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In 2017, the Charlottesville City Council proclaimed March 3 to be Liberation and Freedom Day. The celebration commemorates the March 3-6, 1865, arrival of Union cavalry in the area, when town and university officials surrendered at the current site of the UVA Chapel, and thousands of enslaved residents took the opportunity to escape and follow U.S. troops as they continued their advance toward Petersburg, Virginia.
 

Freedom and Liberation Day Schedule of Events 2021

for more information, please visit Jefferson’s School’s website.

Sunday February 28, 2021
  • 2:30 pm Slave Auction Vigil: Honoring the Ancestors webinar. Beloved Community Cville is hosting Slave Auction Block Vigil: Honoring the Ancestors that will be live streamed from the Historic Court Square in downtown Charlottesville. Community members (Don Gathers, Cauline Yates, Apostle Sarah Kelley, Jalane Schmidt, Rev. Lehman Bates and others) will acknowledge the trauma which took place there and honor local enslaved ancestors. Due to COVID-19, this event is in-person for only the participants.
    Register for the webinar HERE
Monday March 1 through 6, 2021 Monday March 1 Tuesday, March 2 Wednesday, March 3 Thursday, March 4
  • 12 pm: Sam Towler, Researching the African Americans at Monticello During the Civil War. Sam Towler has researched the African American families who were at Monticello during the Civil War years. Sam will present a summary of his process and findings, and share the sources he used for his research. Sponsored by Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. The event is limited to 100 participants registered on Zoom. Live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/ACHistSoc
  • 7:30 pm: Theater of the Oppressed of NYC + Charlottesville Players Guild collaboration workshop. Theatre of the Oppressed NYC partners with community members at local organizations to form theatre troupes. These troupes devise and perform plays based on their challenges confronting economic inequality, racism, and other social, health and human rights injustices. After each performance, actors and audiences engage in theatrical brainstorming – called Forum Theatre – with the aim of catalyzing creative change on the individual, community, and political levels. 
Friday, March 5
  • 1:00-4:00 pm: Follow the Path to Freedom Memory event at the UVA Monument to Enslaved Laborers. In successive small groups of 6-10 attendees at a time, enter MEL circle to listen to descendants speak. This event is sponsored by the Descendant of Enslaved Communities at UVA.  
Saturday, March 6
  • 12 pm: Virginia State University Drumline, TBD
  • Evening TBD: Film screening: “The Coachman” and “Byrdland”  Lorenzo Dickerson’s documentaries about Keswick-area plantations of Castle Hill & Turkey Hill, 90-minutes.  Maupintown Media + JSAAHC
Sunday, March 7
  • 3pm: The Other Madisons, film screening and conversation with filmmaker Eduardo Montes Bradley and Bettye Kearse, author of The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family. In this 40-minute documentary, Bettye Kearse traces her ancestry to Mandy, her family’s first African ancestor enslaved on American soil and who became the property of President James Madison’s estate in Virginia, Montpelier. After film discussion moderated by Andrea Douglas. Co-sponsored by the Heritage Film Project. The event is live streamed on YouTube and Facebook.

Power in Numbers: Advocacy, Organizations and Activism

Wednesday, March 3, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Register for Zoom.
Piedmont Community College is hosting this webinar. Michael Cheuk from Cville Clergy Collective, Virginia Organizing’s Brian Johns, Jared Calfee from Virginia21, and Don Gathers from PHAR will share how their respective organizations build consensus within their communities as well as advocate for and affect change. Discussions will focus on each organization’s efforts to mobilize and organize. More information here.
 

The Center’s Diversity Speakers Series 

Starting March 3 through April 7, 5:30 pm, on Zoom
Sponsored by The Center at Belvedere. This series features presentations by local leaders who are helping to shape a culture of anti-racism and inclusion in Charlottesville. The online event runs for six consecutive Wednesdays. The series is free and open to all, but registration is required. Speakers include Susan Bro, Jalane Schmidt, Charlene Green, etc.  
  1. Go to the 2021 Diversity Speakers Series page to register for Zoom link.
  2. Click on the date of the presentation you wish to attend. You need to register for each talk you wish to attend individually, and there’s only 300 “seats” available, first come-first served.
  3. Repeat step two for any additional presentation(s) you wish to attend.
  4. Fill out the information requested, then click “Register.”
  5. You will be sent an email confirmation and Zoom link immediately and closer to the date of the event.

Ira Wallace Lecture: “Better Backyard Tomatoes”

Thursday, March 4, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm, Register for Zoom.
The Piedmont Master Gardeners have lined up an outstanding slate of speakers for their 2021 Spring Lecture Series presented online over four Thursday evenings in March. On March 4, Ira Wallace will lecture on “Better Backyard Tomatoes.” An organizer of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, Wallace coordinates outreach and education for the Southern Exposure cooperative, which helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening. 
 

Habitat for Humanity Accepting Applications for Homeownership Soon 

Habitat's 2021 Homebuyers/Pathways application is now available! Potential applicants should attend a live Application Information Meeting (AIM) or watch the AIM video/ take the AIM quiz to familiarize themselves with the application process. For more information, please read this Google Doc.  
 
To receive an application, please complete this Homeownership Interest Form, call the main office at 434-293-9066, or email familyservices@cvillehabitat.org. Those who need assistance completing their application may schedule an appointment online. Habitat will accept completed applications between Monday, March 1, 2021 and Wednesday, March 31, 2021. No applications will be accepted before or after these dates. All who might be interested are encouraged to apply!
 
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COVID-19 RESOURCES

INFORMATION ABOUT VACCINES

VHD Vaccine Phases
Click on the image above to learn more about the VDH COVID-19 Vaccination Response.

The Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) is working diligently on COVID-19 vaccination plans for the district. They are facing a very limited vaccine supply from the State. Governor Northam has shared that there are simply not enough vaccines to meet the current demand.
  • BRHD is continuing to vaccinate individuals in Phase 1A (frontline healthcare workers), certain Phase 1B essential workers (in priority order as defined by VDH), and individuals 75+ (who will be vaccinated at UVA). We are working to expand our vaccine efforts to include individuals 65+ throughout the District but it will take time before we fully expand to vaccinate all 65+ due to the limited supply.
  • Due to the limited vaccine supply, it will be March or April before BRHD is able to expand broadly to all individuals 65+ and individuals 16-64 with high risk medical conditions. 
  • Vaccines will be made available to the various populations identified in the phased distribution plans established by CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and Virginia Department of Health (which can be found here).
  • Visit the BRHD COVID-19 Vaccination website for the latest information about vaccination plans.

New Statewide VACCINE Pre-Registration System

https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/

Click on the image above to go to Vaccinate.Virginia.gov for more information and to register to receive your vaccine. Individuals who previously filled out a BRHD survey have been automatically imported into the new statewide system. Individuals will maintain their correct status in the queue, and are not able to search that they are in the new system. 

Questions about how to register? Call the VA State hotline @ 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343) open daily from 8am-8pm.

Vaccinations Summary Pages

Click on the image below to go to COVID-19 Vaccinations in Virginia summary webpage.
COVID-19 Vaccinations in VA
Click on the image below to go to COVID-19 Vaccine VA demographics webpage.
Vaccinations by demographics

COVID-19 Data Portal

Click on image below to go to Blue Ridge Health District’s COVID-19 DATA PORTAL.

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Sites: 

The Blue Ridge Health District’s COVID-19 testing schedule is located HERE
Download flyers for "February 2021 Testing Sites" on BRHD’s resource drive
This information is also available on the COVID-19 testing page of BRHD’s website.

VA Department of Health Resources

If you’re feeling sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the sooner you act the better. Start with these resources to help protect yourself, your family, and your friends as we all work to stop the spread. Click on the picture above to visit the VA Department of Health's COVIDCHECK webpage

More links: Download Virginia’s free COVIDWISE exposure notification app. This video explains how the app works. Download the Apple App or Android App.
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
  • Bethel Church of God in Christ - every Saturday, 10 am to 12 noon, at Buford Middle School parking lot, 1000 Cherry Ave. (see flyer) If you’d like to volunteer or partner in this effort, email Rev. William Ward at <bcogic621@gmail.com> or 434 977-6447 to coordinate.  
  • 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.
 

Email Updates from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

Subscribe here for his 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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