West Virginia

AFSC South Star Spring Newsletter

The South Star newsletter for AFSC's South Region.

Upper Big Branch families plead for Congressional action on mine safety

Carrying enlarged photographs of their lost loved ones, family members of three of the 29 miners killed in the 2010 explosion at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine spent June 6-7 in Washington, D.C., pleading with lawmakers to take action to improve mine safety and to stiffen penalties for mining companies that knowingly, willingly, and recklessly place miners’ lives at risk.

Good News from West Virginia

Dear Friend,

AFSC is excited about our role and Tuesday’s announcement of the record federal settlement in the wake of Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, which killed 29 West Virginia coal miners in April 2010.

Read more about AFSC's response to the settlement.

Settlement in Mine Explosion is a Step in the Right Direction

On December 6, US Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that the federal government and Alpha Natural Resources have reached a settlement in the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster, including $210 million in fines and required safety improvements.

Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

Beth Spence, Program Coordinator of the West Virginia Economic Justice Program, presents about her involvement in an investigative report of the Upper Branch Mine disaster.

AFSC Plays Major Role in West Virginia Mine Disaster Report

Editor's note: The report is available online.
Download the report (PDF, 5 MB)

WV Public Broadcasting: WV supporters of health care law mark 6-month anniversary

Thursday was the six-month anniversary of the nation’s new health care law. West Virginia supporters of the Affordable Care Act marked the day with comments about provisions of the law that are now in effect.  Among the members of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care speaking out yesterday was Rick Wilson of the American Friends Service Committee. 

Report from the field: West Virginia

The 29 miners killed in the April 5 methane explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine have been laid to rest, but signs of a community in deep mourning are still visible in the coal towns that line West Virginia’s Coal River Valley. Hand-scrawled messages in the windows of homes and businesses urge passers-by to “pray for our miners and their families,” as do billboards in front of churches with names like Amazing Grace and Healing Stream.

West Virginial Economic Justice Coalition Partners

West Virginia Economic Justice Project

The Coalition of the Willing

Coalition of the Willing

West Virginia Economic Justice works in partnership with a host of organizations and individuals, including the WV Council of Churches, the state AFL-CIO and member unions, Service Employees International Union, the WV Welfare Reform Coalition, WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence, WV Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; the Legislative Action Team for Children and Families, Direct Action Welfare Group, WV Interfaith Center on Public Policy, West Virginians United, WV Citizen Action Group, the media, policy makers, public agencies, educational institutions, the Center on

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