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Revitalizing Appalachia: A toolkit for clean-up and community development

What’s it all about?
The Alliance for Appalachia is a grassroots coalition of environmental and social justice organizations dedicated to supporting whole, healthy communities. The Alliance has initiated this toolkit to provide resources for communities vulnerable to the downturn of the extraction-based economy. Our ultimate goal is to provide a guide that will assist community leaders through the lifecycle of an abandoned mine land reclamation project– from defining community needs to building partnerships for projects in their area.

This toolkit builds on our learnings from an extensive and collaborative research project, which culminated in 2015 with the publication of the paper: Abandoned Mine Land Program: A policy analysis for Central Appalachian and the Nation

Who is this for?
We believe that community and resident participation is critical to the success of these development initiatives and that as community members we have the power and responsibility to influence development plans by engaging with federal agencies and local entities that are administering and applying for funds. We believe that sharing information at the grassroots level is essential to successful program management. The federal and regional funding programs listed in this toolkit emphasize a clean-up economy and provide opportunities for cross-sector, multi-stakeholder engagement.

What’s next?
The Alliance for Appalachia’s Economic Transition team is taking the show on the road with a toolkit tour through Central Appalachia. We want to share our learnings with you and are providing resources and support through a community-based workshop, training, and partnership-building opportunities. If you are interested in being a host site, let us know! We encourage you to reach out to your neighbors, expand your network, and talk to your local electeds, and community development authorities about your big ideas for community revitalization. Let this toolkit help turn your idea into action.

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Trump’s withdraws funding to review the health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining

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The Alliance for Appalachia is deeply disturbed by President Trump’s decision to withdraw funding for the National Academy of Sciences review of studies on the human health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining. Many of the studies under review have shown a significant increase in the rates of cancer and birth defects–as well as other increased health risks–in communities surrounding mountaintop removal mines. The NAS was to independently review past studies’ methods and conclusions as well as identify research gaps and make recommendations for future health impact studies. The review committee had already completed several public comment sessions and almost a year’s worth of work on the two-year project.

We and other people in communities near mountaintop removal sites have long suspected that dust, chemicals, and contaminated water from the mines make them sick. Over two dozen studies confirmed these fears–that Appalachians are at higher risk of many diseases simply because of where they live. Mountaintop removal mining is a public health hazard.

The Alliance for Appalachia has been working to end mountaintop removal mining for over a decade. Our member groups are made up of ordinary people who live in communities affected by this destructive practice–people who are grateful for the research that has been done and who are looking for more answers, people whose health has been sacrificed, people who have watched the coal industry betray their communities again and again.

“If President Trump really cared about Central Appalachia, he would allow the review to continue,” states Mary Love, an Alliance member from Kentucky. “He would boost our economy by supporting education, entrepreneurship, and economic diversity. Instead, he continues to cater to a dying industry, to coal companies who care only about profit, not their workers or the communities they live in. Why is the truth being buried like so many miles of streams?”

We are dismayed that this important review by the NAS has been stopped abruptly. Once again, it seems that Central Appalachians have been fed political rhetoric that is used to benefit others while our real needs are ignored. The Alliance for Appalachia urges the Trump Administration to allow the NAS review to continue, so that our society may strive to make decisions based on science and open sharing of information. Only then can we truly do what is best for our communities.

The Alliance for Appalachia is a regional coalition of grassroots, non-profit organizations working to end mountaintop removal and create a sustainable, just Appalachia. Our work to end mountaintop removal speaks directly to the national effort for progressive, systemic change in our nation’s economic, energy, and environmental policies.

Alliance for Appalachia condemns white supremacy

The Alliance for Appalachia condemns white supremacy and all the organizations that support it both overtly and covertly. We mourn the many lives that are lost at the hands of white supremacist terrorism, and we vow to fight for the living.

We recognize that white supremacy is not simply a fringe movement of ignorant and unhinged individuals. Rather, it is an organized and funded movement with at least tacit support from President Trump and others who hold power at all levels of government. We also recognize that racism operates daily, ubiquitously, and anonymously. To effectively overcome this hateful and violent force, it is imperative that all of us–especially white people who directly benefit from systemic racism–organize, strategize, call out, and confront white supremacists wherever they show themselves.

We know that white supremacists are currently attempting to organize within our Appalachian mountains. While we recognize that racism is a serious problem in Appalachia–just like it is everywhere else in the United States–we do not believe it is the dominant force that these violent organizations are banking on. The Alliance for Appalachia stands with the many across our region who are demonstrating against racist hate. We are engaging in meaningful dialogue with our friends, neighbors, and family members about the threats posed by white supremacy, and we are working to liberate ourselves from our own internalized racism and other manifestations of oppressive thinking and behavior.

We cede not our hearts, nor our minds, nor our neighbors, nor our communities. We cede no ground to white supremacist hate and will not be cowed into silence or submission.

For the land and all the people,
The Coordinating Committee of the Alliance for Appalachia

Join us for a powerful 2017

We greet this new year with joy and thankfulness – for the wonderful people, our beautiful mountains, and our precious water in Appalachia. We also greet this new year with strength and power – we are ready to fight for our people, our mountains and our water.

The Alliance for Appalachia met in December to reflect over our past work and continue building strategy for 2017. We’ll be busy doing the two things we do best — bringing people together and fighting like hell to protect our water and our future.

If you’re reading this right now, you’re someone who cares about protecting our water and creating a diverse, sustainable future for Appalachia. You might also feel pretty lonely sometimes – like there aren’t many people that agree with you. The Alliance for Appalachia unites thousands of people who feel exactly like you do. Through our work, and our amazing member groups, people like you are uniting to fight the battles that you care about.

Are you ready to work too? We’d love you to join us! You can help by donating to our work, or by joining one of our work teams!

We’ll be sharing out greater details of our projects over the next months, but here’s a quick preview:

Clean water is what ties us all together. Across Appalachia, and across the United States, people are fighting for clean water. In 2017 we’ll join together with allies nationwide and locally to lift up the importance of our water and to defend this precious resource.

We were pleased to see the Stream Protection Rule was released in the last moments of 2016. It isn’t as strong as we’d like it, but we know it will help protect our water from the new threats we are facing from mountaintop removal coal mining. We’ll be fighting off attacks to protect our progress and working with agencies to see that it gets enforced.

We’ll also be keeping our eye on a slew of new mountaintop removal threats. Our member groups are leading the way as the first line of defense when their communities are threatened by new mining. We’ll work to lift up these local threats to the national level.

Our members are excited to dig into the issue of reclamation as a way to both clean up the toxic legacy of coal in our communities as well as bring in much needed economic development. It has been a great opportunity to engage with new partners and a great conversation starter for organizing in our communities.

Our economic transition team will continue to build on the success that the RECLAIM Act had in 2016. We’ll also work to complete:

a “Shovel Ready Toolkit” which will empower communities to take local reclamation issues into their own hands

our report on bonding, an important issue as coal companies continue to go bankrupt and leave the burden of destroyed mountains on already hurting communities

As always, we’ll be working to bring people together to create regional strategy and opportunities for action. In welcoming the new year we now have a new Coordinator, Christa Faulkner, to help to pull it all together. Christa based out of Beckley, WV, has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville focusing on Expressive Therapies. She more recently attended Western State Colorado University to further graduate studies in Environmental Management, focusing on sustainable and resilient communities.

Christa’s undergraduate degree is in Studio Art from Eastern Kentucky University and she is a self taught web designer, freelancing since 2009 and contributing to social and environmental advocacy through multimedia design. She has contributed design work to the Coal Free Future Project, Art Meets Activism Grant projects in Kentucky, and individuals working on social justice in the region.

Christa joined AmeriCorps VISTA and served two terms after working as a Counselor and children’s advocate for ten years. She recently completed her last VISTA service year as the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement VISTA Leader in the Appalachian Region. She is passionate about the social, economic, and environmental costs of mining and the importance of preserving the rich biodiversity in the region. Born in Kentucky and living in Montana and Colorado influenced her decision to move back to the region and help others make the connection between our ecosystems and wellbeing.

Now more than ever is the time to unite in the face of dangerous policies that would divide our communities and take away our power. To that end we are working with allies to create a Collective Liberation training that examines the root causes of injustice in our region and our nation and is oriented towards concrete action we can take as individuals and organizations to create a more just and inclusive society.

To do this, we’ll need your support! Can you donate your time or money to help our work? To create member led strategy, we need the wisdom and input of our amazing grassroots members across the region. And we need grassroots fundraising from regular people – our members and our allies – in order to keep our work moving during these difficult times.

For the Mountains,

The Alliance for Appalachia

Reflections Over 2016

We have been spending the last tumultuous month since the election making plans for what our work will look like in 2017. We know we’ll be busy doing the two things we do best — bringing people together and fighting like hell to protect our water and our future.

But we’re sending out this letter to remind everyone what we achieved together in 2016. To remind our members and allies that we are a powerful, diverse and a strategic force to be reckoned with.

We encourage you to read about our work last year and to begin making plans for the work we’ll do together in 2017. Please donate to help make this work possible. 

Building for Our Sustainable Future

We started the year working with our Economic Transition Team to strategize around how to promote the POWER+ Plan. This turned into the RECLAIM Act, a bi-partisan bill which has the potential to create economic development in our communities by supporting the reclamation of abandoned mine lands. This powerful bill grew out of our strong grassroots movement.

A coalition of partners, including The Alliance for Appalachia, worked hard on this bill – from our lobby trips to DC in March and June, to a massive petition campaign. The bill didn’t pass this year, but it was introduced in the Senate just last week! This is great momentum to be entering 2017 with. A poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies found that there is 89% support for the RECLAIM Act among registered voters in seven impacted states.  We’ll keep you updated on its progress.

Our team has also been working hard to create a Shovel Ready Toolkit – a guide for communities who want to jumpstart their economy and clean up their land by supporting the reclamation of dangerous abandoned mine sites and coal related infrastructure in their community. The toolkit would provide information on federal and private opportunities to fund reclamation and highlight stories from exciting pilot projects that are already underway.

Fighting for Clean Water

We went to DC multiple times to speak up for a strong Stream Protection Rule and the need for strong, permanent water protections for our region. In December, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) released the final Stream Protection Rule (SPR) – this important rule acknowledges the devastating affect that coal mining has on our water and will go a long way towards protecting our mountain streams from mountaintop removal coal mining.

This rule didn’t happen on its own – it happened because of the tireless work and advocacy of people across Appalachia and across the country. The Stream Protection Rule is the first major federal update to protect water from surface coal mining in 30 years!

Gathering Together – In Washington DC

We took several trips to Washington DC in 2016, but our most ambitious trip was the “Protect Our Water, Reclaim Our Future” event in June. Some key numbers:

  • The Alliance hosted nearly 40 mountain leaders for 3 days of advocacy and empowerment.

  • We attended 35+ hill meetings with Congressional representatives to show our support of the RECLAIM Act, contributed to the gain of at least two additional cosponsors.

  • We also had meetings with 8 different federal agencies and executive administration offices that have key roles in protecting our communities from environmental injustice and poor regulation standards.

  • For at least 12 of our attendees, this was the first time speaking to agency and congressional representatives in DC.

  • We celebrated 10 years of The Alliance for Appalachia with an empowering party and fundraiser.

Gathering Together -Closer to Home

We also took many opportunities to bring our mountain leaders together to share strategy and learn from the experts – themselves, each other.

In March, The Alliance hosted a Grassroots Policy Training in early April that was a huge success with nearly 40 participants! The goal of this training was to educate our members and allies across the region on how to participate in regional and national politics, and especially how and why citizen involvement is so important in shaping policy.

We also hosted Steering meetings, opportunities for our amazing leadership to get together and create our regional strategy, as well as team summits where our teams could take time to dig into their areas of concern and learn from all the different efforts happening across our region.

This year, The Alliance hosted two celebration events in honor of our anniversary. We shared food, music, memories and lots of laughs with longtime friends and new allies. Our vision of a world in which we, residents of mountain communities, are able to determine the futures of our communities, a world in which all people have access to clean water, clean air and a healthy land base- that’s what keeps us going. 10 years and rising!

New Members and New Teams

This year, our Steering Committee approved a new standing team– the Leadership Development Team. This team’s work plan already includes a six-month facilitation mentorship program which is currently underway, and an anti-oppression/collective liberation training in February 2017.

We welcomed the Center for Coalfield Justice as a new member organization of The Alliance.  This grassroots groups is based in Southwestern Pennsylvania and has long partnered with the Alliance as well as inspired us with their tireless work for justice in the coalfields.

We also welcomed Black Warrior Riverkeeper to our Alliance. BWRK’s mission is to protect and restore the Black Warrior River watershed in the northern portion of Alabama, America’s #1 state for freshwater biodiversity.

With the addition of these new groups, our coalition now unites directly-impacted mining communities from Pennsylvania to Alabama in opposition to mountaintop removal and other destructive coal industry practices, and in support of a just economic future for our region.

Moving Forward Together

On election day, a lot changed. But there are many things that didn’t change. We are still united to protect our water from the threats of dangerous coal mining and to create the sustainable future that our people deserve.

We still know that mountain people are the experts of their own lives, and that we are stronger when we unite together.

With your help, we’ll continue to do that in 2017.

For the Mountains,

The Alliance for Appalachia

United We Are Stronger

Friends, family, allies:

On election day, our world changed. We too have been in denial, speechless, angry; and it’s taking time to process the past two weeks amidst a lot of unknowns. But one thing we know, and have always known, is that the people of Appalachia are powerful. We know, and have always known, that our work for social and environmental justice is key to our survival. We know, and we have always known, that in unity there is strength.

A lot of us are hurting over the division in our communities. Many of us are hurting over divisions within our own families and in our own homes. There has been real damage done to our society and to our democracy, and the need to grieve and heal should not be ignored.

At the same time, we need to hold accountable the actions of those in power that would harm our communities further. We have worked tirelessly for meaningful progress towards a sustainable, just Appalachia; now more than ever, we’ll need to band together to protect our progress.

Psychological studies have shown that standing up and taking action actually helps heal people in communities that are grieving or feeling vulnerable and isolated. Today, taking action can be as simple as taking care of yourself and your family – we need you in the long run. Take a walk in our beautiful mountains, sit and listen to the water that brings us life, lean into the joy of our children playing. If you need community, we’re here. If you feel like you’re falling, we’ll catch you.

We’ll be working with our local and national allies to push hard as a united front to protect our communities. Here are some opportunities to take action as we process our healing:

  • Do you have big ideas for our region? Our friends at Rural Support Partners have created this open-source local wiki page to share your thoughts, plans, and visions with each other. Together we can!

Looking forward, there is a lot of work to be done, and we will face it together.We are determined, and no matter what changes around us, our values and our vision are the same. Here are the beliefs our work is founded on:

  • Mountain people are experts of their own lives
  • All people should have a seat at the table in determining the future of their communities
  • Regional collaboration strengthens political power built locally
  • Systemic change is necessary to achieve justice in our region

The Alliance for Appalachia envisions a world in which we, residents of mountain communities, are able to determine the futures of our communities; where political discourse is public, is welcomed, is impactful, and is free of corporate interests. We envision a world in which all people have access to clean water, clean air and a healthy land base–and a world in which these resources are owned and shared locally. We envision a world in which successful development is measured by the degree to which local economies are robust and lasting, and in which diversity, collaboration, safe working conditions and self-empowerment are pillars of those economies.

As we walk this path together, let these values guide our steps.

For the mountains and people,

The Alliance for Appalachia

Support the RECLAIM Act

These are challenging days. But we are ready for action, and to begin the work to rebuilding our region’s economy. If you are looking to spread a little hope today, we encourage you to read this letter about the RECLAIM Act and sign this petition to help move this important bill forward. Then pass the petition along to a friend.

Dear friend,

My name is Katie Dollarhide and I was born and raised here in the Appalachian mountains of east Kentucky. I’m writing to ask you to do one simple thing to help support communities in Kentucky that are struggling with the decline of the coal industry: sign a short statement of support that I will share with my Senator Mitch McConnell and other members of Congress.

Click here to show your support.

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Congress has the opportunity right now to bring $1 billion back to impacted states across the country to reclaim abandoned mines and create jobs and economic opportunities by passing the RECLAIM Act. But time is running short in this Congress.

When you sign this statement of support, your name will be joining thousands of others across the state and country who support a bright future for coal mining communities.

I care deeply about this place and the loved ones that make it home. But right now folks in the region can’t pull ahead no matter how hard we try, and many of us feel like our communities have been abandoned. We refuse to give up on these mountains, but we need some tools in order to construct our dreams for this place.

The RECLAIM Act isn’t just a five year project, it could be the beginning of our new future. It represents a seed that, with a little nurturing, will help my community and many others blossom and bloom. It would help us grow hope in a place where it’s been extracted.

You can learn more about why I care about this issue and why I think it’s important for us all to care by clicking the link here.

The time is now for Congress to get behind struggling coal communities and pass the RECLAIM Act by the end of the 2016 congressional session. Let’s bring our voices and hundreds more to the table.

Thank you for all you do,

Katie Dollarhide

Letcher County, KY

Alliance News September-October

News from The Alliance

Welcoming BWRK to the Alliance

The Alliance for Appalachia is just tickled pink as a possum’s nose to welcome our newest member organization,  Black Warrior Riverkeeper (BWRK). BWRK’s mission is to protect and restore the Black Warrior River watershed in the northern portion of Alabama, America’s #1 state for freshwater biodiversity. Patrolling waterways, educating the public, and holding polluters accountable for the past 15 years has made BWRK an important proponent of clean water throughout the basin, and their partnership with the Alliance is sure to benefit the entire Appalachian region as well.

Last year, after nearly a decade of grassroots campaigning, Black Warrior Riverkeeper won a huge victory over Alabama-based Drummond Corporation, when the company announced it would withdraw its request for state permits to strip mine 1,776 acres adjacent to the drinking water intake for 200,000 residents of Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

We’re so grateful for the important work of Black Warrior Riverkeeper and all our member organizations. With the addition of BWRK to the Alliance for Appalachia, our coalition now unites directly-impacted mining communities stretching from Pennsylvania to Alabama in opposition to mountaintop removal and other destructive coal industry practices, and in support of a just economic future for our region. Follow them on Facebook!

 Staff updates

The Alliance for Appalachia is hiring! The full-time Coordinator position is an integral role to the work of our dynamic coalition. See the full Hiring Announcement here and please share the posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received before October 14.

With this announcement we also bid farewell to Alannah Tomich, who brought a fresh and intuitive perspective with all of her contributions to the Alliance.  She has moved on to the next part of her journey, but remains connected to our work and dedicated to social justice advocacy. Thank you Alannah– we miss you already!

In the interim, if you have questions about our work or the staff transition, contact Lyndsay@theallianceforappalachia.org

 

News from our partners

October 17 Rally to Save Coal River Mountain

From CRMW: “Stand with Coal River Mountain Watch and friends to tell the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection to end mountaintop removal coal mining on Coal River Mountain and everywhere. This ongoing process endangers public health with airborne blasting dust, pollutes streams, increases flooding, and deprives communities of traditional use of the mountains and forests. Join us Monday, Oct. 17, at noon at the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection headquarters at 601 57th St. SE, Charleston, WV 25304.” Click here for more info on the rally.

Tennessee Citizens Participate in Bond Proceedings

This summer, representatives of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), Tennessee Sierra Club, and Tennessee Clean Water Network engaged in bond release proceedings for four mine sites in Claiborne County.  The groups participated in the bond release public input process, most importantly because they have members who live downstream of each permit area who would be negatively affected if the sites are not adequately reclaimed. Participants of the ongoing project include members from the affected communities and organizational volunteers and staff, all of whom have been involved in various steps of citizens engagement.

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Through the process, they have learned how to monitor for bond releases, how to prepare for the bond proceeding, and how to request a bond inspection. Not only that, but the groups actively participated in the inspection by taking photographs, reporting on vegetation growth or lack thereof, logging GPS coordinates, and taking water samples. Group leaders said that part of what made the tours such a success was this division of roles, which allowed participants to engage with various levels of experience. After the inspections, SOCM, TN Sierra Club, and TCWN submitted comments in anticipation of the bond release. They are sharing what they’ve learned with other member groups of the Alliance through our Federal Strategy and Economic Transition teams, in hopes of supporting other citizen groups engaging in bond proceedings in the future.

Prosperity, Potential, Potential: A recap from the annual Brushy Fork Institute

Adam Malle attended the Brushy Fork Institute on behalf of Southern Appalachia Mountain Stewards (SAMS) and the Alliance for Appalachia this year. The story below is a recap from his time in Berea:

Let’s will begin with a little bit of background about myself. My name is Adam Malle, and as of March of this year I am a newly minted board member with the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) in Wise County, VA. Our organization works to fight Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining in Southwest Virginia. We recently succeeded in a 10 year fight to save Ison Rock Ridge a mountain threatened by mountaintop removal coal mining in the town of Appalachia, VA and settled a lawsuit with A&G Coalthat will assist in the remediation of two coal tipple sites in Lee County and the City of Norton, VA. We are members in a coalition of environmental organizations that make up the Alliance for Appalachia (AFA) where I am newly serving on the steering committee as the representative for SAMS. It is through the AFA that I was given the opportunity to attend the Brushy Fork Institute.

This being my first excursion to the Brushy Fork Institute, I came to Berea College with high hopes not knowing exactly what I was in for. I chose the “Beginning Grant Writing” track out of my own personal interest in the subject area and to help SAMS expand our fundraising/grant writing capacity. However, grant writing knowledge was not the only thing I gained from my experience at Brushy Fork.

During the three days of the annual Institute I gained a renewed sense of the extremely diverse yet interconnected grassroots efforts to progress our Appalachian region and a greater understanding of the importance of building leadership capacity and knowledge among our region’s people. It is easy to feel isolated working in rural communities, but coming to a place like the Brushy Fork Institute and connecting with people and organizations from all over Appalachian Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia puts on display the optimism and resilience that drives us all, on a local level, to build a better, sustainable and independent future for all of us.

I came to Brushy Fork with the expectation of increasing my knowledge to further the goals of SAMS & AFA and I did. Christy Bailey’s “Beginning Grant Writing” track took my cursory understanding of grant writing and gave me a foundation to expand upon. I now have a direction and the confidence to continue learning these new skills and ultimately increase the effectiveness of our organizations work. But the experience was much more than that. It was an exercise in hope, optimism, inclusion, expansion of knowledge and a sense of connectedness with our common goal of building a better future. Brushy Fork is truly a family and I hope I get the opportunity to participate many times more in the coming years.

Movement Momentum– let’s keep it up!

We Stand with Standing Rock

The Alliance and our members stand in solidarity with the indigenous led movement of resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Bill McCabe is a friend of the Alliance and a leader in the stand against mountaintop removal coal mining.  His message to the water warriors on the plains of the Dakotas, speaks to our common struggles and commitment to protect our water, our future. Read the full letter of solidarity here.

From the Indigenous Environmental network (IEN): “The U.S. Court of Appeals Sunday night [October 9] rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for a temporary injunction to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline thru traditional unceded Oceti Sakowin treaty lands near the Missouri River. The three-judge panel issued its decision Sunday after hearing oral arguments from lawyers representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and pipeline developers Energy Transfer Partners earlier this week. The decision was based on a specific request by the tribe for the court to continue a work stoppage order on the pipeline within 20 miles on either side of the Missouri River.”

65+ Attend Appalachian Land Ownership Study Convening

Citizens around Appalachia and beyond– including academic and legal scholars, students, community leaders and organizers– attended the first planning meeting for a new Appalachian Land Ownership study that aims to update the landmark study published in 1981. Our friends at the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN) co-convened the meeting as an opportunity to conceptualize the scope, methods, and process needed to embark on the collaborative research project, which aims to investigate how land use, ownership and tax revenue patterns impact our vision for a just transition.

While we are still exploring how we can support this effort, we see an opportunity for the Alliance and our member groups to play a huge role in ensuring the project remains community-based and citizen-driven from the outset. We see this project as an opportunity to build the foundation of a campaign to promote systemic change by addressing the longstanding challenges association with a land ownership model that has perpetuated environmental and economic injustice. Stay tuned!

Alliance Job Announcement

The Alliance is hiring a full-time Coordinator.  This position is a full-time (40 hr/week) Coordinator that works in conjunction with staff and volunteers of The Alliance for Appalachia member groups to plan, organize, and coordinate the operations and administrative activities of the organization in carrying out campaigns and projects in the region and federally. The Coordinator facilitates the development of strategies and priorities, as well as their implementation as crafted and finalized by the Steering Committee. This is a remote-based position.

The Alliance for Appalachia is a regional alliance with the goals of ending mountaintop removal coal mining, putting a halt to destructive coal technologies, and supporting a just and sustainable transition in Appalachia. The Alliance for Appalachia was formed in 2006 and is made up of 17 organizations across six Central Appalachian states, including grassroots organizations, regional organizations, and allied groups.

Click here to learn more about the Coordinator Position with The Alliance for Appalachia

Applications accepted on a rolling deadline. Priority will be given to those received by October 14th.

 

In Solidarity: NoDAPL

The Alliance for Appalachia stands in solidarity with the indigenous led movement of resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Bill McCabe is a friend of the Alliance and a leader in the stand against mountaintop removal coal mining.  Bill’s message below, to the water warriors on the plains of the Dakotas, speaks to our common struggles and commitment to protect our water, our future:

I am fortunate. I live in a portion of the Appalachian Mountains which have not been disturbed by mining, fracking, gas or oil wells, or other careless destruction of mother earth’s gift of clean water. I am one of the few so fortunate not to have had my water source poisoned. I am rich to be so lucky. I am aware that this gift of clean water should be honored and protected by those humans sharing the mountains that create that water. Therefore, for most of my life, I have joined with others willing to honor and protect this great gift. There are many in these mountains who have joined in the fight to protect mother earth and her gifts. There are many others who support that fight, but have not yet joined those who openly struggle to protect our gifts.

Right now, this very minute, there are thousands of brave souls that are sacrificing much to do that very thing. They are not in the mountains of Appalachia, but their struggle is the same as ours in these mountains. The struggle to protect their heritage, their spiritual values and their water. Their efforts are crucial to many beyond those gathered together at the spirit camps in North Dakota struggling to prevent the creation of the Dakota pipeline. Their efforts must be recognized! Their struggle is crucial. It is the struggle to protect the water source for millions of humans. The struggle to prevent foolish and greedy corporations who see only the dollar sign from building a pipeline under the Missouri River. The struggle to show the world that when people support each other and fight to protect their heritage and life giving water they can win against tremendous odds.

The thousands of individuals and the hundreds of indigenous nations who have united to fight the insanity of building a pipeline underneath a major source of clean, fresh water are respected, supported and admired in the mountains of Appalachia. There are hundreds of activists and multiple community groups who support you. We share your fight for clean water. We respect your history, culture and courage. And we love the bravery and unity you are displaying to the world.

I can only promise that I am one who will honor your effort each morning. I am one who will share your struggle with others in my community. I am one who believes together we will win this struggle. I am one who thanks you for showing us what unity means.

With love and support from the people and mountains of Appalachia,

Bill McCabe

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