WV Citizen Action Group
Action Alert

July 14
 Alert Archive


Please Ask Senator Rockefeller to Support Wall Street Reform

The Senate is gearing up to cast its last votes on Wall Street reform tomorrow. Right now, we believe we might have just enough votes to pass this historic legislation.

But we won't know until the final vote is cast -- and we're only certain of one thing: it could come down to one single senator.  That's how close this is -- and that's how urgently we need your help.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller has been fighting alongside President Obama to pass this bill and needs to know West Virginians appreciate that leadership.

Call him now and let him know you support Wall Street reform -- and then make sure to let us know what he said:

Call Sen. Rockefeller at (202) 224-6472.  Reform is facing one last showdown in the Senate. Lobbyists for the big banks are doing everything they can to stop this legislation before it lands on President Obama's desk. Please call Senator Rockefeller today!  Thanks!

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Contribute to Clean Election Fund

The public financing bill for state Supreme Court races went into effect on June 11, 2010.  Secretary of State Natalie Tennant made the first contribution to the fund.  Click here to read the Secretary's press release.  Anyone interested in contributing to the fund should call Brian Messer at (304) 558-6000 or (866) 767-8683, or e-mail bmesser@wvsos.com.

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 Attend Public Hearing on Proposed Rules

A public hearing to receive oral comments proposed rules for the public financing pilot project will be held at 6:00 PM this Thursday, July 15, 2010 in the Governor’s Press Conference Room in the Secretary of State’s Office. 

A copy of the rules (pdf) is available here Click here for more information. In addition, the State Elections Commission has filed proposed rules for the public financing pilot project. In addition, written comments on the rules may be filed with the State Election Commission before 5:00 PM on Monday, July 19, 2010. Comments can be mailed to:

State Election Commission
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Suite 157-K
Charleston, WV  25305

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Build It Up West Virginia ~ Vote Online to Help Young People in the Coal Fields

Vote today to help fund young people starting new & healthy economies in the coalfields. This is an exciting Summer Program where young West Virginians are taking a hold of our future and building community gardens, helping to weatherize houses, expanding a community bicycle shop, and doing much more. However, the West Virginia Youth Action League need your help to receive needed funding for this work. 

Build It Up West Virginia is in a tight race to win this funding, which will make it possible to create a great new website, cover the room & board costs of the program, and do a whole lot more to run this amazing program. This is a completely online vote and voting ends on July 19th. Please click here and vote today!

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 Community Leaders Training Weekend ~ August 13-15, 2010
Sponsored by the Alliance for Appalachia, Camp Virgil Tate near Charleston, WV

The training will focus on skills and information related to community organizing as well as issues such as developing economic alternatives.  By providing a number of longer and shorter workshop options, the goal is to appeal to people who have been organizing in their communities for a long time, as well as those who are just getting their feet wet.

There will be lots of music, fun, and fellowship. It will be an opportunity to learn more about:

* organizing 101 * how not to burn out *  understanding regulatory agencies*
* talking to your neighbors about tough issues * conflict resolution  * wrangling the media *
* skills to become a more effective leader in your community * dismantling racism * and much more.

Scholarships  are available. Visit http://www.theallianceforappalachia.org/training/ to learn more and to register.

The registration deadline is July 23rd to attend and July 16th if you wish to get a scholarship or financial assistance to attend.

Please contact Dana@TheAllianceForAppalachia.org or call (304) 546-8473 with any questions.

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