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Youth delivers testimony on chemical spill

Destiny at public hearing

"My name is Destiny Gallagher, I am 15 years old, and I have some important questions."

 February 2014 – With her speech in hand Destiny Gallagher approached the podium and saw the floor and galleries in the House of Delegates chamber at West Virginia’s State Capitol filled with people and news cameras everywhere. As a fifteen year old from Boone County, she was the youngest person to speak at the public hearing on the chemical spill which affected 300,000 residents’ drinking water.  Destiny had some tough questions for our legislators and spoke eloquently and powerfully about the dangerous impact of too much corporate power.  Destiny said, “We deserve better.

West Virginia youth tells real story about polluted water

A week after Christina spoke at a press conference at the State Capitol about the struggles she's faced growing up in poverty in Boone County, why she believes that it's important to speak up about abuse and injustice so people know that they are not alone, and how she looks forward to graduating and attending college, a massive chemical spill in Charleston meant Christina and 300,000 other West Virginians could not use their tap water, and forced Christina's school to close for over a week.

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