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“Conversations Toward Reconciliation” - Second Gathering

Thursday, May 23, 6 to 8 pm, Carver Recreation Center
Free catered meal ... and bring a dish to share. More information here.
Read a report on our Jan. 31 “Conversations Toward Reconciliation” gathering.
RSVP here. Deadline Tuesday, May 21, noon.
 

Festival of Cultures - Free and Open to the Public

Saturday, May 11, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at Booker T. Washington Park, 1001 Preston Ave.
 

Coming to the Table monthly meeting

Saturday, May 11, 2 to 4 pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1118 Preston Ave.
RSVP to Kathy Spaar at pelerine16@gmail.com
 

Soul Suppers: Cora Harvey Armstrong (Rescheduled!)

Saturday, May 11, Dinner at 5:30, Show at 7:00 pm, Mount Zion’s First African Baptist Church,105 Lankford Ave.
Ticket is $25, which includes a home-cooked, family-style dinner and concert. Organized by The Front Porch. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Click here for other Front Porch events.
 

Poor People’s Campaign: March with Union Hill to End Environmental Racism

May 17, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Richmond
Poor People’s Campaign will have a rally and march in Richmond, Register here.
Rev. Barber will speak. There will be a clergy section in the march, which will have a banner etc. Also there will be numerous churches, faith-based organizations, etc. represented. Karenna Gore, Al Gore’s daughter, will introduce Rev. Barber. Virginia Interfaith Center is active in the preparations. PPC estimates that 500-2000 people will attend.
 

Volunteers needed for Refugee Resettlement Simulation @ City Space

The Charlottesville Office of Human Rights is re-launching a refugee resettlement simulation called “Walk 6,000 Miles in My Shoes.” This is a live-action role-play game in which participants take on the role of a refugee fleeing a crisis and trying to resettle in the United States. The aim of the event is to educate people about the resettlement process and help non-refugees deepen their understanding of and empathy for the refugees who call Charlottesville home. Each simulation requires 20 volunteers for 10 to 50 participants, and there is a need to recruit and train volunteers. The next volunteer training will occur on Monday, May 20th, 6pm to 8pm, at City Space. Please widely share this flyer for volunteer training. Read this for more details.

For more information contact Todd Niemeier, Community Outreach & Investigation Specialist, Charlottesville Office of Human Rights. Office Phone: 434-970-3023; Email: niemeier@charlottesville.org.

 

ONGOING LOCAL PROGRAMS

Next Community ID Drive

Saturday, June 1 at New Beginnings Church - 1130 E. Market St.
NOTE: Doors open at 8 am, applicants must arrive before 9 am.
We encourage everyone to get this community ID, as a way of supporting the program and ensuring that there won't be a stigma attached to having one.
Attached are fliers (in English and Spanish) that have details, including a list of the required documents.
Read Russ Linden’s report on a very successful ID Drive on May 4.
Questions? Contact Russ Linden Office: 434.978.7775
 

UNITY DAYS C’Ville  

May, June, July & August at Downtown parks, Downtown Mall and Fourth St.
We, the community members of Charlottesville, come together this summer in a spirit of healing and unity for a variety of events that educate, inspire, and honor people in our community to move towards economic and racial justice. View flyer. Please visit charlottesville.org/unitydays and check back often for event updates.
 

Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Drive by the NAACP

The Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP has taken on the task of optimizing enrollment in the recently expanded Virginia Medicaid Program.  The NAACP looks forward to hearing from and working with faith communities on eliminating the racial and ethnic inequities that exist within our healthcare system that undermine communities of color, their life opportunities and their ability to contribute to the common good. If you are interested in co-sponsoring an event with NAACP at your church, please contact Health Committee Chairman Gregg Winston at gwinston78@gmail.com. For additional information see attached.
 

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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