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Monday, October 17, 2016

Property Rights Revival

This is an event you might be interested in attending. Of course it is right before the general election, and it is a bit of a distance to travel.  On the other hand it is right up your alley.
I might mention that Eight Rivers Council, Greenbrier River Watershed Association, ABRA, West Virginia Rivers Coalition are some of our regional groups among the 181 that signed on to the September Letter.
Property rights issues are really heating up on a national level in recent months as pipeline companies are using eminent domain for corporate profit while leaving pass-through areas with nothing and degrading them to boot.
Anyway, look at the article below.
--Allen Johnson
From: Deirdre Skogen [] 
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2016 1:00 PM
To: Deirdre Skogen
Subject: Property Rights Revival - November 6th
Dear Friends,

The first ever Property Rights Revival will be happening in Nelson County, VA, on Sunday, Nov. 6 and we want you to be a part of it!

Imagine the scene– a huge white tent in a large field, informative and inspirational speakers, “testimony” from property owners and community members, bluegrass
music, food trucks … and your organization tabling from a smaller tent or at a table along with many other organizations fighting different fights, but unified in the knowledge that our communities are not sacrifice zones!

We hope to fire people up through this event to recognize that “We the People” have both the sacred and the constitutionally protected right to protect our property, resources, and communities from profit-driven harm. We hope to empower landowners near and far to publicly commit to tear up their easement agreements, refuse to negotiate, and take the legal process as far as it will go - to eminent domain proceedings if necessary - and to empower our communities to support them however possible. We believe that such unified and public action from property owners will effectively expose the human cost of fracked gas infrastructure projects and the fundamental hypocrisy underlying FERC’s decision making process, as well as raise public and community sympathy for our cause –-- to delay and ultimately stop these projects.

We also envision this event as a major networking opportunity for all of us, as we have invited all 181 groups who signed onto the September letter, coordinated by Delaware River Keeper Network, calling for a Congressional review of the FERC. We are still lining up speakers, but Henry Howell III, an eminent domain attorney, will be the emcee for the event. Chap Peterson, a Virginia State Senator with a strong interest in property rights, is also a confirmed speaker.

What we are asking from you:

- Will a representative(s) from your organization be able to table at the Revival? Please email to RSVP.

- Would you like to be a co-sponsor of the Revival? We would love to announce your organization’s support in our web and press materials. You can email us your logo, or if you prefer, just tell us to include your organization’s name.

- Would you be willing to spread the word about this revival to your membership through your own face book pages, webpages, e-blasts, newsletters or flyers? We would love to have property owners and community members from near and far attend. We have attached materials to this email to make outreach easy.

- Can you help us identify articulate property owners with powerful stories who would be willing to give public “testimony”? The agenda will include a period where members of the audience are invited to come forward and share personal stories that demonstrate how the proposed infrastructure would affect them and their families and/or their commitment to resistance. While this period will be open for spontaneous testimony, we also plan to have at least a few property owners that we know we can count on lined up in advance. We obviously know how to find property owners in Nelson County, but would love to also hear from property owners from different counties, fights and even states. Please email us the name and contact information of any property owner you think we should reach out to, or reach out to them yourself, and tell us that we can count on them.

- Please send any other ideas for speakers, media, or other comments you may have about this event to

Critical details:

Place: Rockfish Valley Community Center, 190 Rockfish School Lane (Rt. 635 West), Afton, VA 22920

Date: Sunday, Nov. 6

Time: Gates open for the public at 1 p.m. Speakers start at 2 p.m.
We hope you will join us for an inspiring day, celebrating our property rights and reviving the spirit of the Constitution.
In Solidarity,
Deirdre Skogen
Outreach Coordinator
Nellysford, Virginia

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