Help us stop SB 559 ]

Kentucky to spend AML funds on federal prison

In a decades-old pattern of selling prisons to rural communities with the promise of economic stability, Kentucky officials intend to use $5 million in Abandoned Mine Land Pilot funds to build water and sewer lines for the proposed Letcher penitentiary, a project that does not support true economic renewal or justice.

[ Read more ]

Virginia solar group recognized in national competition

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia (co-convened by Appalachian Voices) was recently awarded a “Solar Discovery” prize for identifying solar projects in Virginia’s coalfield counties that would create jobs and benefit local communities, including construction of a 3-megawatt project slated to begin by the end of this year.

[ Read about our solar win! ]
[ Solar projects shine in Southwest Virginia ]

Hiking historic Harlan County, Ky.

The largest old-growth forest in Kentucky is found in the most famous — or notorious — coal-mining county in Appalachia, once known as “Bloody Harlan.” Trails in Blanton Forest State Preserve feature breathtaking views and rare, biodiverse mesophytic forest species.

[ Take a hike in Blanton Forest ]
[ Check out our archive of other great hikes! ]

Virginians For Justice: Progress Not Pipelines!

Hundreds of people joined together for two days of action calling on state leaders to stop fracked-gas pipeline projects that would disproportionately harm communities of color. On the first day, people of all faiths and backgrounds marched along the same route the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign took as they entered Richmond on their march for justice.

[ See photos and video clips ]


Celebrate the Summer of Sound! Become a member at the $50 level or above by May 31 and we’ll enter you into a drawing for two tickets to Red Wing Roots Music Festival in beautiful Mt. Solon, Va., July 12-14.


Raise Our Voice!
Do you have a special place in your heart for The Appalachian Voice? Share us with your community by ordering free copies of The Voice to distribute. Find out more.


Solarize Piedmont Virginia
Through June 14: Sign up for a free assessment to see if your home is suitable for rooftop solar.

White Squirrel Festival
May 24-26:
Live music, arts and crafts, food trucks, kids activities and more celebrating local critters. Brevard, N.C.

Women of the Woods
May 31-June 2:
Marlinton, W.V./Watoga State Park. Workshop for women on chainsaw safety and operation.

National Trails Day
June 1:
Visit Chief Logan State Park for a free guided hike led by a park naturalist. Logan, W.Va.

Bike “Tour de Solar”
June 1:
A relaxing bike ride to check out several solar installations in downtown Charlottesville, Va.

Sierra Club Strategy Meeting
June 3:
Learn what’s happening in the Tennessee environmental community. Chattanooga, Tenn.

All About Amphibians Educator Workshop at Grandfather Mountain
June 5:
Learn about the biology and habitat of amphibians and earn credit towards a state environmental education certification. Linville, N.C.

Seedtime on the Cumberland
June 7-8:
Appalshop’s festival of traditional mountain music and arts features live performances, dances, film screenings, art and more Whitesburg, Ky.

Implementing a Living Pond Restoration System
June 8:
Learn tips to restore the function and well-being of a pond. Mills River, N.C.

March for Minden
June 8:
Join residents and advocates for the 30-year anniversary of this historic march calling for relocation of community members. Minden, W.Va.

Native Instincts: Preserving Our Environment
June 10:
Speaker Dennis Bishop talks about our role in restoring native landscapes. Chattanooga, Tenn.

Rhododendron Festival
June 22-23:
Visit Roan Mountain to celebrate the beauty of the world’s largest natural rhododendron gardens. Roan Mountain, Tenn.

Environmental Calendar of Events
[ Full calendar ]

Vol. 11, No. 5


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