Carver Road Update and Request for Action

The following message is issued from the Chairperson of the  Political Action Committee concerning the  effort to save the Carver Road community:

Friends,

Thanks you. Your calls and letters have helped. But we need to keep the pressure on. The Prince William NAACP Political Action Committee requests your help by contacting the Prince William County Board of Supervisor members (PWCBOS) and urge the Supervisors to support the Carver Road residents and not allow Dominion Energy to run their power lines through Carver Road. Send your letter now! Click HERE to send your email.Then join us on Tuesday, 18July!

Send the Prince William County Board of Supervisors an email urging them to support the Carver Road residents and  the Alliance to Save Carver RoadClick HERE to send your email..

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Background:

The State Corporate Commission (SCC) has given Dominion Energy authority to run power lines through Carver Road in the Gainesville area to service Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, the $80 billion dollar man. Click HERE to send your email.

There were two proposed routes for these power lines when discussions started in 2014: 1- Hybrid I-66 (along I-66 ) where the lines would be underground, 2- Railroad Route ( Haymarket ) then at the end of last year they decided to add 3- The Carver Route (Carver Road/Old Carolina Rd). Click HERE to send your email.

The majority of the residents who live on Carver Road are the descendants of freed slaves. These properties have been passed down through generations. They Do NOT want these power lines in the Carver Road area. The power lines would affect homes, buildings, schools, churches.  Yes, it would even affect the 140 year old black church, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

The most suitable route that would not disturb homes would be the Hybrid I-66 Route. Click HERE to send your email.

Black neighborhoods are often targeted for eminent domain land grabs, as in the 1960 and 70’s when Black neighborhoods were ravished. Thousands of Blacks were left devastated by court orders demanding they move out of their ancestral homes.

American citizens expect to be able to keep the land and homes that they have built for themselves and their families. They deserve the security that what they have worked so hard for during their life time, will not be stolen at a whim.

There is too much history at stake to destroy the family homes on Carver Rd. These homes have been passed down through generations for the over 150 years. Click HERE to send your email.

Talking Points

  • I’m supporting the Carver Road Community and want the SCC and Dominion to pick another route
  • You voted in support of removing the Carver Rd route option at the June 1 Board of Supervisors meeting
  • We now need you to protect Carver Rd
  • You were a party in the case and then you withdrew
  • You’re not off the hook, you represent the Carver Rd residents, please figure out a way to help
  • This community is just as important as a misplaced data center
  • This is not only affecting the western end of the county, this is a Prince William County issue
  • Not too many communities go back to slavery, in the county or in state of VA
  • The Washington Post is doing another article, how do you want to be represented?
  • You have an opportunity to help, we expect you to do something

!!!TAKE ACTION!!!  Click HERE to send your email.

We will hold a press conference and speak to the PW Board of Supervisors  on Tuesday, 18JULY at 1:30pm Please Join Us!!

McCoart Building
1 County Complex Ct
Woodbridge, VA 22192

For more information see these articles

The Carver Route: Lies, Damn Lies And Statistics

Washington Post

As Data Centers Bloom, a Century-Old African American Enclave is Threatened (Washington Post)

[NOTE: The SCC announced Friday, 14July, that it will reconsider its decision to allow the route of a set of Dominion Energy power lines to cut through land near Haymarket.  Read here.

Thanks & Regards……….?

Regards,
EJ Scott

Vice President, PWNAACP
703.368.4541
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Save the date – Upcoming Genealogical Conference September 15 – 16, 2017

Our unit president was forwarded a message by Mr.  David Cuff,   president of Historic Prince William, concerning a Genealogical Conference  being held on September 15 – 16, 2017 at the Chesterfield County Public Library .  The theme of the conference is:  “Virginia: Where African American Genealogy and History Began”.

Click here to read the series of messages which  contains all important details  so that you may ‘save the dates’ in case you wish to participate.

This item will be further discussed and a decision made as to whether/how the  unit will participate.

 

Call to Action – Carver Road

EJ Scott, the Unit’s 1st Vice President and Chairperson of the Political Action Committee issued this  urgent appeal to  community members and friends:

CALL TO ACTION – CARVER ROAD

Urge the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to rescind their egregious decision to allow Dominion to run power lines through the generationally African American owned neighborhood on Carver Road. There were three route options, but the SCC chose destroying an historic African American neighborhood. Send an email by clicking HERE.

For more information on the injustice that has been perpetrated against the descendents of these freed slaves and the land they own, read these articles:

Washington Post Article

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/as-data-centers-bloom-a-century-old-african-american-enclave-is-threatened/2017/07/02/f33db65a-5502-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html?utm_term=.77dee6320ede

Prince Williams Times Article

http://www.fauquier.com/prince_william_times/news/state-picks-carver-route-for-controversial-new-power-lines-in/article_d14c76ec-586a-11e7-93dc-af52a1b1f3f5.html

 

The ACTION we need you to take:

  •  Make a phone Call – Phone number below
  •  Send an email – See email address below or Click Here
  •  Write a letter – See address below
  •   Send this email to ALL your organizations, member lists, family and friends. 
 

SCC Commissioners

EMAIL:   Commissioners@scc.virginia.gov

PHONE:  804-371-9608

Physical Address:
Tyler Building
1300 E. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

**Sample Letter & Background Below**

Dear Chairman Judith Williams Jagdmann
Commissioner Mark C. Christie
Commissioner James C. Dimitri

On April 6, the State Corporation Commission (SCC) authorized Dominion Energy Virginia to construct a new 230-kilovolt electric transmission line and a new substation in Prince William County and the town of Haymarket that will follow the Carver Road route.

THE RESIDENTS ARE DESCENDANTS OF FREED SLAVES WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING THERE FOR OVER FIVE GENERATIONS AND DO NOT WANT THESE POWERLINES GOING THROUGH THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. THESE POWER LINES WILL REQUIRE THE STATE TO TAKE AFRICAN AMERICAN OWNED LAND AND WILL DESTORY HOMES, THREATEN SCHOOLS, BUSINESSES AND EVEN THE HISTORIC MT. PLEASANT BAPTIST CHURCH FOUNDED IN 1877. THEY TOOK OUR HOMES AND LAND BACK IN THE 1960’s USING EMINENT DOMAIN LAWS WHICH LED TO THE DISRUPTION AND DISPLACEMENT OF THOUSANDS OF AFRICIAN AMERICAN FAMILIES. NOT AGAIN!!!

We have a collective responsibility to honor the past, safeguard those who have descended from freed slaves, protect property that has been in the family for generations and is now being trampled upon by corporate greed. Who are we as a civilization if we allow our history to be destroyed because of misplaced “progress”.  This is not progress, but of greed.

WE REQUEST THAT YOU RESCIND YOU ORDER TO USE THE CARVER ROAD ROUTE IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DOMINION ENERGY VIRGINIA TRANSMISSION LINE.

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TAKE ACTION NOW:

  •   Make a phone Call – Phone number below
  •   Send an email – See email address below
  •   Forward to EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!

Send your email NOW!!

Thanks for your support.

Take Action – Health Care is Looming

Dear Members,
The NAACP is calling on all of its members to protect access to affordable health care by demanding a stop to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Thirteen U.S. Senators worked in secret, without normal bi-partisan transparency to craft the BCRA, which would “repeal and replace” the NAACP-supported Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “ACA” or “Obamacare”). In just a couple of days, the Senate is expected to vote on the BCRA.

Tell your Senators that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the BCRA would:

• Increase the number of Americans without health insurance by 22 million people by the year 2026

• Result in higher premiums for skimpier coverage and an increase in deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs

• Weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions

The NAACP is asking you to contact your Senators NOW. Urge them to consider the impact of this healthcare bill that would benefit only a few – healthy, wealthy white men – and quarantine the rest of the country into the confines of high cost, low quality health care.

Contact Your Senators

Make a Phone Call: Call your Senators on the Hill by dialing the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

Send an E-Mail: Click here to send email to your Senator. For your convenience, a sample letter is provided.

Remember, time is of the essence so we ask you to act quickly and contact your state Senators. Protect the Affordable Care Act and ensure accessible healthcare for those who need it the most.