Our Work

All of our work is informed and directed by people who live in Washington and Greene Counties. We work with people around the issues that are impacting them, which typically fall into four pillars: Coal, Oil/Gas & Petrochemical, Economic Justice, and Democracy. Through our work in these categories, our focus is to invest in the leadership of those who are most impacted and to help create communities of people that possess the skills and analysis to advocate for their basic rights to a healthy environment and thriving economy.

Directly below, you can access more information on the different facets of our work, and our blogs appear beneath, beginning with the most recent.

Updates on our Work


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

By Paul Fedore | September 26, 2023

On July 2oth, 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 […]

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July 2023

July 2023 Newsletter

By Alex Downing | September 26, 2023

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 […]

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Aug 2023

August 2023 Newsletter

By Alex Downing | September 26, 2023

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 […]

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Protect Healthcare & Jobs In Washington & Greene Counties

By Sarah Martik | September 16, 2023

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 […]

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Purdue Pharmaceuticals Bankruptcy Settlement Paused

By Paul Fedore | September 5, 2023

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 […]

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

By Heaven Sensky | August 31, 2023

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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Federal agencies approve new Harm Reduction Resources

By Paul Fedore | August 28, 2023

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 […]

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Black Lung and Silica Rule Updates

By Nick Hood | August 28, 2023

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, […]

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CCJ’s 9th Annual Fall Fundraiser Preview

By CCJ | August 17, 2023

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, […]

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Tell your Commissioners: Practice Transparency when Spending Opioid Settlement Funds

By Paul Fedore | August 10, 2023

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 […]

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

By Jodi Borello | July 26, 2023

  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 […]

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