Updated: Jan 15, 2022
On December 11, 2021, more than three hundred water protectors gathered at Dogwood Dell Amphitheater in Richmond, Virginia for a Violation Vigil to bring visual and spoken witness to the hundreds of harmful water violations already committed by the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Their conclusion? The State Water Control Board must not approve a new water permit for this fracked gas construction project when it meets Tuesday, December 14 in Richmond. #NoMVP #NoPipelines
The Violation Vigil featured keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and Repairers of the Breach, as well as coalition leaders, powerful musical performances, puppetry and art.
Perhaps most powerful was the reading by 300 individuals from across the region of one documented violation - where and when it occurred and what kind of damage was caused. This ritual gave voice to a large and diverse community of mutual respect and fierce determination.
If completed, MVP greenhouse gas emissions would equal 23 coal fired power plants and would damage the habitats of endangered and threatened species, inevitably adding more harm and further clogging of pristine and sensitive waterways with sediment and construction runoff.
The Virginia State Water Control Board will vote to either approve or deny this Clean Water Act permit on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. Water protectors are needed. Details are below: State Water Control Board Meeting Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 10:00 AM Gallery, Community College Workforce Alliance 1651 East Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228
The Violation Vigil to Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline featured: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II Co-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival President, Repairers of the Breach Jason Crazy Bear Campos-Keck 7 Directions of Service Russell Chisholm Protect Our Water Heritage Rights (POWHR) Delegate Sam Rasoul Virginia House of Delegates, 11th District David Sligh Conservation Director, Wild Virginia
Emily Satterwhite Appalachians Against Pipelines Sonya Taylor Sunrise Movement Roanoke Yara Allen Director of Theomusicology & Cultural Arts, Repairers of the Breach Co-Director of Theomusicology & Movement Arts, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Joe Troop of Che Apalache NO BS! Brass Band Members of After Jack & of the SUN SiNG Collective “Weaving Waters” was written by Bernadette “BJ” Lark and performed by the SUN SiNG Collective. Videography: Sarah Hazlegrove Films
The Violation Vigil Project was a collaboration between 7 Directions of Service, Appalachian Voices, ARTivism Virginia, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, EarthFolk, Food & Water Watch, Friends of Buckingham County, Virginia, Green New Deal VA, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, Protect Our Water Heritage Rights, Repairers of the Breach, RVA Interfaith Climate Justice League, S.A.V.E., Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, Virginia Organizing, & Wild Virginia. Visit ARTivism Virginia on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/artivismvirginia Instagram: www.instagram.com/artivism_virginia Vimeo: www.vimeo.com/artivismvirginia YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/artivismvirginia #TimeToChooseOurFuture #WaterIsLife #ManiBiwa #ManiEnIse #NoMVP #NoMVPSouthgate #WEWILLWIN