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For Immediate Release from Justice RVA

Activists Block Dominion Headquarters and Demand “Stop Selling Our Futures”

At 7:00 a.m. a group of over 50 activists blocked vehicle access to Dominion Resources’ Tredegar Campus in Richmond, Virginia to protest the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Traffic quickly formed on Tredegar Street as activists stretched large banners across the road and paraded large puppets around the scene. Two activists remain suspended from a pedestrian bridge with a banner reading “Stop Selling Our Futures” while a larger crowd occupy the access way to the campus below.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would transport natural gas from West Virginia, where there is a boom in hydraulic fracturing, 550 miles, through Virginia, and into North Carolina. “This proposal would be a dangerous investment in fossil fuel infrastructure at a time when the scientific consensus is clear that we must invest in renewables, such as wind and solar, to avoid further warming of our planet. ” said Whitney Whiting from Newport News, Virginia.

This action follows several months of grassroots resistance in the region against Dominion. On February 3, an activist scaled a crane at a construction site for Dominion’s proposed Cove Point LNG export facilities in Lusby, Maryland. On February 9, activists with the group Beyond Extreme Energy staged a disruption at a Dominion analyst meeting in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, also with the message “Stop Selling Our Futures”.

Shantae Taylor from Norfolk, Virginia said, “As a person of color, I am out here because I am disturbed by the climate crisis in the Commonwealth. The Tidewater region is second only to Louisiana for its vulnerability to sea level rise. Now we’re facing the additional threat of offshore oil and gas drilling. I don’t want another Hurricane Katrina or BP oil spill to happen here. It’s time to push back against Dominion’s corrupt political influence and demand an end to fossil fuels.”

“I’ve been born and raised in Virginia, where we have pride in our land”, said Phil Cunningham, from Prince Edward County. “Now Dominion wants to come steal people’s property and sell our futures to the highest bidder. We are here to send the message to Dominion that people matter more than profits. This is our Keystone XL, and we will stop it. ”

Here is a link to the facebook page where you can find more pictures and videos from the event: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Richmond-Peoples-Climate-March/345371075613238

And the Free Nelson page: https://www.facebook.com/freenelson2

Or search on twitter for #noacp

Save the date for the People’s Climate March on Monday February 23rd!
There will be a day of activities and a march. Like No ACP on facebook or follow on twitter for updates and we will try to keep updates on the Wingnut page as well.
Take a stand against fracking, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and many many other dangerous and climate damaging projects that folks like Dominion Power/Resources and other greedy jerks are pushing for.
Renewable resources are what we need to create a healthy, sustainable environment for everyone in Virginia.

The #blacklivesmatter demands to Richmond City Council pointed out important facts about the disproportionate rates of asthma in communities of color. And environmental racism and classism mean that the folks bearing the most negative weight from fossil fuels will be folks already dealing with the most oppression.

Renewable resources could lead to greater self sufficiency, independence, and cheaper utilities for everyone in Virginia if done well.

Stay tuned, Richmond is on the move this year and we are all a part of the intersectional movement to a better world.

If you can, try to make it out to this event to explore community in Richmond!! Lots of different workshops and awesome people!

 

Community DIG RVA  (Do it Green)

 

Join us for a day of adventure exploring possibilities of community living in Richmond. Engage with others sharing visions of how to build green community. DIG into ideas of green building , creating diversity, group decision making , local food, community gardens  and permaculture

 

Date: June 14, 2014. 8 AM – 5 PM

Location: Richmond Friends Meeting House

4500 Kensington Avenue

Richmond, VA 23221-2301

 

We are having workshops on:

-green building

-local food, community gardens, permaculture

-group process, decision making, governance

-diversity (racial, intergenerational, economic),

 

Registration – $22 includes breakfast, lunch & refreshments (and childcare)

To register visit our website: www.communitydigrva.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/communitydigrva

 

Questions contact us at – Email address: communitydigrva@gmail.com

 

Keystone XL Protest in Richmond

https://actionnetwork.org/events/rva-nokxl-vigil?referrer=martha-ellen-wingfield&source=direct_link

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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR:

 

February 3, 2014
CONTACT: Martha Ellen Wingfield (804) 337-4894 or wingfieldmeh@gmail.com

 

Activists To Hold Vigil in Richmond on Monday Urging President Obama to Reject Keystone XL

 

Vigil in Richmond at the Federal Building on at 6 pm in Response to Final Environmental Review 

 

Richmond, VA – Local activists will participate in a protest vigil at the Federal Building on Monday, February 3rd at 6 pm calling on President Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following the release of the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The Keystone XL pipeline will be a huge source of carbon pollution and clearly fails the climate test set by President Obama.

 

The event is part of a national campaign led by CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, and the Sierra Club, among a host of other organizations, calling on the president to keep his commitment to reduce carbon pollution and reject the pipeline.

 


WHAT:  Protest vigil urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline following the release of the State Department’s new environmental assessment. Activists will hold candles, signs and chant against the pipeline.

WHO:     Local activists with CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and the Sierra Club

WHEN: Monday, February 3, at 6 pm

WHERE: Richmond Federal Building, 400 N. Eighth St.

 

Keystone XL is a tar sands pipeline that would transport some of the dirtiest crude oil on the planet from Alberta Canada, and across American soil for export. The vigil in Richmond is part of a campaign to try and stop the pipeline from ruining the climate and endangering communities along the proposed pipeline route.

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UBS: Hands Off Appalachia! Teach-in

Sunday July 14th at 7pm (post Food Not Bombs) Come to the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue for a workshop!

What: Hands Off Appalachia! is an urban-based campaign demanding UBS wealth management company change their official policy and stop funding companies that engage in mountaintop removal coal mining. UBS provides funding and investment services to Patriot, Arch and James River Coal Companies. Those three companies, operate active strip mines in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

HOA!’s Teach-in consists of a presentation about the campaign and collaborative discussion around next actionable steps with community members.

What’s UBS?

UBS is a Swiss-owned wealth management company based out of Zurich, Switzerland. Unlike regular banks, UBS handles only large investments and clients with money to “manage”.

UBS is a Swiss Bank.

What’s Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining?
Mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR) is a form of strip mining that was developed in the 1970’s as a method for extracting coal cheaply. Companies use explosives to remove the top layers of soil and rock from a mountain ridge, exposing the seams of coal for easy access. The valley-fills that accompany mountaintop removal are poisoning water supplies, causing cancer and birth defects, devastating local economies, and displacing large segments of Central Appalachian residents.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HandsOffAppalachia

WordPress; http://handsoffappalachia.wordpress.com/

 

sober, all ages, consent policy and accessibility/allergies situations as well as directions and bus routes on our website. please bring a donation for the organization if possible! 804 303 5449 wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Join Louisa county locals in Richmond for a demonstration against Dominion power and the North Anna nuclear reactors on Tuesday September 27th – a Virginia without nuclear power would be a much safer future for all of us. This demonstration is just the beginning of a struggle against nuclear power, uranium mining, and other radioactive and unhealthy corporate practices that are putting everyone in Virginia at risk.

Check it out:

Not on my Fault Line:Louisa Locals and Concerned Downwinders Demand that North Anna Stay Closed Until It Is Safe to Restart

On September 27th at noon at the Dominion offices at 701 E Cary street in Richmond concerned citizens will hold a non-violent demonstration against the proposed restart of the North Anna reactors. This protest is organized by Louisa group Not On Our Fault Line but is open to everyone who is concerned abou…t the premature restart of these reactors.

On Aug 23, 2011 a 5.8 scale earthquake hit with its center less than a dozen miles from the operating North Anna reactors. According to the NRC, ground acceleration at the plant was twice what it was designed to withstand.

“When Virginia Power built the North Anna reactors they knew they were sitting on a fault line and they lied about it to the NRC,” says Louisa county resident Alexis Zeigler.” Now we are seeing that the risks are very real. Lets keep the deception from going any further, before we all lose our homes and land because of a nuclear disaster.”

Paxus Calta, Former board chair of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) in Washington DC says “There are over 8 miles of underground piping which carries radioactive water beneath North Anna, Dominion has given no information about how they have checked these pipe to make sure they are not contaminating the ground and drinking water near the lake. The public has a right to know it is safe from these toxins.” (more…)

The Wingnut hosts Craft Nights on Wednesday nights, about twice a month. They start at 7. People are welcome to come and bring projects they are working on, ideas to share, material to share, and snacks to share. The Wingnut has some craft supplies available to other people too. As always, these are sober, all ages events.

Craft Nights are good times to work on school projects, banners and signs for protests and rallies, zines, etc.!

Here are the first dates for Craft Nights this fall! Hope to see you there! They all start at 7pm, and usually last until about 10pm. Call 804 303 5449 if you have any questions.

Wednesday August 25th

Wednesday September 8th

Wednesday September 22nd

Wednesday October 6th

Wednesday October 20th

Wednesday November 3rd

Yesterday I made signs to put in the bathrooms so folks would know how to work the greywater systems we now have in place. And also have a little more information about greywater in general.

Here are some more pictures: (more…)