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Members will gather for 'My Clean H2O Matters' march Feb. 8

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At 10 a.m. Feb. 8 members of OVEC, WV Citizen Action Group, NAACP, the local faith community and others will gather at First Baptist Church, 432 Shrewsbury Street, Charleston for "My Clean H2O Matters!"

The people gathered will march to West Virginia American Water Company to hand over a bill to the company for costs associated with the MCHM water crisis. The event is held in solidarity with the Mass Moral March, happening February 8 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kenneth Hale, president of Charleston NAACP, released a statement saying, "The Charleston NAACP shows our support for the Mass Moral March in North Carolina."   

"We are concerned that 50 years later we still have to fight voter suppression efforts, particularly in Southern states as well as reductions in health, education, and work assistance programs that have made a huge difference in people's lives," he said. "Now, we share the same concern about the right to clean, safe water, which is also a civil right. We must hold the bureaucracy responsible for the 'Watergate Crisis' in West Virginia."

Mel Hoover, WV ACLU member and local minister, said, "I'm sending West Virginia American Water Company a bill for the cost of the contaminated water they billed me for."

"Wouldn't I expect a grocery store to refund my money if they sold me rotten produce?" he asked. "It is neither just nor right that company should expect people to pay for a product we can't use."

Gary Zuckett, executive director of WV Citizen Action, released a statement saying, "We will march on Saturday for the people who still need water in West Virginia and the citizens of North Carolina where millions of gallons of coal ash slurry spilled into the Dan River, just upstream from Danville. The War on Water is not just in West Virginia!"

Maya Nye, People Concerned About Chemical Safety, said, "This action is an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate their common humanity and right to clean, safe drinking water."

Janet Keating, executive director of OVEC, a grassroots environmental organization based in Huntington, said, "We have learned the hard way that water unites us. Unless we work together for the common good, our politicians will continue to do the bidding of the coal and gas industry."  

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