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

  • CitySpace 100 5th St NE Charlottesville, Virginia 22902 (map)

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.