March For Our Lives: Road to Change Town Hall, Friday August 3, 2018 at 6pm.
March For Our Lives and the students from Parkland, FL will be holding a town hall in Charlottesville on August 3rd, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. This event features students from Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School, Moms Demand Action Charlottesville, and Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention. There will be an audience Q&A, and Civic Access is generously providing ASL interpretation. The event starts at 6pm, but doors open at 5pm. Please come early as no entry will be allowed once the hall is filled. Parking is available at Westminster, as well as the parking garage on Culbreth Road. More info here.
Charlottesville Civil Rights Pilgrimage: Reporting Back, Sunday, August 5, 5-7pm. Jefferson School African American Cntr Auditorium, 233 4th St NW
Ninety eight people left Cville in early July and embarked on a pilgrimage with two purposes: to carry soil to Montgomery, AL, from the site of John Henry James lynching, and to understand the relationship between Cville’s summer of hate and the country’s long history of racial terrorism. Join the group as they recap this monumental trip. You must RSVP HERE to be in attendance.
As the anniversary of last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville approaches, several related community events are being offered that you may wish to attend:
Why We Protest Panel, Tuesday, August 7, 7-8:30pm, Jefferson School African American Heritage Cntr, 233 4th St NW
Anti-racist orgs and activists will discuss why they don’t “just ignore” white supremacists and will explain the importance of visible & vocal protest, and direct action, in thwarting the spread of fascism. Sponsored by Black Lives Matter Charlottesville.
Lawyer’s Panel on “Free Speech” and Anti-Racism. Wednesday, August 8, 7-8:30pm. Jefferson School African American Heritage Cntr, 233 4th St NW.
This panel will include a frank discussion of how platitudes about “free speech” are used to undermine anti-racist work. Panelists include representatives of the National Lawyers Guild-Central VA, BLM-Cville (Black Lives Matter), and SURJ-Cville (Showing up for Racial Justice).
Food and Water Collection at First United Methodist Church
Monday through Thursday (Aug. 6-9) from 9 am to 12 pm
FUMC is accepting food and water donations as it prepares to be a Safe Space once again on August 12. NOTE: All food must be packaged (e.g. Kind bars, Lance crackers, etc.). No fruit, unpackaged cookies, cakes, etc.
Prayer Gathering @ Market Street Park – August 6-10, Mon-Fri, 6-6:30am and 12-12:30pm
The Clergy Collective is sponsoring informal Prayer Gatherings at 6am and 12 noon at Market Street Park, Monday through Friday, August 6-10.
Clergy Collective Interfaith Service – Thursday, August 9, 7 pm at The Haven
“Making Our Way Together: A Service of Gratitude, Repentance and Hope”
As the anniversary of last year’s white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville approaches, the Charlottesville Clergy Collective has been planning an evening worship service to focus on gratitude, repentance, and hope. The service will include leaders from various religious communities and will be held at 7:00 pm, on Thursday, August 9, at The Haven, 112 Market St, Charlottesville.
Kabbalat Shabbat service at Congregation Beth Israel, Friday evening, August 10.
CBI is planning to hold a special Kabbalat Shabbat service, open to the larger community, and which will focus on the themes of the anniversary of August 11/12 through the lens of prayer and song.
The C’ville Singout! – Sunday, August 12, 4 pm at IX Park
Rehearsal: 2 to 3:30 pm at Mt. Zion First African Baptist.
ALL are invited to join the choir! $5 to register online, or register in person at Mt. Zion First African Baptist, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Visit https://www.cvillesingout.org/ for more information.
A Service for Repair, organized by Congregate C’ville – Sunday August 12
4 to 6 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park St.
The service will be lead by 6 women of color, who will offer poetry, music, dance, contemplation and communal ritual. The space is intended to hold the pain of those who have continuously given themselves to the struggle for justice, offer healing, honor those who resisted last summer and also hold and challenge those of us who need to wrestle with and repent for our complicity in white supremacy. After the experiential service, we will break out into spaces of learning and repair. These spaces will provide folks with practical, actionable ways to enter into the work of justice making and repair.
Congregate Cville Religious Resources for August 12
Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Humanist resources for communities and individuals to use on the weekend of August 11th and 12th, and beyond: https://congregatecville.com/religious-resources-for-2018.