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UNITY DAYS C’Ville

Upcoming May events highlighting history: Monacan History, Sally on Main Street, Monticello to Main St. tour, Jewish History, Irish and Enslaved People History, African American Men in the Union Army, Eugenics and Segregation at UVA. Please visit the city’s official Unity Days calendar for dates and times.
 

"Beginning with ME: Creating Just and Thriving Organizations" Workshop

Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the CitySpace on the Downtown Mall
This is a free 6-hour experiential workshop--facilitated by The Sum. Participants will have the opportunity to self-reflect and interact with one another, within a variety of structures and models, to develop greater internal clarity, empowerment, and better alignment between intention and impact...across our differences of race, culture, religion, socio-economic class, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation for just and joyful lives and organizations. Light lunch will be served. Register (for free) here.
 

Confederate Statues Walking Tour

Sunday, June 9 at 2 pm. Meet at Court Square on East Jefferson Street in front of the Johnny Reb statue.
Jalane Schmidt, UVA Religious Studies professor, and Andrea Douglas, Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, will give an historical and art historical walking tour of Charlottesville's downtown Confederate monuments. Wear comfortable shoes, as the tour takes a little over an hour.
 

Webinar with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation - sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 8 pm – 10 pm EDT, via Zoom. Register here or Facebook event to join the call.
Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice - this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.
 

ONGOING LOCAL PROGRAMS

Next Community ID Drive

Saturday, June 1 at New Beginnings Church - 1130 E. Market St.
NOTE: Doors open at 8 am, applicants must arrive before 9 am.
We encourage everyone to get this community ID, as a way of supporting the program and ensuring that there won't be a stigma attached to having one.
Attached are fliers (in English and Spanish) that have details, including a list of the required documents.
Read Russ Linden’s report on a very successful ID Drive on May 4.
Questions? Contact Russ Linden Office: 434.978.7775
 

Poor People’s Campaign in Virginia

Virginia has joined Rev. William Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of Systemic Racism, Poverty, the War Economy, Ecological Devastation and the nation’s Distorted Morality. The campaign is looking for someone in Charlottesville/Central Virginia to serve on the Coordinating Council for the Poor People’s Congress in Washington D.C., June 17-19. Responsibilities include attending bi-weekly Wed. night Zoom meetings, help plan and/or identify events in their community, represent the Poor People's Campaign at events. For more information, contact Andrea Miller <andrea@peopledemandingaction.org> (who serves alongside Rabbi Michael Knopf and Swami Dayananda as State Coordinating Committee members.)
 

A Local Alternative to Predatory Lending

The "Coalition for Economic Opportunity" (CEO) is a local nonprofit that offers short-term, low-interest loans of up to $650 to help people in times of crisis, keeping them from having to use payday or auto title loans. Over $50,000 has been loaned out in the last few years, enabling people to pay for car repairs, medical bills, and other unexpected expenses without entering into a cycle of debt. With additional funds, more loans can be provided in our community. Please help us spread the word, as one tangible way to enact our faith commitments and deal a blow to exploitative economic practices. For more information, contact Will Brown at University Baptist Church (434-293-5106), or visit the CEO's website: https://www.justice4all.org/coalition-for-economic-opportunity/
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