Daily Archive for April 06 2010
The Charleston Area Alliance joins community leaders throughout West Virginia in affirming our partnership and respecting the equal rights of others. In this spirit, we condemn hate in any form. Moving beyond mere tolerance, we dedicate ourselves to cooperative community-building by strengthening these civic values:
We pledge ourselves to be supportive of each other and of all who labor in the cause of creating a community that welcomes everyone into its heart.
We encourage any and all citizens who seek to stand up and speak out against hate to participate in dynamic, powerful and positive community-organized actions, which include displaying signs and joining the April 8 Stop the Hate rally. In consultation with those entrusted to keep the peace, and with organizations targeted by hate, we offer opportunities to move the spotlight away from hate groups and toward positive expressions of love and inclusiveness.
STOP THE HATE RALLY
State Capitol of West Virginia (river side)
Thursday, April 8, 5:30 PM
Calling people of good will to act as non-violent agents of healing in our community.
Join our chorus of reassurance and care for victims of hatred and intimidation. Coming from all walks of life, we will stand together to say, in a collective voice, that there is no place for hate and violence in our community. While our voices will be strong, our message will be peace.
This initiative was inspired by the early leadership of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce in creating and distributing signs expressing words and symbols of unity and cooperation. These signs contain icons with particular emotive power: a rainbow, a menorah, a dove with an olive branch.
Click the image above to download your own copy.
Signs are available at the West Virginia Chamber office, and a limited number will be available at the Alliance office, 1116 Smith St.
The Charleston Area Alliance joins with people throughout West Virginia and the nation in offering its sympathy to the miners and their families affected by the tragedy at the Upper Big Branch Mine-South.
Our region, state and nation grew strong and prospered thanks to the courageous and dedicated West Virginians who face danger every day to bring us the energy that powers America.
There is no way we can repay the debt owed to these brave Mountaineers. May those who mourn find comfort in the prayers and thoughts that millions across America are offering today.
Kanawha County citizens join their fellow West Virginians in their thoughts and prayers as we mourn the tragic loss of 25 miners, those still missing and those that were injured in the Mine Explosion at the Massey Energy subsidiary Performance Coal Company’s Upper Big Branch Mine-South.
Out of respect, the county has cancelled the previously scheduled dedication of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office headquarters and the Office of the Kanawha County Prosecutor. The event was scheduled for April 7 but has now been canceled.
The decision to cancel the dedication ceremony was made in consult with Sheriff Mike Rutherford, Prosecutor Mark Plants, Commission President Kent Carper, Commissioner Henry C. Shores and Commissioner Dave Hardy.
“We are reminded as a coal producing county that while our miners keep the lights on for us, they do so while exposing themselves in a dangerous environment,” said Commission President Carper.
Commissioner Shores added, “Our hearts go out to the children, families and loved ones of these fallen miners.”
“The bond between our coal mining communities is strong and we mourn this tragic loss,” said Commissioner Hardy.
“A number of statewide officials, including West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Thomas E. McHugh and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito we slated to make a presentation during the ceremony,” Carper said. “They understandably, along with all of our local County officials, need to give their full attention and support to our coal mining families which are grief stricken and heartbroken.”
Charleston, West Virginia is fifth place among U.S. housing markets ready for recovery, real estate expert Barbara Corcoran recently reported on NBC’s Today Show.
Charleston earned its spot on the list with a low foreclosure rate, relatively low unemployment and a median home price of only $121,000.
The 2009 Moody’s North American Business Cost Review noted West Virginia has the nation’s third-lowest cost of doing business.
Among the factors contributing to West Virginia’s strong showing were its competitive wage rates – ranked 14th best in the nation – and its low energy costs – the second lowest in the country.