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SOCM and Working Films Co-Host Community Discussion on Kingston’s coal ash story – Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment

SOCM and Working Films Co-Host Community Discussion on Kingston’s coal ash story

Kingston, Tenn.  – On Thursday, February 5th, members of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) and Working Films will host a free open community discussion on the continuing impact of TVA’s coal ash landfill and what it means for the future of local communities.

SOCM’s E3 Committee has partnered with members of the community since the 2008 spill, and has recently partnered with the Kingston Community Advisory Group.  These efforts are being made to better inform the communities affected by the 2008 coal ash spill since TVA is currently seeking modifications to their permit.

The event will be held in the Banquet Room of the Kingston Community Center, 201 Patton Ferry Road, Kingston. The event will start at 6:00 p.m. EST. Admission is free and open to the public.

Working Films will present a screening of Coal Ash Stories, a compilation of four short documentary films focused on coal ash, the public health and environmental concerns about coal ash in communities across the country, and public policy.  Working Films has been instrumental in the effort regarding Duke Energy in North Carolina.

Patrick Morales, SOCM President, will give an introduction, and the screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Issue experts from SOCM. Affected community members will be on hand to discuss their stories, and offer advice on how to become involved in local efforts regarding coal ash, including how to provide public comments to TDEC.

Patrick Morales

“Coal ash spills are expensive -this latest coal ash spill cost the government $2 billion to clean up, which doesn’t include what it cost the community personally,” said Patrick Morales, SOCM’s President and Chair of the E3 Committee. “Come and learn more about the safety of this proposal, and how you can speak out regarding it. Learn of the power you have in determining your community’s future and meet some of the families that make up SOCM in your community.”

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About SOCM

Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment is a member-run organization that encourages civic involvement and collective action so that people of Tennessee have a greater voice in determining their future. The mission of SOCM is to empower Tennesseans to protect, defend, and improve the quality of life in their communities across the state. SOCM is working for social, economic, and environmental justice for all. We are committed to the journey of becoming an anti-racist organization. www.socm.org

About Working Films

Working Films, a national nonprofit and nonpartisan organization based in Wilmington, NC, is coordinating Coal Ash Stories. Working Films builds partnerships between nonfiction media-makers, nonprofit organizations, businesses, educators and advocates to advance community-based and policy solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges.  http://workingfilms.org/coalash

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