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Virginians Rally for Climate, Jobs, & Justice This Saturday Morning

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From Mark Richer, an organizer of the Virginia Climate Rally

This Saturday (April 29)  at 10:30 a.m., Virginians from all over the Commonwealth will rally across the street from Union Station in Washington, DC,  to voice support for programs and policies to promote renewable energy and create green jobs, safeguard the state’s lands and waterways from the effects of climate change, and protect the state’s most vulnerable human and wildlife communities.

Following the rally, attendees will participate in the Peoples Climate March (PCM), which will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and culminate about 3 p.m. with activists surrounding the White House to demand effective climate policies, environmental justice, and green jobs. The PCM is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people, with 250 sister marches planned across the country and the world.

The Virginia Climate Rally is organized by several progressive groups in Virginia, including 350 Alexandria, Mt. Vernon Area MARCH ON!, Mount Vernon-Lee Indivisible, the Virginia Young Democrats, and Our Revolution.

The Rally speakers include Virginia State Delegate Marcus Simon (53rd District); Ken Boddye, a candidate for Delegate in Virginia’s 51st District; Elizabeth Guzman, candidate for Delegate in Virginia’s 31st District; Elizabeth Perriello, on behalf of the campaign for Tom Perriello for Governor of Virginia; Sara Cobb, Director of the Center for Narrative and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University; Jerry Casagrande, a local filmmaker; Jim Lewis, President of the Virginia Young Democrats; and others.

In addition to organizing the Rally, the organizing entities are working daily to promote policies and initiatives that encourage the elimination of fossil fuels and their replacement with renewable energy.

The Virginia Climate Rally is open to all.  Invitations have been extended to environmental and grassroots groups throughout the Commonwealth including 350.org and Indivisible groups, Virginia Young Democrats, and other progressive groups. All the riders on the 35+ buses from all over Virginia, organized by Peoples Climate Movement, have been invited using the event email list and website.

More information on this event: https://facebook.com/VirginiaClimateRally

  • Hundreds to rally in Arlington to advocate for 100 percent renewable energy
    Arlingtonians will rally to celebrate ten years of climate action

    On April 29, thousands of Virginians will head to Washington D.C. to join the People’s Climate March and encircle the White House demanding climate justice. In the morning before the march, Arlingtonians from all walks of life will rally to urge Arlington to become the first community in Virginia to commit to 100 percent clean energy by 2035.

    With climate action stalled at the federal level, it’s more important than ever to act locally. More than 25 cities around the U.S have already pledged to power their communities with 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

    The rally will be hosted by the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter alongside community organizations including Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, Leaders in Energy, and Virginia Solar United Neighborhoods. These community organizations and citizens will come together for a future powered with 100 percent clean energy and to celebrate 10 years of climate action in Arlington.

    WHAT: Arlington Acts on Climate Rally

    WHO: Arlington officials, citizens, and regional elected officials. Guest speakers include Jay Fisette, Chair of the Arlington County Board, Katie Cristol, Vice Chair of the Arlington County Board, Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington) and Amelia Martin a student at Washington & Lee High School, an Arlington Public School.

    WHEN: April 29, 2017 at 9 a.m.

    WHERE: Clarendon Metro Park, 3100 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

    VISUALS: Large crowd holding rally signs, huge banners, solar panel props and rally chants