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There will be no Collective Announcements this Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!

 “Rethinking Thanksgiving: Taking Action for Indigenous Land Defense”

Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 3 pm ET via Zoom for 1.5 hours
SURJ is sponsoring a screening of the film “Invasion,” (view trailer) a new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet'suwet'en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people. At this screening, you’ll hear from special guest Molly Wickham, spokesperson of Gitdumden Clan, and connect and take action together. Register here. Click here 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”

White Nationalism 2021: Putting the Movement on Trial

Thursday, December 3, 7 pm, on Zoom
Integrity First for America has been spearheading a Charlottesville lawsuit—headed to trial in April 2021—to  bankrupt and dismantle the leaders and hate groups at the center of the violent white supremacist movement. They invite you to their upcoming event with the Museum of Jewish Heritage for a conversation with their lead counsel in the Charlottesville case Roberta Kaplan, IFA Executive Director Amy Spitalnick and Slate Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick about the fight against extremism in the year ahead. REGISTER HERE →

Charlottesville Community ID Card

Appointment-only Saturday, Dec. 5 & Dec. 19, 9:00am; 9:45am; 10:30am; 11:15am; 12pm.
Rather than holding large monthly ID sessions as they did in the past, they will serve those who make an appointment, two people at a time. To ensure safety, the applicants will remain in their cars, except for a few minutes when they come inside to present their documents and take a photo. The attached fliers (English and Spanish) provide the details. Call 434 260-0568 or visit to schedule an appointment.

Project ID

Project ID helps folks get a state ID from the DMV by assembling all the documents they need, make appointments with the DMV, set up online DMV accounts, and they pay for their IDs and supporting documents if necessary. They partner with organizations like Piedmont House, OAR, ACRJ, and the Salvation Army. People interested in this service can email or call and leave a message for Charlottesville Chapter leaders Tara Mincer & DeAun Sanders at 434-233-4840.

Activists’ Guide T-Shirts

Shout your convictions! Let the world see where you stand and invite others to join you.
Scream it with 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 ( Get them for yourself and for your friends. Proceeds go to The Activists’ Guide, the on-line resource for activists and activist organizations

Gov. Northam’s COVID-19 Executive Order Update

On November 16, Governor Northam amended Executive Orders 63 and 67 COVID safety mandates to combat the rising spread of positivity with appropriate measures (Download flyer here); mainly:
  • Limiting social gatherings to 25 people (down from 250)
  • Requiring all residents, 5 years and older, to wear masks indoors in public (down from 10 years and older)
  • Stopping the sale of alcohol on premises at restaurants and food establishments at 10pm.
  • Limiting spectator size to 25 people or 30% capacity for recreational sports.
  • Stepping up enforcement and making the majority of best practices from the original executive orders now requirements.

Mental Health Resources

Research is showing that 20% of people with COVID-19 experience mental health disturbances after they recover! Kate Fraleigh continues to update her "Who is doing what to help us all cope" document to provide mental health care resources for those who need it. Please let Kate Fraleigh <> know of any additional programs or services to help more people during this pandemic! 

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 (Thomas Jefferson) Health District

Health Whys Newsletter

November Issue - “Food Safety Tips” 
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.



COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Sites

visit TJHD’s COVID-19 Testing Sites webpage.


  • For faith leaders who are ministering courageously and creatively in the midst of shutdowns and social distancing.
  • For congregations and organizations that are providing food, clothing, supplies, masks, etc. to those in need.
  • For the anonymous foundation that gave the Charlottesville Clergy Collective $50,000, all of which was distributed to over 60 African American congregations to meet their financial needs during the early months of the pandemic.
  • For people of all faiths and no faith who took to the streets, contacted their public officials, used their privilege and power to advocate justice for those killed by police, for those separated from their families, for the essential workers who risk their lives to provide services that we all need.
  • For the thirty-plus faith leaders who participated in our August 12 Interfaith Service that has been viewed by over 1100 people on Youtube.
  • For the forty-plus faith and lay leaders who served as a pastoral presence on Election Day, covering all the voting precincts in Charlottesville and Albemarle county.
  • For the 800+ subscribers to our Collective Announcements weekly emails.
As we approach “Giving Tuesday” on December 1, please consider financially supporting our work so that we can continue to establish, develop, and promote racial unity within the faith leadership of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Region through fellowship, collaborative partnership, relationship-building and public witness!
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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

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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.

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