Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline Action Party

Tue, 06 Sep 2022 23:00:00 GMT

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is dangerous to people and the environment, and will lock in reliance on fossil fuels for decades to come.

The International Energy Agency has concluded that there must be no new oil, gas or coal development if the world is to reach net zero by 2050.

On September 6th at 7 pm (ET), Climate Action Now will host a free action party with four extraordinary activists battling the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and Senator Manchin’s side deal to accelerate new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Our featured guests will brief us on what’s at stake and guide us through concrete actions we can take to help stop the MVP and side deal during the party with the free Climate Action Now app.

Why September 6th? The timing is critical. First, activists will assemble at Congressional offices on Sept. 8 in Washington D.D. to lobby against the MVP and we want them to walk into offices that have already heard from a LOT of people opposing the project. Also, rumor has it that the “Manchin side-deal” will be voted on by the end of September as part of the budget package. So, we need to quickly ramp up our efforts to stop it.

About Our Featured Guests

  • Crystal Cavalier-Keck is the co-founder of Seven Directions of Service with her husband. She is a citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation in Burlington, NC and Chair of the Environmental Justice Committee for the NAACP.
  • Russell Chisholm serves as Mountain Valley Watch Coordinator for the Protect Our Water, Heritage Rights (POWHR) coalition in the campaign to stop Mountain Valley Pipeline and dangerous fossil fuel expansion through Virginia and West Virginia. The Mountain Valley Watch project documents and reports potential violations of environmental law from pipeline construction.
  • Jessica Sims is the Appalachian Voices Virginia Field Coordinator. Born and raised in Central Virginia. Jessica is has worked extensively with Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter on their pipeline campaigns.
  • Jonathan Sokolow is an attorney and activist in Reston, Virginia who served as a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of the City of New York, General Counsel to the Vermont State Employees Union. and Senior Assistant General Counsel to the United Mine Workers of America Health and Retirement Funds.

About Our Co-Hosts

  • Justin J. Pearson is a leader of Memphis Community Against Pollution and co-founder of Memphis Community Against the Pipeline (MCAP) which is a Black-led environmental justice organization that successfully defeated a multi-billion dollar company’s crude oil pipeline project.
  • Tim Guinee, President of Climate Action Now, has been a veteran in numerous climate campaigns around the country, most notably as the Legislative Coordinator for the New York Climate Reality Chapters Coalition. Former Vice President Al Gore awarded Tim the Alfredo Sirkis Memorial Green Ring Award for this work on the climate crisis.