Clean Air & Clean Water, Not Pipelines!

People’s Caravan For Clean Air and Water’s NO MVP NO ACP Rally starting at noon on Saturday, August 18th at Bell Tower on Capitol Square, 101 N 9th St, Richmond, Virginia 23219

Grassroots activists will join with pipeline fighters, environmental and social justice organizations, and community leaders from throughout Virginia and beyond will join together for a People’s Caravan. The People’s Caravan for Clean Air & Water will highlight a major issue facing Virginia – the two proposed fracked-gas pipeline projects supported by Dominion Energy, EQT and their partners. The caravan will culminate in a rally designed to raise awareness of the pipelines, the corruption they represent, and to advocate for renewable alternatives.

Who is taking part? The People’s Caravan for Clean Air and Clean Water, Hampton Roads Green Party, NRV Indivisible, Indivisible NoVA West, Roanoke Indivisible, Peninsula Indivisible, Indivisible Virginia, Stafford Indivisible Community Action Network, 350 Loudoun, POWHR-Protect Our Water Heritage Rights, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, Disrupt the Elite Virginia, Virginia American Atheists, Preserve Roanoke, Preserve Floyd, Chesapeake Pipeline Resistance, Tidewater DSA, Wild Virginia, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Activate Virginia, Progress4VA1, Virginia State Conference NAACP Environmental Justice, Prince William County Democratic Committee Progressive Caucus, Protect US, Together We Will Hampton Roads, Indivisible 757

About The People’s Caravan for Clean Air and Clean Water

Earlier this year, grassroots healthcare activists formed the first People’s Caravan; a mobile rally for Virginians across the commonwealth to join the fight for expanding healthcare. With such large-scale support from the grassroots, our legislators in Richmond were able to pass the historic expansion of Medicaid into law. Many of the same grassroots activists central to the fight for Medicaid Expansion are participating in this second caravan.

These pipelines – the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) – are interstate projects that are designed to carry massive amounts of gas from West Virginia to North Carolina and southeast Virginia. The history of these pipelines has been covered extensively here on Blue Virginia. As with the previous People’s Caravan, this one will once again culminate in a rally on the capital grounds in Richmond. Although the General Assembly will not be present this time, the rally will bring much-needed media attention to the issue of the pipelines, along with the injustices and corruption they represent. It also serves as a call to action to Governor Ralph Northam, who pledged last year to ensure that the pipeline projects follow the strictest of environmental guidelines during the permitting process; they have not done so and he needs to act.