About the Lee and Washington County Chapters

The Washington County Virginia Organizing Chapter is continuing to work on our Anti-Hydrofracking campaign. Although we won a local moratorium until 2014 last year, the County Board decided to reconsider that vote and we are now organizing to fill the room for every Land Use Committee on this issue. We also continue to work economic development incentives as well as sustainability issues. Please join us! The Lee County Chapter is one of Virginia Organizing's oldest chapters. The chapter meets monthly at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Jonesville; Lee County Virginia Organizing members recently attended the state Power Analysis meeting and is continuing to make sure Lee County residents are able to access the Regional Drug Court. We're also working on education funding locally, guidance department and post-high school resources, and a local one-to-one drive.

Christmas Carols for Governor McDonnell

Icon December 19, 2011 - 22:00 The 12 (well 8) Days of Christmas On the first day of Christmas my governor gave to me: Regressive taxation On the second day of Christmas my governor gave to me: Underpaid teachers, and regressive taxation On the third day of Christmas my governor gave to me: Corporate freeloaders, underpaid teachers, and regressive taxation

Social Security Cuts: Greatest Impact on Rural VA

Icon November 11, 2011 - 16:15 America's small towns would be hit hardest by any cuts in Social Security, according to a new analysis by the Center for Rural Strategies, posted on the rural news website the Daily Yonder. The review says that's because rural areas have a higher percentage of people who receive those benefits.

Shepherd Powell: Respecting Seniors, Protecting Social Security

Icon August 8, 2011 - 13:13 Throughout my eight week-long internship to educate senior citizens about the importance of protecting Social Security, I’ve had a number of conversations with older Americans that are totally unrelated to Social Security or politics. Mainly they’ve been about my pregnancy. I’m now 31 weeks pregnant and have been getting bigger by the week for the entire internship.  

Shepherd Powell: Bad Debt Ceiling Deals Have Southwest Seniors "Cussin" Congress

Icon July 29, 2011 - 14:29 In talking to senior citizens in southwest Virginia about the importance of protecting social security, I think it is the worried look in the eyes of these older Americans that gets me most--the furrowed brows and years of smile lines that turn to looks of serious concern--concern about the very real ramifications of losing one's livelihood. When I see the eyes of these older folks, I see the eyes of my grandparents. I know that I want to do everything I can to help these folks maintain a decent living and continue to live with dignity in their old age.

Crime & Punishment: VA Community's Fight with Oxycontin

Icon July 18, 2011 - 19:22 July 5, 2011 PENNINGTON GAP, Va. - A small, rural area of southwestern Virginia was a launching pad in the 1990s for a then-newly-approved pain-relief drug, Oxycontin. According to locals, drug addiction and crime became rampant as a result. The town of Pennington Gap was populated mostly by coal miners and loggers, the kinds of occupations prone to accidents and physical strain. It's also an area with a high rate of Medicaid recipients, which meant the drug would be accessible, despite lower incomes.

Wendell Potter Forums: How the Health Care Bill Will Help Tri-Cities Residents

Icon October 22, 2010 - 16:26 Wendell Potter and Local Health Care Experts Explained How the Health Care Bill Will Help Tri-Cities Residents

Remote Area Medical Shows Why Appalachia and America Need the New Health Law

Icon July 26, 2010 - 20:14 Wise, VA –Community members and health care advocates say the huge demand for RAM’s services exemplifies why health care reform is desperately needed in Appalachia and America. For the third year in a row, thousands of local residents will visit the Wise County Fairgrounds this weekend to receive medical care from The Remote Area Medical Foundation (RAM), a non-profit, volunteer, relief corps that provides medical services to remote areas.