Peace & Justice Monument, Montgomery, AL, displays
coffin-like memorials inscribed with the names and dates of the human beings documented to have been lynched in counties across the U.S.A. This one shows three victims in Russell Co., VA. There are similar memorials for Tazewell Co., Smyth Co., Scott Co., Wise Co., VA, and Johnson Co., TN. As well as many more in other counties in these and surrounding states. In a heartbreaking lynching hot spot, seven lynchings are recorded in Tazewell Co., VA and nine more across the border in Mercer Co., WV.
County citizens may organize to receive an identical memorial casket for their county if they implement a plan to appropriately display and memorialize what happened in their community. Photo by Rees Shearer
APEC Working Groups
Contact: Linda Modica - LCModica@aol.com
APEC sponsored a presentation in by Dr. Michael Ketterer in October. Dr. Ketterer offered a detailed explanation of his research -- aided by APEC and local residents -- on human-caused uranium and plutonium pollution outside of the Nuclear Fuel Services and AreoJet plants near Jonesborough. About forty people attended his talk.
Ketterer's research clearly confirms that human-introduced uranium and plutonium exists outside these plants in greater quantities than would be expected.
You can read about his presentation that appeared in the Greenville Sun.
Citizen scientists surveil water quality near active and former coal mines to hold companies accountable to the law - December 19, 2018, Appalachian Voices
"Once a month, Jason Von-Kundra joins a small group of fellow concerned citizens to test water flowing from a strip mine in Wise County, Va. Although the Meadowview, Va., farmer doesn’t particularly enjoy these monthly trips to the active mountaintop removal coal mine, he sees them not as a choice, but as a calling.
“'If I could choose, I would choose not to do this work,' says [APEC Board Member] Jason Von-Kundra. 'I would love to go take a hike and enjoy the scenic beauty that this region offers, but instead I see the importance of having to sacrifice some time instead to do this work to protect that, that way others can [enjoy it]...'”
Contact: Rana Duncan Daston
Contact: Shelley Koch
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Planning
Here's a link to coverage of our 31st annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. and All Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement
Contact: Buckey Boone
32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., March and Celebration - Abingdon, Va
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - ALL WELCOME
12:30 pm: "People Like Us: Building Allies for Justice" Jerry Hill. Charles Wesley UMC, 322 East Main St.
1:30 pm: March begins at Charles Wesley UMC, 322 East Main St. We invite organizations to bring a banner or sign that identifies their group as part of this community event. (We'll march 3 blocks to...)
2:00 pm: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Abingdon UMC, 101 East Main St.
A reception will follow the celebration.
Next Meeting: TBD
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