We engage with member and ally organizations to strengthen our partnerships and the collective experiences and knowledge we hold together. We consider ourselves allies and supporters of many different aspects of social and environmental justice movements surrounding mountaintop removal coal mining and working towards a sustainable, just Appalachia.
The Grassroots Water Monitoring & Enforcement Team convenes a space for members to learn from each other’s work around water monitoring, develop enforcement strategies, and share resources between states on issues like tracking and challenging mine permits, mining bond proceedings, and teaching residents how to submit complaints and petitions to hold coal corporations accountable. We hope to use on-the-ground field work to support our narrative with agencies, legislators, and the public.
Our New Economy & Land Team is working on developing a shared understanding of how land ownership functions in the region and several members participate in other campaigns for land ownership reform, like the Appalachian Regional Land Study. Research shows vast inequities in current ownership models which significantly contribute to power dynamics, the ability to remediate abandoned mine land, and projects that benefit the community.
The Alliance for Appalachia co-convenes the national RECLAIM working group which has grown out of the need for a collaborative working space to push the RECLAIM Act campaign forward with a grassroots focus and to serve as a group that can assist in quick and strategic conversations. The Alliance is represented in this group by several of our member organizations.
Our Steering Committee is our larger decision-making body. This Committee is made up of one representative and one alternate from each of our member groups. The Steering Committee sets big picture direction of The Alliance for Appalachia’s strategy and meets throughout the year.
Our Coordinating Committee acts as an administrative committee and oversees the day to day Alliance work. This team has representatives from Appalachian states, as well as one person from a regional group. They are empowered to make decisions about the budget and organizational operations, and oversee the work of our the Alliance and staff.
Connections with ally organizations like Earthjustice, Climate Justice Alliance, Extreme Energy Extraction Collaborative, and Catalyst Project are important channels through which we connect with broader movements. These connections keep us informed on interrelated issues, particularly at the national and international levels, which we see as vital to making sure that our work is aimed at effective, systemic change.
Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center (ACLC) has been our key partner on the AML Policy Priorities Project. They worked closely with The Alliance to develop the AML Policy Priorities research paper and currently coordinate work around the RECLAIM Act.