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Medicaid expansion in West Virginia

It’s rare that West Virginia leads the nation in any measure of social well-being, but the state has expanded Medicaid to cover a higher percentage of its citizens than any other state.

AFSC’s West Virginia Economic Justice (WVEJ) program was part of a broad coalition that encouraged Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to expand Medicaid, which now serves more than 134,000 West Virginians.

A fund for the future in West Virginia

AFSC’s West Virginia Economic Justice (WVEJ) program won a major victory in the 2014 state legislative session with the passage of a measure establishing a Future Fund, a permanent mineral trust fund created from a portion of natural resource severance taxes. “This is a campaign we’ve worked on with key allies for about four years,” WVEJ Director Rick Wilson said. “The bill is not perfect because it was amended and weakened late in the session, but we hope to strengthen it next year.

AFSC South Star Summer 2014

Summer 2014 issue of the AFSC South Region's South Star newsletter.

Kids and Families Day at the Legislature 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 9:05am - 4:00pm

Join AFSC youth groups from Logan and Mingo counties, along with kids and families from across the state as we converge on the Capitol in Charleston to make our voices heard on issues ranging from physical activity in school, the Future Fund, and raising the minimum wage.

Youth take center stage at poverty forum

Members of the BAPS (Believing All is Possible!) youth leadership program in Logan, West Virginia were front and center at a community forum about child poverty in March 2013.  Sponsored by AFSC and a dozen other organizations, the forum focused on prison overcrowding, teen pregnancy prevention, family violence prevention, and parent education.  Advocates as well as people impacted by poverty spoke.

Logan youth speak up about poverty in WV

Believing All is Possible participant at the Capitol

Believing All is Possible participant at the Capitol

Believing All Is Possible (BAPS) participant Jasmine speaks with a reporter inside the West Virginia Capitol Building in Charleston, WV.

On February 26th, 2013  BAPS youth leadership group, a program of the American Friends Service Committee, traveled to the State Capitol for Kids and Families Day, to participate in the kickoff of the statewide child poverty campaign, Our Children, Our Future: The Campaign to End Child Poverty.

Logan Child Poverty Community Forum

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Kyra and Jaylin

At Kids and Families Day at State Capitol ready to speak up about poverty

Addiction? Incarceration? Unemployment? Obesity?  All these issues stem from vulnerable families trying to get by on a wage that is not live-able or in communities where jobs are scarce.  In 1970, the median job paid roughly $20/hour. Today, it's less than half that.  Our country can thrive when people have the means to rise out of poverty.

A Future Fund: Paying it forward in West Virginia

West Virginia stands at a crossroads, and the American Friends Service Committee is working hard to help create a plan for the future.  The state is facing a natural gas boom similar to that of the coal industry in the last century.  After 90 years of working in West Virginia, AFSC knows that shared prosperity and natural resources extraction don’t necessarily go hand in hand.  How can the state beat the “resource curse”?

Upper Big Branch families plead for Congressional action on mine safety

Carrying enlarged photographs of their lost loved ones, family members of three of the 29 miners killed in the 2010 explosion at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine spent June 6-7 in Washington, D.C., pleading with lawmakers to take action to improve mine safety and to stiffen penalties for mining companies that knowingly, willingly, and recklessly place miners’ lives at risk.

Good News from West Virginia

Dear Friend,

AFSC is excited about our role and Tuesday’s announcement of the record federal settlement in the wake of Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, which killed 29 West Virginia coal miners in April 2010.

Read more about AFSC's response to the settlement.

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