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A great success!
SoVaNow.com / July 18, 2013
Hollywood came to Halifax and it was a great success! Seeing the auditorium fill up at Halifax County High School Saturday night and hearing the overwhelmingly positive responses after the movie showing just validates why we do this for the greater good. Spending the weekend traveling around the Halifax and Pittsylvania counties with movie producer, Liz Rogers and Kevin and Brian Flint was truly a wonderful experience. They filmed many places in the towns and along the country roads we call home and they were just amazed that anyone would want to destroy our wonderful area with dirty, toxic uranium mining. As Liz said, “It’s not a matter of IF a catastrophe will happen… but when. Mining uranium in Virginia is beyond stupid.”
My gratitude to Liz Rogers, her family and film crew cannot be measured. They did what we have wanted to do for so long. To have them come here and add our battle to her film and document it so we can show everyone what will happen here if uranium mining is allowed is the greatest gift a stranger can offer another person. It’s a blessing to have them help us. The death and destruction that these uranium mining companies have already forced upon the environment and mankind in the Midwest is criminal and Liz and her crew have documented it. Uranium mining cannot be done safely! It never has been and there is no new technology to prove that it can. If the technology exists we will listen but nothing they have come up with so far has proven to be safe. We hope to have the updated version of the film that will include our battle against this monster sometime in the near future so we can take it all over the state and beyond to show, warn and educate everyone about the dangers of uranium mining.
I have to thank my father, Jack Dunavant for his tenacity, fearlessness and willingness to fight for what’s right throughout this long battle to save the land and people in his beloved Halifax. He’s a true hero for carrying this torch for more than 30 years. Secondly, I have to thank my Mom, Bertha Jane Dunavant. She is a Saint for many reasons but mostly for putting up with all of us and all of the things we get into for the greater good and being the glue that holds our family together. The many co-sponsors we had were phenomenal; Roanoke River Basin Association, Sierra Club, PRIDE, KEEP THE BAN and the Virginia Coalition and others- Thank you! Then there were the volunteers; Andrew Lester with RRBA, Samantha Parsons with Va. League of Conservation Voters, Laura Lee Cascada with Sierra Club, Karen Maute, Deborah Dix, Jimmy Popek for the audio and video for the movie. A special thank you to Halifax County High School and those involved in getting this educational documentary out to the public, the Sheriff’s Department and South Boston Police Department. Last but not least my family for their support, especially my two children Matthew and Kyle who advocate for the cause themselves, help run copies, make deliveries and even make their own dinner when I’m at meetings. And, of course, to Dan for all of his support in everything and being my “Tech” guy when computers are down. A big shout out to all of the politicians who came out Saturday night to the event and for supporting us! James Edmunds, our local Delegate, is a champion for this cause in Richmond. THANK YOU! All of you and more play a huge part in fighting this battle that we cannot afford to lose.
Each and everyone of us has a role to play and your voice DOES matter.
1. Call, email, write or visit your legislators and local representatives. Here are some key legislators to contact:
The Honorable William J. Howell, Speaker of the House 804-698-1028
The Honorable M. Kirkland Cox, House Majority Leader 804-698-1066
The Honorable David J. Toscano, House Minority Leader 804-698-1057
The Honorable G. Paul Nardo, Clerk of the House of Delegates 804-698-1619
Any letters should be sent to the above at:
P.O. Box 406
Richmond, VA 23218
2. Donate to: We The People of Va. Your donation is tax deductable. We are not paid for the work we do and putting on events like this does get expensive so please help.
We The People of VA
P.O. Box 1569
Halifax, Va. 24558
3. Talk you your family, friends, co workers and church members - ask them to do the same things above. Especially talk to your family and friends that live in other parts of the state. This WILL negatively affect them too.
Our fight is not over. It will be gearing up again this fall when the issue goes back to the General Assembly so keep calling and keep doing all you can.
We are ALL in this fight whether we want to be or not so take the time to protect your family, future generations, property values, livelihoods, our clean air and water. Because no-matter-what… all that I just mentioned is worth MORE than uranium!