On May 1, 2018, New Virginia Way announced a new fund to support the legal fees of protestors and those standing with them. Their announcement states:
A movement is growing that defies party, region and ideology. Powered by a common belief that parents have a right to protect their children’s drinking water and that communities should determine their own future instead of having it imposed by energy monopolies, citizens are coming together to oppose the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines.
The face of this movement is Red Terry, a 61 year-old Appalachian woman who has spent the past four weeks in a tree on her family’s land to block a corporate chainsaw crew from clear-cutting. Police are waiting at the base of the tree to arrest her for criminal trespass — on her own property! Just this weekend, authorities blocked her from receiving medical treatment or supplies.
Red is one of a growing number of community advocates — mostly women — who have literally taken to the trees at great personal risk to stop this pipeline. Almost all of them are now facing mounting legal fees, as the corporate monopolies exploit every available avenue to threaten them and their families.
With a host of pending legal challenges and bipartisan coalition of elected officials against these pipelines, the tides are turning. However, it was announced last week that the Federal District Court issued contempt charges against the Terry family. This is the first in what will likely be lots of legal battles against individuals protesting the pipelines….
New Virginia Way also strongly encourages all of us to ensure everyone from local officials up to the Governor hears your voice.