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New Virginia Laws Took Effect July 1. Key measures include:

  • Criminal justice reforms that legalize the simple possession of marijuana and create the Cannabis Control Authority to establish an equitable cannabis marketplace, seal certain crimes from an individual’s record automatically, abolish the death penalty, limit the amount of active incarceration for technical violations of probation, and allow sentencing by a judge rather than a jury in certain criminal cases.
  • Increasing access to the ballot box with the Voting Rights Act of Virginia and measures that reduce barriers to absentee voting and allow localities to provide access to early voting on Sundays.
  • Prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion at state agencies, within emergency management and disaster response efforts, and by modernizing the funding mechanism for local health departments. A new law also prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, employment, and housing on the basis of a person’s military status.
  • Supporting teachers and students by giving educators a five percent pay raise, increasing the number of school counselors, providing cultural competency training for teachers, giving middle and high school students one day of absence per school year to participate in civic or political engagement activities, and prohibiting schools from filing a lawsuit against students or their families because the student cannot pay for a school meal or owes a school meal debt.
  • Strengthening worker protections including the Virginia Overtime Wage Act, paid sick leave for home health workers, and prohibiting employers from taking retaliatory actions against employees who utilize leave. New measures also ensure that domestic workers are covered by employee protections, fair pay laws, and the Virginia Human Rights Act. Virginia is also expanding eligibility for workers’ compensation to first responders who contracted COVID-19 on the job.
  • Accelerating Virginia’s renewable energy transition by establishing the Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy and requiring car manufacturers to sell a certain percentage of electric or hybrid electric passenger cars.
  • Transforming passenger rail by creating the New River Valley Passenger Rail Station Authority to support the expansion of passenger rail west of Roanoke.
  • Advancing the rights and representation of LGBTQ+ Virginians by creating the Virginia LGBTQ+ Advisory Board, striking the discriminatory LGBTQ+ “panic defense,” ensuring equal access to aging services for LGBTQ+ older adults, making adoption easier for unmarried LGBTQ+ couples, and modernizing outdated criminal laws related to people living with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • Making higher education accessible to all Virginians with the G3 program, which provides tuition-free community college to low- and middle-income students who pursue degrees in high-demand fields. Other measures ban public institutions of higher education from asking about an individuals’ criminal record during the application process, prohibit colleges and universities from denying admission based on criminal history, and establish a program to provide scholarships to families of enslaved individuals who labored at Virginia colleges.
  • Commonsense gun violence prevention measures that prohibit individuals convicted of domestic assault from owning, purchasing, or carrying firearms for a three-year period and ban guns and explosive materials from Capitol Square and state government buildings.
  • Protecting women’s health by increasing access to contraception for Medicaid members and removing the prohibition on abortion coverage within the state health insurance exchange.


2021 Maupintown Film Festival

July 9 to 11, online. Get tickets here.
The 8th annual Maupintown Film Festival at the historic Jefferson School African American Heritage Center takes place virtually July 9 -11, 2021, showcasing stories of African American history and culture through film.Due to COVID-19, this year's event will be 100% virtual. Visit for more information and to get tickets.

Coming to the Table

Saturday, July 10, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, online
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the “Freedom Riders Summer,” CTTT will be focusing on one of the unsung heroes of that era, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Attendees are encouraged to watch An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, the award-winning documentary of her life during the civil rights era of the 1960’s. The meeting will discuss Joan's history and how it reflects the times that she came up in. Please RSVP no later than 12 pm on July 10 to receive the meeting's zoom link.

White Supremacy on Trial

Thursday, July 22, 3:30 to 4:30 pm (EDT), Register Online
Four years after the deadly attack on the Charlottesville community, a landmark federal lawsuit against the white supremacists responsible is going to court. Integrity First for America’s Executive Director Amy Spitalnick, lead counsel Roberta Kaplan, and UVA Law Dean Risa Goluboff will discuss the suit, Sines v. Kessler, and the process of holding extremists accountable. UVA Batten School's Ian Solomon and the Karsh Center's Micah Schwartzman will also offer remarks.

Move2Health Equity Coalition transportation survey

The Move2HealthEquity Coalition is conducting a survey that will gather data to help guide leaders in making more equitable choices regarding transportation in the Charlottesville area. Human rights such as medical care, food access, and the right to work rely heavily on the element of transportation; without sufficient transportation, access to such human rights can be hindered. With input from faith communities in the Charlottesville area, this survey would benefit greatly from hearing the voices of people who value efforts of social justice that seek to ensure the dignity of every human being. Download flyer.

Civil Rights Pilgrimage | November 5-13, 2021

A 9 Day Journey of Growth and Discovery | $ 2,195 per person, excluding airfare
Progressive Pilgrimage provides trips nationally and internationally that inform participants about the spiritual issues that shape our world. Next November's pilgrimage explores racial justice sites in the USA. The trip begins in Atlanta and ends in Memphis. The full itinerary and details are available here

Piano Donation

A member of our community is interested in donating their grand piano to a congregation or school. The donor is offering to pay moving expenses and initial tuning once moved to the new home. If interested, click here 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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