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Sign Letter to Gov. Northam to Prevent Roland Sylvain from Being Deported

Haitian-born Roland Sylvain (featured in 2013 Slate article, Why Are Immigrants Being Deported for Minor Crimes?), a frontline worker and long-time U.S. resident, currently faces deportation because of a nearly twenty-year-old conviction. Roland needs a pardon from the Governor Ralph Northam, which is his best chance at preventing his unjust deportation and keeping his family together. The Immigrant Rights Clinic at NYU is asking organizations in Virginia, New York, and across the country to sign-on to a letter of support for Roland Sylvain. Learn more about this petition here. Also visit the Immigrant Justice Network for additional ways to advocate for Mr. Sylvain.

Critical Race Theory: What is it? Why are people against it?

Saturday, October 9, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, 
Coming to the Table’s next meeting will hold a conversation on this deeply misunderstood subject. Email <> to join in this conversation. They will be sending more information closer to the meeting date. 

Criminal Justice Forum

Monday, October 25, 2:00 pm, Register to attend Zoom meeting
The Presbytery of the James is sponsoring this online forum where Rev. Jamar A. Boyd II with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Valerie Slater with Rise for Youth will speak about Virginia's political dynamics with an eye toward January 2022's General Assembly. Learn what Christians in Virginia can do to advocate for more compassionate laws that rehabilitate rather than punish.

“STAY PRAYED UP” at Virginia Film Festival

Saturday, October 30, visit for showtime and tickets.
The only thing mightier than Lena Mae Perry’s electrifying voice is her faith. She’s spent the last 50 years sharing and sharpening both as the steadfast bandleader of The Branchettes, a legendary North Carolina gospel group that has packed churches throughout the South and lifted weary hearts as far away as Ireland. STAY PRAYED UP is a spirited celebration, inviting audiences into “Mother” Perry’s close-knit community as the 82-year-old strives to extend her sacred song ministry ever forward. Download flyer.

Russ Linden’s New Book, Loss & Discovery, is Published

Russ Linden, a member of Congregation Beth Israel and one of the lead organizers for our Charlottesville Area Community ID Program, just published his new book Loss & Discovery: What the Torah Can Teach Us About Leading Change. Order his book on his site.

"The Future of American Christianity After the Religious Right.”

Lecture by Prof. Charles Mathewes
Friday October 29, 3:00 pm, 110 Monroe Hall (see map), University of Virginia
This lecture is part of the 24th Annual James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society. It is free and open to the public, with observance of Covid restrictions of the University. To learn more about the Forum, Dr. Mathewes, his Respondent Dr. William Everett, please visit and download the flyer.

Help Haitian Recovery Efforts

From Faith in Action: “People have asked how they can help the people of Haiti, who have faced so many troubles. We’re encouraging people to support local organizations working directly in the areas damaged by the earthquake. There are many good organizations, including the ones listed below.” Please consider donating to one of the following today:
Health Equity International (formerly St. Boniface Haiti Foundation) 
Partners in Health

“Cut Above Thursdays” Health Screenings & Vaccines Continues in October

Thursdays, thru October 30, 11 am to 1 pm, A Cut Above the Rest, 830 Cherry Avenue 
The Blue Ridge Health District continues to offer free health screenings and COVID vaccinations at A Cut Above the Rest. This initiative has contributed to the increased vaccination rate for African American in both Albemarle / Charlottesville by 9.2% / 12.8% respectively. Download these flyers (in English and Spanish) for more information.

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 for more information.


Go to the Blue Ridge Health District website or download this flyer for their vaccine distribution schedule.

Blue Ridge Health District COVID Information

  • 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. 
  • Direct VAMS Access Link to Schedule Vaccine Appointments - Community members can use this link to schedule their own appointments at BRHD vaccine clinics. It will require registration in VAMS, but all those 16+ in BRHD will be eligible using this link. Individuals can also call the BRHD Hotline to schedule an appointment
  • BRHD Newsletters - Each Friday, BRHD sends out a newsletter with a number of updates, including vaccine allocation, testing schedules, general services announcements, and more. Previous newsletters are archived on the BRHD website, but anyone can sign up to receive future newsletters.
  • - 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. 
  • - 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. We are also on NextDoor.
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.

  • 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 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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