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Update: Sines vs Kessler - Lawsuit Against A12 Organizers

Today, United States District Judge Norman Moon will decide whether to move the location of the trial of Sines vs Kessler away from Charlottesville to Lynchburg, Roanoke, or some other location.The CCC crafted this open letter to Judge Moon to advocate for the trial to be held here in Charlottesville this October. 

Amy Spitalnick, Executive Director of Integrity First, is representing the plaintiffs who were injured on August 12. Integrity First still has $1.25 million left to raise to fully fund this lawsuit, and they are seeking your financial support. Read more about their work in the Charlottesville case, and donate to support their work in this lawsuit.

Coming to the Table meeting

Saturday, June 12, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, via Zoom
DeTeasa Gathers and Cauline Yates will give a presentation on the Memorial to the Enslaved Laborers led by. They are founders of Descendants of Enslaved Communities at UVA which “serves as the collective voice for all descendants of enslaved and free Black communities who labored at the University of Virginia through research, education, and preservation.” Please email <> by noon Saturday to receive the Zoom link.

The Fortune Shop: African American Vendor’s Market

Saturday, June 12, 2 to 6 pm, Free at the Jefferson School, 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville
Come out and share your love and support to your local Black owned businesses! Pfizer and Johnson &Johnson vaccines available. Download this flyer and visit for more information.

#WeAreEssential Fast for Freedom

Starting June 9, faith leaders and directly impacted immigrants will hold the #WeAreEssential Fast for Freedom to shine a spotlight on our nation’s moral obligation to fully and finally include our immigrant siblings as part of the American family. Organize a local Fast for Freedom in your own community. Use this document to learn more about fasting and how to prepare and break a fast. Donate to sustain the #WeAreEssential Fast for Freedom. Your contribution will support fasters, volunteers, and participants in having a powerful experience. Visit this website for more information to participate.

Juneteenth on the Yard

Saturday, June 19, 12 pm to 4 pm, Free at the Jefferson School, 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville
Bring a blanket and share in music, crafts and community. Emcee Ike Anderson will keep the day rollin.
12-4PM Local music from DJ SG, Jaewar & Vibe Riot, Sons of Ichibei and Daphne Brown.
12-2PM Creative Practice with Tobiah Mundt and Black Women Stitch.
Visit this Facebook page for more information.

“Black and Beautiful”

UVA’s Religion, Race & Democracy Lab just dropped a new podcast episode in which renowned biblical scholar Dr. Renita Weems explores the different translations of Song of Songs 1:5, in which a woman exclaims: “I am black and beautiful!” “Black and Beautiful” explores what competing translations of even a single word can reveal about our views of the world, race, and gender. 




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.

  • 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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