Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center



The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center is a nonprofit law firm that fights for justice in the coalfields by representing coal miners and their families on issues of black lung and mine safety and by working with grassroots groups and individuals to protect the land and people from misuse and degradation caused by extractive industries.

MACED: Infrastructure In Eastern Kentucky

In conjunction with MACED's Appalachia's New Day campaign, they have recently published an article about the water crisis in Martin County, Kentucky. Martin County Concerned Citizens is working on it. Nina McCoy, chair of the group, said they have found greater...

MACED: Black Lung In Eastern Kentucky

As part of their Appalachia's New Day campaign that highlights important projects across the region, MACED published an article last week about the black lung epidemic in Central Appalachia. "The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center (ACLC), based in Letcher County,...

ACLC: Help Us Send Coal Miners with Black Lung to Washington, DC!

June 20th, 2019 -- ACLC launches a crowdfunding campaign to send 100 miners with black lung and their family members to Washington, DC to demand that congress take action to protect black lung benefits! Please give now to support our efforts:

Martin County Film Screening: Food & Water Watch Joins as Co-Sponsor

We are very excited to announce that Food & Water Watch is co-sponsoring our Martin County Water Crisis Film Screening event in Lexington at 21c Museum Hotel. As described on their website, "Food & Water Watch mobilizes regular people to build political power to move...

GRAMMYS: John Prine & Why He Wants To Benefit Coal Miners

In an article posted to the Recording Academy, which hosts the Grammy Awards, John Prine talked at length about his respect for miners and the importance of supporting miners and their communities. We are very honored and grateful to Mr. John Prine, as he is directing...

WHITESBURG: Black Lung Documentary Screening 5/31

ACLC, in partnership with Appalshop, presents the PBS/Frontline documentary "Coal's Deadly Dust," a film about the rise of black lung disease in coal country by reporter and producer Howard Berkes. Join us on Friday, May 31st at the Appalshop Theater at 7pm for a...

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Coordinator of Policy and Organizing

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Coordinator of Policy & Organizing General Description: The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center (ACLC) seeks a full-time Coordinator of Policy and Organizing to join our team in Whitesburg, Kentucky. This position will lead ACLC’s work to promote a...


Since our founding, ACLC has served the needs of hundreds of coal miners, their families, and residents of the coalfields. We have addressed the legacy issues of coal mining through litigation, policy advocacy, and direct outreach work with impacted coal miners and community members.
We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, suggestions, or anything else that would further our work in this region and beyond.

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