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UPDATES: Sines vs. Kessler Trial

Sines vs. Kessler is a groundbreaking federal lawsuit led by Integrity First for America (IFA) against neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups responsible for the Charlottesville violence, August 11-12, 2017. 

“Sites of Memory” - Slave Auction Block Podcast Episode

Dr. Jalane Schmidt is pleased to announce a new episode of the UVA Religion, Race & Democracy Lab’s “Sacred and Profane” podcast. “Sites of Memory” examines slave auction sites in Charlottesville’s downtown Court Square. Myra Anderson, a Charlottesville resident who is a descendant of the Hern family – some of whom were sold in Court Square in 1829, and who were enslaved at UVA – discusses with me her own personal journey of learning about her family’s past, and how this relates to public memory around these local sites of human trafficking.
 

Indigenous Americans - We’re Still Here (Online Series)

Four Wednesdays in November, 5:30 to 7:00 pm (Register online)
The focus of The Center's “Building a More Inclusive Community" speaker series this year is on Native Peoples of America and their cultures—past, present, and future. Learn more about Native American Peoples, how they have influenced our country, and how all of us can be culturally sensitive and respectful when talking about Indigenous Americans and the issues they currently face.
 

BLM and the history of African American activism

Thursday, November 11, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. (Register here)
UVA’s Miller Center is sponsoring an online event where three experts -- Kevin K. Gaines, Andra Gillespie, Wesley Lowery -- explore the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement, setting it within the broader historical context of African American political activism.
 

Community Cares Event

Saturday, November 13, 10 am to 12 noon, at Mt Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave. 
The African-American Pastors Council is sponsoring an event giving away cleaning supplies and personal care items - first come, first served. To donate supplies or financially contribute to this event, contact Pastor Alvin Edwards (434)-373-0654 or Pastor Lehman Bates (434) 227-6465. Download flyer.
 

Volunteer for the Habitat Rake-a-Thon

Saturday, November 20, 9 am to 1 pm
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville invites faith communities to join our 2021 Habitat Rake-a-Thon, Saturday November 20th, 9am-1pm. This year all funds raised will support Southwood redevelopment. We are aiming to recruit 400 volunteers, rake 90 lawns, and raise $35,000. Deadline to register is Nov. 1. Ready, Set, Rake! Questions? Email Garrett at gtrent@cvillehabitat.org
 

Death Penalty Abolition Victory Luncheon

Sunday, November 21, noon to 2 pm, DoubleTree Hotel Charlottesville
This is a celebration for everyone who contributed to our abolition victory along the way. Sr. Helen Prejean -- leading spokesperson for abolition of the death penalty & author of Dead Man Walking -- will be one of several national abolition leaders in attendance to celebrate the Virginia victory. Tickets are $40 and are on sale. Tables with seating for six are available for $200. Click on this link to purchase individual tickets or a table. 
 

Charlottesville Area Community ID Program

This program provides a photo ID to those who can’t get a government ID card. New IDs and renewals only by appointment. Download flyers in English and Spanish. Call 434 260-0586 or visit https://www.cvilleid.org/ for more information. 
 

New Books Out by Local Authors

CVILLE RACIAL HISTORY VIRTUAL TOUR COMING SOON!!

Click on Youtube icon to view preview video about the virtual tour.
There's a new way to learn about the racial history of Charlottesville! Beloved Community Cville is developing a virtual tour which allows you to visit significant historical sites in Charlottesville through your web browser or smartphone! Their tour introduces visitors to a more complete history of Charlottesville and untold stories of Charlottesville residents, all with the goal of addressing inequity and creating Beloved Community. To learn more, click here.
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COVID-19 RESOURCES

COVID-19 VACCINES

Go to the Blue Ridge Health District website for their vaccine distribution schedule.
  • All Virginians 12+ are now eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment. Schedule a vaccination appointment at any of the BRHD sites. You may use this link for either first, second, or third doses (immunocompromised patients only). For anyone who is unable to travel to a vaccine site, BRHD can provide Homebound Vaccines in their own home. To schedule an appointment, request in-home vaccination, or for any other questions, call the BRHD Hotline: 434-972-6261.
  • The BRHD Is Offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11 Beginning Saturday, November 6, 2021, the Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) will begin to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, following guidance from CDC and FDA. Click here for more details.

Covid Testing Sites
These sites are offering free COVID PCR testing (nasal swab). COVID-19 Testing Sites . **All testing is weather dependent!** 

BRHD COVID-19 Hotline - 434-972-6261
Open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm, the BRHD COVID-19 Resource Hotline is staffed by trained operators who are ready to assist with providing local information and resources for questions about vaccines, testing, mandates, and more. Interpreters are available for those who prefer to communicate in their native language.
BLUE RIDGE HEALTH DISTRICT RESOURCES

Drive-Thru Flu Clinic: Saturday, November 6

BRHD is hosting a free drive-through flu vaccine clinic on Saturday, November 6 from 2:00-5:00 PM at Charlottesville High School (1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901). They will have 350 flu vaccines available on a first come, first served basis. No appointment is needed and flu shots are available for anyone ages 2 years and older. Unable to make this clinic, but still need your flu shot? Visit the BRHD website for more resources.
  • BRHD Newsletters
    Each Friday, BRHD sends out a newsletter with a number of updates, including information on vaccines and vaccine sites, testing resources, safety recommendations, general services announcements, and more. Previous newsletters are archived on the BRHD website, but anyone can sign up to receive future newsletters.
  • BRHD Monthly HealthWhys Newsletter
    This month: Potluck Food Safety. Click here to download their newsletters.
  • BlueRidgeCOVID.org
    This is a great landing page for all things COVID in the BRHD. It includes links to scheduling vaccines, VDH COVID dashboards, volunteer opportunities, testing options, safety tips, and more. 
  • Vaccines.gov
    This is a nation-wide search engine that allows people to look for vaccine appointments at a number of providers - health departments, pharmacies, providers, etc - based on their location. BRHD clinics are included in the results of this website. 
  • Social Media - BRHD is active on Facebook and Twitter - many people enjoy following us there as post updates and information that can easily be shared. BRHD is also on NextDoor.
FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES
Cultivate Charlottesville, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and its network, Cville Community Cares, and Albemarle County’s Equity and Inclusion Office have worked together in various combinations to create the food availability schedules below and a beautiful new online Food Map showing some of the food resources in our City and County. (Source: Charlottesville Community Cares' Newsletter) More information about weekly free food resources and free community meals can be found on Cville Community Cares’ Medium blog, updated every Tuesday at 6 pm.

City & Cultivate Charlottesville’s Food Justice Network's Food Security Text Line
Residents can text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” 24/7 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.

Use Google’s Find Food Support locator tool
Google created a Find Food Support locator tool that you can use to find your nearest food bank, food pantry or school lunch program pickup site. To use the tool, simply enter an address into the search bar and 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 <lizemrey@yahoo.com> if you have questions or if you can help.
  • For more food distribution sites, visit this Food Map showing some of the food resources in our City and County
NEWSLETTERS

Beloved Community Cville Newsletter

This bi-monthly e-newsletter spotlights Black owned businesses and organizations as well as local racial history. Sign up here.
 

Charlottesville Community Cares Newsletter

Each Tuesday evening, Charlottesville Community Cares will be sending out news stories, tips, and relevant updates about how COVID-19 is impacting us all. Sign up here.
 

UCARE's Weekly Newsletter

Sign up for the weekly newsletter sent by University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE) for the latest news, events in the Community, and gatherings at the University pertaining to racial equity.
 

Blue Ridge Health District Newsletter

Read archives and subscribe here.
 

Email Updates from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

Subscribe here for email updates. 
 

Legal Aid Justice Center

Sign up for their email here. Their latest email gives updates on Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, Inspect ICE, Expungement, School Funding, and Eviction Prevention.
 

“The Activists’ Watch,” a newsletter of the Activists’ Guide

“The Activists’ Watch,” is a biweekly newsletter that includes a summary of activist activities for the upcoming two weeks and inspirational facts and quotes. Here’s the archive of past “The Activists’ Watch” newsletters and subscribe here
ONLINE WORSHIP

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