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Cheer on Cville Students Walking to School Next Week

Wed., Aug. 24 through Tues., Aug. 30, between 7:20a to 8:30a, depending on the school
  • From August 24-30 (the first 5 days of school), Charlottesville City Schools is asking community partners to pick a day to cheer students on as they walk to school (between 7:20a to 8:30a, depending on the school).
  • Call to Action: Please sign up for a shift and a school (for you or your group)
  • Once signed up, a staff member from Charlottesville City School will follow up with details. If you're signing up as a group, put down the group name for the number of spots you expect to fill. If you need more information prior to signing up, email <>. Click here for more information.

“The Story of Us: Reclaiming the Narrative of #Charlottesville through Portraits of Community Resilience”

Starting August 5, 2022. Portraits displayed in the trees on the Downtown Mall. More info here.

Photojournalist Eze Amos will be displaying his photo narrative project giving voice to the experiences of Charlottesville residents surrounding August 12, 2017. Photographs of our community coming together in resistance – holding space, being brave, being vulnerable, showing love for each other – will be suspended among the trees of the downtown mall. With the aid of a QR code, viewers will be transported to that exact moment as they hear the voice of the person featured in the displayed photo describing the experience in their own words. Click here for more information and to support Eze’s GoFundMe project.

“Witnessing Resistance” Photo Exhibition

Now through September 16. Free, all day. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth Street

Photojournalist Eze Amos took more than 9,000 photographs on August 12, 2017. Now, five years later, he is sharing what he experienced and witnessed during and after the alt-right rally in his exhibition. Featuring 18 images taken between 2016 and 2017, the show is narrated by Amos, and it acts as a requiem that honors those who were not deterred by fear, but moved into the streets and guided by love.


“No Unity Without Justice: Student and Community Organizing During the 2017 Summer of Hate”

Exhibition on display now through October 29, 2022. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

The 37-item exhibition provides personal narratives of the curators’ experiences, as well as those of various Charlottesville community activists. It was primarily curated by Kendall King, a 2018 UVA alum, artist, and community organizer; in partnership with Jalane Schmidt, a UVA associate professor of religious studies; with guest alumni curators Natalie Romero, Hannah Russell-Hunter, and Memory Project postdoctoral fellow Gillet Rosenblith. Click here for more information.

“Suppression: An Artist Response to the Roe v. Wade Decision” 

Art exhibit at Chroma Projects, August 5 - 26, 2022. Additional information about the exhibit in this Daily Progress article.


UVA Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (D.E.I.) Workshops and Learning Opportunities:

  • UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (D.E.I.)  Workshop: I Felt That, Microaggression and Its Impact - Thursday, August 25 at 12:30 p.m., on-line (registration required)  This presentation will provide an overview and definition of the concept of microaggressions, examples of three distinct types of microaggressions and their impact on individuals, and a method for confronting microaggressions in different scenarios and situations.  Email Sly Mata with questions about registration hereAdditional workshop dates for Fall 2022: Sept. 22, Nov. 17, Dec. 15
  • UVA Division for D.E.I. Workshop: That's the Way of the World, Intro to D.E.I.  This workshop will be offered on the following dates in Fall 2022: Sept. 13; Oct. 11; Nov. 15; Dec. 6  Diversity, equity, and inclusion are words that affect many of our lives, but what do they really mean? How are they defined? What can they mean to you? Join us as we provide an introductory overview of these definitions and their potential value to you. Email Sly Mata with questions about registration here.
  • Additional learning programs and opportunities offered by UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can be found here.

 “One Stop Shop”

Every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm, parking lot of 750 Harris Street 
“One Stop Shop” is a weekly event organized by more than 20 nonprofits and other organizations to provide re-entry support for people returning home from Virginia prisons. The entire community is invited to attend One Stop Shop, particularly anyone who’s interested in volunteering with or otherwise assisting returning citizens who are adjusting to their new lives. Read July 13 C-ville Weekly article for more information.

SURVEY ON-GOING: Swords Into Plowshares Community Survey

Take the survey here.
In December 2021, the Charlottesville City Council voted to give the City’s recently-removed statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC). [Read news release] The JSAAHC plans to melt down the monument in order to transform its bronze material into a work of public art. The public art project, called “Swords Into Plowshares,” will be informed by a community engagement process for Charlottesville residents to deliberate how the social value of inclusion can be represented through art and public space. People living in the Charlottesville area are now invited to take this survey about what makes a welcoming space and how inclusion and other community aspirations can be represented through art and public spaces. The survey is anonymous. Feel free to skip questions that you do not wish to answer. And if you belong to a group that would be interested in discussing this project further, send a message to with your group’s name and contact information.

Local / Regional

Join us to pledge to denounce racism and white supremacy - The Daily Progress
Charlottesville walking vigil sparking change together - The Daily Progress
FINDING OUR WAY: Making peace with Jefferson and founders who enslaved people: Is it possible? - The Daily Progress
Why Charlottesville? Geography, history, racism and local politics all collided in 2017 - Charlottesville Tomorrow
New pictures of Charlottesville in 2017 tell the story of a community that fought back - Charlottesville Tomorrow
Recap in pictures: "Unite the Light" Walking Vigil & Interfaith Service - Charlottesville Clergy Collective


“I Used to have a little girl” - Conversation with Susan Bro. Amber Khan of Interfaith Voices interviews Susan Bro on the eve of the 5th anniversary of “Unite the Right”

The Charlottesville rally 5 years later: 'It's what you're still trying to forget' -

5 years after deadly rally, Charlottesville wants to tell its own story. Community activists shift the focus to how they resisted the actions of white supremacists and how others might do the same - Washington Post


The Distorted Gospel of the Charlottesville Rally Keeps Spreading - Sojourners

Opinion/Editorial: The goal is not symbols of bigotry; it is equality for all - The Daily Progress


New Pluralists offer 'Healing Starts Here' Grants  

Applications are due by August 31.

Healing Starts Here grants are available through  New Pluralists. to community-based organizations/networks that are working to achieve a politically vibrant, multi-racial, multi-faith democracy.  Grant amounts range from $100,000 to $500,000. Applications are due by August 31.

New Pluralists was organized to help realize the vision of a politically vibrant, multi-racial, multi-faith democracy that is the promise of America. Their focus is on culture change — on shifting the norms, values, skills, and behaviors that shape the way we see each other and ourselves. Grants are offered to organizations and networks that are working to support local leaders, reclaim stories, and take action across difference.


More detailed health and BRHD information available here.


Foodfinder Tools

Cultivate Charlottesville, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and its network, Cville Community Cares, and Albemarle County’s Equity and Inclusion Office have worked together to create a map of available food resources in the area. Go online Foodfinder Map.

City and Cultivate Charlottesville’s Food Justice Network launches 24/7 Food Security Text Line  Residents can text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” 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.

Google's Food Locator Tool - Google created a Find Food Support locator tool to locate your nearest food bank, food pantry, or school lunch program pickup site. To use the tool, simply enter an address into the search bar. 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.


Food Distribution

  • 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 <> or call 434-872-0800 if you have questions or if you can help.

  • See the Foodfinder Map for more food distribution sites in the area.


Activists’ Guide Newsletter

“The Activists’ Watch” is a biweekly newsletter that includes a summary of activist activities for the upcoming two weeks and inspirational facts and quotes. Subscribe here.

Beloved Community Cville Newsletter

This bi-monthly e-newsletter spotlights Black owned businesses and organizations as well as local racial history. Sign up here.

Blue Ridge Health District Newsletter

Read archives and subscribe 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.

Charlottesville Tomorrow

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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.

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.

Virginia Department of Health

SIgn up for their email here to receive their Health Equity Newsletter and/or their Partners in Prayer and Prevention Newsletter.

Virginia Organizing

Virginia Organizing challenges injustice by bringing people together to work for change in their communities. We have a new Charlottesville organizer! Sign up for monthly newsletter and action alerts.
A list of local churches and faith communities can be found HERE. Explore websites and Facebook links for worship, studies, and/or devotions offered by our rich and diverse communities of faith! 
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