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  1. Appalachia Rising
    Which Side Are You On?

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    On January 9, 2014, a dangerous toxin, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, leaked from a busted tank and into the Elk River in West Virginia. It is believed that nearly 7,500 gallons of the toxin made its way from the 40,000-gallon tank into the river. This is a story too often told in Appalachia.
  2. Climate Change as a Class Issue
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Protesting PNC Bank in Pittsburgh financing of mountain-top removal (MTR) coal mining across Appalachia. MTR causes increased cancer rates and birth defects, as well as massive environmental degradation.
  3. How People Get Power
    Organizing Oppressed Communities for Action

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1970
    A book about community organizing, written for organizers.
  4. Poor West Virginia? Think Again
    Resistance in the Valley of Death

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia has once again put Appalachia on the map. This is what it usually takes. People have to not just die at the hands of the coal and chemical industry, they have to die dramatically. The long slow death spiral West Virginia has been in for over a hundred years is not news unless they do.
  5. Reclaiming the Commons in Appalachia
    Property is Theft

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The extractive resource industry has a firm hold on the wild, wonderful, but wounded Appalachians. The use of eminent domain and compulsory pooling has robbed communities of their cultural and natural heritage. Capital is the authority of the Appalachian coalfields, and has created systemic poverty and mono economies. Instead of prosperity in the commons, the mechanism of authority has spawned tragedy.

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