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Upcoming Events


Rate hike hearings for Duke Energy Carolinas (see talking points here):

Tues., Jan. 16, 7pm: Franklin. Macon County Courthouse, Courtroom A, 5 W. Main Street.

Wed., Jan. 24, 7pm: Greensboro. Guilford County Courthouse, Courtroom 1C, 201 S. Eugene Street.

Tues., Jan. 30, 6:30pm: Charlotte Public Hearing. Mecklenburg County Courthouse, 832 E. 4th Street.

Feb. 10, 8am-1pm, Raleigh: Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People’s Assembly 2018. More information.

Take action

Sign our petition to maintain a ban on fracking in NC
Sign the petition to keep control of Asheville's water local
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All I Want for Christmas is No ACP
Tell Governor Cooper – NO ACP for the Holidays!
Soon, our North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will be making its final decision on a major permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
We need your help to send a message to the Governor and officials in Raleigh that North Carolina doesn’t want or need this pipeline.
Help us flood the Governor’s office with Holiday-themed NO ACP postcards. Pick your favorite design at the link here and send a postcard to the Governor. You can download and print at home, or we can send one on your behalf!

Who we are

Staff – Board of Directors


Hope Taylor

Hope Taylor, Executive Director, Durham and Asheville Offices
(919) 401-9600 –

Hope joined the staff in August of 1999, after six years of teaching chemistry and biology in community colleges and universities in the Durham area, as well as providing technical assistance to communities at Superfund sites. During her 20 years of work as a basic biomedical researcher at the National Institutes of Health and Duke University, she remained active on environmental and social justice issues. Deciding to train for a career more connected to communities, she graduated with a Master of Science in Public Health in Environmental Chemistry and Biology from UNC-CH in 1993. Hope is also a dairy goat farmer and works to deepen CWFNC ties with rural communities across the state to protect our surface and ground water.

Katie Hicks, Associate Director, Asheville Office
(828) 251-1291 –

A native of Western North Carolina, Katie holds a Bachelors Degree from UNC-Asheville in Environmental Science and Spanish, and a Masters Degree from Montreat College in Environmental Education, so she’s well equipped to help us with outreach to – and collaboration with – diverse western NC communities. She has been a part of CWFNC’s team since 2009, leading research and outreach for our Water Justice Campaign (privatization, water pricing, efficiency) and supporting our work for environmental justice throughout the state.


Xavier Boatright, Environmental Justice Organizer / Researcher, Asheville Office
828-251-1291 –

Xavier is originally from Manning, South Carolina and holds a Bachelors degree in Biology from Presbyterian College. A student athlete, Xavier spent four years as a defensive tackle/end on the Presbyterian football team, and then had the opportunity to spend time in the NFL with both the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions. While at Presbyterian, Xavier and other students participated in a onetime Civil Rights Maymester, walking in the footsteps of many civil rights leaders all throughout the south. He has spent six years doing outreach to underprivileged and emotionally challenged youth as a summer mentor and recruitment director. Most recently, Xavier has worked for UPS and in the Henderson County public schools. Xavier will use his combined experiences and skills as a researcher and organizer with CWFNC. In his free time, Xavier likes to hike, enjoy nature, and spend time with his younger brother (Aarron) and mother (Vanessa).

Belinda Joyner

Belinda Joyner, Northeastern Organizer, Garysburg, grew up in Northampton County and has worked as a teacher’s assistant specializing in reading skills. She has been involved in numerous local environmental struggles and has been an effective organizer against threats including a liquid fertilizer plant, a hazardous waste incinerator and a private prison, with a strong history of grassroots fundraising for diverse causes.


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Board of Directors

Andrea Emanuel
, Garner, North Carolina; Vice Chair
Nathanette Mayo, Shiloh, North Carolina
Nydia Morales, Matthews, North Carolina, Secretary
Marshall Tyler, Oriental, North Carolina
Tina Motley-Pearson, Durham, North Carolina; Chair

CWFNC Board & staff spring 2017

Back row: Staff: Hope Taylor, Katie Hicks, Xavier Boatright. Board members: Nathanette Mayo, Marshall Tyler, Andrea Emanuel, Robert Hamilton, Steve Gurley. Front row: Nydia Morales, Tina Motley-Pearson.