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A Valentine's Message from Deep Down PDF Print E-mail
Deep Down / Monday, 14 February 2011 22:00
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February 14, 2011

 Happy Valentine's Day!
Beverly and the story of Maytown are making an international impact like never before, as Beverly May spent the weekend occupying Kentucky Governor Beshear's office.  Deep Down has sent ripples of hope out into the world, inspiring and motivating millions of people. And neither the film team behind Deep Down or Beverly have stopped with their tireless work to help raise awareness about mountaintop removal. Last month, our collective work had a direct impact, as the EPA acted to put the Spruce mine to a halt.


Kentucky Rising

bevCurrently, Beverly May (star of Deep Down) and her neighbor, Rick Handshoe (also featured in the film), are taking part in a non-violent direct action inside the Kentucky Governor's office with a group of 12 other brave Kentuckians including the acclaimed author, Wendell Berry.  The group has identified itself as 'Kentucky Rising,' and you can see live updates of their 3-day occupation of the Governor's office here: www.kentuckyrising.blogspot.com.
A special profile of Beverly inside the Capitol is here: http://kentuckyrising.blogspot.com/2011/02/update-from-inside-capitol-beverly-may.html.


Word of Beverly, Rick and the courageous actions of the Kentucky Rising group have spread throughout the country and internationally.  Late last night Bill McKibben released a statement of support on his 350.org blog:  http://www.350.org/en/about/blogs/first-egypt-now-frankfort.

I've been hearing from people across America today who are electrified by what's going on in Frankfort. It's about time that people said: "no more business as usual, if that means leveling the mountains of  southern Appalachia.'  And it comes as no surprise that Wendell Berry is in the forefront, as he has been for an entire generation. When the rest of the nation sees the person we most associate with Kentucky taking a stand like this, we pay attention.
-- Bill McKibben


Additional coverage of the event is available on the Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-biggers/live-at-the-ky-capitol-on_b_822537.html


You can be a part of this historic event.
Take a moment today and call or email http://www.governor.ky.gov/contact.htm the Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear.  Tell  Governor Beshear: "I stand with Beverly May and the others in your office.  Please end mountaintop removal and create sustainble jobs for the Eastern Kentucky coalfields."  
Then get your own home copy of Deep Down to share the story of Beverly May and Wilson Creek with your community at http://deepdownfilm.org/store, and encourage the educators you know to use the film and resources in the classroom. Understanding the issue of mountaintop removal and spread awareness is the first step in stopping the destruction.  So thank you, the fans of Deep Down, for the important work you are doing.


Going Global
Co-Directors Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen are getting ready to travel internationally with the American Documentary Showcase, where we will be spreading a message of democracy, free speech, and the possibilities for local community organizing to international audiences.  The program, funded by the U.S. State Department, is a showcase of the best in American independent filmmaking, and Deep Down is poised to make a dramatic impact in the countries we visit this year. We are deeply honored to be among Oscar and Emmy winning filmmakers and other important films in spreading the values of democracy and community struggles internationally. We are also pleased to announce that Deep Down is a finalist for the Global Social Change Festival in Bali, where we hope to spread this message further.  You can read more on our international efforts and effect on our blog here.


The Deep Down Soundtrack

You can now get the complete and beautiful Deep Down soundtrack, with music from our composer Joshua Penman, here: http://deepdownsoundtrack.bandcamp.com/


Thanks for being our valentines this year.
Jen Gilomen & Sally Rubin, Co-Directors
and the Deep Down team: Lora, Lynn and Jason

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 February 2011 22:05
National television ad premieres at Deep Down screening in Nashville PDF Print E-mail
Deep Down / Tuesday, 25 May 2010 10:05
The ad, which is part of the NRDC's larger campaign to raise awareness and advance legislation around mountaintop removal coal mining, is the first such national advertisement. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 10:17
Be a part of the national movement to end mountaintop removal coal mining. PDF Print E-mail
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Deep Down / Monday, 08 March 2010 14:02

Our friends at iLoveMountains.com are taking action tomorrow and you can too! On Tuesday, March 9, nearly 200 citizens from Appalachia and across the U.S. will gather in our nation's capital as part of the 5th Annual End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington.

While there, our citizen participants will attend meetings with members of Congress regarding the Clean Water Protection Act (H.R. 1310) in the House and the Appalachia Restoration Act (S. 696) in the Senate--bills that would severely curtail mountaintop removal coal extraction.

Mountaintop removal coal mining is one of the most egregious environmental and social justice disasters in America today--more than 500 mountains and 1.5 million acres of land have already been destroyed by this practice.  Residents and supporters from across the U.S. are asking for an end to mountaintop removal and an investment in sustainable economic alternatives for Appalachia.

You can help! Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 9, iLoveMountains.com is having a call in day to show our support for the mountains, the people, and the waters of Appalachia. Go to iLoveMountains.com and join their newsletter to receive all the details for tomorrow's action. You can start taking action now though by writing your representatives.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 March 2010 14:12
Reverend Billy and The Church of Life After Shopping shout out for the mountains PDF Print E-mail
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Jen Gilomen / Wednesday, 03 March 2010 16:46

Reverend Billy and The Church of Life After Shopping announced today that they're embracing a new cause: the Appalachian Mountains.  The group's new song, "Mountain-top," begins with words from Dr. Martin Luther King's last sermon:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 March 2010 17:02
Coal Ash PDF Print E-mail
Jen Gilomen / Friday, 26 February 2010 14:07

20070908_1403300032_elisayoung_portraitFebruary 26, 2010 -- The Coal Ash disaster and its effects continue in Tennessee.  CBS 42 reporter Cynthia Gold reported on it here, while Bruce Nilles, Campaign Director for the Sierra Club, spoke with residents of Southeastern Ohio, including Elisa Young, and listened in on a call with the White House Office of Management and residents who are affected.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 April 2010 12:03
Appalachia Restoration Act PDF Print E-mail
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Deep Down / Thursday, 31 December 2009 16:00

From: http://www.theallianceforappalachia.org/meet-the-appalachian-restoration-act

The Appalachia Restoration Act (S. 696) is a bill in the U.S. Senate which will sharply reduce mountaintop removal coal mining and protect clean drinking water for many of our nation's cities. It will protect the quality of life for Appalachian coalfield residents who face frequent catastrophic flooding and pollution or loss of drinking water as a result of mountaintop removal coal mining.

More: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-696

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2010 09:54
American Clean Energy and Security Act PDF Print E-mail
Deep Down / Thursday, 31 December 2009 16:00

From: http://www.nrdconline.org/campaign/nrdcaction_070909?qp_source=hp 

In June, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The bill would reduce global warming pollution 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. It also would set a goal of producing 20 percent of America's energy from renewable energy, and fund clean energy technologies and green jobs training programs to empower local communities to build these technologies.

Nationwide Permit 21 - Eliminate Quick Approval of Mountaintop Removal Projects PDF Print E-mail
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Deep Down / Monday, 15 June 2009 16:00

From http://ilovemountains.org/army-corps/

On July 16th, 2009 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed the elimination of a streamlined permitting process -- known as Nationwide Permit 21, or NWP 21-- which allows coal companies to seek quick approval for their mountaintop removal coal mining projects.  We applaud the Obama Administration for taking action. Roughly one-third of mountaintop removal coal mining projects are approved under nationwide permits, which means that eliminating the streamlined rule will help slow the pace of destruction in Appalachia, not stop it. Public comment page (ends August 14, 2010) >

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2010 14:49
Clean Water Protection Act PDF Print E-mail
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Deep Down / Saturday, 28 February 2009 16:00

In 1977, The Clean Water Act was enacted by Congress to "restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation's waters. " For 25 years, the Clean Water Act (CWA) allowed for the granting of permits to place "fill material " into waters of the United States, provided that the primary purpose of the "filling " was not for waste disposal. As such, the CWA prohibited mountaintop removal operations from using the nation's waterways as waste disposal sites.

That changed in 2002, when the Army Corps of Engineers, under the direction of the Bush administration and without congressional approval, altered its longstanding definition of "fill material" to include mining waste. This change accelerated the devastating practice of mountaintop removal coal mining and the destruction of more than 2,000 miles of Appalachian streams. More than 400,000 acres in West Virginia alone have been leveled, and the EPA Estimates that by the end of the decade a total of 1.4 million acres of Appalachia's mountains and hardwood forests will be destroyed by mountain removal mining, which is an area the size of of Deleware.

In May of 2002, in response to the Army Corps' rule change, The Clean Water Protection Act was introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) and Christopher Shays (R-CT). Since then, it's enjoyed a groundswell of bi-partisan support.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. of Waterkeeper Alliance put it succinctly:

"The Clean Water Protection Act is the first broad Congressional initiative aimed at reversing the Bush Administration's eight-year effort to savage our national waterways and the popular laws that protect them."

On May 4, 2007, the Clean Water Protection Act was introduced in to the 110th Congress with 55 original cosponsors. Because Representatives from around the country received thousands of letters from people like you, it ended last session with a record 153 bipartisan cosponsors. On March 4th 2009, Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ), Congressman John Yarmuth (KY), and Congressman Dave Reichert (WA) introduced H.R. 1310 with 117 original cosponsors in the 111th Congress; more than twice the number of original cosponsors at the beginning of last session! It currently has 155 cosponsors.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 09:59

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Reel Power Grassroots Mini-Grant Recipients Announced

This month, the screenings of "Deep Down" and other Reel Power films begin across the nation.  Check out the "supertrailer" for this collection of powerful environmental films that together, tell a much bigger picture about energy and our relationship to it.