A plant is now under construction in neighboring Jefferson County, WV that threatens our quality of life. The Rockwool plant will spew 310,000 tons of pollutants annually and this air pollution will travel into Frederick, Clarke and Loudoun counties. https://www.toxicrockwool.com/
#Stop the Pipelines
Call Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and demand that he order a stream-by-stream anaylsis of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. His office can be reached at 804-786-2211.
Call the US Forest Service and demand that they stop working with EQT and Dominion, the companies behind the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Tell the Forest Service to do everything in their power to stop these harmful pipelines. They can be reached at 888-265-0019 or 540-265-5100.
Focus on Del Chris Collins to pressure GOP Leadership to allow the ERA vote out of committee and into this 2019 January legislative session. VA can become the 34th and final state needed to ratify.
#Sign Up for VA Lobby Alerts
Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Network, VAPLAN is a coalition of grassroots groups working to impact legislation in Richmond and support our Democratic legislators, by empowering members with information about bills and opportunities for engagement with legislators, non-profits and other grassroots groups around those bills.
VAPLAN will be sending out alerts (and explanations) before and during the legislative session.
When you sign up and specify your US Congressional, VA House and VA Senate districts found here: whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov
There's power in numbers. Make your voice heard.
Tips for Protesting and Counter Protesting
Form an Affinity Group
Join forces with a group of people who share common interests, perspectives, and trust. Don't just wander to the protest alone. Rather, assemble a group of friends who share your protest tactics, level of risk, goals for involvement in the protest, etc. Learn more.
Know your rights
Standing up for your right to protest can be challenging.
Learn and practice verbal de-escalation techniques
When a potentially violent situation threatens to erupt and NO weapon is present, verbal de-escalation is appropriate. Here's a good 2-pager.
- Plan ahead. Know what to expect and how to get assistance.
- Have a plan to contact your friends / affinity group if separated.
- Be calm and focused: When things get intense, react to danger or warning signs sooner not later.
- Watch for signs of physical and mental problems in yourself and others. Try to calm down others who exhibit panic behavior.
- Document, film, or write down incidents of violence.
- Do not forget to eat, and drink plenty of water.