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Our blogs are written by the staff of the Center for Coalfield Justice, with an occasional guest post. The most recent post appears on top, and others show up below in order of publishing date. You can receive the blogs in your inbox by signing up for our mailing list. Once per month we publish a newsletter, which contains most of the blog posts.

October2023

October 2023 Newsletter

Read our monthly e-newsletter, which will update you on our work, current action items, and upcoming events. OUR 9TH ANNUAL FALL FUNDRAISER BROUGHT COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE CCJ! Saturday, October 14th was CCJ’s 9th Annual Fall Fundraiser in Washington Park! Around 90 people attended and we raised $3,200 for our environmental and economic justice work…

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Our 9th Annual Fall Fundraiser Brought Community Together to Celebrate CCJ!

On Saturday, October 14th, CCJ hosted our 9th Annual Fall Fundraiser in the Stone Pavilion at Washington Park. It was a celebration of our shared commitment to safeguarding our communities and environment from the impacts of extraction. This annual event raises funds to support CCJ’s mission of educating, empowering, and organizing coalfield residents around environmental…

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2023 is an Important Election Year! Part Two: County and Municipal Elections

The upcoming November 7th election may seem to lack luster – we will not be voting for President or Governor – but we do have the opportunity to vote for county and municipal officials – positions that make decisions that affect our everyday lives. *For this blog, we list candidates in the order they appear…

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2023 is an Important Election Year! Part One: Judicial Elections

It’s an “off-year” for elections – we don’t vote for President, Governor, or for state or federal congressional representatives. But this is still an important election year. This year, Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to vote for judges and municipal officials – positions that make decisions that affect our everyday lives. *For this blog, we list…

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September 2023

September 2023 Newsletter

OUR FALL FUNDRAISER IS COMING UP! Our 9th Annual CCJ Fall Fundraiser is less than two weeks away! We can’t wait to spend the evening with residents, staff, board members, and allies from around the region in celebration of 29 years serving our community. We’ll have a homemade pasta dinner with bread donated by Breadworks, salad and dressing donated…

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Washington County awards its largest broadband project since the start of the initiative

On July 20th, the Washington County Commissioners awarded the final three projects for the third phase of the Broadband Program to Comcast. This group of projects is the largest and the most expensive since the start of the initiative back in 2021. These projects will extend broadband access too 2,600 previously unserved locations in East…

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Aug 2023

August 2023 Newsletter

Pitt Study Results Released On August 15th, the University of Pittsburgh and PA Department of Health released the results of their studies on the health impacts of fracking in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The studies found the following: People with asthma living near wells during the production phase have a 4-5x greater chance of their asthma getting worse, including increased hospitalizations….

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Protect Healthcare & Jobs In Washington & Greene Counties

Quality, hometown healthcare and jobs are essential to everyone in our community. That’s why we are concerned about UPMC’s plan to acquire Washington Health System: we have seen how UPMC has treated other communities like ours. Over the last 15 years, UPMC acquired then closed rural hospitals in Braddock, Sunbury, Lock Haven, and Lancaster, and…

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Purdue Pharmaceuticals Bankruptcy Settlement Paused

While state and local governments have begun receiving their share of opioid settlement funds from a variety of parties held responsible for harm, the maker of the drug that is at the center of the opioid crisis, Purdue Pharma, has been trying to shield its wealthy Sackler family owners from further lawsuits over their role…

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