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TODAY:  "Unite the Light"
of our beloved community
at the following events:

Walking Vigil of Remembrance TODAY at 4:30 pm

Live streamed at Beloved Community Cville's Facebook page

"Unite the Light" Interfaith Service TODAY at 7:30 pm

Live streamed at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church's Facebook page.

Please gather with us today as we: 

  • Recognize all the creative ways our community pulled together to defend our town, prevent harm, and took a stand against hatred five years ago;
  • Acknowledge the trauma of what took place here and which continues to reverberate today;
  • Recommit ourselves to shining the light of truth on our shared history while working together to fulfill MLK's vision of a beloved community.

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We are also collecting an offering to support survivors of A12. Many anti-racist community members suffered terrible physical and mental trauma on August 12, 2017. They still need financial help for medical expenses, therapy, and other support. Please donate using this link:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


“No Unity Without Justice: Student and Community Organizing During the 2017 Summer of Hate” 

Exhibition on display now through October 29, 2022. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.  The 37-item 'Summer of Hate' exhibition provides personal narratives of the curators’ experiences, as well as those of various Charlottesville community activists. It was primarily curated by Kendall King, a 2018 UVA alum, artist, and community organizer; in partnership with Jalane Schmidt, a UVA associate professor of religious studies; with guest alumni curators Natalie Romero, Hannah Russell-Hunter, and Memory Project postdoctoral fellow Gillet Rosenblith. Click here for more information.

“Suppression: An Artist Response to the Roe v. Wade Decision” 

Art exhibit at Chroma Projects, August 5 - 26, 2022; supporting the Blue Ridge Abortion Fund. Additional information about the exhibit in this Daily Progress article.

“The Story of Us: Reclaiming the Narrative of #Charlottesville through Portraits of Community Resilience”

Starting August 5, 2022. Portraits displayed in the trees on the Downtown Mall. More info here.
Photojournalist Eze Amos will be displaying his photo narrative project giving voice to the experiences of Charlottesville residents surrounding August 12, 2017. Photographs of our community coming together in resistance – holding space, being brave, being vulnerable, showing love for each other – will be suspended among the trees of the downtown mall. With the aid of a QR code, viewers will be transported to that exact moment as they hear the voice of the person featured in the displayed photo describing the experience in their own words. Click here for more information and to support Eze’s GoFundMe project.

2nd Annual “Soul of Cville: A Celebration of Black Excellence in Central Virginia”
August 12, 13, 14, 2022 at IX Park, 522 Second St. SE. FREE admission

Festival programming will include live music and performances, a fashion show, a Black artisan market featuring local vendors, food from local Black-owned restaurants, and a pop-up skate event with De La Roll. There will also be a free screening of the 1989 film Do the Right Thing in conjunction with the Ix Flix free summer film series at sundown on Friday, August 12. More information here.

UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (D.E.I.) Workshop: That's the Way of the World, Intro to D.E.I.
Tuesday, August 16 | 12:30 - 1:45 pm | Online

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are words that affect many of our lives, but what do they really mean? How are they defined? What can they mean to you? Join us as we provide an introductory overview of these definitions and their potential value to you. Register HERE. Email Sly Mata with questions here.   
Additional Dates for Summer/Fall 2022: 09/13; 10/11; 11/15, 12/6.

UVA Division for D.E.I. Workshop: I Felt That, Microaggression and Its Impact
Thursday, August 25 at 12:30 p.m., on-line (registration required)

This presentation will provide an overview and definition of the concept of microaggressions, examples of three distinct types of microaggressions and their impact on individuals, and a method for confronting microaggressions in different scenarios and situations.  Email Sly Mata with questions about registration here.
Additional dates for Fall 2022: 09/22, 11/17, 12/15

“Witnessing Resistance” Photo Exhibition
Now through September 16. Free, all day. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth Street

Photojournalist Eze Amos took more than 9,000 photographs on August 12, 2017. Now, five years later, he is sharing what he experienced and witnessed during and after the alt-right rally in his exhibition. Featuring 18 images taken between 2016 and 2017, the show is narrated by Amos, and it acts as a requiem that honors those who were not deterred by fear, but moved into the streets and guided by love.


LAST DAY to RESPOND  to Community-Wide Survey Seeking Input on New Police Chief

Survey closes TODAY August 12. Links to Survey in English here and Spanish here  
More information in Daily Progress article City looking for advice on new police chief.

SURVEY ON-GOING: Swords Into Plowshares Community Survey
Take the survey here.

In December 2021, the Charlottesville City Council voted to give the City’s recently-removed statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC). [Read news release] The JSAAHC plans to melt down the monument in order to transform its bronze material into a work of public art. The public art project, called “Swords Into Plowshares,” will be informed by a community engagement process for Charlottesville residents to deliberate how the social value of inclusion can be represented through art and public space. People living in the Charlottesville area are now invited to take this survey about what makes a welcoming space and how inclusion and other community aspirations can be represented through art and public spaces. The survey is anonymous. Feel free to skip questions that you do not wish to answer. And if you belong to a group that would be interested in discussing this project further, send a message to with your group’s name and contact information.

Local / Regional

‘Finding Our Way’ series of articles in The Daily Progress this week: 


The Oak Creek massacre signaled the rise of White supremacist violence. But the warnings went unheeded -

Stacey Abrams shared her evolution on abortion policy: 'I was anti-abortion until I went to college' - Business Insider

The Charlottesville rally 5 years later: 'It's what you're still trying to forget' - NPR


Opinion/Editorial: Lawsuit funder shuts down; battle to stop bigotry goes on - The Daily Progress

Opinion/Editorial: We must unite to bring justice to hate groups - The Daily Progress

Opinion/Column: Surviving neo-Nazi hate meant supporting each other - The Daily Progress


Opinion: I Was Injured by a White Supremacist in Charlottesville. Strangers Lifted Me Up. - The New York Times

Opinion: 'I'm just a Black girl that got caught up': Five years after the deadly violence in Charlottesville -

Inspiration for Communities

Bridging Communities with Art - PBS

Shawn Dunwoody is an artist and activist born and raised in Rochester, New York. Early in his career he found success in galleries and at universities. But he's now returning his focus to his own neighborhood, hoping to ignite conversations through art to create changes in the community. He shares ‘A Brief But Spectacular’ take on bridging communities for our arts and culture series, "CANVAS."


New Pluralists offer 'Healing Starts Here' Grants  
Applications are due by August 31.

Healing Starts Here grants are available through  New Pluralists. to community-based organizations/networks that are working to achieve a politically vibrant, multi-racial, multi-faith democracy.  Grant amounts range from $100,000 to $500,000. Applications are due by August 31.

New Pluralists was organized to help realize the vision of a politically vibrant, multi-racial, multi-faith democracy that is the promise of America. Their focus is on culture change — on shifting the norms, values, skills, and behaviors that shape the way we see each other and ourselves. Grants are offered to organizations and networks that are working to support local leaders, reclaim stories, and take action across difference.

The City designated Key Recreation Center, Tonsler Recreation Center and the Central Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library as cooling centers to provide refuge from the extreme heat in the area. Water is accessible at all locations. The cooling centers will be open as long as they are needed. Hours as follows:

  • Key Recreation Center is located at 800 East Market Street. The hours of operation are 5:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Tonsler Recreation Center is located at 501 Cherry Avenue. The hours of operation are 12 p.m.- 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday.

  • The Central Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library is located at 201 East Market Street. The hours of operation are 9 a.m.—9 p.m. Monday through Thursdays; 9 a.m.—5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday.

    Useful information for getting through the hottest days: Don’t shave your dog, make sure you’re sweating — and other things you need to know to prepare for the hottest days of summer - C’ville Tomorrow






Foodfinder Tools

Cultivate Charlottesville, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and its network, Cville Community Cares, and Albemarle County’s Equity and Inclusion Office have worked together to create a map of available food resources in the area. Go online Foodfinder Map.

City and Cultivate Charlottesville’s Food Justice Network launches 24/7 Food Security Text Line  Residents can text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to (844) 947-6518 to receive information about food resources available near their current zip code. Information is available in English and Spanish. Here’s more information.

Google's Food Locator Tool - Google created a Find Food Support locator tool to locate your nearest food bank, food pantry, or school lunch program pickup site. To use the tool, simply enter an address into the search bar. Information for the sites closest to you will be displayed. If possible, call a location before you visit to verify days/hours they are open and any requirements.


Food Distribution

  • New Beginnings Christian Community – every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 1 to 4 pm. Every Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm at New Beginnings Christian Community, 1130 E Market St. Recipients can choose the food they want. Mask and social distancing required. No paperwork needed. Contact Rev. Liz Emrey at <> or call 434-872-0800 if you have questions or if you can help.

  • See the Foodfinder Map for more food distribution sites in the area.


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