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News :: Environment
July 8 Anti-G8 East Coast Convergence Update #1
03 Jul 2005
please foreward widely and indiscriminently !!!!!!!!!!
And now for all the juicy details concerning the
events leading up to the Rally Against Massey Energy
and the International Day of action against the G8 and
the Root Causes of Climate Change in Richmond on July
Remember to check our website for updates:
please foreward widely and indiscriminently !!!!!!!!!!
And now for all the juicy details concerning the
events leading up to the Rally Against Massey Energy
and the International Day of action against the G8 and
the Root Causes of Climate Change in Richmond on July
Remember to check our website for updates:

1. The unabridged Schedule leading up to Richmond and
2. Contacts in Richmond i.e.: housing, info…
3. Messaging for media and sign making
4. Directions meeting places, rally, places to eat…

*Don’t forget to check the ride board and housing
board if you have rides/housing to offer or need it

JULY 4th –6th
Puppet Making at Little Flower July 4th-6th, they have
space for 15-20 people, we need more puppetistas!!!!!!
please contact Naomi, Nable, or Jen or call Sue at
Little Flower (540)967-5574 littleflower (at)
!!!!!!!!!!they need at least 10 more people so please
MJS will also be in Richmond working on logistics from
July 4th on, come join us.
To get filled in or join in call Abigail:
Listen to Richmond Indie Radio on Tuesday July 5th
from 12-2, it's 97.3 on your dial

JULY 7th
5:00pm Punk Show at the PACE Center (Appalachian
Terror Unit, AREUFuckin' Serious, and Soapbox
6:00pm Nonviolence and De-escalation Training at the
PACE Center
8:00pm Open Meeting, for logistics and information,
Affinity Groups are welcome.
-Food Not Bombs will provide snacks
Everyone get a good night’s sleep, there’s room at the
PACE Center for about 60 people For housing:
richmondhousing (at) or call Doug (910) 297-1506
for the housing hook-up.
There will be water provided to some extent by our
friendly neighborhood medics, and there is a small
water fountain in Monroe Park; however, it is HOT in
Richmond in July, please bring a water bottle, dress
accordingly, and wear sunscreen if you need it!

JULY 8th
10:00am Breakfast and Nonviolence training in Monroe
12:00noon Rally
12:00 brief intro to MJS / Christians for the
12:02 Christians for the Mountains
12:05 Judy Bonds
12:10 1 Song by Chris and Benji (2 pickin' fools)
12:20 speaker from the Defenders (Richmond
organization working against lead in a public school)
12:25 Jeff 2 minutes about The People United and MJS 3
min song
12:30 Solidarity with Venezuela (ABIGAIL) and gold
mines in Guatemala
12:35 speaker from PACE (People's Alliance for Clean
Energy, group working to stop construction of 2
nuclear reactors outside of Richmond)
12:40 Song by Amanda or Bobby St. Ours
12:45 MJS Declaration
12:50 Parent or Coalfields resident (hopefully Ed

-Food Not Bombs will provide dinner in Monroe park
-Concert with Virginia Jihad, Two Pickin' Fools and
Mad Squirrel at the Info Shop time TBA
-Housing available at the PACE center

On the ground contact in Richmond:
for general info: Abigail (865)385-1204
Housing: Doug (910) 297-1506 or
richmondhousing (at)

Shannon Farm
Jeff (434)361-0243 info (at)
Little Flower (puppet workshop)
Sue: (540)967-5574

During the Media/Messaging meeting we came up with
these ideas for banners/posters:

1) Massey Fuels Climate Change
2) Stop Mountaintop Removal (/Strip mining)
3) Massey: Appalachia is Not Your Sacrifice Zone
4) King Coal Keeps Appalachia Poor
5) Massey Puts Kids at Risk
6)MTR destroys Appalachia
7)MTR destroys jobs, trees, stream, communities,
lives, homes, mtn.s, etc.
8)Act Against Climate Change
9)Massey Kills
6)Think Globally, Act Locally: Stop Climate Change,
10)Stop Massey
11)G8: Corporate Puppets
12)Massey Keeps WV/Appalachia Poor

Chant idea: "Massey scum your time has come"

4.) Directions to Monroe Park:
From I-64 to Monroe Park in Richmond:
* take I-64 East to Belevidere St. (exit 76B)
* Go left at the first stop light ( Leigh St.)
* Go right at the next stoplight (Belvedere st)
* Right onto Main st. ( 6 stoplights down)
------- Monroe Park will be on your
right---------apply these same
directions for I-95 South to Monroe park.

Going North on I-95 to Monroe Park in Richmond:

* Right onto Chamberlayne St. exit
* Go left at the split , onto Chamberlayne st.
* Crossing back over I- 95 , take a right onto Saint
Peters St. (
just after crossin' over the bridge)
* Make a right onto Leigh St.
* Left on Belvidere st. ( 4 blocks down at stoplight)
* Right on Main St. ( 6 stoplights from belvidere st.
---------- Monroe Park will be on your
Directions to the PACE Center:
700 W. Franklin St. (Basically right at Monroe Park,
so follow those directions.)

Directions to Little Flower:
Sue: (540)967-5574
64 East through Charlottesville VA
go 20 miles past charlottesville
take exit 143 Ferncliff Route 208
towards Louisa
In Louisa at the light, take a left onto Main Street
(route 22/33
do 5 miles, pass K&B market
stay on 22 after split
Littleflower is 9/10 of a mile on the left
16560 Louisa Road, Louisa, VA 23093

Directions to Paper Street Info Shop in Richmond
Go down Main Street to 2600 block,
Turn Left, go over 1 block to Cary Street, turn Left
Green building/Cinderblock
2506 West Cary Street
open noon to 6:00 everday

Directions to 17.5 coffee shop
(from Info Shop)
go forward down Cary until 17th Street, take a Left

yall are on your own for dinner thursday; breakfast
will be provided in Monroe park on Friday, and Food
Not Bombs will be serving a meal at the park

Vegetarian Restaurants & Health Food Stores in...
Richmond (10)

1) China Panda
616 N Sheppard St (at Park Ave)
804-355-6888 Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buffet,
Take-out, Not 100% Vegetarian
Not 100% Vegetarian. Features an entirely vegan menu
and a separate non-vegetarian menu, free local
delivery. Food is quite tasty. Menu is similar to
Panda Garden, owing to an affiliation between the two
restaurant. Accept Credit Cards.

2) Harrison Street Coffee Shop
402 North Harrison St (at W Grace St & West Franklin
804-359-8060 Vegan-friendly
Option to make any dish vegan, breakfast, lunch, and
coffee selections. Funky atmosphere with eclectic
selection of books to read; local college hangout in
Virginia Commonwealth University. Accept Credit Cards.
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 11am-5pm, Closed Sun.

3) Ipanema
917 W Grace St
Vegan-friendly, Gourmet, Beer/Wine, Not 100%
Not 100% Vegetarian. Small menu changes periodically,
usually one fish dish but all else vegetarian and/or
vegan. Located below stairs, full bar(after 11pm) and
booths, no smoking before 10pm. Mon-Sat 11am-3pm,
5:30pm-2am, Sun 10pm-2am. Accept Credit Cards.
Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
309 N Laurel St
Vegan-friendly, Not 100% vegetarian, Offers 7 vegan
options for dinner.
4) Palani Drive
401 Libbie Ave 804-285-3200
Vegan-friendly, Fast-food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Not
100% Vegetarian. Smoothies, homemade soups,
quesadillas, wraps, salads, burritos. Most of the menu
is vegetarian; anything can be made vegan if you ask.
Accept Credit Cards.
5) Panda Veg
948 W Grace St (at Harrison)
Vegan, Chinese, International, Take-out All vegan
foods from mock meat entrees, soups, appetizers, to
sushi; soon to add buffet on weekends. Lunch specials
Mon-Fri 11am-4pm. Open Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10:30pm,
Fri-Sun 11:30am-11pm.
Health Food Stores: (4 Listings)
1) Ellwood Thompsons
4 North Thompson St (on the very end of main street)
Organic Produce, Deli, Salad Bar, Vitamins. Sit down
and take out and imported grocery store. Reasonable
and excellent. Sell many vegan and vegetarian items.
Open daily 8am-9pm.

2) Fare Share Co-op
2123 W Main St (23220)

3) Good Foods Grocery
1312 Gaskins Rd (23233) at Gayton Crossing Shopping Ct
Organic Produce, Deli, Vitamins

4) Good Foods Grocery
3062 Stony Point Rd (at Huguenot Rd/Forest Hill Ave in
Shopping Ctr
804-320-6767-Store F

******- For the last six months, concerned citizens
have been
involved in the organizing of Mountain Justice Summer,
grassroots campaign using direct action and community
organizing to
stop mountain top removal coal mining.
Opposition to coal capitalists has a long history of
facing violent
repression, and in just the last 6 months, coalfield
residents have
faced an increase of this repression. People have had
their houses
burned, pets killed, faced death threats, been shot at
and run down by
coal trucks, in addition to the usual repression of
the State.
In solidarity with the desires and concerns of
these residents, who
are most affected by the brutal violence of companies
like Massey,
participants within this campaign have agreed to
tactical and strategic
nonviolence and no property destruction while
organizing this campaign.
Though we realize this counter G-8 protest addresses
oppression broader than Mountaintop Removal Mining, it
is being
organized by and will be attended by coalfield
Please respect the strategic and personal
commitments of these
coalfield residents, who are risking their jobs,
homes, and very lives
to resist coal capitalism with a direct action
campaign. As individuals
working for environmental and social justice,
respecting this call for
nonviolence is a key way we can show our solidarity
with the residents
of the coalfields as they struggle against King Coal.

We hope this is one step in the direction of a popular
movement against
capitalism and for rural community self-determination!

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