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CITIZENS COAL COUNCIL's Fundraiser:

The Grassroots Xchange: Connecting communities impacted by coal

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The distance between coal-impacted communities has, until now, impeded the growth of the movement toward environmental justice and wide-scale, positive change. While entire mountains are being leveled by mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia, coal companies are destroying sacred Native American sites in Arizona, and toxic coal ash is dumped right next to rural communities and making people sick in Pennsylvania. In all of the 23 states with active coal mining, the issues are varied, but nonetheless parallel in their root cause. The Grassroots Xchange is a network of leaders and supporters from grassroots organizations working on solutions to problems in communities impacted by the mining, processing, and use of coal. The network will be supported primarily by a robust online platform that will serve as a central conduit for planning, strategizing, and knowledge and resource sharing. The Xchange will be fully grassroots-driven, with the priorities and direction of the project determined by the participants. People involved in the Grassroots Xchange will be able to contribute to, and receive assistance from, an expansive and ever-growing knowledge base in order to educate, organize and advocate for the protection of their communities from the negative impacts of coal. Most importantly, participants will leverage their collaboration with others under the auspices of this nationwide project to draw the attention of the public, regulators and politicians to the the chronic problems in coal-impacted communities across the nation.

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