Appalachian Treasures Visits Chicago

Cross-posted from Appalachian Voices

We’re hitting the road and we’ll be headed to the Chicago area in July! We need your to help raise awareness about mountaintop removal in your community.

From July 17th- July 23rd we will be giving presentations on mountaintop removal and the life cycle impacts of coal. We’ll be accompanied by citizens impacted by mountaintop removal, including Kathy Selvage and Ann League.

The Appalachian Treasures tour travels to a mountaintop wind farm in Maine.

With the stories of Kathy and many others, we’ve created a multimedia presentation, Appalachian Treasures, to highlight the impacts of mountaintop removal which we are excited to bring to your area. With your help we can build support in key Congressional districts across the country to gain support for the Clean Water Protection Act and the Appalachia Restoration Act. Along the way, we have traveled to over 20 states and talked to over 7,000 people directly. Next stop, Illinois!

So that’s where you come in! We want to meet with congressional representatives while we’re there. Would you like to come with us to tell your representative to support clean water and put an end to mountaintop removal?

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Stay tuned for more information on presentations once the dates are finalized!

More about Ann League and Kathy Selvage

Ann League has been a member of SOCM (Statewide Organizing for Community empowerment) for several years, including serving a term as Vice-President of the SOCM Board, before joining the staff as an organizer in 2009. She was born in Seneca, S.C., the youngest of five, and moved to Tennessee when she was seventeen. Ann quickly fell in love with the mountains and people of east Tennessee, especially the Cumberland Mountains. She was first made aware of the devastating coal mining process called Mountaintop Removal (MTR) when the 2200 acre Zeb Mountain mine site was permitted not far from her then home in Campbell County. She has been fighting against MTR and other destructive mining practices and for a sustainable Appalachia ever since. Ann staffs the Campbell/Anderson chapter of SOCM and she staffs the E-3 (Energy, Ecology, Environmental Justice) Issues Committee. Ann is also an active member of The Alliance for Appalachia, a coalition of 13 groups across central Appalachia working to abolish MTR. Ann lives in Knoxville with her infinitely patient and understanding spouse equivalent, Jeff, and a pack of rescued dogs. No really, a pack of dogs.

Kathy Selvage is a lifelong resident of Wise County, VA, where her father was a coal miner and a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America. When mountaintop removal mining operations began to tear her community apart, however, Kathy could not remain silent and has since worked to bring local, regional and national exposure to the destruction that mountaintop removal coal mining is wreaking on the land, people, and culture of Appalachia. Kathy is the recipient of the 2006 S. Francis Ecological Award for innovative work promoting the interconnectedness of all life and was listed as one of 14 individuals and organizations making a difference in the future of Appalachia in Blue Ridge Country.

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