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I wear three hats in Roanoke: minister; organizer for RepresentUs, local and statewide; lead person for the SW Virginia Poor People’s Campaign.  

On December 10th, 2019 the NAACP called for a boycott of Olde Towne Butcher for their involvement in a lawsuit against the city to halt the removal of the Auction Block.

Dominion maintains the $7.5-billion pipeline is "needed now more than ever" for economic growth and to reduce carbon emissions, but the court called out regulators for failing to adequately consider the impacts on local populations.

Word is the Mountain Valley Natural Gas Pipeline is that the project is nearly complete, but construction remains on hold for the winter and several environmental permits are still in limbo. 

Monday, 16 December 2019 01:57

Augusta County Coats for Comfort Drive

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The Poor Peoples Campaign-Augusta is on the move. Our Coats for Comfort Drive was a success! We spread the word and good people answered the call  from Nov 1-Dec 13th (and because of the generous donations of people like you, the  University of Virginia, and Waynesboro Rotary Club)    150 coats, 200+ pairs of socks, 75 hats, 60 pairs of gloves, and 40 scarves went home with brothers and sisters who need them.   Tonight we delivered to the Valley Mission in Staunton, Va. None of this could have been possible without the thoughtful support of people caring about others..  What a wonderful humbling experience. What a blessing to be a part of the Poor People's Campaign.  

Delegate Sam Rasoul’s bill represents a historic opportunity to address the climate emergency, poverty and social inequities.
Today, Virginia moved one step closer to taking historic action to address the intersecting crises of the climate emergency, poverty and social injustice. 
Delegate Sam Rasoul introduced the Green New Deal Act, HB 77 in the 2020 session of the Virginia House of Delegates.  This comprehensive bill is part of a suite of bills developed by Green New Deal Virginia, a broad coalition of more than 60 grassroots organizations co-founded in December 2018 by Delegate Rasoul and Delegate Elizabeth Guzman.

The year 1963 was transformative in the Civil Rights Movement and in our country.

In January, George Wallace was inaugurated as governor of Alabama, pledging “segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.”

“We are here because there is a crisis in America,” proclaimed Reverend William Barber at the start of the Poor People’s Moral Action Congress at Trinity University in Washington D.C. on Monday. 

I returned home late last night from three days at a Beyond Extreme Energy leadership retreat and two days at the Poor Peoples Campaign Moral Action Congress., both held in Washington, DC. This morning my first task was to go through all of the email that had piled up over that time. One of them contained an extremely sobering news story from Reuters: The headline: Scientists amazed as Canadian permafrost thaws 70 years early.

Protesters gathered on Court Square in Harrisonburg on Tuesday to show their discontent with a proposed ordinance prohibiting pedestrians from lingering in certain medians in Harrisonburg.

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