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UPDATE: Sines vs. Kessler Trial

Closing arguments concluded yesterday. Verdict to be expected soon.  DONATE to IFA’s matching contribution drive. IFA still needs $500,000 to cover the security costs for the trial.

Feedback Needed - Police Oversight Ordinance

The Charlottesville Police Civilian Review Board is seeking public feedback on its draft oversight ordinance. City Council will discuss the proposal on December 6. The draft ordinance and a summary of changes are linked below and are available on the Working Documents section of the CRB's website at

Rethinking Thanksgiving: Solidarity with Indigenous Resistance

Monday, November 22, 2021 8:00 PM -  9:30 PM ET, Register here.
Join the Indigenous Solidarity Network, Catalyst Project, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and Resource Generation in interrogating so-called thanksgiving, and move beyond the myths of america's history with Indigenous People on Turtle Island. In this webinar, attendees will hear from the frontlines of Indigenous efforts to resist violence and colonization fueled by the current extractive economic system and gather ways to further and deepen solidarity with Indigenous resistance. Also: Check out the “Rethinking Thanksgiving” Toolkit created by the Indigenous Solidarity Network
Support NDN Collective’s #LANDBACK campaign to return the Black Hills and public lands to Native hands.

Remaking the Economy: Information, the Media, and Economic Justice

Thursday, December 9th, at 2:00pm ET. Register here.
NonProfit Quarterly’s latest “Remaking the Economy” webinar takes on the question of the role of the media in achieving economic justice. Traditional local media may be dying, but here we shine a light on the rise of nonprofit and co-op forms of local media—and explore how they are amplifying voices in communities of color and low-income communities.

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. 



Click on Youtube icon to view preview video about the virtual tour.
There's a new way to learn about the racial history of Charlottesville! Beloved Community Cville is developing a virtual tour which allows you to visit significant historical sites in Charlottesville through your web browser or smartphone! Their tour introduces visitors to a more complete history of Charlottesville and untold stories of Charlottesville residents, all with the goal of addressing inequity and creating Beloved Community. To learn more, click here.


Go to the Blue Ridge Health District website for their vaccine distribution schedule.
  • All Virginians 12+ are now eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment. Schedule a vaccination appointment at any of the BRHD sites. You may use this link for either first, second, or third doses (immunocompromised patients only). For anyone who is unable to travel to a vaccine site, BRHD can provide Homebound Vaccines in their own home. To schedule an appointment, request in-home vaccination, or for any other questions, call the BRHD Hotline: 434-972-6261.
  • The BRHD Is Offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11 Beginning Saturday, November 6, 2021, the Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) will begin to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, following guidance from CDC and FDA. Click here for more details.

Covid Testing Sites
These sites are offering free COVID PCR testing (nasal swab). COVID-19 Testing Sites . **All testing is weather dependent!** 

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. Interpreters are available for those who prefer to communicate in their native language.
  • BRHD Newsletters
    Each Friday, BRHD sends out a newsletter with a number of updates, including information on vaccines and vaccine sites, testing resources, safety recommendations, general services announcements, and more. Previous newsletters are archived on the BRHD website, but anyone can sign up to receive future newsletters.
  • BRHD Monthly HealthWhys Newsletter
    This month: Potluck Food Safety. Click here to download their 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. BRHD is 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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