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

Legislative Consideration in PA: What Happens in Each Phase?

By Nina Victoria | September 7, 2022

Pennsylvania’s Constitution requires that every bill be considered three different times in the House of Representatives and the Senate. PA. CONST. art. III, § 4. Every time that a bill […]

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How to Better Your Community with Mutual Aid

By Saint Soulaani | August 31, 2022

The term mutual aid has popped up more within the last two years, yet it has been around for quite some time. Since the start of the pandemic, thousands of mutual aid projects have created a space where people in communities can access necessities including food, clothes, personal protective equipment, shelter, and other needs.

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recap of details of the Fall Fundraiser

Thanks for Making Our Party in the Park Fundraiser a Success!

By Alex Downing | August 30, 2022

On Saturday, August 20th, CCJ hosted our annual Party in the Park Fundraiser in the Stone Pavilion at Washington Park. The event raises funds to support CCJ’s mission of educating, […]

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Stop the dirty deal. Join us in Washington DC on September 8.

Join Us in Washington, D.C., on September 8, 2022, to Stop the Dirty Deal!

By Nina Victoria | August 29, 2022

To get Senator Manchin’s vote on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Democratic leadership had to make a deal. There is an alleged agreement that for Manchin’s vote on the IRA, […]

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How will the Inflation Reduction Act affect us?

By Nina Victoria | August 25, 2022

As you have probably heard by now, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 has been signed into law by President Biden. It is the biggest climate investment in United States […]

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The Inflation Reduction Act Includes Some Wins, But Ensures Frontline Communities Will Continue to Face Environmental Injustices

By Lisa DePaoli | August 16, 2022

“This is a crisis. We cannot afford any fossil fuel expansion,” said Veronica Coptis, Executive Director of the Center for Coalfield Justice. “Unfortunately, this law is the product of a backroom deal that could weaken environmental protection laws through permitting reform. Doubling down on natural gas drilling is a recipe for disaster, and the IRA sells out our allies in the Gulf South to more offshore drilling that exacerbates damage to the climate and the extreme weather events like flooding and hurricanes that impact us all.” 

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Breaking Down the Environmental Justice for All Act

By Alex Downing | August 9, 2022

On July 27, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee approved H.R.2021, the Environmental Justice (EJ) for All Act. The bill is currently sitting before the U.S. House of Representatives for […]

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The Center for Coalfield Justice Condemns Senator Yaw’s Proposal to Penalize Protection of Public Land

By Lisa DePaoli | August 4, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Lisa DePaoli, lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org, 724-229-3550, ext. 5   WASHINGTON, PA — On July 19, 2022, after a years-long fight, the Allegheny County Council overrode a veto by County […]

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Governor Wolf Vetoed Senate Bill 275

By Ethan Story | August 4, 2022

On July 7, 2022, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a bill that has been touted as a way to give consumers more access to affordable electricity, but in reality represented […]

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State Senator aims to increase permissions for poll watchers, penalties for refusal to comply

By Paul Fedore | July 29, 2022

Last year in April, Senate Bill (“SB”) 573, also known as the Poll Watcher Empowerment Act, was introduced by Senator Doug Mastriano. The State Senate passed this bill after sitting […]

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