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Christmas in the Crisis

Online on Mt Zion First African Baptist Church’s Youtube channel
The worship and arts ministries of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and New Green Mountain Baptist Church are partnering to present “Christmas in the Crisis,” a five-episode series (see flyer) leading up to Christmas:
Sunday, Nov. 29, 4 pm: “Faith in the Fire
Sunday, Dec. 6, 4 pm, “Mercy in the Mess”
Sunday, Dec. 13, 4 pm, “Triumph Over Trouble”
Sunday, Dec. 20, 4 pm, “Justice at this Juncture”
Thursday, Dec, 24, 7 pm, “Christ in the Crisis”
 

Charlottesville Community ID Card

Starting appointment-only Saturday, December 5 & 19, 9:00am - 9:45am - 10:30a - 11:15am - 12 noon. 
Rather than holding large monthly ID sessions as they did in the past, they will serve those who make an appointment, two people at a time. To ensure safety, the applicants will remain in their cars, except for a few minutes when they come inside to present their documents and take a photo. The attached fliers (English and Spanish) provide the details. 
Call 434 260-0568 or visit www.cvilleid.org to schedule an appointment.
 

Project ID

Project ID helps folks get a state ID from the DMV by assembling all the documents they need, make appointments with the DMV, set up online DMV accounts, and they pay for their IDs and supporting documents if necessary. They partner with organizations like Piedmont House, OAR, ACRJ, and the Salvation Army. People interested in this service can email charlottesville@projectid.org or call and leave a message for Charlottesville Chapter leaders Tara Mincer & DeAun Sanders at 434-233-4840.
 

Activists’ Guide New Website

The Activists’ Guide has been redesigned to make it more user-friendly. Significant changes to the content are scheduled over the next months as The Activists’ Guide continues to expand its mission. Check it at www.activistsguide.org
While you’re there, Shout your convictions for a more just world by ordering from the new t-shirt collection just released by The Activists’ Guide. Choose among three slogans  -- “Resist,” “enough is enough” and “No Justice No Peace.” High quality shirts, they are made in Charlottesville. Place your order at The Activists Shop(Etsy.com). Get them for yourself and for your friends. Proceeds go to The Activists’ Guide.

 

Click here to access Charlottesville's Black Business Directory
Visit the Charlottesville Black Business Directory and shop at black-owned businesses this holiday season. (Source: curated by Destinee Wright, Community Fellow-in-Residence at The Equity Center UVA)
RECENTLY PUBLISHED
Is American Healing Even Possible? In an extended interview, the Reverend William J. Barber II explains why healing the soul of the nation will take more than returning to “normal” by Adam Harris. (TheAtlantic.com)

A Battle Between the Two Souls of America: There is a divide in America between the souls of injustice and justice,” by Ibram X. Kendi. (TheAtlantic.com)

What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In? Prof. Loretta J. Ross is combating cancel culture with a popular class at Smith College,” by Jessica Bennett. (NYTimes.com) (Recommended by Brenda Brown-Grooms)

Black Americans are forced to operate our entire lives in battle mode. It’s utterly exhausting,” by Nathan McCall (WashingtonPost.com)
 
COVID-19 RESOURCES

VA Department of Health

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.

Blue Ridge (Thomas Jefferson) Health District


Health Whys Newsletter
December Issue - “Why Homelessness Affects Health” English & Spanish posters.
Click here for an archive of previous Health Whys Newsletter.

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 on our City and County

Information about weekly free food resources and free community meals can be found on Cville Community Cares’ Medium blog, updated every Tuesday.

COVID-19 DATA PORTAL

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Sites: TJHD’s COVID-19 Testing Sites webpage.
 

Mental Health Resources

Research is showing that 20% of people with COVID-19 experience mental health disturbances after they recover! Kate Fraleigh continues to update her "Who is doing what to help us all cope" document to provide mental health care resources for those who need it. Please let Kate Fraleigh <katefraleigh@gmail.com> know of any additional programs or services to help more people during this pandemic! 
 
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.
 
ONLINE WORSHIP

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