We need you to add your voice and to Speak Out for Our NC Environment: Charlotte Moral Monday – Labor Day, Sept 1. Bring your signs and a few of your close friends!
|Don’t let Big Coal destroy America’s history! Protect Blair Mountain from mountaintop-removal mining.|
How would you pay tribute to a place that changed the course of the labor movement forever — protect the West Virginia mountain where coal miners fought for their right to unionize or allow Big Coal to blow the top off Blair Mountain in exchange for a simple plaque?
Ninety-three years ago, miners protested their unreasonable work conditions — dangerous mines, long hours and low pay. For five days, they battled coal company-hired soldiers along the Blair Mountain ridgeline in Logan County, West Virginia, in a fight that captured the nation’s attention. Although they did not win the battle, these miners helped usher in the golden age of union organizing in the United States.1 The Blair Mountain Battlefield deserves to be protected as a national historic site dedicated to the memory of those fearless miners. It should serve as a reminder to all Americans that organizing for safe working conditions and fair wages is a fundamental human right.
Of course, Big Coal is opposed to any efforts to protect Blair Mountain and has proposed a plan that would allow them to use mountaintop-removal mining to destroy the battlefield. Right now, there are three coal mining permits that encompass parts of the battlefield, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has the opportunity to limit mining and protect the historic site.
Thanks for all that you do,
Mary Anne Hitt
Beyond Coal Campaign Director
P.S. Six letters are even better than one. Please share this email with five of your friends and family.
1. Preservation Alliance of West Virginia
REGISTER NOW to save your seat for the Largest Climate March in History!
Charlotte Bus to NYC People’s Climate March
Climate Organizer–Hanna Mitchell
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM – Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Bus Pick Up and Drop-off Times/Locations – To Be Determined
The bus will be leaving from a location with parking in Charlotte on Saturday, Sept 20th (around 7:30 pm) and dropping off in Manhattan on Sunday Morning (around 7:30am). Return trip to pick-up on Sunday evening, after the march (around 6pm). We will arrive back in Charlotte early on Monday morning (around 6am). Times are subject to change but, no worries – it won’t be drastic!
Cost (Round trip)
General ticket – $25 + $2.37 Eventbrite fee
Student/Reduced ticket – $10.00 + $1.54 Eventbrite fee
Travel Scholarships – Available. If you sign up for this, you must email email@example.com.
Are there any low-income or FREE seats?
Yes! See the ticket purchase board for travel-scholarship seats. Need a free ticket? You must email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-475-8418
Should I bring food, water, signs & noise makers with me?
Yes, Bring anything you’ll need to make you feel comfortable, safe and ready to march with the masses! This includes pillows and blankets.
Do I need a hotel?
Bus rides are overnight, no hotels are needed.
REGISTER NOW and invite your friends!
Click below to download and share the People’s Climate March Charlotte Bus to NYC! Share the link or flyer on your social networks and with your friends.
Our Eventbrite registration and payment site will be available shortly. Costs and additional details to follow.
For more information contact Hanna Mitchell at email@example.com or Bill Gupton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizers from around the state are working together to secure funding, finalize contracts with bus companies, determine the fares and departure/return times, and handle the travel logistics. There are volunteer Bus Captains that will be finalizing these items and making announcements on the NC People’s March Facebook page (be sure to “Like” the page and invite your friends!) as soon as the details for each city are set.
We’ll also be posting other information and resources on the NC People’s March Facebook page.
As it stands today there will be 4 buses from North Carolina to NYC:
Boone – Bus Captain Dave Harman email@example.com
Raleigh/Durham – Bus Captain Caroline Hansley firstname.lastname@example.org
Non Departure City Contacts
Winston-Salem/Greensboro – Karen Bearden email@example.com
NC Coast – Priss Endo firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to help with announcements, recruitment, or other trip logistics, please contact the closest Bus Captain to your area.
Much more to follow. See you in NYC!
Last night, the state legislature adjourned and left Raleigh until the 2015 session begins in January. We will have a full review of what happened on environmental issues during the session available in next month’s edition of Footnotes.
For this edition, the spotlight is on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act, as well information about the public hearings happening right now as part of the public review of the proposed fracking rules. As always, thanks for all that you do and we hope to see you at our Wilderness Celebration next month at Morrow Mountain State Park!
You staff at the NC Sierra Club
The legislature gave final approval yesterday to the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, a complex measure that takes steps forward in regulating coal ash as other wastes but also undermines a court ruling that would have required immediate cleanup of coal ash.
It’s time for the EPA to finish what North Carolina started to ensure full protection by adopting strong national standards for coal ash to protect every community in the United States. EPA action is needed more than ever to set a national standard and to stop the piecemeal approach to addressing coal ash waste and contamination across the US.
Public hearings on the state’s proposed fracking rules started yesterday in Raleigh. And between 400 and 500 people showed up! There are three more public hearings around the state in coming days where you can give your input on ways to strengthen the proposed rules.
Hundreds of people at the Raleigh hearing on Wednesday in Raleigh give a show of hands for those wo think the proposed fracking rules are not adequate.
On September 26-27, the NC Sierra Club is hosting a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Held at Morrow Mountain State Park, this celebration is centrally located to all North Carolinians wishing to pay respect to past efforts to protect wilderness, as well as to build support to carry on the proud legacy of protecting our wild areas!
Activities include canoeing, hiking, service, birding, fishing, stargazing and a special guided tour of the Kron restoration!
The Capital Group of the NC Sierra will soon be launching its Clean Energy for Raleigh campaign. This exciting project aims to make it easy and affordable for homeowners, businesses, and tax-exempt entities in Raleigh, NC, to go solar and invest in energy efficiency.
Ellicott Rock is unique among wilderness areas in that it is shared among three states: North Carolina (3,394 acres), Georgia (2,021 acres) and South Carolina (2,859 acres). The area was designated as wilderness in 1975. It received its name for the “N G” chiseled in a rock by surveyor Andrew Ellicott in 1811 indicating the point of beginning of the dividing line between North Carolina and Georgia.
Fracking Public Hearings (See above for more information)
August 22, 2014 - Wicker Civic Center, Sanford, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
August 25, 2014 - Rockingham County High School, Reidsville, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
September 12, 2014 - Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center- WCU, Cullowhee, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Featured Wilderness Outings
There are two featured wilderness outings coming up! If all of this talk about celebrating wilderness has you itching to get outside, we have two great opportunities for you!
There’s an overnight backpack and camping outing to Cold Mountain & Shining Rock Wilderness on September 5-7 and a wilderness day hike and car camping in Linville Gorge on September 6-7.
August 24 - 1:00 p.m. – Kayak With Candidates – Neuse River
The Croatan Sierra club is hosting this short paddle up the Neuse River. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early where Glenburnie Road meets the Neuse River with their own canoe or kayak, paddle, and personal flotation device. The group will paddle past the marsh islands and up the short cypress-lined creeks on both sides of the river there will be time to discuss water quality issues, especially the impact of the Lee Coal Plant upstream in Goldsboro, which has been leaking toxic chemicals for decades. Sierra Club lobbyist Cassie Gavin, the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Travis Graves and endorsed General Assembly candidates George Graham, Carr Ipock, and Whit Whitley will be there to answer your questions and concerns about the environment. You must sign a waiver to participate in this outing. Bring your own water supply and environmental questions.
For more information and to register, contact Robert Scull at email@example.com.
August 30 - 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Alpaca Meet & Greet – Chatham County
Come visit an alpaca farm set in the rolling hills of southwest Chatham County and learn about the origin and history of alpacas. Find out why they are called the green livestock and see where your alpaca sweater comes from.The group will visit the animals in their barn as they talk about their basic care and the gentle impact they have on the environment. Attendees should bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the porch in a relaxed country setting after the tour.
Closed-toed, sturdy shoes are required. Hat and sun protection are advisable. Bring your camera. No pets please. Tour will be held rain or shine. Participation is by advance registration only and is limited to 10 people. Exact meeting location will be provided when registration is confirmed.
To register, please contact Rosmarie: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 3, 10, 17, & 24 - 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Walking Wednesdays – Durham
Join Sierrans for a fast-paced, mid-week walk on the Al Beuhler Trail. The trail circles the perimeter of the Washington-Duke Golf Course, offering shade, moderate hills, and natural scenery. The leader will set the pace to complete the 3-mile course in 1-hour although you are welcome to go your own pace and do as many laps as you would like. Standard Sierra Club waiver applies.
Did you know you can make a monthly gift to the NC Sierra Club? Find out how you can make a sustaining gift by visiting our website, or contacting the Chapter office at 919-833-8467.