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White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America

Tuesday, April 6, 12 pm, Zoom Webinar
Join a discussion inspired by Anthea Butler's new hard-hitting chronicle of American religion and politics. Featured panelists include the author, UVA faculty, Larycia Hawkins, Assistant Professor of Politics and Religious Studies, Charles Mathewes, Professor of Religious Studies, and guest moderator Corey D. B. Walker, Professor of the Humanities at Wake Forest University. Register here.

Inaugural Descendants Day

Friday, April 9, 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Join the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at UVA for their first public event, a virtual panel discussion on Descendant Communities in Virginia, featuring Dr. Andrea Douglass (Jefferson School African American Heritage Center), Dr. Jody Allen (The Lemon Project at William and Mary), and Dr. Michael Blakey (Montpelier Descendant Committee). For additional information and/or to register for the event, please visit This event is free and open to the public. You do not need to be a descendant to attend.

Official Dedication Ceremony for the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Saturday, April 10. 11:00 am. Live Streamed.
Watch the virtual ceremony live and/or access a recording afterward on the following University-affiliated platforms: UVA’s live streaming page, and UVA’s Facebook page.

Take 6 Concert Commemorating the MEL Dedication

Saturday, April 10. 7:00 pm
Enjoy the extraordinary vocals of the most awarded a cappella group in history, Take 6, as they perform a special concert to commemorate the dedication of the Memorial. 
Watch the virtual concert live and/or access a recording afterward on the following University-affiliated platforms: UVA’s live streaming page, and UVA’s Facebook page.

Coming to the Table meeting

Saturday, April 10, 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Zoom
The theme will be "Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable" using Current Events as our subject. We suggest that you look at this video from The Center Speaker Series that was presented on March 3, 2021, by Kaki Dimock. It is well done and very helpful. Please follow this link. Also, download this Self-Assessment of Anti-Bias Behavior in preparation for the discussion at the meeting.

Memorializing Racial Trauma: What Americans Can Learn from the Germans

Wednesday, April 14, 2:00 pm, Zoom webinar
The UVA Memory Project will host an event featuring a discussion between Susan Nieman, author of Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil, and Washington Post columnist Michele Norris. Register here

Free health insurance consultation

Now through May 15
Do you know someone who does not have health insurance or only has an expensive COBRA plan?  From now through May 15, 2021, such people may receive a free consultation via Zoom or phone with a certified insurance counselor to learn their options and enroll in a plan, if desired. Most uninsured individuals learn health insurance is less expensive than they expect. Call Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) at 434-817-5248 or Legal Aid Justice Center at 434-220-1496 to schedule a free appointment.

Special Enrollment Period for ACA Health Plans

Now through August 15, at
Biden lengthens Affordable Care Act insurance sign-ups until mid-August -, March 23, 2021



Everyone Should Pre-Register Now for a COVID-19 Vaccine!

Virginia will expand vaccine eligibility to all over age 16 by April 18, Northam says

Everyone should pre-register now for their free COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of which phase they fall into. If you are already pre-registered, you should verify your information and update your record now by visiting or calling 877-VAX-IN-VA, because additional questions have been added to the pre-registration form.

To pre-register, you may:
Call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) open 8 am to 8 pm daily.
Language interpreters available. TTY users dial 7-1-1.

Remember, vaccination is only one tool to end the pandemic. We need to use them all in order to return to normal day-to-day activities. Protect yourself and others by continuing to wear your mask, keeping your distance from others, and avoiding indoor gatherings.

For more information, sign up for the Blue Ridge Health District Update Newsletters.

COVID-19 & Vaccination Information

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Sites: 

Beginning Friday, April 2, BRHD will offer free pediatric COVID-19 testing for children ages 6 years and up. These tests will be offered as part of the Friday testing events at Buford Middle School (1000 Cherry Ave Charlottesville, 22903). Pediatric testing will be available from 5:30 - 8:00pm.

The Blue Ridge Health District’s COVID-19 April testing schedule is located HERE
Updated flyers are attached and have been uploaded to their Google Drive.
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.

  • FREE Food Boxes provided by Bethel Church of God in Christ, Dairy Market, Farm House, & Amigo Grocery
    • every Saturday, 9 am to 12 noon (until supplies last), at Buford Middle School parking lot, 1000 Cherry Ave. (see flyer), and
    • every Saturday, 9 am to 12 noon (until supplies last), at Faith, Hope & Love Church, 515 12th St NW and Grady Ave.  
    • If you’d like to volunteer or partner in this effort, email Rev. William Ward at <> 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 <> 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

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 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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