Meigs Citizen Action Now!

I wanted to post a little about things that we’ve been trying to support on this tour.

In Philadelphia, we met Elisa Young who spoke before our sets about the work she’s doing with Meigs Citizens Action Now!. Her short talks were powerful and inspiring. It is a group that is trying to stop the construction of even more coal power plants in a region of South Eastern Ohio that already has a really high concentration of these plants and the environmental and health impacts that come along with them. I think the best way to sum up what they’re about are these words from their website:

Meigs Citizens Action Now! says No! to:

  • High rates of asthma, autism, and cancer
  • Contaminated soil and water
  • Extractive industries that take our resources, keep the profits, and leave the toxic waste

MeigsCAN says Yes! to:

  • Healthy kids and safe jobs
  • Clean, renewable energy
  • A locally owned, regenerative economy that keeps profits here in Meigs!

I was really inspired by the work that we’re doing because it was an environmental justice group started by people directly effected by the environmental impact of coal power. However, they connect the dots from coal power as an environmental issue in Appalachia to one that is tied with justice for people with more limited economic mobility and with issues connected to class and race in other communities.

I urge everyone to check out Meigs Citizens Action Now!’s website at and support them in whatever ways you can.


One Response to “Meigs Citizen Action Now!”

  1. Elisa says:

    Don't know if you heard the good news, but AMP Ohio retracted their proposal to build the coal-fired power plant in Meigs – ONE DOWN!Elisa

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