This is an Indigenous-led virtual rally and call to action to stop the dangerous and destructive Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) from harming BIPOC and other marginalized communities along its path. We will celebrate the DEATH of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and utilize this momentum to shift our focus to collectively defeating the MVP by calling on our regulatory agencies and decision makers to STOP WORK on the MVP. This event will be LIVE on Facebook,
The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is a 303 mile pipeline being constructed to carry fracked gas from West Virginia into Virginia. The MVP is deforesting mountain sides, causing severe erosion and sedimentation of waterways, threatening endangered species, natural resources and the health and safety of those that live along the route who will be subjected to methane leaks, polluted water and the threat of explosions. Indigenous historical sites, burial grounds and sacred places are abundant along the route which consists largely of mature forests and farmlands. MVP is working to get approval for an extension of that pipeline that will take it an additional 70 miles from southern Virginia into central North Carolina. The addition, the MVP Southgate project, will cut through many Black and Indigenous Communities.
During the event we will be joined by a number of Indigenous speakers, performers and other community activists and coalitions opposing the MVP. This is event is co-sponsored by 7 Directions of Service, Mothers Out Front Virginia, ARTivism Virginia and Water Is Life, Protect It, the Southwest Virginia Poor People's Campaign as well as a large coalition of groups opposing Mountain Valley Pipeline. For a full list of co-sponsors, please the facebook event page. A list of some of the participants is below.
Crystal Cavalier (Occaneechi Band of Saponi) Indigenous Activist,
Desiree Shelley, (Monacan), Indigenous Activist, Community Organizer - Mothers Out Front
Jason Keck (Choctaw), Indigenous Activist
Patrick Suarez (Meherrin)
Bernadette (BJ) Lark, ARTivism Virginia, Roanoke Activist, Performer/ Singer and Community Leader
Donna Chavis, (Lumbee), Friends of the Earth
Emily Sutton, Haw RiverKeeper
Beth Roach, (Nottoway), Co-Founder, Alliance of Native SeedKeepers, Women’s Earth Alliance
Alexis Raeanna (Performer)
Raging Grannies (Performer)
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