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For young people in Kentucky, this election was a sign of things to come

November 7, 2019

Kentucky youth activists huddled around laptops and TV screens, and scrolled through social media as they watched people around their state send a message by voting Matt Bevin out, and electing Democratic candidate Andy Beshear as Governor by a margin of around 5,000 votes.

Disastrous Disconnect: Coal, climate and catastrophe In Kentucky

October 29, 2019

Flash floods have troubled Kentucky for decades. Now, extreme rainstorms are worsening with climate change, increasing the odds of more disasters like the one Bentley’s community endured. For Kentucky’s poorest residents, the people living in flood-prone hollows with surface mines nearby, that means an ever-present threat to both life and hard-won possessions.

We Need a Just Transition—Because We Should Abandon Coal, Not Coal Workers

October 28, 2019

Taking care of those communities distressed by the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is an economic and ethical imperative.

The coal industry is dying. But we can’t allow the communities that have been dependent on coal to die along with it.

Governor's race could decide whether 100K+ Kentuckians regain the right to vote

October 25, 2019

AN ESTIMATED 312,000 KENTUCKIANS CAN'T VOTE BECAUSE OF A FELONY CONVICTION. THAT COULD CHANGE AFTER THE STATE'S GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION ON NOV. 5.

Corporate welfare leads to widespread injustice in Martin County, over and over again

September 13, 2019

State dignitaries came to Inez last Thursday bearing gifts. Before a select group of invited luminaries from the state and local government, they announced money “they” would bestow upon Martin County.

No Kentucky coal company has complied with a law designed to protect miner wages

August 29, 2019

Not a single coal company formed in Kentucky within the past five years has posted a bond required by state law to protect miner’s wages if their employer suddenly shuts down, according to records obtained by the Lexington Herald-Leader. In addition, officials in Gov. Mat Bevin’s administration urged lawmakers last year to pass a bill that would have eliminated the requirement.

Black Lung Disease Back and Worse Than Before

August 23, 2019

Across Appalachia, thousands of coal miners have suffered from black lung disease. In the 1960s, miners organized a movement to end the chronic condition. They convinced Congress to pass new laws that were supposed to make black lung a thing of the past. Today, conditions underground have changed, and the disease has come roaring back.

Immigrants Make Important Contributions to Kentucky Communities and Economy

August 15, 2019

Immigrants make many valuable contributions to communities across Kentucky, and are a vital part of our culture and economy. Click here to see a PDF of our presentation, “Immigrants Make Important Contributions to Kentucky Communities and Economy

My Cold Kentucky Home: Coal Country Turning To Solar As Heating And Housing Costs Climb

July 3, 2019

Solar energy had already been gaining ground in coal communities, with the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham turning on its panels in 2017. Now a combination of factors has spurred a rush among groups in the region already looking to renewable energy to protect against future utility cost increases.

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