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“Teaching Truthfully: Pathways to Racial Equity in Local Public Education” 

Sunday, Sept. 18 | 9:30 to 10:30 am, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 Rugby Rd. In-person and Zoom.
A panel of local advocates will talk about challenges to the public educational system and what is being done within and outside the educational system to address these challenges. Open to the public.
 

Men’s Day Health Event

Saturday, September 24 | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave.
Men are invited to this free event that provides Health Screenings for Blood Sugar (A1C),Blood Pressure
HIV/Hep C, Kidney disease, Vascular disease, and more. There will also be tournaments, giveaways, and food. (see flyer) For more information, contact Jackie Martin at jgm9u@virginia.edu or 434-243-8352.
 

Mark Charles Unsettling Truths Book Talk and Signing 

Thursday, September 22 | 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Mt. Zion FABC (see flyer).
Mark Charles will give a 60-minute talk covering the topics such as the Doctrine of Discovery; the bipartisan value for Christian Nationalism, and our nation’s legacy of broken treaties. Following the presentation will be Q&A and a book signing. Signed copies of Unsettling Truths will be available for purchase. In 2018, Mark Charles spoke on “The Heresy of Christendom and the Trauma of the Doctrine of Discovery” as part of our Cville to Jamestown Pilgrimage.
 

"Religion, Secularity, and Public Life After Charlottesville" Conference

Thursday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 24 | Various Locations at UVA, free & open to the public
UVA’s The Religion and Its Publics Project is hosting a conference that will explore the increasingly complex relationship between religion and various social issues in light of the violence of the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017 and beyond. Click here for more information about the conference. Download poster.
Highlights of this conference:

  • Keynote address by Senator Tim Kaine, on Friday, Sept. 23, at 11 am in Old Cabell Hall. 
  • A roundtable featuring current and former Charlottesville leaders and activists reflecting on the aftermath of the Unite the Right Rally, on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 pm in Minor Hall. 

Universities Studying Slavery Fall 2022 Conference

Wednesday, September 28 - Saturday, October 1 | Various Locations
Hosted by the University of Virginia and its President's Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation (PCUAS), the conference seeks to highlight slavery's many enduring legacies after emancipation and also confront the American academy's history of both benefitting from and perpetuating those legacies. Topics include Reconstruction, disfranchisement, redlining, racially restrictive zoning, racial terrorism, policing and incarceration, racist science's impacts on public policy, and resulting inequalities in health, industry, housing, and education from 1865 to the present. Although the central theme focuses on the post-emancipation world, the conference will address a wide array of topics related to slavery, slavery's afterlives, and universities. Register HERE.

 

“No Unity Without Justice: Student and Community Organizing During the 2017 Summer of Hate”

Exhibition on display now through October 29, 2022. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

The 37-item exhibition provides personal narratives of the curators’ experiences, as well as those of various Charlottesville community activists. It was primarily curated by Kendall King, a 2018 UVA alum, artist, and community organizer; in partnership with Jalane Schmidt, a UVA associate professor of religious studies; with guest alumni curators Natalie Romero, Hannah Russell-Hunter, and Memory Project postdoctoral fellow Gillet Rosenblith. Click here for more information.
 

UVA Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (D.E.I.) Workshops and Learning Opportunities:

  • UVA Division for D.E.I.  Workshop: I Felt That, Microaggression and Its Impact
    Thursday, September 22 | 12:30 - 1:45 pm | Online
    This presentation will provide an overview and definition of the concept of microaggressions, examples of three distinct types of microaggressions and their impact on individuals, and a method for confronting microaggressions in different scenarios and situations.  Email Sly Mata <mata@virginia.edu> with questions about registration. Additional workshop dates for Fall 2022:  Nov. 17, Dec. 15.
  • Learning Series Event: Dr. Shakti Butler - Planting Seeds for the Future
    Thursday, September 15 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm | Online

    Join UVA's Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a presentation and conversation with Shakti Butler focused on "Planting Seeds for the Future." This presentation will focus on how we work towards a vibrant future where belonging, not othering, is the norm through bridging and other collective relationships. Shakti Butler, Ph.D., visionary, filmmaker, transformative learning educator, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many - is President and Founder of World Trust Educational Services, Inc., a non-profit transformative educational organization. Rooted in love and justice, Shakti produced films, curricula, workshops, and programs that are catalysts for institutional, structural, and cultural change. Register HERE.

  • Additional learning programs and opportunities offered by UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion may be found here.
     

“One Stop Shop”

Every Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm, parking lot of 750 Harris Street 
“One Stop Shop” is a weekly event organized by more than 20 nonprofits and other organizations to provide re-entry support for people returning home from Virginia prisons. The entire community is invited to attend One Stop Shop, particularly anyone who’s interested in volunteering with or otherwise assisting returning citizens who are adjusting to their new lives. Read July 13 C-ville Weekly article for more information.
 
REQUESTS FOR COMMUNITY INPUT

SHARE YOUR VOICE ABOUT VIRGINIA’S HISTORY STANDARDS

Do you care about students learning a more honest and inclusive history? Then share your support for the new Virginia history/social science standards. The draft standards were revised by teachers, history coordinators, historians, and community organizations from across the state. However, state-level officials have recently shared their concerns with the proposed standards. Feedback from the public is being accepted until Sept 25.
 

Charlottesville Free Clinic Questionnaire

The healthcare landscape has changed tremendously over the past few years and hearing from our community partners will help the Charlottesville Free Clinic determine how to allocate their resources moving forward so that they can best serve the community. Please fill out this 5-10 minute survey by Sunday, September 18.
 

Families Helping Families Fall Survey

What unmet needs do you feel exist for educators, students and families in Albemarle County? Even if you don't have the bandwidth to get more involved with their work, Families Helping Families want to hear from you by filling out their survey!
 

Unsettling Grounds: OPEN CALL for a new public art project

Applications due September 23.  Link to application.

'Unsettling Grounds' is a history visualization project. that will pilot an interdisciplinary, project-based artist residency program designed to enable local BIPOC & low-income artists to create high-quality media and performance artworks. Given the recent controversies around the removal of Confederate monuments, this timely project offers a blueprint for how communities can use technology and public space for reflection and engagement with histories of social conflict, potentially as a counter-narrative to the Lost Cause mythology. The project is seeking creative practitioners, storytellers, visual, sound, movement, and performance artists who are curious about local history and interested in collaborating on this new public art project. Applicants should have a strong connection to Albemarle County. More information HERE. For questions, contact marisa@marisawilliamson.com.


SURVEY ON-GOING: Swords Into Plowshares Community Survey

Take the survey here.
 
In December 2021, the Charlottesville City Council voted to give the City’s recently-removed statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC). [Read news release] The JSAAHC plans to melt down the monument in order to transform its bronze material into a work of public art.

The public art project, called “Swords Into Plowshares,” will be informed by a community engagement process for Charlottesville residents to deliberate how the social value of inclusion can be represented through art and public space. People living in the Charlottesville area are  invited to take this survey about what makes a welcoming space and how inclusion and other community aspirations can be represented through art and public spaces. The survey is anonymous. Feel free to skip questions that you do not wish to answer.

If you belong to a group that would be interested in discussing this project further, send a message to swordsintoplowsharescville@gmail.com with your group’s name and contact information.
JOB OPENINGS

Job Opening for Hospital Chaplain

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA is seeking to hire a part time Chaplain, flexible schedule.  Bachelors degree and one unit of Clinical Pastoral education required.  Click here for job details and to apply.
 

Pianist Needed

New Beginnings Christian Community1130 E Market St, Charlottesville, is looking for a pianist to play three hymns, a prelude, postlude, offering music and doxology Sundays at 11:00 am.  Pay $75 for the 45 minutes during Sunday worship. Everyone is masked and vaccinated. The pianist doesn’t need to wear a mask while at the piano. Please let Pastor Liz (Lizemrey@yahoo.com) or Pastor Brenda (bbrowngrooms@gmail.com) know if you are available.
 

Vegetarian Cooks Needed 

Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, a buddhist retreat center in Nelson County is looking for cooks to help fill out their staff this fall.  It's a vegetarian kitchen, supporting folks on contemplative retreat.  It's a beautiful location and rewarding work. Pay is $15-$17/hr, meals included, as well as a room if folks would like to stay on site and save on gas in between shifts. Read their full Craigslist ad.
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COVID-19 and BLUE RIDGE AREA HEALTH DISTRICT (BRHD) RESOURCES

Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Vaccines Now Available

The Virginia Department of Health’s Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) has begun administering Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines to eligible community members. The new updated boosters are targeted specifically at the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the Omicron variant that initially emerged in the United States in November 2021. Community members can schedule an appointment for a bivalent booster vaccine through the VASE+ system here. A complete list of BRHD-hosted clinics can be found on our vaccine webpage here. More information here.

QUICK LINKS:

More detailed health and BRHD information available here.

FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES

Foodfinder Tools

Cultivate Charlottesville, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and its network, Cville Community Cares, and Albemarle County’s Equity and Inclusion Office have worked together to create a map of available food resources in the area. Go online Foodfinder Map.

City and Cultivate Charlottesville’s Food Justice Network launches 24/7 Food Security Text Line  Residents can text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” 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.


Google's Food Locator Tool - Google created a Find Food Support locator tool to locate your nearest food bank, food pantry, or school lunch program pickup site. To use the tool, simply enter an address into the search bar. 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> or call 434-872-0800 if you have questions or if you can help.

  • See the Foodfinder Map for more food distribution sites in the area.

NEWSLETTERS

Activists’ Guide Newsletter

“The Activists’ Watch” is a biweekly newsletter that includes a summary of activist activities for the upcoming two weeks and inspirational facts and quotes. Subscribe here.
 

Beloved Community Cville Newsletter

This bi-monthly e-newsletter spotlights Black owned businesses and organizations as well as local racial history. Sign up here.
 

Blue Ridge Health District Newsletter

Read archives and subscribe 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.
 

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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.
 

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.
 

Virginia Department of Health

SIgn up for their email here to receive their Health Equity Newsletter and/or their Partners in Prayer and Prevention Newsletter.
 

Virginia Organizing

Virginia Organizing challenges injustice by bringing people together to work for change in their communities. We have a new Charlottesville organizer! Sign up for monthly newsletter and action alerts.
ONLINE and IN-PERSON WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
A list of local churches and faith communities can be found HERE. Explore websites and Facebook links for worship, studies, and/or devotions offered by our rich and diverse communities of faith! 
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