Raleigh, NC – The proposed Mountain Valley Southgate Pipeline, also known as MVP is a 303 mile pipeline constructed to carry fracked gas from West Virginia into Virginia and is in the process of working to gain approval to extend the pipeline 70 miles from Virginia into Central North Carolina. The addition to the pipeline will cut through Rockingham, Alamance County ending just south and east of Graham.
Why this matters: This construction poses a huge issue for all but mainly citizens of African American and Indian Heritage because of what will be destroyed in the building process. The pipeline contaminates clean water, violates indigenous rights and will plow through sacred burial mounds and sites, disturbing peaceful history, ancestry and tradition on which this country was built. Check out this short video about the event: https://bit.ly/3npIxkV
NO MVP Southgate Pipeline Water Walk (Sign up)
Pre-Press Conference: April 29, 10a Via YouTube. Please submit questions and RSVP via [email protected].
Day of Event Information: On May 2nd, 2021 starting at 9am, 7 Directions of Service will host the Mountain Valley Southgate Pipeline Water Walk, a 100 mile community walk of action. All are invited to walk, run, kayak and bike adjacent to the proposed route of the Mountain Valley Southgate Pipeline. Small groups will have the opportunity to choose a portion of the route and preferred time to walk throughout the day. During the event, all COVID precautions will be in place ensuring the safety of all in attendance. The organization wishes to create a simulation of how a hive of bees would swarm to cover a garden in bloom. Check out this short video about the event: https://bit.ly/3npIxkV
Day of Press Conference Info: An additional press conference held the day of the event will start at 2:30p prior to the rally. Day of press gaggle location information will be shared prior to the event with media once RSVP is received.
At the culmination of the walk, starting at 3p at Drapers Landing in Eden an inspirational rally and concert will take place near the Dan River and the political border between Virginia and NC. Both organizations plan to highlight three stops, The Bannister River, Dan River and Haw River.
Confirmed speakers for the day include:
Kim Porter, NC Environmental Justice Chair-NAACP
William Barber III– Strategic Partnerships Manager-Climate Reality Project
Crystal Cavalier – Occaneechi Saponi, Indigenous Environmental Justice Advocate, Founder 7 Directions of Service and NAACP Environmental Justice Chair
Jason Keck– Choctaw, Indigenous Environmental Advocate, 7 Directions of Service
and many more.
7 Directions of Service: Indigenous-led, diverse grassroots advocacy organization centering on the needs of low-income, working class and BIPOC communities within North Carolina. www.7DirectionsofService.com
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