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Defend the Sacred: A Celebration of Life, Land and Water

June 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipelines threaten the land, water, and livelihoods of Appalachia.

Communities all around Virginia and West Virginia are answering the call to stand for what is sacred. Now is the time to act.

On Saturday, June 10th, join Pipeline Fighters and those who care about our land, water and climate in Roanoke for Defend the Sacred: A Celebration of Life, Land, and Water — a day-long event to help raise awareness of the risks, injustices, and alternatives to these proposed pipelines. The event will also include a water ceremony, and entertainment from music and dance performances to a film screening, and farm-to-table food.

COST: FREE (Suggested donation of $5 at the door to the Bold Appalachia Landowner Alliance)
SPEAKERS: Landowners, Pipeline Fighters, Regional Poets, Local Faith Leaders and more TBA
MUSIC: Performances by Groova Scape; Seph Custer and the Papa Tom Band; Jordan Fallon; The Commons
FILM: Outdoor screening of Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Josh Fox’s (“Gasland”) new documentary “AWAKE,” about the Water Protector movement defending against the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock.
DANCE: Trail of Tears Intertribal Dance Troupe; Dance of Universal Peace; Delwin Fiddler – Native American Hoop Dancer
WATER CEREMONY: Please bring a container of water from your land (or home) to participate.
FOOD: Farm-to-table from Local Roots Restaurant, Four Corners Farm, Local Kombucha, potluck style (please bring your favorite dish!); also a variety of Food Trucks.

Click here for more details via Facebook and to RSVP for Defend the Sacred on Saturday, June 10th.

In the days after the “Defend the Sacred” Celebration, Bold Alliance will launch our second-annual planting of Ponca Tribe sacred corn “Seeds of Resistance” with landowners in Virginia and West Virginia on the proposed routes of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipelines.

The Seeds of Resistance & Sacred Ceremonies Tour begins on Bent Mountain on Sunday, June 11 — with subsequent ceremonies and plantings to take place throughout the week on lands directly on the proposed pipeline routes (more details coming next week!).

We hope you can join us next Saturday in Roanoke for “Defend the Sacred,” and for the Seeds of Resistance & Sacred Ceremonies Tour the following week.

Thanks for standing with us.


June 10, 2017
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Bold Alliance


Elmwood Park Amphitheater
706 S Jefferson St
Richmond, VA 24016 United States
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Friends of Nelson welcomes event listings from all related groups who are working to oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  To have your event listed on our calendar, please contact us at friendsofnelsonweb@gmail.com.