Citizens protested outside Governor Northam’s office in opposition to the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines and to highlight what they say is the inherent environmental injustice of projects that would disproportionately travel through communities of color, Indigenous communities and low-income communities. From 10:00 to 10:45am, nine activists chanted, sang and spoke about the threats faced by the MVP and ACP. They delivered a letter to the Governor and Attorney General. These actions, which will next occur on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, continue the weekly protests addressing issues related to the two fracked-gas pipelines.
The nine activists gathered behind the Office of the Governor and recognized the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, honoring his memory, his tremendous impact on society and his fight for racial and social justice. They then spoke, chanted and sang of Governor Northam’s need to acknowledge the instances of environmental injustice related to the pipelines and their compressor stations. Props included colorful signage addressing environmental justice and the community of Union Hill in Buckingham County, VA. Several of the activists delivered a letter to the Governor, via delivery to the head of Constituent Services, followed by their delivery of a letter to Attorney General Herring.
Statements from the Event Organizers, Virginia Pipeline Resisters:
Stacy Lovelace, Virginia Pipeline Resisters: “There has been a lot of heartbreaking things happening recently that favor the pipeline companies, so I wanted to conclude with another quote from the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King – “we must accept finite disappointment but must never lose infinite hope.” The governor may not be listening, the DEQ may remain under corrupt leadership, and the pipeline companies may win battles here and there. But it’s no matter because our fire will outlast theirs. We will win.”
Jessica Sims, Richmond-based activist: “We are here to remind Governor Northam of his absolute responsibility to protect ALL residents of Virginia, their safety, and their health within the context of racial, social, economic and environmental justice. The pipelines’ paths disproportionately travel through communities of color, Indigenous communities and low-income communities.”
The next weekly protest will be held Wednesday, April 11, from 10-10:45am beginning behind the Office of the Governor.