Activists to continue call for Northam’s resignation at weekly pipelines protest today

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From Pipeline Resisters:

Concerned Virginians will gather between the Office of the Governor and the Executive Mansion on Wednesday to continue the call for Governor Northam to resign.  The activists will point out that the racist photo in Northam’s medical school yearbook and his admitted participation in the offensive act of blackface is part of a pattern of racist actions, including his acts of support for the Buckingham compressor station, slated for a historically African-American community, and both the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.

Governor Northam shockingly removed two members of the Air Pollution Control Board that voiced concerns over environmental racism and injustice involved with the siting of the compressor station at a crucial moment in the station’s permitting process.  He also ignored the recommendations of his own Advisory Council on Environmental Justice to revoke permits for both pipelines in light of the fact that both would have disproportionate impacts to low-income communities, communities of color, and Indigenous communities.  After the Council voiced these concerns, Northam unnecessarily disbanded the original Council to and created a new Environmental Justice Council to replace those members who had spoken out against the pipelines and compressor station. Northam has also refused to address his Department of Environmental Quality, who recommended the approval of permits for these projects despite overwhelming evidence proving the projects are unnecessary and unsafe and will have disproportionate impacts to low-income communities, communities of color, and Indigenous communities, and despite the DEQ’s erasure of the historically African-American community of Union Hill by using census data that had been proven incorrect.

Attendees will gather behind the Governor’s Office at 12 PM (the office address is 1111 East Broad Street; the gathering spot will be on Governor Street between Broad Street and Bank Street).

WHAT: A protest with signs, chanting, speaking, and a letter delivery

WHEN: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm

WHERE:  Behind the Governor’s Office (behind 1111 E Broad St, on Governor Street between Broad Street and Bank Street)

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