Penn Loh is professor of the practice at Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. From 1999 to 2009, he served as executive director of Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), a Roxbury-based environmental justice group.

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In the history of Appalachian coal mining, Harlan County, Kentucky, is a landmark in the grassroots fight for better living and working conditions. Labor unrest in the 1930s earned the county the nickname “Bloody Harlan.” Intense organizing continues today, as Harlan County resident leaders help their communities transition from a coal economy …

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