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Beautiful snowy morning to you!

We've done it! HB2213 gold moratorium and study (with substitutes) passed out of the House of Delegates on Friday February 5, 55-45 (along party lines, sadly). Feel free to thank Delegate Elizabeth Guzman for championing this bill!

Thanks to You! For helping to boost this along. This has been quite the civic lesson in how to follow a bill through the Virginia General Assembly. Next, we go to the Senate Rules Committee.

We have a number of actions for you to take right now, and more as the bill gets docketed. There are 2 places you can go for updates:
  • Go to this Take Action page with all the tools you need.
  • Friends of Buckingham Home Page - up top under Take Action is also linked to the Take Action page.
Your actions do matter - please stay the course! In summary, we ask you to (tools are at the Take Action page):
  1. Sign an action letter to the full Senate Rules Committee
  2. Reach out to your senator - constituents matter most! Email, phone.
  3. Phone the Rules Committee
  4. When docketed, (when the meeting is scheduled), comment/sign up to speak directly to the Rules Committee meeting. Stay tuned.
Thank you soooo much! The People United will never be defeated!

Please scroll for more news.

Heidi Dhivya Berthoud
Secretary Friends of Buckingham


Union Hill makes history—again

 
In Virginia’s rural and mostly Black community of Union Hill, the people who—not so long ago—staved off a massive natural gas pipeline’s polluting compressor station proposed on the same land their ancestors were enslaved, now live in the state’s first Freedmen-built community to receive eligibility for nomination for historic landmark status as a rural historic district.

Read the article posted by the Southern Environmental Law Center February 1, 2021.


Photo: Richard Walker and Lakshmi Fjord on Harper family ancestral land and Transco Pipeline easement close to the site of the now cancelled Buckingham compressor station. Photo by Heidi Dhivya Berthoud December 28, 2018

Advocacy group calls for enslaved builders of Charlottesville to be honored
 
This month marks twenty years of City of Charlottesville failure to visibly acknowledge its historic Slave Block and Slave Market. Surrounding towns have done so. Monticello and the University of Virginia have memorialized their enslaved workers. Our County Supervisors have removed a 25-foot Rebel statue. They removed the two civil war cannons symbolically holding our town’s center hostage to the Past.

It is about 59 years of marking the Slave Market with the tiny euphemistic words 'Mercantile Building.'

For more than six months our Honor-Slave-Block Citizen Group has urged Charlottesville City Council to rectify this dereliction of responsibility.

Read the full article here.

Visit Sojourners United Church of Christ Facebook for the livestream of the February 5 event.

NBC29 news coverage here.

Daily Progress photo montage here.
 

Join us at the weekly vigils to remember that Black Lives Do Matter:

  • Wednesdays 12:30-1:30  Across from 0 Park St, Charlottesville, on the Court House side of the street. A silent vigil.
  • Wednesdays 4- 5 pm Sojourners United Church of Christ, 1017 Elliott Ave, Charlottesville.
Photo: Freeman Allan, advocate, standing at the site of the Slave Auction Block and in front of the Slave Market Building at 0 Park Street, Charlottesville. Photo by Heidi Dhivya Berthoud October 28, 2020.
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