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You can keep informed about upcoming Mountain Justice events by joining our low-volume announcement list serve by going to our Riseup List serve – click here – you can unsubscribe at any time.

Volunteer with us! Here are some MJ working groups/projects that currently need volunteers:

MJ Kitchen Collective

Come help us feed the movement! The Kitchen Collective makes training camps and mobilizations possible throughout Appalachia and beyond by cooking and photo (9)serving healthy meals to activists so we can get actions done and be happy and healthy in the meantime. The Collective has a travelling kitchen that can pack into a truck and set up anywhere from the woods to city streets. We offer volunteer opportunities that span from several days to a week, throughout Appalachia and at other points on the east coast. Unreliable transportation could be provided in some circumstances. We’re looking for people with experience in cooking (or a desire to learn), as well as people interested in diesel mechanics or grunt work. Ability to work long hours is required.


Coal River Mountain Watch

Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW) has a mission to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountaintop removal mining (MTR), to improve the quality of life in our area, and to help rebuild sustainable communities. Our proud 16-year history includes the late Judy Bonds winning the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2003 and a new school for the students of Marsh Fork Elementary. We work on the front lines, from the hollers of home to the halls of Congress, from our office and volunteer house in Naoma, WV.

We are often in need of qualified and motivated students who are interested in undertaking research projects in coal-impacted regions of southern WV. The results of student research will be valuable to Coal River Mountain Watch and other organizations in drawing connections between irresponsible mining practices and public health and safety. Interns are often able to receive course credit for their internship, or to conduct important field work in a unique opportunity not available in the classroom or online.

Volunteers have the opportunity to work on environmental justice issues, while learning organizing skills from a variety of projects, tasks, and interactions. Through the first hand experiences of working within community, volunteers can gain valuable skills, meaningful connections, and experience working with a grassroots nonprofit.

We currently need intern/volunteer work in the following areas. This list is not all inclusive, and you may have your own ideas for a suitable project. Just inquire:

  • Conservation easement. Recruit, educate, and assist small landowners to protect their property in this very successful program in partnership with the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation.
  • Water, air, soil, and plant monitoring. Measure area pollutant levels to determine the extent of impacts from mining, fracking, and other threats to our health and community viability. Access to university labs or appropriate equipment is very helpful.
  • Community awareness and organizing. Notify community members of new or pending mountaintop removal permits, as well as the many impacts of mountaintop removal (health impacts, blasting damage, flooding, water impacts, etc). Participate with local residents in the popular Tadpole Project to clean up the river and community assets.
  • Animal and plant life survey on Coal River Mountain, with a particular eye open for endangered species.
  • Culture and economy of ginseng and other non-timber forest products threatened by MTR.
  • Fundraising. Grant writing, fund drives, fundraisers, etc. Much of this can be done from where you are.

Rose Ridge Retreat

One green building construction project in progress at the Rose Ridge RetreatSupport a local community initiative in Claiborne County, TN: we are building a cob house using all recyclables, trying to build it with as little money as possible as part of Rose Ridge Retreat. We need help tearing down an old house and repurposing those materials into this brand new structure. Volunteers will be needed before the end of March 2015. Come help us use wood from the old coal camp store to create something new in our community. Contact Vicki Terry at [email protected] for more information or to work out the details of your visit. Check out Rose Ridge Retreat on Facebook.


The Center for Coalfield Justice

The Center for Coalfield Justice, based in Southwestern, PA, was formed as the “Tri-State Citizens Mining Network” in 1994 by a coalition of grassroots groups and individuals concerned about the effects coal mining had on communities and the environment. The people involved recognized the need to work together to build a strong voice in the coalfield community. By working together, the groups provide mutual support for local events and share information beneficial in each group’s efforts. Tri-State was incorporated in 1999 and re-organized into Center for Coalfield Justice in 2007. Our office is currently in Washington, PA and we support communities in Washington and Greene Counties and the surrounding area. The Center for Coalfield Justice is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Our mission is to improve policy and regulations for the oversight of fossil fuel extraction and use; to educate, empower and organize coalfield citizens; and to protect public and environmental health.

The Center for Coalfield Justice offers internship opportunities under three tracks:

  1. Science & Research
  2. Community Organizing & Outreach
  3. Legal

For each of these tracks applicants must be self-motivated, have a sense of initiative, be able to think creatively and work well in a collaborative setting. If none of these descriptions fit your interests, but you would still like to work with us, please send us an email or call us to see if we can find a project in a different area of our work for you.. These internships are meant to be mutually beneficial, we plan to provide valuable opportunities to build skills that will benefit you and the communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania. After reading the track descriptions, please fill out the internship application.  After reading through the track descriptions please fill out the internship application. Any questions contact [email protected] or call us at 724-229-3550

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