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Amazon Forcing Black Elderly Residents Off Land Owned By Freed Slaves

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Woodbridge, Va. – A historic African American neighborhood made up primarily of elderly residents is threatened by plans for an Amazon data center that requires the installation of power lines through their properties. On Tuesday, July 18, the Alliance to Save Carver Road and its supporters will hold a news conference outside a meeting of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to urge the board to support community efforts to save the neighborhood.

At Tuesday’s news conference in Woodbridge, Virginia, participants will call on county supervisors to live up to their written commitments to take concrete actions — such as funding a legal challenge to oppose the 100-foot-high power lines being built in the Carver Road neighborhood.

Some of the properties, near the town of Haymarket, Va., southwest of Washington, D.C., were acquired under an 1866 law that allowed freed slaves to own land. In June, the State Corporation Commission authorized Dominion Energy to seize the land on which to build the towers, a move opposed by the residents and public officials.

The news conference will be held outside the James J. McCoart Building, Prince William County Administration, 1 County Complex Ct, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192, on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. (PWC Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 2 p.m.).

“Our community is just as important as any interest this board may have in Amazon and the monopoly giant named Dominion Energy,” said Joyce Hudson, a spokesperson for the Alliance to Save Carver Road. “No community should be made to sacrifice so much for one multibillion-dollar corporation.”

Hudson added that the supervisors’ support for the Carver Road neighborhood will send a message to Dominion Energy, which has a “miserable track record” of negatively impacting the environment and properties of ordinary people, such as with the coal ash ponds at Possum Point, the proposed power lines near Jamestown, Va., and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Buckingham, Virginia.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

One thought on “Amazon Forcing Black Elderly Residents Off Land Owned By Freed Slaves

  1. I am a new resident of Fredericksburg, currently moving in from Fairfax County, and have a concern that the Commonwealth of VA and its elected representatives are ignoring the wishes of those who are being forced to yield to corporate interest. It is one thing to ask the residents to sell the land needed, and pay fair market value for the land versus just Taking (Seizing) land without regard to those living on that land or offering to pay for the land being acquired by nefarious methods.

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