Last week, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a press conference to announce the introduction of the Environmental Justice for All Act. The Environmental Justice for All Act creates a Federal Energy Transition Economic Development Assistance Fund – paid for through new fees on oil, gas and coal companies – to support communities and workers as they transition away from greenhouse gas-dependent economies...
RECLAIM Act advocates from across the country kicked off summer with a grassroots lobby trip to Washington, DC. This is another in a series of actions and events over the past several seasons to urge Congress to pass the RECLAIM Act. The trip was successful in building leadership and relationships with communities impacted by the coal industry. It was an important opportunity to show support for the bill. Members of the Alliance for Appalachia were among those that attended on behalf of their communities and member organizations including from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KY), Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (TN), AppalachianVoices, and Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (VA).
The Alliance for Appalachia was one of many coalitions taking part in the House Committee of Natural Resources' Environmental Justice Working Group. Several members took part in the Environmental Justice Convening on June 26, 2019. This all-day event convened policymakers, environmental leaders and practitioners to educate Congressional staff on the history and context of the environmental justice (EJ) movement, discuss current challenges and policy priorities for EJ practitioners and frontline community-based organizations, and connect policymakers and EJ advocates across the country.
While the world is moving away from plastics, some elected leaders in our region are embracing the industry as a false solution to a changing energy landscape. Capitalism allows corporations to put profits over people. We believe there’s a better way. Alliance members across the region are opposing extreme energy extraction in all forms.
Written by Taysha DeVaughan on April 2, 2019, Reposted from https://www.samsva.org/engagement On March 27th-31st S.A.M.S President Taysha DeVaughan attended the Climate Justice Alliance member convening in Albuquerque, NM. As a member group of the Alliance for Appalachia, SAMS leadership development […]
From September 23 thru 26th, 40 Appalachian leaders from 6 states will meet with members of Congress asking for their support of the RECLAIM Act and to increase and extend the tax that funds the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. Larry and Hattie […]
In early July, two Alliance members journeyed from Appalachia to the Nisqually Territories near Olympia, WA to join the Protecting Mother Earth Conference, an event co-sponsored by the Indigenous Environmental Network and Indigenous Climate Action. The conference was hosted by […]
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