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This will be the final Collective Announcement of 2020.

Nominations sought for MLK Jr. Annual Community Celebration

The planning committee of Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Community Celebration (scheduled for January 24, 2021, 4 pm, online) is seeking: 
  1. Nominations for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Award which goes to a resident of the greater Charlottesville area who has demonstrated Dr. King’s commitment to civil rights.
  2. Applications from community service groups and organizations for the proceeds from the celebration offering.
Letters of application for the Martin Luther King Jr. community award and proceeds must be postmarked no later than January 4, 2021 and should be mailed to: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, c/o Reverend Dr. Alvin Edwards, 105 Lankford Avenue, Charlottesville, VA  22903 or email: pastormzfabc@gmail.com. Read this letter for more information.
 

Christmas in the Crisis

Online on Mt Zion First African Baptist Church’s Youtube channel
The worship and arts ministries of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and New Green Mountain Baptist Church are partnering to present “Christmas in the Crisis,” a five-episode series (see flyer) leading up to Christmas:
Sunday, Nov. 29, 4 pm: “Faith in the Fire
Sunday, Dec. 6, 4 pm, “Mercy in the Mess
Sunday, Dec. 13, 4 pm, “Triumph Over Trouble
Sunday, Dec. 20, 4 pm, “Justice at this Juncture” 
Thursday, Dec, 24, 7 pm, “Christ in the Crisis”

 

Discussion on the COVID-19 Vaccine with Dr. Anthony Fauci

Friday, January 8, 2021, 2:45 PM to 4:30 PM, Online
The Governor’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Office of Health Equity at the Virginia Department of Health are co-sponsoring this virtual event with VCU Massey Cancer Center in collaboration with faith leaders from the “Facts & Faith Friday '' group. We invite the interfaith community and the residents served by the Commonwealth's most essential community leaders to register to participate in a virtual webinar with Dr. Fauci and learn from the nation's top doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine. Register here.
 

Activists’ Guide New Website

The Activists’ Guide has been redesigned to make it more user-friendly. Significant changes to the content are scheduled over the next months as The Activists’ Guide continues to expand its mission. Check it at www.activistsguide.org
While you’re there, Shout your convictions for a more just world by ordering from the new t-shirt collection just released by The Activists’ Guide. Choose among three slogans  -- “Resist,” “enough is enough” and “No Justice No Peace.” High quality shirts, they are made in Charlottesville. Place your order at The Activists Shop(Etsy.com). Get them for yourself and for your friends. Proceeds go to The Activists’ Guide.
Click here to access Charlottesville's Black Business Directory
Visit the Charlottesville Black Business Directory and shop at black-owned businesses this holiday season. (Source: curated by Destinee Wright, Community Fellow-in-Residence at The Equity Center UVA)
RECENTLY PUBLISHED
Commentary/Opinion: Video of police interaction on Rugby Road a wake-up call - Opinion by PHILIP COBBS, CvilleTomorrow.org.

2020: The year America confronted racism - CNN.com.

The truth in Black and white: An apology from The Kansas City Star - KansasCity.com.
 
COVID-19:
How COVID-19 Became A 'Tremendous Windfall' For The Ultra Rich - Terry Gross interviews Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies, NPR.org’s Fresh Air.
 
When Black people are wary of vaccine, it's important to listen and understand why - Opinion by Tina Sacks, CNN.com.
 
Monuments:
When a Monument Cherrypicks Its History - EmergingCivilWar.com.
 
Why Just ‘Adding Context’ to Controversial Monuments May Not Change Minds: 
Research shows that visitors often ignore information that conflicts with what they already believe about history - Smithsonian Magazine.
 
Here’s what might replace America’s disappearing Confederate monuments: Virginia's governor is requesting $10 million to replace controversial statues in Richmond with inclusive art recognizing a diverse and challenging history - NationalGeographic.com.
COVID-19 RESOURCES

VA Department of Health

If you’re feeling sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the sooner you act the better. Start with these resources to help protect yourself, your family, and your friends as we all work to stop the spread. Click on the picture above to visit the VA Department of Health's COVIDCHECK webpage

More links: Download Virginia’s free COVIDWISE exposure notification app. This video explains how the app works. Download the Apple App or Android App.

Blue Ridge Health District


Health Whys Newsletter
December Issue - “Why Homelessness Affects Health” English & Spanish posters.
Click here for an archive of previous Health Whys Newsletter.

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 on our City and County

Information about weekly free food resources and free community meals can be found on Cville Community Cares’ Medium blog, updated every Tuesday.

Letter to Faith Leaders

Dear Faith-Based Community Leaders: 

 
The Blue Ridge Health District (formerly Thomas Jefferson Health District) is working with community leaders across the District to mitigate and manage an increase of 3% in the positivity rate over the past two weeks. Health districts in neighboring states are experiencing increases that seriously compromise the ability of hospitals and staff to treat patients successfully.* On December 10, Governor Northam has revised state Executive Order 72 to restrict the size of gatherings to 10 people or fewer. Unfortunately, religious services, including weekly services, funerals, and wedding ceremonies can further the spread of COVID-19 and harm not only of participants but also those with whom they subsequently come into contact. For this reason, we request that you take extra precautions this holiday season and recommend no-contact or virtual services to reduce your congregants’ risk of exposure

Click here to read the whole email.
 
COVID-19 DATA DASHBOARD
COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Sites: TJHD’s COVID-19 Testing Sites webpage.
December Charlottesville testing schedule is as follows:
  • Charlottesville Testing - December 31, 2020, 10:00am-12:00pm
    • Location: Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department (1138 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville VA 22903)
      Registration Date: 12/29
      *Please note: Registration is required. NO walk-ins at this testing site.   
To register for events or with any questions, please call COVID-19 Resource Hotline: 434-972-6261.
NEWSLETTERS

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.
 

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.
 
ONLINE WORSHIP

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