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BLAC Releases New Report on Black Storytelling & Policymaking in Appalachia
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BLAC Releases New Report on Black Storytelling & Policymaking in Appalachia

In the fall of 2021, BLAC and the Ohio River Valley Institute(ORVI) hosted a series of virtual listening sessions to hear from Black Appalachians. The five sessions were part of the national conversation around infrastructure policy but the subjects weren’t limited to infrastructure. Black Appalachians shared stories about their past and present and thoughts about...

FROM INVISIBLE TO VISIBLE: BLAC TO HOST FIRST POLICY SUMMIT
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FROM INVISIBLE TO VISIBLE: BLAC TO HOST FIRST POLICY SUMMIT

This week, the Black Appalachian Coalition (BLAC) announced the upcoming dates for its first policy summit occurring July 22-24, 2022. The inaugural event, being held virtually, will center around the core theme of Black storytelling as a precondition for policymaking. The multi-day regional summit seeks to amplify Black voices and influence effective, community-centered policies. Click...

Blog: BLAC and Emerald Cities Collaborative Hosts Listening Session About Federal Justice40 Initiative
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Blog: BLAC and Emerald Cities Collaborative Hosts Listening Session About Federal Justice40 Initiative

The Black Appalachian Coalition (BLAC) recently hosted a listening session with Emerald Cities Collaborative to discuss the federal Justice40 initiative and how it impacts underrepresented communities. The goal of Justice40 is to ensure that at least 40% of federal climate investments go directly to frontline communities most affected by poverty and pollution, many of which...

Blog: Black Storytelling and Policymaking in Appalachia Paper Release
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Blog: Black Storytelling and Policymaking in Appalachia Paper Release

Black Appalachians have played a critical role in Appalachian history, yet stories of Appalachia have been whitewashed for generations. Neither the contributions of Black people to Appalachian history nor the harms experienced by Black communities are popularly known or appreciated, especially in media and policymaking. In the fall of 2021, the Black Appalachian Coalition (BLAC)...

Blog: Black Appalachian Coalition: Pennsylvania Listening Session
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Blog: Black Appalachian Coalition: Pennsylvania Listening Session

The Black Appalachian Coalition hosted a series of listening sessions intended to center and uplift stories about community, opportunity, and infrastructure. The Pennsylvania session featured introductions from Melanie Meade, a clean air advocate and Zabriawn Smith, a community leader with Aliquippa Green. Bishop Marcia Dinkins, BLAC’s founder, moderated the discussion. Black Appalachians have been historically...

Press: New Coalition Aims to Change “Whitewashed” Narrative of Appalachia
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Press: New Coalition Aims to Change “Whitewashed” Narrative of Appalachia

The Appalachian region has long dealt with environmental pollution and economic disinvestment, and a new coalition wants to ensure its Black residents have a seat at the table as these issues are addressed by the Biden administration. Read More…The Appalachian region has long dealt with environmental pollution and economic disinvestment, and a new coalition wants...

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