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Virginia Coalition holds VIR fundraiser to aid mining fight
SoVaNow.com / September 19, 2013A Friday, Oct. 11 fundraiser for the Virginia Coalition at Virginia International Raceway will be headlined by the music of Dane Ferguson and Improbable Cause and will include a silent auction, great good and educational information.
The event, which is a fundraiser to support the local effort to keep the ban on uranium mining in Virginia is being sponsored by the Virginia Coalition, a diverse group of CEO’s, business owners, entrepreneurs, economic developers and former and current legislators who are concerned about the health of employees, the workforce and families given the many risks associated with uranium mining.
They are also concerned with the long term economic prospects that communities are faced with in their ability to recruit new companies and businesses to the area who are concerned about the risks of uranium mining.
Last year the Coalition raised over $100,000 to keep the ban on uranium mining and the money was used to support marketing, educational and lobbying efforts in the local area and in Richmond leading up to and during the past legislative session.
The effort was success, but unfortunately Virginia Uranium has vowed to bring the issue back before the General Assembly which meets again in January, hoping to have the ban lifted.
Reports filed with the Secretary of the Commonwealth reveal that Virginia Uranium was the top spender in lobbying and gifts to Virginia legislators, spending more than $1 million to convince legislators and the Governor to lift the ban.
A spokesman for the group writes, “Please consider supporting the effort to keep the ban on uranium mining and come out for a night of fun, fellowship, food and most importantly, helping to secure our way of life in Virginia.” Hours of the event are 6 to 10 p.m.
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