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Open-pit gold mining weighs heavily on our minds here in the heart of Virginia. Please help by speaking up. See article below.

For a clear accounting of how we got to this environmental mess we are in, join a talk and Q&A with Ben Price as he reviews his book, "How Wealth Rules the World", this Wednesday, 10/28, 8 pm.

And the Annual Meeting has come around again.

My apologies for so many newsletters! This is unusual. Thanks for scrolling and taking action!

Heidi Dhivya Berthoud
Secretary Friends of Buckingham

Open-Pit Gold Mining
Planning Commission Monthly Meeting
Monday 10-26, 7 pm

Please comment during the public comment period! Let them know that you don't want an open-pit gold mine doing irreparable harm to our community! We don't want to pay for 'externalized costs' now and for centuries to come. Let them know we want clean business. 

The Planning Commission is talking about tinkering with our zoning codes to acomodate this dirty business. We are not yet clear what is the best approach to this zoning detail and are seeking advice. We do know that Aston Bay Holdings was told in June  2020 to stop exploratory drilling on land around Warminster Church Road and Route 56. According to the interpretation of Agriculture-1 zone, this activity is prohibited. Commissioners have denied that providing an inclusion for “core sampling drilling for commercial purposes” would lead to actual mining. But we see the likely outcome would be so. 

For more information check out articles on FoB website.

Gold Mining problems in brief & links to extensive resources

Virginia Mercury: Buckingham’s next environmental fight? Maybe gold mining.

Recent media coverage of gold mining in Buckingham

Speak up: This is not a public hearing, but we can sign up, send or call in by noon on Monday to: 
  1. Send in your 500 word comments to 
  2. Leave a comment by voicemail at 434-969-5039 or
  3. Show up and present a 3 minute comment. Call 434-969-4242 to reserve a seat.

The meeting can be viewed live:   

How Wealth Rules the World
Wednesday 10/28, 8 pm

This explains it all... Why we are worse off after 50 years of Environmental Regulations. Why we are vulnerable to repeated attacks from outside corporate interests, that do not have our communities' welfare in mind. Take a deeper look at the history of our country and beyond. Then find ways to take action!

The National Community Rights Network is hosting a live discussion with Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund [CELDF] Community Rights organizer and author, Ben Price, of How Wealth Rules the World. Please join us for this event! 

Register using the link immediately below. You can submit a question now or during the call on Wednesday October 28, 2020 -- 8 PM EST.

Zoom information will be sent out to those who register using the google form link. 

Peoples Movement Assembly - Towards a Peoples Constitution

Ben Price will also be on a panel Saturday 10/24, 10 am sponsored by Move to Amend.     

Annual Meeting
Wednesday December 9, 2020, 1 pm
By Conference Call


Please join us for the annual meeting, and elections. We are accepting nominations for 5 Council positions: Secretary and 4 members at large. Please submit your nominations by Monday November 16, 2020. Please note that all nominees must be members and subscribe to FoB agreements. Please respond to this email with your questions and suggestions. To join the Annual Meeting Conference call, please respond to this email and the conference number will be sent out to you.

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