The Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) was founded in 1981. Its board makeup represents the individuals and communities it serves: those facing health and economic crises, the disabled, and those affected by toxic wastes. Members include also civil rights activists, union members, and veterans. SALS is involved in community development, housing, and youth transformation.
SALS will use their funding for their Coalfield Environmental Health Project to educate residents in the Loop and Laurel Creek area on the health impacts of large-‐scale surface mining, and to empower them to use the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Clean Air Act to protect their property and quality of life from surface mining. Their goal is to create a permanent group of citizens to enforce laws and share information. Funding is for materials creation, training, and community meetings. Learn more.