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UPDATES: Sines vs. Kessler Trial

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. 

Sign Letter Supporting Housing Comprehensive Plan

Ask Charlottesville City Councilors to support progress and pass the draft Comprehensive Plan. The plan results from over five years of work by community members, land use planning experts and public officials. It will 1) Address displacement and lack of opportunity in majority-Black neighborhoods and 2) Expand medium-density housing in historically exclusionary neighborhoods. Sign your signature as an individual in a Change.org petition. The letter will then be sent to Charlottesville City Council prior to the Public Hearing and First Reading for the Comprehensive Plan on Monday, November 15, 6:30 pm. Register here to attend the meeting by Zoom.
 

Coming to the Table

Saturday, November 13, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, via Zoom
CTTT has chosen to discuss “The R.E. Lee Monument: To Melt or Not To Melt.” Expect a lively discussion on this subject. Discussion will refer to this Daily Progress article. Please email <comingtothetablecville@gmail.com> to receive a Zoom link to attend the meeting. 
 

Down With the Confederacy! Lessons from Black Activists

Tuesday, November 16, 2:00 to 3:15 pm EST, FREE VIRTUAL EVENT Register here.
The Memory Project & Religion, Race & Democracy Lab at the UVA Democracy Initiative is hosting a conversation with two Black activists, Bree Newsome Bass and Emil Little, whose recent brave acts of civil disobedience challenged white supremacy and forced a new wave of reckoning with symbols of the Confederacy. It will be moderated by Clint Smith, the author of How the Word Is Passed, which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. "Swords Into Plowshares" aspires to build on the legacy of Newsome Bass and Little’s anti-racist iconoclasm.
 

Book Talk by Gayle Jessup White

Tuesday, November 16, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, at Monticello’s David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center & online
Gayle Jessup White, Monticello’s Public Relations & Community Engagement Officer and descendant of Thomas Jefferson and the Hemings family, will discuss her new book Reclamation: Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, and a Descendant's Search for Her Family's Lasting Legacy will come out Nov. 16. Register to attend her Book Talk.
 

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
 

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. 
 

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. 

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

COVID-19 VACCINES

Go to the Blue Ridge Health District website for their vaccine distribution schedule.
  • All Virginians 12+ are now eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment. Schedule a vaccination appointment at any of the BRHD sites. You may use this link for either first, second, or third doses (immunocompromised patients only). For anyone who is unable to travel to a vaccine site, BRHD can provide Homebound Vaccines in their own home. To schedule an appointment, request in-home vaccination, or for any other questions, call the BRHD Hotline: 434-972-6261.
  • The BRHD Is Offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11 Beginning Saturday, November 6, 2021, the Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) will begin to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, following guidance from CDC and FDA. Click here for more details.

Covid Testing Sites
These sites are offering free COVID PCR testing (nasal swab). COVID-19 Testing Sites . **All testing is weather dependent!** 

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. Interpreters are available for those who prefer to communicate in their native language.
BLUE RIDGE HEALTH DISTRICT RESOURCES
  • BRHD Newsletters
    Each Friday, BRHD sends out a newsletter with a number of updates, including information on vaccines and vaccine sites, testing resources, safety recommendations, general services announcements, and more. Previous newsletters are archived on the BRHD website, but anyone can sign up to receive future newsletters.
  • BRHD Monthly HealthWhys Newsletter
    This month: Potluck Food Safety. Click here to download their 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. 
  • Vaccines.gov
    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. BRHD is 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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