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Save the Date: Circle of Protection – Bent Mountain


“Circle of Protection: Bent Mountain” Starting mid-afternoon Sunday, September 22, 2019 water protectors from three states will gather on Bent Mountain for a potluck supper, a SUN SiNG & Local Friends Concert, and optional overnight camping. We will share stories, interfaith prayers and strategy. We will sing, dance, grieve, learn and make art for the following day.  For more information and registration, go to the Friends of Nelson Events page or to the event Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/1367765696703853/

“Circle of Protection Bent Mountain” is the first of two No MVP/No ACP events from an emergent coalition of Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia pipeline resisters during the September 20-27 Climate Strike Week. “Circle of Protection: Bent Mountain” will support the second event, “Climate Emergency: Tri-State Pipeline Strike”, which will take place on the morning of Monday, September 23 in Roanoke, VA. Information at https://www.facebook.com/events/2838386276275707/

Swarm the Mountain: A Weekend of Action for Yellow Finch

Swarm the Mountain: A Weekend of Action for Yellow Finch. Aug 1 at 6 PM – Aug 4 at 6 PM, 10303 Russwood Rd, Bent Mountain, VA 24059-2321. Hosted by Preserve Floyd and 11 others.

Swarm the Mountain events in Bent Mountain are on the Mountain Valley Pipeline route and close to the ongoing tree sits.

THURSDAY August 1, 2019
6-9 PM: Dance Party for the Rusty Patched Bumblebee, Lobo Marino, Poetry Jam and more! Wear yellow and black and your dancing shoes. Flag and banner making, potluck offerings welcome.

FRIDAY August 2, 2019
10 AM: Flower March for Yellow Finch. Bring flowers and love notes for the tree people! Wear yellow and black. Starting point tba.
5 PM: Flyer the Floyd Jamboree! Wear yellow and black and swarm the streets with flyers about our amazing People’s Pizza Party.

SATURDAY August 3, 2019
People’s Pizza Party: A Fundraiser for Finch!
If you have farm fresh veggies, bring them and add them to your wood-fired pizza!
5-10 PM: Open Mic and dance party jam; bring your instruments and celebrate!

SUNDAY August 4, 2019
10 AM-2 PM: Solidarity at the Sits: Visit Yellow Finch and support the sitters: shuttle service
2-5 PM: Citizen Voices Radio Show. Story sharing from the MVP grassroots with the Richmond Resistance. Tell your MVP resistance story on the radio!
5-6 PM: Water blessing, closing ceremony.

Come Camp with us!!
-One night or many nights!
-Water available on site
-Leave no trace! Pack it in/ pack it out
– Bring a plate, cup and Utensils

All of these events are Rain or shine. The land that is hosting the events has a Barn where we can gather in a covered area if needed.

Questions? Feel free to ask!

Do I have to come to all of the events?
-No, You come to whatever inspires you.

What if I have an idea for a support event?
– Amazing! please share with others and see if you can get a group together to manifest your dreams.

Does this cost money?
-No, but if you would like to donate, I’m sure we can find a good use for extra money.

Is this taking place at the sits?
– No, Camping and events will take place on private land in Bent mountain (the address listed in the event location tab)
There will be optional visits to the sits throughout the weekend.

What should I wear?
– make sure you are prepared for the weather, whatever it may be. Wear Yellow and Black if you can. We will have stencils for printing on extra items of clothing!

How else can I support?
– Share our social media posts
– Bring some food to share
– Make some art
– There are so many different ways to support, get creative.

See https://www.facebook.com/events/698334687300548/

Legal Observer Training

Attorney Kai Memmer, a volunteer for the Southwest Virginia Chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild, will train attendees to become Legal Observers. Legal Observers are needed immediately in the Elliston VA area and other areas along the Mountain Valley Pipeline route to monitor and document interactions between police and protesters. The presence of Legal Observers serves to de-escalate tensions on both sides, and is a vital, neutral information gathering tool.

Volunteers are needed for any amount of time. Information on the National Lawyer’s Guild and the Legal Observer program: https://www.nlg.org/our-work/

Monday, Aug. 5 at 6pm at Rockfish Valley Community Center, 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton 22920.

Questions? drkinva@yahoo.com

Hands Across the Appalachian Trail


SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 11 AM – 1 PM, Humpback Rocks Visitor’s Center and Picnic Area, Milepost 5.8, Blue Ridge Parkway, Lyndhurst, VA 22952. Hosted by Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

Join your friends and neighbors at the Fourth Annual Hands Across the Appalachian Trail! Be part of this special weekend of events across the state on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, as we work to protect our communities, water, air, land and natural treasures from the threats posed by unneeded and harmful fracked gas pipelines.

The Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines propose to cross several nationally known and highly popular public recreational areas including the George Washington National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Eastern Trail, and – the iconic Appalachian Trail. The dedicated work of volunteers, community groups, allies, legal advocates and individuals has led to Stop Work Orders and further delays of the pipelines, and the efforts to stop these fracked-gas project continues.

The Hands Across the Appalachian Trail events features the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s vision to “connect the human spirit with nature – preserving the delicate majesty of the Trail as a haven for all to enjoy.” Come celebrate the Appalachian Trail, meet others working to protect it and enjoy food, music, and speakers!

The Saturday, September 28 event will take place at:
Humpback Rocks Visitors Center/Augusta County: Humpback Rocks Visitor’s Center and Picnic Area, Milepost 5.8, Blue Ridge Parkway, Lyndhurst, VA 22952

For more information contact:
Jessica Sims:
jessica.sims@sierraclub.org 804-366-0745
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 28!

Other Hands Across the Appalachian Trail events:

Saturday, September 28, 11am-1pm
Giles County/Pearisburg: Route 100 intersection with Appalachian Trail (Trailhead), 2030 Narrows Road, Pearisburg, VA 24134 (Bluff City)

Sunday, September 29, 11am-1pm
Bears Den, 18393 Blue Ridge Mountain Road, Bluemont, VA 20135

Friends of Nelson Public Meeting


Join us on Sunday June 30, 2019, for an informative meeting at the Nelson Center
, 8445 Thomas Nelson Hwy (Rt. 29), Lovingston. We’ll have two excellent speakers:

  • Dr. Mary Finley-Brook, Associate Professor of Geography, Environmental Studies & Global Studies at University of Richmond – she’ll speak on “Dirty BIG Secrets: The Real Impact of Fossil Fuel Development”  Her talk will highlight locations (termed ‘Sacrifice zones’) where air and water pollution caused by fossil fuel development has had a negative effect on the health and well being of low income communities. She will offer a detailed description of the high social costs and poor record of environmental management of these sites which include the Charles City Gas Plants, the ACP Marts Compressor station, coal dust in Norfolk and Newport News and landfill gas in Cumberland County.
  • Anne Witt, Geohazards Specialist at Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy – she’ll speak on “Landslides Associated with Hurricane Camille, 1969”  Her talk will include a PowerPoint using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) imagery to show where and why the soil started to slide and the consequences of the storm. She has been researching landslides in this area of the country for some time and can show historically that this is one of the most landslide-prone areas of the entire United States. She has tracked more than 5,000 landslides caused by Hurricane Camille in Nelson County.

PLUS – Pipeline CSI updates and legal news/status.

Doors open at 6 pm, meeting at 6:30.