Folks with Earth First! are formally invited to participate in a march this Thursday. Community members in the Alabama Ave. neighborhood near Jones ferry are trying to keep a big box store, The Dollar Store, from being built on a completely wooded lot in a primarily African-American neighborhood. The neighbors are organized, but would like to see support in numbers.
On Thursday May 3rd, at 6pm there’s a gathering on Alabama Avenue to march to the advisory board meetings, which will be at the OWASA meeeting. It’s a short march and if you don’t want to go to the meetings, this would take maybe an hour of time that evening and would be a significant gesture of support from the radical, environmental community. The Dollar Store is attempting to develop this 1 acre wooded lot which contains numerous, healthy hardwood trees including mature oaks that look around 2 hundred years old. All of the trees will be cut down, and the land will be paved over to make a chain store and parking lot. The ephemeral stream contained within it will also be paved over. All of the wildlife that lives in that area including raccoons, opposums and songbirds will be displaced. Meet at 100 Alabama Avenue (at the corner with Jones Ferry) at 6:00 p.m. and then march down to OWASA (Orange Water & Sewer Authority)
Flyer here: http://i.imgur.com/8O7GC.jpg
Join us in the capital to march through downtown Raleigh and raise awareness about the resistance to fracking in North Carolina. We’ll be at Nash Square (200 McDowell St) around 11:30 a.m. and around 12 noon marching to the Legislative Building at 16 West Jones Street. We encourage folks to bring musical instruments: drums, violins, trumpets, colorful banners and signs, puppets… anything that will make this fun. The march is family friendly and fully permitted. If your group would like to officially sign onto the march as a co-sponsor contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-200-0061 for more details. We encourage everyone to share this event on their facebook or on listserves they are on. This date is within the legislative session that begins in May where legislators plan to legalize fracking and wastewater injection in our state despite public outcry. This also happens on the heels of a massive blowout in Wyoming at a Chesapeak Enegy drill site where 70 residents within a 5 mile radius had to be evacuated. It’s time to let legislators and industry know we won’t let this happen here. See you in the streets!
This event is also cosponsored by Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League & Cumnock Preservation Association.
This event is in coalition with Occupy Well Street and the national day of action.