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Our Water Our Future FAQ

Where do I register?

Registration for the full event is now closed. Those who would like to attend the Day of Action training on September 8th and Day of Action on September 9th also may still sign-up here here.

Whos coming to Our Water, Our Future?

Many residents from Appalachia who are directly impacted by mountaintop removal coal mining will attend this event, as well as caring individuals from all over the United States who are passionate about mountains, water and social justice! We expect to be joined by allies as far away as Florida, California, New York and Michigan. Prepare to meet amazing like-minded people and make new friends.

What parts of the event should I attend?

If you are an Appalachian resident, wed like to encourage you to attend the full week of events from September 6th- September 9th. That date range includes travel time.

If you are an ally from outside of Central Appalachia, wed like to encourage you to at least join us on September 9th to take action!

Why are there different events for Appalachian leaders and allies?

Appalachian leaders want to ask our allies to pack the most punch with their attendance, if they can only make a day or two. We think this can happen on Monday September 8th and Tuesday September 9th during our Days of Action preparations, trainings, and action itself!

What are the lodging options like?

We have reserved hostel-style housing at DC Lofty, Capitol View and the Washington Seminar Center.

Do you offer childcare?

We are not able to offer childcare arrangements, however, children have attended similar events in DC in the past and we welcome to do so! While this event will involve full days and, depending of the activities you choose, lots of walking, children can be incredibly powerful advocates for a cause. Please contact us if you are wondering if Our Water, Our Future could be a good fit for your child.

How much walking is there? Is this event accessible?

Participants should wear comfortable shoes and most should expect full days. We welcome and make efforts to accommodate people of all abilities, and provide a shuttle service for those who cant walk these distances.

Unfortunately, the realities of Washington DC, including heavy traffic, lack of parking, historic buildings with few wheelchair ramps, as well as the distances between offices once inside Congressional buildings, can create frustration and difficulty for participants. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the accessibility of this event.

What will the day of action be?

We are done waiting for Washington to follow through on its promises of safe water for Appalachia. Help us take the safe water we need from Washington! Attend the Monday training for more details!

Can you only attend the action? Meet us at the center of Lafayette Park on Tuesday the 9th at 10:30am!

Appalachian Voices  •  Coal River Mountain Watch  •   Heartwood  •  Keeper of the MountainsKentuckians for the Commonwealth 

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition  •   Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowermentSierra Club Environmental Justice

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards  •   SouthWings  •  Stay Project  •   West Virginia Highlands Conservancy

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