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Water is Life Rally & Concert (Dec 2 Richmond VA)

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This event is:
Non Violent!
Family Friendly!
Wheelchair Accessible!
Day of the Dominion Christmas Parade. Arrive very early, plan parking, and carpool! Really. 

To Bring:
Blue ribbon, scarf or fabric
Water from your land or home or a place that is special to you
Warm clothes/layers in case of inclement weather
Creative banners, songs, art, costumes, dances, music for the Rally.

Details about the day:

1:00 PM: Water is Life Rally will assemble at the Bell Tower on Virginia Capitol Grounds starting promptly at 1 pm. We will encircle the entire capitol grounds to protect Virginia's water as well as the courage and integrity of its newly elected leaders. Bring a blue ribbon, scarf or fabric to create the waves of our circle.

1:30 Doors open at The National for the Water is Life Concert.

1:50 PM: Our Water is Life Rally will begin a sidewalk procession to The National Theater for the Water is Life Concert. 

2:00 PM: The Water is Life Concert will start promptly at 2 PM with Lobo Marino, No BS! Brass Band, The Wild Common and The First Nations Voice. The concert will also include an exciting keynote speaker, a participatory water is life ritual (bring water from your land with you), cash bar, food and opportunities to prepare for a revived and powerful presence at the upcoming Virginia State Water Control Board hearings. 

Our rally and concert will be creative, affirming and peaceful and the messaging of those who join should be fine for children’s wide eyes. Start now gathering your group and creating your beautiful "Water is life. Protect it." message for the rally. Send us pictures & video as you do!

We invite all who are concerned about clean water to join together to tell the story of how the MVP and ACP pipelines, coal ash dumping and weakened regulatory agencies are a real and certain threat to the drinking water of all the citizens of Virginia, especially those who live in Richmond. 

Our event will focus needed attention on the Virginia Water Control Board final hearings coming up in Richmond December 6, 7, 11 & 12 because these hearings represent the last political chance we have as Virginians to stop these fracked gas pipelines which are not about keeping the lights on or about jobs, but are instead about a corruption in our government and a greedy land and profit grab by federal agencies and national corporations. 

Your voice is needed on Saturday, December 2 and for each day of these hearings. The Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Water Control Board, the new Governor and the new legislature all need to be reminded who they are working for and it is not Dominion Power, EQT or any of the other large corporations seeking to profit from these greed lines.

Our coalition remains in formation, but already includes:
All the Saints Theater
Appalachian Voices
ARTivism Virginia
Augusta County Alliance
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
Bold Alliance
Bold Appalachia
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Charlottesville Rising
Climate Action Alliance of the Valley
Earth Folk Collective
Healing Water RVA
Interfaith Power and Light
Journey the James
Friends of Augusta
Friends of Buckingham
Friends of Nelson
Preserve Floyd
Preserve Giles
Preserve Rockbridge
Richmond Food Not Bombs