Virginians opposing natural gas pipelines to join Poor People's march
A group of activists gathered in Charlottesville on Sunday to prepare for a march on Washington. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.
[sounds of people chatting, fans, folk music]
In a former warehouse-turned-studio space in Charlottesville, a handful of people sat painting in color on printed signs. An image of two hands clasping each other is surrounded by endangered animals and the words "We rise – not just for you and me – stop MVP." That's the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which the organization ARTivism Virginia has fought against since it was founded in 2017 by Kay Ferguson.
KAY FERGUSON: We're inviting everybody to come be with us on June 18th, and to meet us at 9 a.m. at 1st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
The Poor People's Campaign, a movement that seeks to overcome systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy, is holding a march and assembly in D.C. on the 18th. A few dozen ARTivism folks will be in the crowd –
JOSHUA VANA: …Bringing some of that good pipeline fighter coalition energy to the nation's capital.
Joshua Vana is the organization's director.
VANA: Our causes are intersectional, and the more we show up to support each other, the better chance we have at winning.
This is also a chance for ARTivism to thank Rev. Dr. William Barber, the Poor People's Campaign co-chair, for his support over the years, including when he came to Buckingham County to speak out against a compressor station that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline wanted to build in the historic, predominantly Black community of Union Hill. The Atlantic Coast pipeline project was canceled in 2020.
As for the MVP, it's currently tied up in court with federal legal and permitting battles.