SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Toni Atkins became the first woman and first LGBT person to lead the California Senate on March 21, pledging to work toward changing the Capitol culture amid a reckoning over sexual misconduct. A rainbow flag representing gay pride hung next to the California and U.S. flags in the Capitol rotunda […]
Read this Equal Voice News special report about clean water, coal, environmental justice, the Stream Protection Rule and families in Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains.
CLAIRFIELD, Tenn. — On the northern slope of Cooper Ridge – a long, low-slung rise in Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains – sits the 127-year-old Hatfield Cemetery, a well-maintained strip of flower-adorned plots where gravestones older than a century sit next to still-fresh graves. Bright pink ribbons hang in the tree branches surrounding the cemetery, marking 100 feet from […]
I grew up in the Cumberland Mountains near Jellico, Tennessee. My great-grandfather was a coal miner and my grandfather was a coal miner, on my mother’s side. I was the first in my family to go to college. I went to Alice Lloyd College in Knott County, Kentucky, to study science and biology. But I […]
Read the Equal Voice News special report, “Power Failure: Appalachia Plans for Life Beyond Coal,” which is part of “The Dignity of Living” series.
ATHENS, Ohio – The hottest ticket in my town, the most eagerly awaited event of the season, is the Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange in the basement of a former church, where people hold up sparkly and striped fabrics, eye dresses and try on coats. A few years ago, when I lifted up a red shirt […]
ATHENS, Ohio – I live in the Appalachian foothills. There are rocky ridges, roads with no ice control, homesteads nestled into valleys and trees that hide the tops of grassy rises. On some of these rises, down some of these roads, are injection wells that store waste from out-of-state fracking. Some chemicals are stored in […]
ATHENS, Ohio – Vivo al pie de las Apalaches donde existen crestas escarpadas, carreteras donde no hay servicios para el control de hielo, fincas enclavadas en los valles y árboles que cubren las cuestas de las montañas. En algunas de estas cuestas, en algunos de estos caminos, existen pozos de inyección que almacenan desperdicios de […]
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – As I held two boxes containing a slab of Tennessee’s finest ribs, pulled pork and baked beans in that airport security line on my way home to Seattle, I nervously thought of one question: Could award-winning barbecue actually be confiscated in Knoxville? The containers of barbecue sauce and baked beans that I […]
HARLAN COUNTY, Ky.— On his first shift in the coal mine, Brandon Farley closed his eyes to steady his nerves as the powered cart he was riding disappeared into the mountainside. A third-generation coal miner in this Appalachian corner of Eastern Kentucky, Farley began working in the mines right out of high school and kept […]