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Community Gathers for More Conversations about Race

Participants in our second “Conversations towards Reconciliation” gathering on May 23 responded to three presentations: Rev. Michael Cheuk’s “Learning about racial justice as a racial minority,” Rev. Liz Hulme Adams’ “Why I showed up (on August 12, 2017),” and Apostle Sarah Kelley’s “My experience fuels my fight for racial justice.”

“Our discussion was more lively and authentic compared to the last gathering...because we all had the same stories to react to in the moment, the discussion felt more spontaneous and heartfelt,” said one participant.
 
Videos, pictures, and resources from this event are posted on our website.

The Charlottesville Community ID Program was featured on WVTF yesterday!

 

UNITY DAYS C’Ville - June, July & August at Downtown parks, Downtown Mall and Fourth St.

Upcoming June events include:

Confederate Statues Walking Tour (Unity Day event)

Sunday, June 9 at 2 pm. Meet at Court Square on East Jefferson Street in front of the Johnny Reb statue.
Jalane Schmidt, UVA Religious Studies professor, and Andrea Douglas, Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, will give an historical and art historical walking tour of Charlottesville's downtown Confederate monuments. Wear comfortable shoes, as the tour takes a little over an hour.
 

"Beginning with ME: Creating Just and Thriving Organizations" Workshop (Unity Day event)

Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the CitySpace on the Downtown Mall--light lunch will be served
This is a free 6-hour experiential workshop--facilitated by The Sum. Participants will have the opportunity to self-reflect and interact with one another, within a variety of structures and models, to develop greater internal clarity, empowerment, and better alignment between intention and impact...across our differences of race, culture, religion, socio-economic class, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation for just and joyful lives and organizations. Register (for free) here.
 

The Mask You Live In: Role Societal Messages Play in the Lives of Males - Film & Panel Discussion (Unity Day event)

Thursday, June 27, 6 to 9 pm, at Light House Studio, 220 W. Market St.
This is a Unity Day Presentation sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church’s White Feather Educational & Historical Project. Film Content and discussion intended for mature audiences, 19 & older only. See flyer. Free registration required.
 

Webinar with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation - sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 8 pm – 10 pm EDT, via Zoom. Register here or Facebook event to join the call.
Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice - this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.
 

SAVE THE DATE: Back-to-School Bash!

Saturday, August 17, 10:30 am to 12:00 noon, Sprint Pavilion
The Bash provides school supplies and backpacks for up to 1200 local youth. This initiative is funded with private donations large and small. It costs $25.00 to supply one student with grade-specific supplies and a stylish backpack. Go to their website to Donate and Volunteer.
 

ONGOING LOCAL PROGRAMS

Poor People’s Campaign in Virginia

Virginia has joined Rev. William Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of Systemic Racism, Poverty, the War Economy, Ecological Devastation and the nation’s Distorted Morality. The campaign is looking for someone in Charlottesville/Central Virginia to serve on the Coordinating Council for the Poor People’s Congress in Washington D.C., June 17-19. Responsibilities include attending bi-weekly Wed. night Zoom meetings, help plan and/or identify events in their community, represent the Poor People's Campaign at events. For more information, contact Andrea Miller <andrea@peopledemandingaction.org> (who serves alongside Rabbi Michael Knopf and Swami Dayananda as State Coordinating Committee members.)
 

A Local Alternative to Predatory Lending

The "Coalition for Economic Opportunity" (CEO) is a local nonprofit that offers short-term, low-interest loans of up to $650 to help people in times of crisis, keeping them from having to use payday or auto title loans. Over $50,000 has been loaned out in the last few years, enabling people to pay for car repairs, medical bills, and other unexpected expenses without entering into a cycle of debt. With additional funds, more loans can be provided in our community. Please help us spread the word, as one tangible way to enact our faith commitments and deal a blow to exploitative economic practices. For more information, contact Will Brown at University Baptist Church (434-293-5106), or visit the CEO's website: https://www.justice4all.org/coalition-for-economic-opportunity/
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