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UNITY DAYS C’Ville - June, July & August at Downtown parks, Downtown Mall and Fourth St.

Upcoming June events include:

 

Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Charlottesville

is giving out free hot dogs and water at Reid Market, 600 Preston Ave.
Saturday, June 15, 12 noon to 2 pm
The Buffalo Soldiers Club is committed to serving the community through participation in various charity rides, raising funds for community organizations and promoting safe riding habits. Additionally, one of the key objectives of each chapter is to educate the community, schools, civic groups and churches about the history and legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th cavalry which came into existence in 1866. (submitted by Rev. Lehman Bates)
 

"Beginning with ME: Creating Just and Thriving Organizations" Workshop (Unity Day event)

Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the CitySpace on the Downtown Mall--light lunch will be served
This is a free 6-hour experiential workshop--facilitated by The Sum. Participants will have the opportunity to self-reflect and interact with one another, within a variety of structures and models, to develop greater internal clarity, empowerment, and better alignment between intention and impact...across our differences of race, culture, religion, socio-economic class, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation for just and joyful lives and organizations. Register (for free) here.
 

The Mask You Live In: Role Societal Messages Play in the Lives of Males - Film & Panel Discussion (Unity Day event)

Thursday, June 27, 6 to 9 pm, at Light House Studio, 220 W. Market St.
This is a Unity Day Presentation sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church’s White Feather Educational & Historical Project. Film Content and discussion intended for mature audiences, 19 & older only. See flyer. Free registration required.
 

Webinar with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation - sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 8 pm – 10 pm EDT, via Zoom. Register here or Facebook event to join the call.
Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice - this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.
 

SAVE THE DATE: Back-to-School Bash!

Saturday, August 17, 10:30 am to 12:00 noon, Sprint Pavilion
The Bash provides school supplies and backpacks for up to 1200 local youth. This initiative is funded with private donations large and small. It costs $25.00 to supply one student with grade-specific supplies and a stylish backpack. Go to their website to Donate and Volunteer.
 

ONGOING LOCAL PROGRAMS

Poor People’s Campaign in Virginia

Virginia has joined Rev. William Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of Systemic Racism, Poverty, the War Economy, Ecological Devastation and the nation’s Distorted Morality. The campaign is looking for someone in Charlottesville/Central Virginia to serve on the Coordinating Council for the Poor People’s Congress in Washington D.C., June 17-19. Responsibilities include attending bi-weekly Wed. night Zoom meetings, help plan and/or identify events in their community, represent the Poor People's Campaign at events. For more information, contact Andrea Miller <andrea@peopledemandingaction.org> (who serves alongside Rabbi Michael Knopf and Swami Dayananda as State Coordinating Committee members.)
 

A Local Alternative to Predatory Lending

The "Coalition for Economic Opportunity" (CEO) is a local nonprofit that offers short-term, low-interest loans of up to $650 to help people in times of crisis, keeping them from having to use payday or auto title loans. Over $50,000 has been loaned out in the last few years, enabling people to pay for car repairs, medical bills, and other unexpected expenses without entering into a cycle of debt. With additional funds, more loans can be provided in our community. Please help us spread the word, as one tangible way to enact our faith commitments and deal a blow to exploitative economic practices. For more information, contact Will Brown at University Baptist Church (434-293-5106), or visit the CEO's website: https://www.justice4all.org/coalition-for-economic-opportunity/
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