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Beth Bingman: Support POWER+ Plan, Help SW Virginia

August 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Beth_Bingman-CropBeth Bingman, a long time community educator living in Dungannon, VA, speaks out on why she thinks state and federal legislators should be advocating for President Obama’s proposed POWER+ Plan, which, among other things, would allocate $1 billion to coalfield communities to give people employment in the cleaning up of abandoned coal mine sites. (Her commentary originally appeared in the Roanoke Times; read it here.) The City of Norton and Wise County Supervisors have passed resolutions in support of the POWER+ Plan, as well as a number of local governments in Kentucky.

 

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Appalachia Speaks: Gerry Roll – Investment Needed

August 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Gerry Roll has seen the central Appalachian region hit by a long and slow, but nonetheless devastating, economic storm. She calls for “disaster relief,” investment to recover and rebuild, like other regions have received after a storm. In mid-2015, there are signs that she and others from the region are beginning to be heard by decision makers in state houses and the federal government. Roll is Executive Director of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and a long time advocate for children and families. “Appalachia Speaks” is a series of short videos from Making Connections News featuring the voices and visions of grassroots leaders.

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Appalachian Youth: Coal Helped, It’s Not Our Future

August 11, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

ig2byitm-collageIn the final of a two-part series, three young people from eastern Kentucky share their thoughts on what it’s like to be young in Appalachia here in 2015.  In this story, we hear their opinions on a range of issues, from the past and present impact of the coal industry to their hopes for the region’s future. This report was produced by Destiny Caldwell, a graduate of Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute, summer staff at Making Connections News, and a student at Alice Lloyd College. 

 

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Appalachian Youth: On The Great And Not So Great In Our Appalachia

August 06, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

DevynIn this time of change in Appalachia’s economy, we’ve heard from a lot of leaders and thinkers, both from across the region and around the country, about what Appalachia’s future could look like. But amid all of these voices, rarely do we hear from the people who actually stand to inherit this place: Appalachian youth. In this report, three young people share perspectives on what it’s like to be young in the region right now – including the great parts & not so great parts – and talk about why they love this place so deeply.  We hear these voices in advance of the upcoming It’s Good to Be Young in the Mountains (IG2BYITM) conference happening in Harlan, Ky. August 13-16. The meeting/festival will bring young people from across the region together to imagine an Appalachian future they would like to be part of. This report was produced by Destiny Caldwell, a graduate of Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute, summer staff at Making Connections News, and a student at Alice Lloyd College.