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Advocacy Trainings This Week; Water Unites Us: January Events

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Legislative Advocacy Trainings Tonight in Morgantown, Friday in Huntington

Do you know how to speak with your elected officials? Do you want to become a citizen advocate? Join the WV-CAG and our partners for two upcoming free trainings to help you become more involved in the legislative process and learn how to be an effective advocate for the issues important to your community.

Tuesday, January 13 at 6:00 p.m.
West Virginia University
Mountain Lair Student Union
1550 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26506 (Google Map)
RSVP with WV FREE

Friday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m.
Cabell County Public Library
455 9th St.
Huntington, WV 25701 (Google Map)
RSVP with WV FREE

WV-CAG is partnering with the ACLU of WV, American Friends Service Committee of WV, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Our Children Our Future, People Concerned About Chemical Safety, Sierra Club West Virginia, West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, West Virginia Environmental Council, West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, West Virginia Justice For Families, and WV FREE to provide these free trainings.

Snacks, drinks, and materials will be provided.

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Water Unites Us

A year ago on January 9, many of us woke and wondered what was in the air that could be causing a strange licorice-like odor? Later, we learned that it was not only our air, but our water, that had been contaminated here in Charleston, and in eight other neighboring counties. Although a comprehensive bill (SB 373) relating to water resources protection was introduced and passed in response to the Elk River chemical leak, there is much that still needs to be done to improve our water system locally and to improve water protections and water quality around the state.  There are several opportunities this month to learn more about water policy and how you can become involved in the statewide movement for clean water.

  • January 14: Kids and Families Day at the WV Legislature.
    • Healthy kids need clean water and drinking water protections is one of the Our Children, Our Future Campaign’s 2015 Legislative Priorities. Check wvhealthykids.org for more information and stop by the WV-CAG table on Wednesday for more information on WV Safe Water Roundtable’s 2015 Water Policy Agenda.
  • January 17: Safe Water System Leadership Training
    • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (lunch provided) at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 900 Washington St E., Charleston, WV. Register here. This leadership training, hosted Advocates for a Safe Water system, will inform you on what a safe water system is and how you can involve your friends and neighbors in our strategy to improve the Kanawha Valley’s water system.
  • January 17: March and Rally for Clean Water Statewid
    • 2:00 p.m. Join us on the WV State Capitol Steps (on the Kanawha Blvd. side of the capitol building). Statewide, threats to our clean water are increasing. Come learn about the threats and what you can do to take a stand for clean water!
    • 5pm – 8 pm: After Rally Party/Dinner, at Fireside Bar and Grill (above Little India 1604 Washington St. E.), suggested minimum donation $15. Proceeds benefit WV Water Roundtable. www.awarewv.org to register.
  • January 23 – 24: Looking Forward: Summit on Chemical Safety in West Virginia
    • Participate in conversations about local chemical safety; Learn about successful models implemented in other states and solutions that address disproportionate impacts of chemical releases on communities of color and low-income communities. Be a part of local solutions to prevent water contamination. Sponsored by People Concerned About Chemical Safety with support from Appalachian Stewardship Foundation and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Registration begins December 9 at chemsafety.org

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