The Center for Coalfield Justice is launching our first-ever voter education and civic engagement program, which will begin to lay the infrastructure to increase engagement in voting and in protecting our democracy. This program is rooted in education and leadership development. We are excited to welcome new team members who will help to implement this program and help you to get engaged in defending our democracy in the 2020 election.
Through this program, we will be deeply engaging with residents of Washington and Greene Counties on climate, environmental, and economic justice and how these issues show up in the election. We will be asking candidates that are seeking political seats where they stand on environmental and economic justice, ensuring that in southwestern Pennsylvania, they can no longer skirt around these issues but must provide voters clear positions on issues that impact their lives.
This is the beginning of our efforts to increase our volunteer base and to work collectively and collaboratively for the long term to improve our communities so everyone can thrive. We know that one election cycle will not correct or eliminate all the negative impacts we face in Washington and Greene Counties, but we know it is critical for all of us to exercise our democratic right to vote. We will also work to provide people with access to information about candidates, so that voters can have access to helpful information that goes beyond simple political party advertisements, helping them to feel more confident about what and who they’re voting for at the polls this year and for years to come. It is past time that politicians start shifting their accountability to people instead of corporations and the wealthy.