Things going on we want you to know about!
The Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project is installing solar panels on the roof of their building located at 425 Hill Street in Harrisonburg. A collaboration of Shenandoah Valley community organizations is seeking to support and amplify their mission to learn, share, and illuminate the rich African American history and culture of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Donate HERE. Or HERE.
More about this project from Eric Gorton at Harrisonburg’s The Citizen HERE.
Cathy Strickler of Climate Action Alliance of the Valley recently presented Shamika Hayes, Director of the Simms Preteen Center of the Boys and Girls Club, with copies of Our World Out of Balance by Andrea Minoglio and Climate Action: What Happened and What We Can Do by Seymour Simon. She has been raising money to purchase dozens of copies of these books and getting them into the hands of local youth.
The 50 by 25 campaign is calling for the City to take action on climate change, increase renewable energy, and make home energy costs affordable through energy efficiency programs. It has succeeded in seeing through the unanimous passage of “Resolution in Favor of Harrisonburg’s Transition to Renewable Energy by 2035” by Harrisonburg City Council on November 10, 2020. More here from WHSV.
Tom Benevento has an opinion piece in the February 28, 2020, edition of the Daily News-Record about the importance of this effort. Tom discusses the campaign in an episode of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement’s podcast Democracy Matters on October 16 here. See him talk about the passage of the resolution with Bob Corso on WHSV’s 1 on 1 on November 13, 2020, here.
At their June 16, 2020, meeting, the steering committee of the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley voted unanimously in favor of supporting Black Lives Matter with this resolution:
Resolved that the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley stands in support of Black Lives Matter, that we support a redirection of tax dollars away from policies that enable police brutality, and toward policies that meet community needs and link environmental and social justice.