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Not In Our Town Virtual 25th Anniversary Benefit Concert

ARKAI, a dynamic string duo out of New York with genre-bending sounds, will be performing LIVE in a virtual/online benefit concert. This concert is free, but donations are always welcome. Register here for the virtual concert and donate to the work of NIOT to stop hate, racism and bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.
 

Move2Health Equity Coalition transportation survey

The Move2HealthEquity Coalition is conducting a survey that will gather data to help guide leaders in making more equitable choices regarding transportation in the Charlottesville area. Human rights such as medical care, food access, and the right to work rely heavily on the element of transportation; without sufficient transportation, access to such human rights can be hindered. With input from faith communities in the Charlottesville area, this survey would benefit greatly from hearing the voices of people who value efforts of social justice that seek to ensure the dignity of every human being. Download flyer.
 

White supremacy on trial

Thursday, July 22, 3:30 to 4:30 pm (EDT), Register Online
Four years after the deadly attack on the Charlottesville community, a landmark federal lawsuit against the white supremacists responsible is going to court. Integrity First for America’s Executive Director Amy Spitalnick, lead counsel Roberta Kaplan, and UVA Law Dean Risa Goluboff will discuss the suit, Sines v. Kessler, and the process of holding extremists accountable. UVA Batten School's Ian Solomon and the Karsh Center's Micah Schwartzman will also offer remarks.
 

Civil Rights Pilgrimage | November 5-13, 2021

A 9 Day Journey of Growth and Discovery | $ 2,195 per person, excluding airfare
Progressive Pilgrimage provides trips nationally and internationally that inform participants about the spiritual issues that shape our world. Next November's pilgrimage explores racial justice sites in the USA. The trip begins in Atlanta and ends in Memphis. The full itinerary and details are available here
 

“The Word Is Resistance” Podcast

The Word Is Resistance” is a weekly podcast by white anti-racist Christians based on the Christian lectionary, offering an anti-racist Word for other white Christians — though all are welcome to listen. Produced by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). Click here for more faith resources from SURJ, including their Countering Antisemitism Resource List.
 

“The Disparity Trap” Board Game

Disparity Trap: The Socially Conscious Board Game provides an easy way to have the hard conversations around race & privilege in America, and how they impact society in systemically dominant (SD) and systemically non-dominant (SND) ways. The game is available for pre-order for $35, and will be shipped in October. For more information and to pre-order, click here. Watch their hilarious commercial on Youtube
 

Reimagining Blackness and Architecture

FREE Coursera.org online course started last week. Enroll here.
The Museum of Modern Art is offering this free online course that explores the relationship between architecture and Blackness as an identity and a lived experience. You’ll hear directly from Black artists, architects, scholars, and writers who reimagine their surroundings and highlight the ways Black makers have changed the world.
 

Piano Donation

A member of our community is interested in donating their grand piano to a congregation or school. The donor is offering to pay moving expenses and initial tuning once moved to the new home. If interested, click here for more information

 

RECENTLY PUBLISHED
COVID-19 RESOURCES

APPOINTMENTS AND WALK-IN VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE!

Go to the Blue Ridge Health District website or download this flyer for their vaccine distribution schedule.

Blue Ridge Health District COVID Information

  • 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. 
  • Direct VAMS Access Link to Schedule Vaccine Appointments - Community members can use this link to schedule their own appointments at BRHD vaccine clinics. It will require registration in VAMS, but all those 16+ in BRHD will be eligible using this link. Individuals can also call the BRHD Hotline to schedule an appointment
  • BRHD Newsletters - Each Friday, BRHD sends out a newsletter with a number of updates, including vaccine allocation, testing schedules, general services announcements, and more. Previous newsletters are archived on the BRHD website, but anyone can sign up to receive future 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. 
  • VaccineFinder.org - 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. We are 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.

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

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
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