Photo credit: Alliance to Save Carver Road @carverroadalliance (Facebook)

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 a historic African American neighborhood made up primarily of elderly residents threatened by plans for an Amazon data center that requires the installation of power lines through their properties.

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.

Photo Credit: Alliance to Save Carver Road @carverroadalliance (Facebook)

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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  • TheDOTKU

    Please keep us updated. I love Amazon but I would find somewhere else to shop if they started mistreating people and thinking they are too big to fall.

    • Emc Squared

      Absolutely

    • Beatrice DuPont

      Have you really never heard of the “https://grabyourwallet.org/” campaign? Boycott companies that carry Trump products. Amazon carries Trump products.
      Amazon – Retailer that Sells Trump Family Products & advertises on hate speech sites such as Breitbart.

      Amazon bought Whole Foods which I will boycott.

      • TheDOTKU

        I can’t blame them for being an open market and don’t buy Trump products that I know of… they sell a lot of things any number of people would have issues with for different reasons, and… if the military have to obey the guy right now, Amazon might not want to go there. That’s not a reason I personally would go so far out of my way for right now atm, especially considering how impressive the global market is they provide, etc. Stealing land granted to previous slaves of this country, people who built this country, is another thing entirely. 🙁 If you have any suggestions about alternative online sites to shop from or other tips about getting the same shipping deals etc without Amazon I’ll look into them. 😉

      • Evelyn Turno

        Ugh, you are really going to make this a Trump issue, for the love of God just stop.

        • biffula

          I’ll buy from Amazon now just because they DO carry Trump products. Thanks for making this about politics dumb @ss

        • Larry Cobb

          Trump and God in 1 sentence is sacrilegious…

        • Beatrice DuPont

          Amazon advertises on hate speech sites such as Breitbart thus supporting Breitbart.

      • Christine Voge Popper

        Thank you for the information Beatrice. I will be boycotting Amazon from this moment on. My husband will be thrilled to hear it!

      • Nancy Keeler

        If you don’t want to purchase Trump products, fine. But why are you making THIS a Trump issue? Or is everything a “Trump” issue to you and am I committing “hate speech” by pointing this out?

        • Beatrice DuPont

          Amazon advertises on hate speech sites such as Breitbart which supports Breitbart.

          • Nancy Keeler

            I’m sure that anything you disagree with is designated hate speech.

      • Unknow

        Hey you saw what happened to his daughter clothing line. Hope Amazon dont want that to happened. Lossing so many customers, just to have some kind of power. It’s not wroth it. Just let the people be!!!

    • SIVOUSPLAIS

      I agree also. I’m all in. Don’t do it. Show some respect!

    • slink61

      Started? What are you waiting for?

    • Ash

      Amazon has BEEN mistreating people. Google “Amazon employee turnover” and you will see how disgusting Jeff Bezos is to his own employees. He is also running a scam job posting website called Amazon Mechanical Turk (Mturk) that pays slave wages (no pun) to workers and violates every US labor law you can think of. I stopped shopping at Amazon a few years ago when they call themselves stealing $79 from me behind that Amazon Prime bullsh*t. I ordered Prime for a year to watch some tv shows on Amazon Instant Video and after 3 months the shows were no longer available to watch. I had to buy each episode separately if I wanted to keep watching, even though it came with Prime and I had already paid for a year. I was not able to get my money back from Amazon and when I did a chargeback through my bank, they rejected the bank as well by saying “Prime is non-refundable”. Bezos is stealing money from customers and is obviously using it to steal land from US citizens.

    • Wannamakeadifference

      They are ” starting” to mistreat people ?….they have a bad record of mistreating employees big time ( being paid by production, no time for bathroom breaks)…..why do you think the service is so fast ????

    • TheDOTKU

      I want you all to know I am reading your comments and tracking on this and concerned and trying to decide what I am going to do. I just got a pop up notification about this right when I was stressing about a situation I am currently going through with the local power company. Their customer service has taken it upon themselves to harass me for months now over being a disabled veteran. It all started with them overcharging me $600. Now they are demanding money I paid them months ago and refuse to back down even with proof of payment. I live in Tacoma, WA… I am from Seattle, WA and have found Amazon (perhaps because of hometown preference) is one of the few businesses that I’ve been able to trust that has worked with me on issues in a respectful way. It’s upsetting to hear about this because they have the resources to innovate and could get most of the people involved to reach an agreement… and it feels like duty to me to boycott them if this goes through… and that would really make life more difficult for me. Like I said, I’m a disabled veteran, it’s hard on me running all over town to every business and I have a limited income. Really so disgusted by most of what is going on in the country I put my life on the line for, still mourning the lives of those I worked with in service who didn’t make it. It’s all a nightmare.

      • Who_TheOne

        Call your local television station and make a report that will certainly get their attention a bit of negative press goes along way.

        • TheDOTKU

          Thank you for making a suggestion about my situation. I actually started informing them when it first started because that hack in the UK happened around the same time and I was worried the company was hacked and was trying to warn people. They just ignore me. There was a shooting at the elemenatry school across the street one weekend where my neighbor chased the guy and they ignored me reporting that too, I wasn’t the only one trying to get it reported in the media just because we wanted kids inside cause the guy got away. Right now my plan is to look for a lawyer. They said it is due the 7th or they turn off my power and my landlord said if they turn off my power he’ll put it in his name. I’m going to go to the local veterans organizations on Monday to see what they can advise as far as legal support. :/

          • TheDOTKU

            I have to add, this is not something I want to do… I’ve begged them to drop it, they even tried to have me arrested, but they’ve been paid… I’m not a greedy person, I’m not trying to get money out of a lawsuit like you know… Walmart suing the city for not letting them build where they want around here, I’d just like some respect…. I paid my bill like I was suppose to.

  • britishrose

    NEWFLASH amazon is a racist based company employeeing only 20% blacks 40% hispanic and a rest whites . amazon has a customer service company in mexico , where they hire nothing but mexican there and in america when trump came in they. let a lot of the hispanics go who had no identy afraid someone would find out they were working illigals , in their dallas houston and national locations . mexicans were moveing to new york florida georgia and north carolina even in groves cause amazon is well know in mexico the owner is mexican too . a quarter billion company and they too cheap to hire americas for those jobs , they do have some american working called seller services vendors , but thats mostly whites and mexican they still dont wanna contract black and they hire and fire rapidly amazon is new because . they are like uber , in productivity .. creating services you cant do without , the catch is color of skin .. they give those jobs to unqualified people . and try to leave blacks out by asking for rediculous things to applic like presence on line , and insurance , and screened workers which leave out a lot of black men who may have been locked up for non serious crimes . they can turn your app down . and if your black and you hire black they may cancell your agreement all together .like they did a friend of mine she believe it was racism . because there are not a lot of black vendor with them . and they email you and there is no phone number for complaints at all , so they have , mexican answer the phones cheap labor . and those mexican are real racist .. not surprised it uber your talking about ..

    • KarenJ

      I’m not going to discuss the bulk of your post as I lack the info to do so. I would however like to take note of your math. If Amazon hires 20% black and 40% latino workers then the “rest white” that means white employees are also at the 40% mark. Equal in numbers to minority Latinos. How that may balance out in terms of salary levels could be a whole other story. I don’t claim to know.

      • Gary Klein

        I noticed the same thing Karen. Britishrose is wildly inconsistent in her comments and her “facts” don’t add up to her opinion.

        • britishrose

          im an insider and i know quite a bit , so i dont have to prove a fact to prove a point, i know this from pure experience with uber , they are racist , and i have the backup proof and all , maybe iam in human resources, so how do you know what i know and dont know ., mind your business , and learn a lesson . that you could not possibly know unless someone else had the proof.
          your comment makes no since , and your not black so you have no idea how racism work .. we forgive your ignorance ,cause the average non black in america kkk is confused ,and dont read your own horrific history in which your ancestors orchestrated . we are victims of a goverment that failed us , by letting someone decide were not good enough . so they took down the black only signs . but hell that was physically mentally those signs are hanging in every american small town and city . you just gotta know how to read the signes ,cause i do honey

          • dom

            Liar. YOu’re not an “insider”, you’re just a pathetic whiner that thinks everyone is against you. Got a problem with business not wanting to hire felons, than tell your people to stop committing felonies.

          • britishrose

            yes the slave owners children children are out!! you sound like a pathetic white old man , whom was glad kennedy was killed ,just cause he had black friends lol , or your racist daddy sat around all day blaming nigros for his trailor park living and raggedy truck, and mad cause blacks , are on wall street , blacks are some of the best actors , and blacks have companys. and has been successful in building america . white man didnt build america we did . ahhhhh i understand your poor fears white man . lol .. why dont you go out back and get arope and put it in a tree and kill yourself? since you cant stand the success of us black folks .. liar? i own a business my slave ancestors made that happen , you know martin luther etc .. . we have organizations that take care of us all the time . and the only whites going to college are the ivy league kids you know drs lawyers , … its always some pooor patty like you on line beefing and why? look in the mirror you will see why you crying about amazon a company who wouldnt hire you to wipe their azzes okkkk fool shut up and take a drink of some horse pee
            you bee alright

          • SJ Swayzee

            Wow, are you supporting Amazon, or anti-Amazon? You can’t make up yourown mind what point you’re making! ?

          • ChocolateCity

            well, it don’t matter her position, are you trying to say up rooting this community is right? what’s your point?

          • ChocolateCity

            Go f##ck yourself…with the fake rage…and excuses…whiner? really. why you mad? bye fool.

          • Sharebunny

            Go and check out the list of felon’s that that took this country coming from the Mayflower

          • Loretta Stone

            Tell em

          • SJ Swayzee

            I seriously doubt you’re in Human Resources, dear. That’s typically a professional position that requires at least a Bachelors degree, and you can’t spell correctly and use proper punctuation. Please. Just stop.

          • ChocolateCity

            I think everyone is aware of your insight….some people just choose to ignore it.

            But, you’re right about Uber. that’s a rip. LOL unfortunately ..many minorities are the ones that need to work…..so it can come off racist. But, its a rip on the drivers regardless. lol They make it seem like you’re gonna make all this extra money…but you actually have to drive sun up to sun down to actually clear $100. Not sure if your in a high cost of living state the pay is better…I doubt it. you also end up spending a great deal of your own money on gas, tires and fixing your care. Its a rip on the driver…the end. lol

        • Andrea Timmerman

          Nor can she spell!!

      • Tiffany Frank

        I think she was more do trying to argue the inequality of black workers, contractors, & vendors in Amazon.
        She made some points on how applications are rejected base on business venture being black owned and black hiring..
        Also since the own is Mexican hos ethnic group is the majority. So comparing the 40% whites vs 20% blacks there is reason for concern in the overall equality of equal and fair employment actions of Amazon.

        • PacificGirl818

          Jeff Bezos is not Mexican. His stepfather is a Cuban immigrant hence the name Bezos. His biological father’s last name is Jorgensen.

          • britishrose

            thats from a mexican descent sorry wrong!!!! cubans and mexicans are from the same dam culture background they speak the same language and they got each others backs ..bezo saw those jobs leaving mexicans who were illegal and he knew he would be inline for questioning next as to which amazon was hiring mexicans instead of americas for those jobs? so he cleaned up his act, but he still neglected to hire under the fair employment act of america . he straddle the line of unfair labor act , he better get it together cause a class action law suite is not impossible .

          • dom

            OK, now I know you’re just a stupid person. Let me guess, you get your information from BLack Israelistes? Mexicans and Cubans are most certainly NOT of the same cultural background. Please, just shut up, your malignant stupidity is giving me a headache.

          • britishrose

            shut up troll , mexican may not be cuban but they are all from the same descent 2milliion years ago READ FOOL read your geneologic almanac , or shut your face , im a writer for one and i know exactly what is happeing . amazon attemepted to illegally hire ,cause they didnt want to give contracts to blacks and it blew up in thier face when donld trump said he would vigorously fight companys hiring out side of america and track down all companies hiring illegals , you dont know sh..t apparently ‘ go back to grade school cause high school would be too advanced for you … you know nothing about white history in america , why slaves were traded or nothing .. i feel bad for you cause every comment you make .. blacks are not even responding cause we know your type . a poor white struggling to understand ashamed of you ancestry i would hang myself if i was you with that type of in denial of your own heritage

        • britishrose

          the owner is definatly of mexican descent , no matter who said other wise he sent all those customer service jobs to mexico which is just as bad as sending them to china , he hired a lot of mexicans in america whom were illegal , and fired a lot of them when trump came in and started checking status of immigrants whom most working for amazon in america was illegal big time . i dont care whom is disagreeing cause that person , may be working for amazon , and an article like this destroys amazon integrity . and their people scour ads every day loooking for negative press on them . . RO is not the only news outlet reporting this story , but yahoo and cnn is not reporting , cause their audience will make people listen better

      • Cam Dragon

        “Hispanic” is not a race. Neither is “Latino”. Just means you speak Spanish/Latin language. Most Hispanics in the so-called united States are classified as white. More specifically, they are given the designation “White Hispanic”. They’re still white, so to call them “minorities” is “Irish people can’t be racist” levels of confusion.

        • Shauntel Kerr

          I speak Spanish and I’m African American… does that also make me Hispanic ? Try again…

          • ebaiden

            you’re black.

      • Yvonne Daniels

        That is not equal. It should be 33% for each

    • Monique Gordon

      Amazon also bough Whole Foods and Zappos.

      • Ash

        Thanks for reminding me. I won’t be shopping at either of those places either. I’m fed up with Amazon. They used to be a great company. I turned all my friends onto it. Sorry I did that now.

    • SrAgri

      “amazon is a racist based company employeeing only 20% blacks 40% hispanic and a rest whites .”

      If your numbers are correct (which I doubt), then Amazon is discriminating terribly against white people and Asians in favor of black people and Hispanics.

      From the 2010 census:
      72% – White
      16% – Hispanic
      13% – Black
      5% – Asian

      • Sheryll Lander

        Exactly…lol

      • James Quintana

        Thank you!

    • JB

      You lack facts to comment here. You are uninformed. Now with that said, I am a black male Amazon employee and I have a huge issue with a)what’s happening here and b)diversity at Amazon. So don’t think I’m defending the hiring practice or decisions when it comes to minorities. 1st) the owner isn’t Mexican. He was adopted by a Cuban family. 2)Amazon is much larger than a quarter Billion 3)I’m sure that illegals are hired at amazon but not without some form of dishonesty on the hiring managers or employees part. It would be a really dumb move for Amazon corporate to drive this type of hiring practice 3) there are more “types of people” in the world than black, white and Mexicans. 4) call centers are outsourced in many companies but mostly to India. You know, Indians exist. I’m not sure where they are in your math above. Basically, I hate to be negative when having a discussion, but everything you’ve written is inaccurate and lacks plan sentence structure.

      • TJ

        JB
        Hispanics and African American are employed more at Amazon because they are paid less. As an employee of amazon, I think that you see this and that is why you are having a problem with them. You are right about they are outsourcing alot of their products in India. As her numbers she is somewhat off track but not far. You were wrong with talking about her sentence structure. Some people like me write in broken text form. Like sum1…meaning someone. Just saying.

      • James Quintana

        It’s not negative when you present your experience. Great comment.

      • britishrose

        trust me their main call center is in mexico for seller services , and the mexicans some dont speak good english at all ., they are rude some of them , and arrogant , bezos is cuban i dont care where he was raised , he stands up for mexicans illegal and all , yes he has hired illegals in america to do some of them domestic jobs like stoking shelvs in stores etc amazon is big but not to big to be not suied . my uncle was hired and fired 5 months later cause he black , the issue they fired him fior was ignorant , they just dont want blacks working

        • dom

          I told you to be quiet little girl, you have no idea what you’re talking about.

        • Johnnie Shane

          Would you please learn to spell, punctuate, and write a complete sentence. You would be much more believable. At least capitalize American.

        • Sophie McDaniel

          You “don’t speak good english.”

  • Widline Jean Jackson

    Shame on you Amazon!! I don’t know if I want to continue shopping with you. EBay, here I come

  • Wise Mocha

    Anyone interested in learning more about how to help: http://www.ProtectPWC.org and https://www.gofundme.com/protect-the-carver-road-community

  • Sharon Wilkins Hulse

    writing Amazon to DO NOT DISTURB THESE RESIDENTS.
    QUALITY OF LIFE OVER…$$$$

  • http://twitter.com/withbrutality inclinedtohatehumans

    Amazon is becoming a true monopoly. They’re already looking into grocery stores which will not be employing anyone who doesn’t know how to fix machines that will replace cashiers/humans, etc.
    Makes me ashamed that I am paying this company money, especially given that I am Black. If there are any alternatives to Amazon, let me know by replying to this.

    • allisonwilliamshill

      We all visited on foot or thru the net several stores before. An article you might want to read:
      https://newrepublic.com/article/119769/amazons-monopoly-must-be-broken-radical-plan-tech-giant

    • Ash

      I guess we still have Target, Walmart, and if you get really desperate, Walgreens? Anything but Amazon at this point. I’m about to spread this article around to everyone I know because all black people need to cease shopping at Amazon immediately.

      • http://twitter.com/withbrutality inclinedtohatehumans

        Honestly Black people need to stop shopping at ALL those places you listed, but until Black grocery and goods stores are a common thing again we’ve got no real choice.

  • Mozell Devereaux

    Of you hire more Hispanic employees the wages are not competitive…. I bet that is the problem…. That’s what I got from it

  • Beatrice DuPont

    “https://grabyourwallet.org/” campaign. Boycott companies that carry Trump products. Amazon carries Trump products.
    Amazon – Retailer that Sells Trump Family Products & advertises on hate speech sites such as Breitbart.

    Amazon bought Whole Foods which I will boycott. Have an Amazon card but won’t use it.

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  • britishrose

    this article should be about big billiaire companies like amazon taking jobs from americans and selling them to mexico , they care fmore about mexicans then americas oout of jobs to feed american familys mexican over in america sending money to familie, its crazy

    • dom

      yawn

      • Johnnie Shane

        double yawn

  • Rick Taylor

    Perhaps fingers should be pointed at the State Corporation Commission and Dominion Energy as well, not just Amazon. Their greed is driving this decision.

  • DEIDRE MERCER

    This is offensive. Seizing HISTORIC LAND! Emphasizing that Blacks don’t count!
    “NEWS
    Amazon forcing Black elderly residents off land owned by freed slaves
    By Yvette Caslin | July 17, 2017 7:36 AM EST | 45
    Photo credit: Alliance to Save Carver Road @carverroadalliance (Facebook)
    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 a historic African American neighborhood made up primarily of elderly residents threatened by plans for an Amazon data center that requires the installation of power lines through their properties.
    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.”
    Well NOT IN THERE BACK YARD”.
    Look for another place. Leave this historic site alone.

    • Ash

      Not to mention, installing power lines through people’s properties sounds like cancer waiting to happen.

    • SrAgri

      Why are you copying and pasting the article into the comment section?

      You make no point and it’s just irritating.

  • http://www.amrev2point0.net P Suzanne Garrett

    Are there any related petitions for this issue? If not, should we/(I) make one?

  • lajaw

    How can imminent domain be given to private corporations? Railroads, electric companies and pipeline companies are not “public use”. Public highways, parks, governmental buildings constitute “public use”. This use of “eminent domain” is used for private profit. There is no public use involved.

  • http://www.itzallwayzconnected.com/ BRENDA ebonitia NERO

    IT IS WHAT IT IS because itzallconnected.

    This history teacher likes quotes: “Today, it is us. Tomorrow it will be you.” -Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia (1939) after Italy invaded his sovereign nation–again–with airplanes. Capitalism is as evil as spelling live backwards. Frankly, my dear, even if I could play a sax, I wouldn’t imitate, or intimidate, the people forced [by a violent society built on unjust law] to change an overreaching understanding of “bad” into something really really good; and, therefore, profitable. I am amazed how this ongoing mastery of “white-out” has weakened even the need for actual fact. Once again, this society is rebranding “act-U-all-lies,” and “alternative facts.”

    Truly, Word is a jazzy god that few can “here.” Those spotlighted, oppressed, imitated, raped, murdered, consumed, and memorized, people must truly be known to some higher power with long-range plans, and excellent higher order thinking skills. A higher level of consciousness “can-knot” be stolen, imitated, denied, consumed, or destroyed. This community must not only be protected, but declared an historical, living, landmark. We are all a wonder-full part of The All-of-it. Soon enough, enough of us will learn enough to appreciate being hounded into another level of consciousness. I look forward to the day when I am surrounded by Otherz healed by the last laugh.

    “if we all are not free, none of us is free.” — Ida B. Wells-Barnett

    • SrAgri

      Your post is incoherent and rambling. We have no idea what you are saying.

  • EMILY POST

    Do the people get some of the profits… I dont get why they get to acquire the land and not rent the land from the people???? Why is it not protected… where I live they will protect something as historic if a famous author wrote a book and lived there.

  • Full of Sith

    I consider myself an Amazon fanatic (Echo, Fire Stick, Fire Tablet, Prime Account), as they are my go to when I need to purchase something, but I will kick them to the curb if they persist in this action.

  • Rita Darragh-Connors

    I haven’t shopped with Amazon since they didn’t have the guts to come out with an anti-hate policy and continued Breitbart advertising.
    I know I’m coming late to this abomination …..this has turned my stomach. I knew we went back in time with this election but never realized how far back. I find this absolutely heartbreaking and disgusting.I wish I had the money to fight, I’m so angry and incredibly heartsick. I know the saying “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it”…but this is fighting.
    You are in my prayers and I will never stop being a voice for justice….. I’m so sorry this community and family is not valued as I feel it should be.
    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The trader is the plague”
    Author: Cicero