Join Pennsylvanians to Ensure Our Communities can Thrive

During our monthly community meeting in February we discussed with our supporters about what is in the THRIVE agenda and what this means for our communities in Washington and Greene Counties. At the end of this month we are joining the Thriving PA Working Group* in hosting a statewide town hall to learn about the Thrive Agenda and advocate to our elected officials the need to divest in extractive economies and invest in our communities.

Screenshot from our virtual community meeting in February, where we discussed the Thrive Agenda.

Screenshot from our virtual community meeting in February, where we discussed the Thrive Agenda.

The town hall will be on March 31st from 6 PM to 8 PM and will be held virtually through Zoom. We will hear from community leaders across the Commonwealth about the challenges and benefits of divesting from extractive economies and investing instead in just solutions that work for all of us during the town hall. Participants will engage with each other in collective learning and story sharing while creating actions to advance the THRIVE agenda at the federal level.

*Members of the Thriving PA Working Group include: CASA, Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI), Center for Coalfield Justice, Make the Road PA, One PA, PA Stands Up, Philly Thrive, Pittsburgh United/PA United, POWER- Interfaith, Hill District Consensus Group, Energy Justice Network, Ohio River Valley Institute, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Physicians for Social Responsibility PA, PA Chapter of the Sierra Club, Sunrise PA, SEIU 1199, United Electrical Workers (UE Local 506), Urbankind and the Black Environmental Collective, Working Families Party PA 


  • Veronica Coptis joined the CCJ staff in March 2013 as a Community Organizer and is now serving as the Executive Director. She grew up in western Greene County near the Bailey Mine Complex and currently lives in the eastern part of the county. Before joining the CCJ staff, Veronica served on the Board of Directors for CCJ and organized with Mountain Watershed Association. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from West Virginia University. She enjoys hiking and geocaching at Ryerson State Park and other areas around Greene County with her husband and daughters. Read more about Veronica in a New Yorker Magazine profile at https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/03/the-future-of-coal-country.

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