Lambert’s Point community calls out Norfolk Southern at annual shareholders meeting to “stop killing us”

Lambert’s Point community calls out Norfolk Southern at annual shareholders meeting to “stop killing us”

Members to demand meeting with CEO, end to toxic coal dust practices

 

Norfolk, Va-- At 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, members of the Lambert’s Point community directly affected by toxic coal dust from Norfolk Southern’s rail cars and rotary dumpers, rallied and chanted outside of the Hilton Norfolk The Main Hotel. Norfolk Southern management and shareholders were greeted with calls to end its toxic practices that wreak havoc on the health and safety of the predominantly Black and working class communities nearby.

“Since moving less than three blocks away from Norfolk Southern’s facility three months ago, my 6 year old son who suffers from asthma has gone to the emergency room five times and his medications have increased from 5 a day to now 12 a day,” said Mary Mobley, resident of Lambert’s Point. “The doctor has confirmed that this is because of the new heavily polluted environment we live in. I want my son to be able to play outside and live a free life, but we have to keep him inside because of Norfolk Southern’s coal dust. They need to put people before profit and cover their dust.”

This rally comes after Lambert’s Point residents signed and mailed a letter requesting a meeting with Norfolk Southern CEO, James Squires, with no response to date. New Virginia Majority held a community meeting with residents of Lambert’s Point last month to discuss the public health outcomes and other negative impacts Norfolk Southern’s fugitive coal dust is having on their community. Many residents have been suffering under Norfolk Southern’s coal dust for decades.

 

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Statement on GOP Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

New Virginia Majority Statement on GOP Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Below is a statement from Josie Mace, Policy Associate, and New Virginia Majority member, Keith Oliver, in response to the decision by House Republicans today to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“To know that I am being denied health insurance by elected officials playing politics with my life and the lives of 400,000 other Virginians who are trapped in the gap infuriates me,” said community member Keith Oliver, who has incurred over half a million dollars in medical bills due to lack of health insurance. “I don’t know what more it will take to put people first. I just hope they do the right thing before it’s too late.”

“The AHCA adds insult to injury for Virginians,” said Josie Mace, Policy Associate at New Virginia Majority. “If this bill passess through the Senate it will send us back to a time when insurers could discriminate against those living with preexisting conditions – charging consumers higher premiums and selling them plans that don’t meet their health needs by limiting benefits and increasing out-of-pocket costs.”

In throwing their support behind this disastrous bill, many local representatives have proven they are willing to play political games with Virginia’s health care, regardless of how many people it hurts including the thousands of Virginians with pre-existing conditions in their own district and hundreds of seniors, children and people with disabilities who depend on Medicaid.

“The President and the Republicans said their proposal would cover everybody and reduce costs. Instead, it takes health care away from at least 24 million Americans, raises costs, guts consumer protections from insurance company abuses, leaves Americans with pre-existing conditions at the whim of insurance companies, and makes radical, permanent cuts to Medicaid. The Republican repeal bill doesn’t improve America’s health care – it wrecks it.”

 

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Local Workers Celebrate International Workers’ Day in Alexandria

Local workers and activist gather to celebrate and uplift each other in uncertain times

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“We Have A Right To Clean Air”: Lambert's Point Community Demands Meeting with Norfolk Southern to Cover Coal Dust

Residents from historically black Lambert’s Point neighborhood gathered to share stories about the health impacts of Norfolk Southern’s harmful  coal dust and their plans to take action

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New Virginia Majority's Statement on Vote Against Medicaid Expansion

Today, House Republicans voted against Governor McAuliffe's proposed budget amendment to expand Medicaid. Once again, House Republicans have chosen petty politics over the lives of over 400,000 Virginians who will go without access to affordable healthcare. Despite the Affordable Care Act providing Federal dollars to Virginia to fund Medicaid Expansion, for five years republicans have voted against it and wasted the Commonwealth's dollars.

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Statement on Medicaid Expansion Budget Amendment

We applaud today’s announcement by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe about plans to expand Medicaid eligibility for Virginians. Medicaid funds healthcare for low-income people and has popular bipartisan support in the Commonwealth and across the country. Yet Virginia Republicans have consistently blocked Medicaid expansion. Expanding Medicaid eligibility would provide an estimated 400,000 Virginians with health care, particularly those in low-income communities of color. How Republicans vote on this budget amendment will be a test of whether they have learned any lessons from the failure of Trumpcare or whether they will continue to obstruct health care for hundreds of thousands, despite declarations by both the Supreme Court and Speaker Paul Ryan that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.

Contact: Jasmine Leeward, press@newvirginiamajority.org, 804-250-6514


Statement on Medicaid Expansion Budget Amendment

We applaud today’s announcement by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe about plans to expand Medicaid eligibility for Virginians.

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For Immediate Release

March 8, 2017

Contact: Jasmine Leeward. press@newvirginiamajority.org, (804) 250-6514

Increased Climate of Harassment Prompts Groups to Launch  “Hate Free Virginia” Campaign

On International Women’s Day, women call on community businesses to band together for services, security, and resistance

A group of women convened in Alexandria on Wednesday to launch “Hate Free Virginia” and lift up the urgent safety and security needs of the communities being harassed with hate speech or under attack at the hands of law-enforcement agencies, white supremacy groups, and more. The “Hate Free Virginia” campaign is a response to the climate of harassment and hate that had been present before November but has accelerated since the November presidential election. seeks to increase for services and security for targeted communities, resist and challenge the structures that are stoking fear in these communities.

On International Women’s Day, members and allies of New Virginia Majority, and sister organization Tenants and Workers United - Inquilinos y Trabajadores Unidos rallied and marched to neighborhood businesses to raise awareness and condemn the hateful xenophobic climate that has been on the rise since the presidential election in November.

"I am here to support “Hate Free Virginia” to stand with my brothers and sisters and to advocate for safety and security for immigrants," said Flor Chavarria of Alexandria, who's called Virginia "home" for over 25 years. "As a mother I refuse to allow my children or anyone else’s children to live in fear and be harassed because they believe differently or look differently or come from a different country. They don’t deserve that.

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