GJEP Statement on a Real Face of Northam's Racism

February 5, 2019

The home of Union Hill resident, Ella Rose is just 150 ft from the property where the more than 50,000 HP compressor station is to be built. It is one of three compressor locations for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline – if the ACP is not stopped.

PHOTO: Langellephoto.org


Buffalo, NY: Global Justice Ecology Project released this statement today regarding Governor Ralph Northam (D-Va.) and the racist photographs that recently surfaced that were taken years earlier. Governor Northam has been denounced and asked to resign by other politicians and citizens.


Orin Langelle, who photographed the historic community of Union Hill, VA last summer for Global Justice Ecology Project headquartered in Buffalo, NY, released the following statement:


"Whether VA Governor Ralph Northam was or wasn't in a racist photo from decades ago, to me is not the most important question regarding the man's racist tendencies. It is also his current actions that must be taken into account.


"One only has to look at Union Hill, Virginia to see that Northam is still a racist, and a potentially deadly one. 


"Northam is refusing to stop Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline natural gas compressor station slated to be built in Union Hill, an historic community founded by freedmen and emancipated slaves after the Civil War. One mishap at that compressor station could be deadly to many residents of that predominantly African-American community.


"He is ignoring the recommendations of his own Advisory Council on Environmental Justice (ACEJ) that called for a halt to the ACP due in part to its 'disproportionate impacts for people of color and for low-income populations...'


"Would he have allowed it to be built in one of the affluent white suburbs of Richmond?"


NOTES: Of particular concern was the placement of a compressor station in the historic community of Union Hill. The controversial placement was not only criticized by the Governor's own Advisory Council, which he not only ignored but reportedly threatened to terminate because of its criticism of the project. Also Governor Northam was widely criticized for the shocking replacement of two members who had been critical of the Governor prior to the unanimous vote to place the compressor in Union Hill.


Photographs available to media upon request.


For more information contact Steve Taylor   (314) 210-1322    steve@globaljusticeecology.org




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