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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.

A fracking well near houses

Forward Together: Finding Hope in the Results of Pitt’s Studies on Fracking and Public Health

I’m sure like many of you, I found it difficult to sleep at night after the meeting about the results of the Pitt PA Health and Environment studies. Not because I was in despair, but because I was reeling with energy from the meeting. I was asked by a reporter what I was most angry about coming out of the meeting, and I paused to think of the crucial reason my stomach was turning. I found myself unable to, and responded that I was far more hopeful than I was angry.

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Testing Strips

Federal agencies approve new Harm Reduction Resources

Harm Reduction advocates have been hard at work trying to get state, local and federal governments to increase and expand resources and services to combat the opioid crisis and mitigate the amount of overdoses and overdose deaths across the nation. A couple new resources are now available. Recently, a test strip pre-order form was created…

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Black Lung

Black Lung and Silica Rule Updates

Living in coal country, most of us know someone who has – or, more unfortunately, had – black lung, silicosis, and other respiratory diseases associated with coal mining.   Sure, on paper the companies may show compliance with state regulations, but the fact is, more and more miners receive diagnoses of irreversible and progressive lung…

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CCJ’s 9th Annual Fall Fundraiser Preview

Click here to get your tickets! If you are a local business or artist interested in donating an item for our raffle or silent auction, please contact our Event Coordinator, Allison Evans, by emailing allison@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org or calling (412) 229-7680. Check out some of our 2023 auction items! 2023 Donors Special thanks to all of our…

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Tell your Commissioners: Practice Transparency when Spending Opioid Settlement Funds

There is a lot of money coming into local governments from the recent opioid settlements, and county commissioners are the ones in charge of spending it. There is nothing saying that the public must be made aware of how they spend the funds. We need to make sure these funds are used properly, and the…

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Reflections on the Small Town Summit: A Gathering of Rural Organizers From Across the Country

  Jodi Borello’s reflections:  I had the opportunity to attend the Small Town Summit in beautiful Missoula, Montana. The town itself is beautiful and the sky is spectacular, just as I was told. I was able to enjoy a few moments of hiking and even visited a ghost town. I learned more than I ever…

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July 2023

July 2023 Newsletter

In case you missed it Reflections on the Small Town Summit, A Gathering of Rural Organizers From Across the Country. Earlier this summer, our organizers Tonya Yoders and Jodi Borello attended the Small Town Summit in Missoula, Montana. The summit brought together over 200 organizers from 25 states to share their experiences and guide their work shifting…

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June 2023

June 2023 Newsletter

Read our monthly e-newsletter, which will update you on our work, current action items, and upcoming events. DRYerson Festival 2023 CCJ held our 17th Annual DRYerson Festival last Saturday, June 24th, at Ryerson Station State Park. Around 100 attendees gathered in community, commemorated the loss of Duke Lake, and joined us in supporting the continued process of…

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Thanks to Everyone Who Made Our First MAD FACTS Meeting a Success!

Thank you to all of our community members who attended our first MAD FACTS – Moms and Dads: Family Awareness Cancer Threat Spike meeting at North Strabane Park on June 15th. The meeting was a great success and it wouldn’t have been possible without the concerned residents and impacted families who attended. It was an…

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