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Sines vs. Kessler Trial Begins October 25

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. Jury selection in Charlottesville will begin Mon., October 25. 

According to IFA’s legal team, here are the best ways you can support their effort:
  • Communicate to your congregation what this trial is all about, why it is important, and give updates as the trial proceeds. For example, read Rolling Stone’s article and USA TODAY’s October 17 article about the importance of this trial. A win for the plaintiffs would financially cripple the organizers of “Unite the Right” and makes it that much more difficult for them to organize similar events in the future.
  • Download this One-Pager to familiarize your congregation with the key facts of this case, so that members to talk knowledgeably about the trial with family, friends, neighbors, and the press. This case is not only tried inside the courtroom, but also in the court of public opinion.
  • Take care and support your congregants so that they can manage the next few weeks as re-traumatizing images, facts, communiques among Unite the Right organizers, and horrific stories are made public.
  • If you get a media request, email <> to let them know so that every reporter gets on their email list.
  • Sign up for IFA’s Clergy ToolKit to download resources for your congregation.
  • DONATE to IFA’s matching contribution drive. IFA still needs $750,000 to cover the security costs for the trial.

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.

"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.

“STAY PRAYED UP” at Virginia Film Festival

Saturday, October 30, 3pm at UVA’s Culbreth Theatre
STAY PRAYED UP is a spirited celebration, inviting audiences into “Mother” Lena Mae Perry’s close-knit community as the 82-year-old strives to extend her sacred song ministry ever forward. Download flyer.The festival is offering members of Charlottesville's faith communities a discount. Just visit and use discount code: SPU2OFF!

“Cut Above Thursdays” Health Screenings & Vaccines Continues!

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.

Community Cares Event

Sat., Nov. 13, 10 am to 12 noon, at Mt Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave. 
The African-American Pastors Council is sponsoring an event giving away cleaning supplies and personal care items - first come, first served. To donate supplies or financially contribute to this event, contact Pastor Alvin Edwards (434)-373-0654 or Pastor Lehman Bates (434) 227-6465. Download flyer.

Volunteer for the Habitat Rake-a-Thon

Saturday, Nov. 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

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. 

New Books Out by Local Authors



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

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

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