June 10th in Roanoke: Celebration of Life, Land & Water

by Duane Nichols on June 6, 2017

"Defend the Sacred" with Bold Appalachia

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

Public is Invited   ·  Hosted by Bold Alliance and Bold Appalachia

Date and Time:  Saturday, June 10th at 3 pm to 10 pm.

Location:  Elmwood Park, 706 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24016

Description: The proposed Mountain Valley (MVP) and Atlantic Coast  (ACP) 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. This event serves to raise awareness of the risks, injustices, and alternatives to these proposed pipelines. Through dance, music, film, farm-to-table food, and much more we will celebrate community around respect for what is sacred: our land, our water, our being.

When: June 10th, 2017;  Times:  3:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Where: Elmwood Park (outdoor amphitheater), Roanoke VA

Music: Groova Scape; Seph Custer and the Papa Tom Band; Jordan Fallon; The Commons

Dance: Trail of Tears Intertribal Dance Troupe; Dance of Universal Peace; Delwin Fiddler – Native American Hoop Dancer

Speakers: Mekasi Horinek Camp, Floris White Bull, Landowners, Pipeline Fighters, Regional Poets, Local Faith Leaders and more….

Food and Beverage: Parkway Brewery, Foggy Ridge Cider, Peaks of Otter Winery, Longfin Grill Food Trailer, Viva la Cupcake, LEAP, potluck style (please bring your favorite dish!*)

Children’s Activities: arts and crafts, group games, environmental education

Water Blessing — PLEASE bring a container of WATER from your home and/or land

Film: Screening of “AWAKE,” by Josh Fox

NOTE: In the days after: Seeds of Resistance/Sacred Ceremonies Tour begins on Bent Mountain the following day, Sunday (June 11th), and subsequent ceremonies and plantings throughout the week on lands directly on the proposed pipeline route or elsewhere as time permits.

Vendor Application Form: https://goo.gl/forms/FTSXNk5sGVZqlX4O2

Contact Information:
William Adams
email: willmadams@gmail.com
phone: 540-521-6995

Carolyn Reilly
email: carolyn@boldalliance.org
phone: 540-488-4358

QUOTATION: “To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe –to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it— is a wonder beyond words.”    Joanna Macy

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Bold Appalachia June 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Virginia landowners, environmentalists urge divestment to stop proposed natural gas pipeline

Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline in Virginia are starting a divestment campaign, a tactic that has grown in popularity among climate and anti-pipeline activists in recent years, to persuade banks to end their financing of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Landowners and environmentalists opposed to the southwestern Virginia pipeline are calling on customers to move their money out of the top six U.S. banks behind the pipeline, led by Bank of America and Wells Fargo. The “Defund MVP” campaign joins a growing movement of communities, tribes, and, cities across North America — from the Keystone XL pipeline to the Dakota Access Pipeline — that are targeting the financing behind pipeline projects.

“Our analysis shows that Bank of America and Wells Fargo are signed up to funnel the most money into this polluting pipeline,” said Lorne Stockman, a senior research analyst at Oil Change International who co-authored a new report on how the Mountain Valley Pipeline would be financed. “These same banks are embroiled in a backlash over their funding for the Dakota Access Pipeline and major tar sands pipelines. The Mountain Valley Pipeline is another black eye.”

Bold Appalachia and Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights are spearheading the divestment campaign. The groups contend that residents in southwestern Virginia are concerned that the proposed pipeline would “open up a new spigot” to increase the flow of shale gas produced in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. They fear the pipeline project could harm drinking water, forests, farms, and historic places along the pipeline’s route from northwestern West Virginia to south central Virginia.

Another pipeline that would travel through Virginia, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, has drawn even greater attention from residents opposed to the project. Like the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would transport fracked gas from Pennsylvania and West Virginia to customers in Virginia and North Carolina.

Source: https://thinkprogress.org/pipeline-opponents-launch-divestment-campaign-282b7aea06be


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