Press release from Clean Water for North Carolina:
Since the organization was founded on a kitchen table in Charlotte, Clean Water for North Carolina has worked with communities throughout the state for 35 years to help fend off environmental threats to water, air and land. It now has staffed offices in Asheville and Durham, and a Northeast organizer based in Northampton County. This Saturday, September 21, the group will celebrate its 35th anniversary with lively music, speakers on a wide range of topics impacting NC communities, and an informal reception. The event will be at the Grey Eagle Music Hall, 185 Clingman Ave. Asheville, from 1:30 to 5:00 PM. We urge pre-registration by September 18, by going to www.cwfnc.org and clicking on the link to register. The meeting is only $15, including refreshments, $25 gives you both registration and membership for a year.
Program speakers will include: coal ash impacted community members & statewide organizer, a whistleblower on avoidable pollution of drinking water sources by GenX and PFAS compounds, UNC’s community engagement coordinator on well testing in NC Env. Justice Communities, a scholar, attorney and writer talking about Climate Change and Environmental Justice, a RiverKeeper advocate on rapidly growing poultry operations polluting NC waters. (For more program details, see www.cwfnc.org homepage.)
After organizing and helping to build the capacity of coal ash impacted communities in NC since 2015, Clean Water for NC’s Xavier Boatright is proud of what community advocates have accomplished. “We’ve pressed for testing of wells around coal ash sites, helped support science-based well water standards and most recently, called for the Dept. of Environmental Quality to demand full excavation of coal ash at all remaining Duke Energy sites. We’ll keep on fighting until good cleanups are done!”
The Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble, which has inspired environmental and social justice struggles all over the US, will provide entertainment during the program and a special patio concert from 6:00 to 8:00 PM after the meeting.