Appalachia: where politicians of both parties sell out their constituents for corporate money, and where we’re more of a resource extraction colony than a state. What area of this country needs a paper focused on the issues of working people more than Appalachia does? Yet there are few areas of this country more hampered by a lack of Internet connectivity to reach digital news, or by poverty, making print news unaffordable.
Enter The Appalachian Oracle: a small, print and digital paper focused primarily on the issues concerning working, rural, and other vulnerable people living in Appalachia, especially in West Virginia, where we’re based. The print issue is designed to be free, to bring important information to rural, impoverished areas about how we can change things.
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In West Virginia, and in Appalachia in general, we CAN address issues—including substance abuse, child hunger, low wages, infrastructure (like roads, bridges, water, sewer, broadband, childcare, and more)—but Democracy requires informed participation. So, why is our area struggling? Because the kleptocrats in charge want to reduce the number of people making choices to those whom they can fool with disinformation—with information meant to cause you to be less informed than you were before hearing it.
They purchase elections and keep people uninformed by keeping wages low so families are working long hours at exhausting and unrewarding jobs. They keep people uninformed by draining public education of money, by driving away good teachers and school personnel, and by sending funds meant for broadband expansion to political cronies instead. They keep people uninformed by passing along conspiracy theories, and repeating corporate talking points. Purchased politicians don’t want their donors to have to pay for things like worker safety, or living wages. And when dirty politicians save their donors money, those donors kick in a portion at election time.
That’s the way the system is meant to work. It’s designed that way.
We need an active, informed, involved electorate… and we need that in every holler of WV, not just in the largest towns.
That’s why The Appalachian Oracle will focus on our shared vision for West Virginia and on issues that will actually help people. Jobs and a clean environment are not mutually exclusive; we don’t have to choose between them, no matter what disinfo dishonest politicians are repeating for money.
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- “[R]epresentatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged… private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education).”
- Westover City Attorney Calls Del. Danielle Walker a B*tchThe expletive that grabbed so much attention on WV Twitter and FB actually came in the context of multiple allegations of conspiracy, corruption, racism, and brutality…
- Jan 6 Commission Subpoenas Aide to WV Rep Carol MillerHouse investigators probing the Jan. 6 attack subpoenaed an aide to Rep. Carol Miller, a West Virginia Republican.
- Poll: What policies would you dump?What policies should a senator representing Appalachia push for? One notorious corporate senator demands subsidies for banks, not working people.
- Build Back Better: $15K for the typical WV familyState-by-state analysis reveals that a typical WV family of four would save $15,800.
- The Dark SeeA poem from Appalachia:
Hollows in the deep
Reflect a dim star,
Which eons of feeble and uncertain light
Draw eagerly down to the grim earth…
- WV Harm Reduction Leaders to Launch Statewide CoalitionWest Virginia harm reduction leaders are coming together to launch a statewide coalition called Mountain State Harm Reduction.
- “The only way Manchin will agree to protect our democracy is to make sure it can remain a corrupt democracy.”