Oro Shango and Miss Paula present a very special three hours dedicated to Mountain Top Removal coal mining with J.W. Randolph, a lobbyist for Appalachian Voices. J.W. Randolph — Legislative Associate, is originally from the town of Birchwood in eastern Tennessee. JW has worked for Appalachian Voices since October 2004, founding the popular “pizzas and vistas” program for student volunteers and leading legislative efforts at the state, local, and federal level. JW currently serves in Washington DC as Appalachian Voices’ Legislative Associate, working to pass two pieces of legislation; the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310) in the House, and the Appalachia Restoration Act (S 696) in the Senate. These bills will stop the dumping of mountaintop removal mining waste into Appalachian headwater streams and have gained more than 180 bipartisan cosponsors. JW is a regular contributor to the Appalachian Voices Front Porch blog, and his writing has been featured on the front page of prominent blogs such as DailyKos, coal-is-dirty.com, and Grist.com. He has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” for his work with citizen lobbyists from Appalachia on Capitol Hill, as well as ClearSkiesTV, ClimateTV, EENews, Salon, and radio from coast to coast. He and his wife live in Charlottesville, VA and are due to have their first child in February of 2011!
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