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Sines vs. Kessler Opening Arguments Began October 28

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. Open arguments began yesterday. 

VOTE!!

Vote early in person for Charlottesville & Albemarle County residents through Oct. 30! Download Voter Guide for the city and county. (source: Charlottesville Tomorrow)
If you need a ride (masks required), call Kate Fraleigh at (415) 601-3076. 
 

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. 
 

Criminal Justice Forum

Monday, October 25, 2:00 pm, Register to attend Zoom meeting
The Presbytery of the James is sponsoring this online forum where Rev. Jamar A. Boyd II with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Valerie Slater with Rise for Youth will speak about Virginia's political dynamics with an eye toward January 2022's General Assembly. Learn what Christians in Virginia can do to advocate for more compassionate laws that rehabilitate rather than punish.
 

"The Future of American Christianity After the Religious Right.” 

Friday, October 29, 3:00 pm, 110 Monroe Hall (see map), University of Virginia
Prof. Charles Mathewes will offer this lecture is part of the 24th Annual James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society. It is free and open to the public, with observance of Covid restrictions of the University. To learn more about the Forum, Dr. Mathewes, his Respondent Dr. William Everett, please visit www.jameslutheradams.org and download the flyer.
 

“STAY PRAYED UP” at Virginia Film Festival

Saturday, October 30, 3 pm at UVA’s Culbreth Theatre
STAY PRAYED UP is a spirited celebration, inviting audiences into “Mother” Lena Mae Perry’s close-knit community as the 82-year-old strives to extend her sacred song ministry ever forward. Download flyer.The festival is offering members of Charlottesville's faith communities a discount. Just visit https://virginiafilmfestival.org/films/stay-prayed-up/ and use discount code: SPU2OFF!
 

“Cut Above Thursdays” Health Screenings & Vaccines Continues!

Thursdays, thru October 30, 11 am to 1 pm, A Cut Above the Rest, 830 Cherry Avenue 
The Blue Ridge Health District continues to offer free health screenings and COVID vaccinations at A Cut Above the Rest. This initiative has contributed to the increased vaccination rate for African American in both Albemarle / Charlottesville by 9.2% / 12.8% respectively. Download these flyers (in English and Spanish) for more information.
 

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 People's 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
 

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 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

Transformational Communication:
Connecting to God, Ourselves, and Others

Click on the Youtube icon to view preview video about this workshop.
Sunday, November 7, 4:00 to 5:30 pm, Register $50 per church online.
Michael Cheuk, in partnership with the Center for Congregational Health, is leading a workshop to introduce a framework that can help attendees identify their feelings, thoughts, and needs in order to lay a healthier foundation for compassionate communication. Click here for more information.

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.
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.

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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