VA People’s Tribunal on Human Rights & Environmental Justice (Oct 28 Charlottesville VA)
Oct
28
11:30am11:30am

VA People’s Tribunal on Human Rights & Environmental Justice (Oct 28 Charlottesville VA)

A Human Rights Tribunal
On the Environmental Justice Impacts of Fracked Gas Infrastructure in Virginia

Those who witnessed the racist violence in Charlottesville over issues of southern heritage and others outraged by these racist attacks are moved to seek strong, direct means to act against slavery’s legacy in Virginia. The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) imposes hugely disproportionate burdens of toxic pollution on a Freedman descendant community and the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) on the majority of landowners who are low-income, rural Appalachians. 

While many know about the environmental hazards of fracked gas pipelines, few people know who is being forced to give up their human rights to clean air, water, and soil for the economic benefit of corporate stockholders. We ask you to join us for:

A Human Rights Tribunal will be held on
October 28, 2017 in Charlottesville, VA

The UN Convention on Racism and Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the UN Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on the Human Rights Impacts of Fracking call on member states to “undertake independent and effective investigation into all cases of environmentally polluting activities and their impacts on the rights of affected communities; bring those responsible to account; and ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies.” 

Please support this effort to bring evidence to light about the large numbers of impacted people, their races, economic status, and marginalization from power – to prevent their being “victims” of front-line climate change. 

Experts in the fields of fracked gas environmental and medical science, environmental justice, the cost benefits of racism, Virginia Slave and Freedmen history, and fracked gas economics will preside as Judges to hear first person impact and expert testimonies. Findings and recommendations will be sent to these UN committees and form the bases for local groups to organize together. 

Join with allied groups to bring this out of the shadows and into our local, state and national attention.

Human Rights Tribunal Next Steps
Because our findings may be about violations made by local governments, the state of Virginia and by the US government, judges’ findings will be sent directly to the United Nations Human Rights Council and to Mr. John Knox, Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, for guidance on next steps.

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Pipeline Crunchtime: Urge Gov. McAuliffe to STOP the Pipelines (Sept 25-29 All Virginia Residents)
Sep
25
to Sep 29

Pipeline Crunchtime: Urge Gov. McAuliffe to STOP the Pipelines (Sept 25-29 All Virginia Residents)

After weeks pressure from farmers and environmentalists, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared that Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline could not enter his state without lots more study. Specifically, Cooper ordered “site-specific” reviews for each spot where the 600-mile pipeline crosses a fragile creek, river or wetland in North Carolina. This is the exact same review that farmers and landowners have been asking for in Virginia — but Terry McAuliffe refuses. And now West Virginia – where both pipelines would begin in the fracking fields there – has hit the pause button too on approval.

North Carolina and West Virginia agencies are working to protect its citizens from these massive pipelines. Virginians deserve the same protection. Please phone Governor McAuliffe today and tell him to STOP the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines.

Follow these steps to call Governor McAuliffe now:

1. Dial this number: 804-786-2211.

2. Use this script— or, paraphrase in your own words when McAuliffe's staffer answers: 

"Hello, my name is ____ and I live in _____[city/town]. I am calling to request that Governor McAuliffe exercise his authority under section 401 of the Clean Water Act to reject the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. Due to significant health and environmental threats related to these pipelines, West Virginia and North Carolina officials announced significant delays in their permit process. There is no reason why Virginia should be behind North Carolina and West Virginia when it comes to protecting our climate, waterways, and communities. I ask that Governor McAuliffe exercise his full authority and direct the Department of Environmental Quality to conduct site-specific permitting for each waterway crossed by the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines, and ultimately deny these permits. Thank you."

3. Report your call! Complete the form in the link below to send us an email. We want to track the number of calls made to Gov. McAuliffe, and any responses you receive.
http://org.salsalabs.com/o/423/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22399

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People's Pipeline Protest: Peaceful Sit-In (Sept 14- Virginia Beach, Glen Allen, Woodbridge, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Abingdon VA)
Sep
14
12:00pm12:00pm

People's Pipeline Protest: Peaceful Sit-In (Sept 14- Virginia Beach, Glen Allen, Woodbridge, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Abingdon VA)

  • All Seven DEQ Offices throughout Virginia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Day 3: Thursday, September 14th – Peaceful “sit in” at noon at all DEQ offices.

In a culminating appeal, a group of peaceful community leaders led by farmers and landowners from across the state will sit silently across the office entrances in a time-honored act of dignified protest. If you deem these pipelines such a major threat that you’ve considered creative peaceful protest, the time is now. This will likely be your best and perhaps last chance to exercise your freedom of speech in this most powerful way BEFORE any final state decisions are made.

DEQ Office Locations: 
Central Office (Richmond)
629 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Tidewater Regional Office (VA Beach) 
5636 Southern Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Piedmont Regional Office (Glen Allen) 
4949-A Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Northern Regional Office (Woodbridge)
13901 Crown Court
Woodbridge, VA 22193

Valley Regional Office (Harrisonburg) 
4411 Early Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Blue Ridge Regional Office (Roanoke) 
3019 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, VA 24019

Southwest Regional Office (Abingdon)
355 Deadmore St.
Abingdon, VA 24212

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People's Pipeline Protest: Prayer Vigil (Sept 13- Richmond, Virginia Beach, Glen Allen, Woodbridge, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Abingdon VA)
Sep
13
12:00pm12:00pm

People's Pipeline Protest: Prayer Vigil (Sept 13- Richmond, Virginia Beach, Glen Allen, Woodbridge, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Abingdon VA)

  • All Seven DEQ Offices throughout Virginia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Day 2: Wednesday, September 13th – Faith leaders and spiritual elders pray for McAuliffe at noon at all DEQ offices.

We have interest from spiritual leaders of many faiths, including Christian, Muslim, and indigenous leaders who will offer prayers and meditations for the Governor as he makes a decision of historic consequences very soon. Some venues will include sacred and ancient water ceremonies.


DEQ Office Locations: 
Central Office (Richmond)
629 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Tidewater Regional Office (VA Beach) 
5636 Southern Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Piedmont Regional Office (Glen Allen) 
4949-A Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Northern Regional Office (Woodbridge)
13901 Crown Court
Woodbridge, VA 22193

Valley Regional Office (Harrisonburg) 
4411 Early Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Blue Ridge Regional Office (Roanoke) 
3019 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, VA 24019

Southwest Regional Office (Abingdon)
355 Deadmore St.
Abingdon, VA 24212

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People's Pipeline Protest Rally (Sept 12- Richmond, Virginia Beach, Glen Allen, Woodbridge, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Abingdon VA)
Sep
12
12:00pm12:00pm

People's Pipeline Protest Rally (Sept 12- Richmond, Virginia Beach, Glen Allen, Woodbridge, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Abingdon VA)

  • All Seven DEQ Offices throughout Virginia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join hundreds of faith leaders, health experts, students, environmentalists, and other concerned citizens in your area as we rally, protest, and pray on September 12-14 for Gov. McAuliffe outside his seven statewide “Environmental Quality” offices.

Day 1: Tuesday, September 12th – Lunchtime rally and press conference at noon at all seven of DEQ’s offices throughout Virginia.

Local citizens will attend lunchtime rallies on the public sidewalks outside the DEQ offices in Virginia Beach, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Richmond, Abingdon, Glen Allen, or Woodbridge. Our top message: “Governor, we’ve been asking you for three years to do the right thing and reject these pipelines. Now we ask you to take 48 more hours to deeply reflect on your responsibility to protect human life and the environment, BEFORE deciding to harm our state and your legacy forever.” We expect scores of participants at each protest with key local leaders speaking to the issues. We’ll have banners and signs and invite local media. We’ll have a giant cardboard clock showing that time is running out and the next 48 hours are key. 

DEQ Office Locations: 
Central Office (Richmond)
629 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Tidewater Regional Office (VA Beach) 
5636 Southern Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Piedmont Regional Office (Glen Allen) 
4949-A Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Northern Regional Office (Woodbridge)
13901 Crown Court
Woodbridge, VA 22193

Valley Regional Office (Harrisonburg) 
4411 Early Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Blue Ridge Regional Office (Roanoke) 
3019 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, VA 24019

Southwest Regional Office (Abingdon)
355 Deadmore St.
Abingdon, VA 24212

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No Place Like Home Rally For Heart, Mind, and Nerve #NoACP #NoMVP (Sept 1st-Arlington VA)
Sep
1
5:30pm 5:30pm

No Place Like Home Rally For Heart, Mind, and Nerve #NoACP #NoMVP (Sept 1st-Arlington VA)

Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia Ralph Northam will attend an event in support of his candidacy. We will be outside with signs calling on Northam to find the heart, mind, and courage to come out in opposition to the two fracked gas pipelines proposed for our state--the Atlantic Coast pipeline (ACP) and the Mountain Valley pipeline (MVP). 

Bring your no pipelines signs! We'll peacefully gather outside to greet the candidate and his supporters as they go in and out of the event. If you're feeling particularly creative, wear a Wizard of Oz inspired costume to fit our theme. 

Dominion's ACP and EQT's MVP are two unneeded and harmful high-pressure fracked gas pipelines proposed for the state. They will not benefit the people of Virginia. Instead, they will hurt the lives and livelihoods of all who live along their path. 

Some of the land for the pipelines will likely be seized by eminent domain, against the will of landowners who are against these pipelines. 

Not only will these pipelines hurt people in Virginia, they will hurt people around the world due to the harmful impacts of methane gas that is extracted, compressed, and pumped through the pipelines with a lot of leakage and planned releases. Methane is often touted by the industry and their protectors in government as a bridge fuel that is far better than coal. This is not true! In fact, methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2.

Both candidates for governor in Virginia receive money from the pipeline companies and neither oppose them. 

There's no place like home. These pipelines threaten the people we love and the places we live. Let's help Northam find his heart, brain, and courage to say no!

#DearNortham #NoACP #NoMVP

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Pipeline Comments and Climate Action Night
Aug
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Pipeline Comments and Climate Action Night

Bring a friend and come join us for our monthly action event. Find out about our campaigns and take action! We will give short presentations on different issues and then we will have multiple ways that you can take action. Support our campaigns and #RESIST Trump's attack on the environment!

We will talk about multiple issues but the main action for the evening is submitting public comments on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley fracked gas pipelines.

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Dinwiddie 401 Permit Hearing on Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Aug
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Dinwiddie 401 Permit Hearing on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will endanger the lives and safety of countless Virginian citizens and threatens to contaminate state water and irreversibly damage the Virginia landscape. Make your voice heard at the Department of Environmental Quality public hearing as part of the 401 certification process. Say no to the pipeline in your community to protect our water, environment and health.

Both the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines are dangerous and unnecessary. Along the proposed route of the pipeline, construction and use could cause destruction of the environment, pollution in our water, and gas explosions. This is all for a pipeline to carry gas fracked from the ground that ties Virginia into a dirty fossil fuel future. Join your friends and neighbors at this public hearing to make your voice heard and protect our communities!

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Farmville 401 Permit Hearing on Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Aug
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Farmville 401 Permit Hearing on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

  • Longwood University Jarman Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will endanger the lives and safety of countless Virginian citizens and threatens to contaminate state water and irreversibly damage the Virginia landscape. Make your voice heard at the Department of Environmental Quality public hearing as part of the 401 certification process. Say no to the pipeline in your community to protect our water, environment and health.

Both the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines are dangerous and unnecessary. Along the proposed route of the pipeline, construction and use could cause destruction of the environment, pollution in our water, and gas explosions. This is all for a pipeline to carry gas fracked from the ground that ties Virginia into a dirty fossil fuel future. Join your friends and neighbors at this public hearing to make your voice heard and protect our communities!

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Chatham 401 Permit Hearing on Mountain Valley Pipeline
Aug
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Chatham 401 Permit Hearing on Mountain Valley Pipeline

The construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline will endanger the lives and safety of countless Virginian citizens and threatens to contaminate state water and irreversibly damage the Virginia landscape. Make your voice heard at the Department of Environmental Quality public hearing as part of the 401 certification process. Say no to the pipeline in your community to protect our water, environment and health.

Both the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines are dangerous and unnecessary. Along the proposed route of the pipeline, construction and use could cause destruction of the environment, pollution in our water, and gas explosions. This is all for a pipeline to carry gas fracked from the ground that ties Virginia into a dirty fossil fuel future. Join your friends and neighbors at this public hearing to make your voice heard and protect our communities!

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Radford 401 Permit Hearing on Mountain Valley Pipeline
Aug
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Radford 401 Permit Hearing on Mountain Valley Pipeline

  • Radford University Preston/Bondurant Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline will endanger the lives and safety of countless Virginian citizens and threatens to contaminate state water and irreversibly damage the Virginia landscape. Make your voice heard at the Department of Environmental Quality public hearing as part of the 401 certification process. Say no to the pipeline in your community to protect our water, environment and health.

Both the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines are dangerous and unnecessary. Along the proposed route of the pipeline, construction and use could cause destruction of the environment, pollution in our water, and gas explosions. This is all for a pipeline to carry gas fracked from the ground that ties Virginia into a dirty fossil fuel future. Join your friends and neighbors at this public hearing to make your voice heard and protect our communities!

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Harrisonburg 401 Permit Hearing on Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Aug
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

Harrisonburg 401 Permit Hearing on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

  • James Madison University Festival Conference and Student Center Grand Ballroom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will endanger the lives and safety of countless Virginian citizens and threatens to contaminate state water and irreversibly damage the Virginia landscape. Make your voice heard at the Department of Environmental Quality public hearing as part of the 401 certification process. Say no to the pipeline in your community to protect our water, environment and health.

Both the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines are dangerous and unnecessary. Along the proposed route of the pipeline, construction and use could cause destruction of the environment, pollution in our water, and gas explosions. This is all for a pipeline to carry gas fracked from the ground that ties Virginia into a dirty fossil fuel future. Join your friends and neighbors at this public hearing to make your voice heard and protect our communities!

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Caravans to DEQ Pipeline Public Hearings
Aug
7
to Aug 14

Caravans to DEQ Pipeline Public Hearings

**RSVP FREE BUT REQUIRED** USE TICKET LINK
Earlier this month, the Department of Environmental Quality announced five public hearings across the commonwealth to receive comments on its water quality certifications for the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. We will be caravaning from Hampton Roads to the 2 hearings planned for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Please RSVP and let us know which hearing you can attend and whether or not you need a ride or can provide a ride for others.

We will be taking a van to the following hearings. See below for departure time. Return time will differ depending on location. We will have 10 spots in the van for each trip. Please RSVP using the ticket link and let us know 1. if you can attend, 2. if you need a ride, 3. if you can provides rides and how many seats. 
There is no cost for a spot in the van. 

Monday, 8/7/17 from 6-9pm (leaving Norfolk by 2pm)
James Madison University, Festival Conference & Student Center - Grand Ballroom, 1301 Carrier Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. Park only in Lots C11, C12, and D3 directly across Carrier Drive to the east of Festival Conference & Student Center.

Thursday, 8/10/17 from 6-9pm (leaving Norfolk by 3pm)
Longwood University, Jarman Auditorium, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23901. Park in Wheeler Lot, Crafts Lot, High St Lot, Randolph Lot behind Farmville United Methodist Church, or other University-owned lots.

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RoCoDemCo August Meeting - Mountain Valley Pipeline
Aug
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

RoCoDemCo August Meeting - Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Nov 2017 Virginia election is quickly approaching. Get involved, make a difference, and learn about local activities. 

The Roanoke County Democratic Committee (RoCoDemCo) invites you to our monthly meeting at the Roanoke South County Library. 

This month's guest speaker, Dr. Alden Dudley, will discuss the impacts of proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. The proposed route cuts through Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, and Franklin Counties. https://goo.gl/KN5P24

Candidates will have an opportunity to speak including Djuna Osborne for Delegate (HOD 17th), Steve McBride (HOD 8th), and Benjamin Shepherd(Board of Supervisors Vinton). In addition, Brandon Schuetz from the 2017 Coordinated Campagin will speak briefly.

There is no cost to attend. We look forward to seeing you!

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Pipeline Fighters Movie Screening
Aug
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

Pipeline Fighters Movie Screening

PIPELINE FIGHTERS fuses testimonials of lamentation, defiance and resolve in a scathing examination of fossil fuel infrastructure projects, hydraulic fracturing, climate change and use of eminent domain in the service of corporate profits. 

Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/gnTLqnUrsdA

Pipeline Fighters Movie Screening
Thursday, August 3rd
George Mason Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

6:30PM - Doors open
7:00PM - Film start time

Stay for Q&A with a Discussion Panel after the Movie!

Suggested donation $5 per person

Recipient of an AWARD OF EXCELLENCE from Impact DOCS Film Festival in La Jolla, CA, NOMINATED for BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Paris Play Film Festival, France, a SEMI-FINALIST AWARD at the Los Angeles CineFest, and included at theBarcelona Planet Film Festival, Spain and the Roma Cinema DOC, Italy. 
Feature Documentary (98min.)

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Rally to Support the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Jul
22
10:00am10:00am

Rally to Support the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Rally to Support the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Energy Opportunity for Virginia
10am Saturday, July 22, 2017
at the Virginia Bar Association Gubernatorial Candidate Debate
Featuring Ed Gilespie and Ralph Northam
The ACP Support Rally will be at the Omni Homestead Resort
7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445
(Public Sidewalk Only)

Join me for a rally in support of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) at this important candidate debate.

Radical environmentalists are descending on Hot Springs this Saturday to protest against the (ACP) in hopes of pressuring one or both candidates to abandon their support for this needed infrastructure project.

We are in possession of a communique from the radical left whipping attendance at their anti-energy, anti-ACP protest on the public sidewalk in front of the historic Omni Homestead Resort.

This is part of the resistance movement that opposes President Trump's positive pro-energy policies and must not go unopposed.
We will be there to show that Va. supports the ACP.
We cannot let the left intimidate the candidates into opposing this vital energy project.

Please join me on the public sidewalk in front of the Homestead and bring a home made sign in support of the ACP project. Recommend signs: "VA Supports ACP; ACP Means Jobs; Support the ACP; ACP for Jobs; Thanks for ACP Support."

Email me at ron@ronaldwilcox.com if you are going to attend. Or you can call me at 703-939-5896. Please include your name and cell phone number.

Sincerely,
Ron Wilcox
703-939-5896

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Pipeline Call In Day! Protect VA Waters!
Jul
21
8:00am 8:00am

Pipeline Call In Day! Protect VA Waters!

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is currently speeding through its review of plans to cross hundreds of Virginia water bodies with the massive fracked-gas Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. Under the Clean Water Act, the DEQ has the authority to determine whether or not the pipeline plans meet our Commonwealth’s water quality standards.

We need our legislators to stand up for Virginia waterways and communities! Call your legislator today and encourage them to push the DEQ to protect us and our water!

These enormous projects would cross waterways in some of the steepest terrain in the eastern United States and cross through three major river watersheds in the Commonwealth: the Potomac, James, and Roanoke river systems. Both pipelines pose some of the most significant threats to Virginia’s water quality and aquatic environment in decades.

Though the DEQ could stop these pipeline projects, they are currently using very little of their authority to review them and are speeding through a process that deserves more time and attention.

All of this harm is entirely unnecessary. Virginia can meet its future power needs without these projects. The pipelines would only serve to benefit shareholders at the expense of our communities, environment and water.

Tell your legislator to protect Virginia waterways on your behalf!

Find your delegate's contact info:
http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

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1) CALL SCRIPT if your delegate has not yet contacted DEQ

Hello,

My name is _________ and I live in _______________ city/county. I am calling to ask you to stand up for clean water in Virginia and press the DEQ to do a full review of of the potential impacts the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines will have on our Virginia water resources. The DEQ and State Water Control Board have the authority to protect our waters under the Clean Water Act section 401. On behalf of your constituents and clean water for all Virginians, I ask that you send a letter to DEQ requesting the agency to:

- Analyze water quality and health impacts at each individual stream and wetland crossing proposed by the pipeline developers.
- Suspend the comment period on DEQ’s draft 401 water quality certification until the agency has performed this analysis.
- Provide additional public hearings closer to impacted communities along both pipeline routes when a public comment period for these certifications is reinstated.

Thank you for your time and consideration. This issue is extremely important to me.

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2) CALL SCRIPT if your Delegate has already contacted DEQ
( Delegate Dickie Bell, Delegate David Toscano, Delegate Joseph Yost, Delegate Greg Habeeb, Delegate Steve Heretick, Senator Mamie Locke, Senator Lynwood Lewis )

Hello, 
My name is _________ and I live in _______________ city/county. I want to thank Delegate/Senator ____________ for the action she/he took to protect our communities and one of our most important resources: our water. Thank you for sending a letter to the DEQ urging the agency to use its full authority to do a stringent review of the impacts the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines would have on our headwater streams, rivers, and wetlands. 

That said, important analyses and mitigation plans have either not been completed or not been made public, so concerned citizens like myself have been unable to provide meaningful comment. Please demand that the DEQ suspend the current water quality certification comment period and public hearings until all information necessary to consider the full impacts on water supplies is gathered as recommended by the VA Department of Health and other stakeholders. 

Thank you again for your action. We are depending on you to protect Virginia’s waters.

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3) CALL SCRIPT if your Delegate is Sam Rasoul

Hello, 
My name is _________ and I live in _______________ city/county. I want to thank Delegate Rasoul for the strong action he took to protect our communities and one of our most important resources: our water. When Delegate Rasoul demanded that DEQ suspend the comment period on water quality certifications for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, he made public safety and human health the # 1 priority. He knows that the risks to the Roanoke River basin are too great to simply allow industry to run roughshod over his constituents and the agencies and representatives who are supposed to serve them.

Thank you again, and please continue to stand up to threats to Virginia’s natural resources.


http://appvoices.org/fracking/va-call-reps/

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Pipeline Comments and Climate Action Night
Jul
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Pipeline Comments and Climate Action Night

Bring a friend and come join us for our monthly action event. Find out about our campaigns and take action! We will give short presentations on different issues and then we will have multiple ways that you can take action. Support our campaigns and #RESIST Trump's attack on the environment!

We will talk about multiple issues but the main action for the evening is submitting public comments on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley fracked gas pipelines.

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Fighting the Pipeline: A Presentation by Appalachian Voices
Jul
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Fighting the Pipeline: A Presentation by Appalachian Voices

Appalachian Voices works at the nexus of America’s ongoing shift from dirty energy to solar, wind and other 21st-century energy sources. We defend our region from mountaintop removal coal mining, fracked-gas pipeline building, and other harmful practices while promoting clean energy sources that generate local jobs and community wealth and that sustain Appalachia’s incomparable natural heritage.

Appalachian Voices would like to invite you to learn more about how you can help defeat two proposed fracked-gas pipelines through civil engagement. The Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines would cut through a combined 900 miles through pristine forests, farms, and wetlands and cross (and potentially contaminate) thousands of headwater streams and rivers.  

As Virginia residents, we have an opportunity this summer to engage in the state-level Clean Water Act certification process to discourage the VA Department of Environmental Quality from providing a permit to pipeline builders to destroy our Virginia waterways. Join us in learning about and fighting the pipelines, and together we can protect our local environment and communities.

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No Pipeline Concert
Jun
25
12:00pm12:00pm

No Pipeline Concert

Sunday afternoon will be the “No Pipeline Concert” at Seven Arrows Brewery in Waynesboro, hosted by Friends of Augusta. Many other local groups, like Augusta County Alliance and Friends of Nelson, will be there with the latest pipeline information and no pipeline swag.  
Entertainment provided by Crossed Eyes Cats, The Findells and Charlottesville Drum Choir.
Free!
Family Friendly!
Restaurant inside of the brewery (food is excellent!). 
Indoor and outdoor space. 
Invite everyone you know!

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Pipeline Fighters Film Screening
Jun
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

Pipeline Fighters Film Screening

Come see an award winning film celebrating pipeline fighters in Virginia, West Virginia, and across the country!

We'll also hear directly from some pipeline fighters after the film screening:

- Erin McKelvey - fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Montgomery County and a medic from Standing Rock
- Russell Chisholm - fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Giles County and was with the Veterans cohort at Standing Rock
- David Sligh - pipeline fighter and former VA Dept of Environmental Quality staffer


*FREE (donations appreciated and $5 donations recommended)*

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Monthly No Pipeline, Dig Up Your Coal Ash Dominion Demo.
Jun
20
to Jun 21

Monthly No Pipeline, Dig Up Your Coal Ash Dominion Demo.

  • 4901 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, VA, 23462 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will demonstrate picket style and show the rush hour crowd our resolve to make Dominion do the right thing. That is: Putting people before profit and cleaning up their toxic leaking coal ash ponds on the Elizabeth River! We will have signs, we need your help in this local fight!

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Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia
Jun
17
to Jul 1

Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia

  • Highland, Bath Augusta, Nelson & Buckingham Counties Virginia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us, as we will be 'WALKING THE LINE...into the Heart of Virginia!'

Saturday, June 17th - Sunday, July 2nd (1st Leg)
Monday July 3rd... (2nd Leg)

A walk of Resistance and CELEBRATION along the proposed fracked-gas pipeline (ACP) path. See for yourself what is on the line- The forest habitats, mountains, farms and homes that are in danger of irreversible destruction.

Everyone is welcome! The more the merrier! 

Starting in Highland County, we will follow as close as possible to the proposed path for 150 miles (1st leg) - Through Bath, Augusta and Nelson Co, and into the heart of Virginia; Buckingham County- the site of the proposed toxin-emitting Compression Station.

Our vision is for this to be a celebratory, peaceful walk of resistance, to share the stories of the communities and the beauty of the landscape that would be impacted, to raise awareness and help ensure that these ill-conceived plans do not come to fruition. 

Together, we can, and must prevail.

There are many ways to get involved- Full and partial walks, day hikes, events, sponsorship, and plenty of other ways to support the walkers if you aren't able to join the walk yourself. 

Learn more at www.WalkingTheLine.org

Our partners at Seeds of Peace Collective will be supporting the walk by preparing three daily meals for all walkers, while our incredibly talented partners at ARTivism have produced an inspired video (https://youtu.be/wXDrs3lFO9Y), and are planning a community building Walking the Line Celebration Concert in downtown Staunton, on the middle weekend of the first two weeks of the walk; Friday June 23. 

RSVP & get FREE tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1943069245909101/

Two days later, as we head to Stuarts Draft, we'll join Friends Of Augustafor an afternoon of music and speakers at Seven Arrows Brewery in Waynesboro, on Sunday June 25. From there, having walked up and over the Blue Ridge and on through Nelson County, we'll arrive at Union Hill Baptist Church in Buckingham County, for a community celebration!

Contact us if you have questions or local information you would like to share - message our Cville Rising page, email us at cvillerising@gmail.com, or go to www.WalkingTheLine.com for more info & to sign-up to walk.

COME WALK THE LINE WITH US...on this pilgrimage into the beating heart of Virginia!

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Note: Facebook will not allow an event to last longer than 2 weeks. The dates for the 16 days of the supported leg of the walk are: Saturday June 17 to Sunday July 2, 2017.

A second unsupported leg (strap your backpack on!) is planned to follow on from these two supported (food supplied/prepared) weeks, which will continue to follow the proposed path on down to the VA-NC state line! More information to follow.

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Defend the Sacred: A Celebration of Life, Land, and Water
Jun
10
3:00pm 3:00pm

Defend the Sacred: A Celebration of Life, Land, and Water

e proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipelines threaten the land, water, and livelihoods of Appalachia. Communities all around Virginia and West Virginia are answering the call to stand for what is sacred. NOW is the time to act. This event serves to raise awareness of the risks, injustices, and alternatives to these proposed pipelines. Through dance, music, film, farm-to-table food, and much more we will celebrate community around respect for what is sacred: our land, our water, our being.

When: June 10th, 2017 3pm-10pm

Where: Elmwood Park (outdoor amphitheater), Roanoke VA

Music: Groova Scape; Seph Custer and the Papa Tom Band; Jordan Fallon; The Commons

Dance: Trail of Tears Intertribal Dance Troupe, Dance of Universal Peace, Delwin Fiddler - Native American Hoop Dancer

Speakers: Landowners , Pipeline Fighters, Regional Poets, Local Faith Leaders and more.... 

Food: Local Roots Restaurant, Four Corners Farm, Local Kombucha, potluck style (please bring your favortite dish!), Food Trucks; more to come.... 

Children's Activities: arts and crafts, group games, environmental education

Water Blessing
(PLEASE bring a container of WATER from your home and/or land)

Film: Screening of "AWAKE," by Josh Fox

In the days after: Seeds of Resistance/Sacred Ceremonies Tour begins on Bent Mountain the following day, Sunday (June 11th), and subsequent ceremonies and plantings throughout the week on lands directly on the proposed pipeline route.

Vendor Application Form: https://goo.gl/forms/FTSXNk5sGVZqlX4O2

Contact Information:
William Adams
email: willmadams@gmail.com
phone: 540-521-6995

Carolyn Reilly
email: carolyn@boldalliance.org
phone: 540-488-4358

More details to come...

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Hands Across the Sand Virginia Beach 2017
May
20
11:00am11:00am

Hands Across the Sand Virginia Beach 2017

Come down to the Oceanfront before it gets crazy crowded. We will meet at 24th Street on the Boardwalk and Beach for some fun ! We will have some speakers, some music, some information from a lot of great groups. Then we will hold hands at Noon on the beach. We will do this for 5 minutes or so to show our solidarity and resolve, to keep our beaches safe from offshore drilling, seismic testing and any other man made threats that are made. Ther will be some great pic's as always. This event will go on rain or shine. Hope for sun and dolphins!

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Blow the Whistle On Dominion-Second Act
May
10
10:45am10:45am

Blow the Whistle On Dominion-Second Act

Demonstration outside Dominion’s Annual Shareholders Meeting. Dominion’s Annual Meeting is a great time to send a message to Dominion’s Shareholders and Executives like CEO Tom Farrell and VA Power President Bob Blue that Virginians will not tolerate Dominion’s manipulation of our politicians and DEQ, who allow this corporation to poison our water and our air.

We'll assemble at the Convention Center as the meeting is about to end, then March to a local Park (TBD) for a Rally with Speakers from the front lines of the Dominion Resistance

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Tour Old Growth Forest Threatened by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
May
6
10:00am10:00am

Tour Old Growth Forest Threatened by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Things are still coming together but mark your calendars now! 
We will tour old growth forest, never before cut down, 400-500 years old that would all be lost to the Atlantic Coast pipeline if it gets approved. 
We will need volunteers to provide drinks and lunch. 
We will be setting up carpooling from Augusta County.

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Chesapeake Solar Information Session
May
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

Chesapeake Solar Information Session

The Sierra Club will be hosting an information session about how solar power works and how it can peacefully co-exist with farms and residential areas. We will have some featured speakers and there will be a question and answer period. Please come out and learn about ways that your concerns can be addressed.

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Hampton Roads Buses to People's Climate March
Apr
29
6:00am 6:00am

Hampton Roads Buses to People's Climate March

***Go to vasierra.club/pcm to get your ticket! ***

Hop on a bus to the People's Climate March! We will have our ticket link live soon! 

Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate.

Throughout the first 100 days in office, the People's Climate Movement is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April 29th in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization to unite all of our movements. To change everything, we need everyone.

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