Sponsorship of young asylum-seekers: Brittany Caine-Conley and the Charis Community at Grace Red Hill Episcopal Church are sponsoring seven young women from Central America who are seeking asylum in the U.S. and are currently in detention in New Mexico. As transgender women, they are particularly vulnerable in their home country. It is not known if or when they will be released to come to Charlottesville, and if they do not receive asylum parole, one possibility is to bond them out, which will be costly. Volunteer lawyers are assisting. Ways to support these young women: financial assistance for their phone and commissary accounts (funds are being accepted through PayPal, Venmo (@Congregate-Charlottesville), or via check). Charis is also in need of furniture to furnish the sanctuary bedrooms, as well as towels, lamps, toiletries, clothes, books, etc. If the women are paroled and arrive in Charlottesville there will be a need for drivers, English lessons, ongoing financial support, clothing, books, etc. If you can help in any of these above ways, please contact Brittany Caine-Conley, at .
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, in collaboration with the City of Charlottesville and other community partners, announces the Charlottesville Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage: On July 8th at 8 am, Charlottesville residents will “get on the bus” to begin the Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Their ultimate goal is to bring soil collected from the site where John Henry James was lynched in Albemarle County in 1898 to the newly opened Equal Justice Initiative’s Monument to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. The soil will be delivered on the 120th anniversary of Mr. James’ murder. Along the way the bus will make stops at some of the most important civil rights sites in the country. The pilgrimage will include students, teachers, and other community members, as well as historians who will provide information as we move from one site to another. We will also be accompanied by Clergy and therapists to help us process difficult moments. Event page. Low income and full-fare participants can register to join the trip at http://jeffschoolheritagecenter.org/events/2014-fall-events/special-events/memorial-to-lynching/
A Community Discussion about Lynching: July 7, 11am, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Join us as we prepare to embark on the Charlottesville Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Program includes viewing of video of the soil collecting ceremony and showing of An Outrage: A Documentary Film About Lynching in the American South. Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren will discuss their film. Event page.