Knoxville, Tennessee is the home of the UBS: Hands Off Appalachia! Campaign. In the foothills of the Smoky Mountains is where HOA! began to develop this urban campaign in support of our coal impacted communities. Knoxville HOA! workers are fiercely proud of our Southern Appalachian home and are dedicated to protecting the land we love.
An important part of the Hands Off Appalachia! Campaign is the strategic use of art and culture in our opposition to UBS wealth management’s financing and support of companies that engage in mountaintop removal coal mining. That work includes the incorporation of puppet builds, independent media production, mapping, multi-media teach-ins, traditional Appalachian music, spoken word, street theater and printed propaganda production all to not only confront UBS’ dirty business, but to develop creative techniques for resistance.