When news broke on the first day of Black History Month that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had appeared in a photograph wherein one individual portrayed a Klansman and another was in blackface, I was on a personal pilgrimage to the Jamestown Settlement museum in Jamestown, Virginia. The purpose of my visit was simple yet meaningful to me: to honor the lives of those “20 and odd” enslaved Africans whose bondage began the peculiar institution of slavery in the United States of America.
Harrisonburg citizens already know that clean energy helps the city do its part to fight climate change while bringing the Friendly City into the 21st century economy. That’s why Harrisonburg has achieved one of the highest concentrations of solar power installed on homes of any community in Virginia.
This Thanksgiving, I came home to Harrisonburg from Massachusetts to celebrate my ten-year Harrisonburg High School reunion. Reconnecting with the people I grew up with was a good occasion to reflect on all that the ‘Burg taught me.
In Harrisonburg, I learned that a public K-12 education can be a great education. I learned to love the views from Skyline Drive in all four seasons. I learned that Kline’s ice cream knows no rivals.
Have you ever had a penny thrown at you? Have you ever been invited to your friend’s house for dinner only to overhear your friend’s sister say that you’re not welcome in their house? Have you lost most of your family to gas chambers and death marches? I have…because I’m Jewish.
Community Perspective: Newly-Formed Governor’s Council on Environmental Justice Proposes Moratorium on all Pipeline Construction
A contributed Perspectives piece by Amelia Morrison.
The latest news in the development plans for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines proposed to cross through the Shenandoah Valley presents a daring challenge to our state’s conventional approach to pipeline projects. The Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice, a citizen body of academics, legal professionals, and community organizers, has boldly urged Governor Northam to issue a complete halt to all pipeline projects in Virginia on the grounds of justice, safety, and due process.