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DECEMBER 6, 2021

Editor's note: After a holiday break publication will resume on January 17, 2022. Wishing all our readers a joyful and healthy holiday season.

Learn the history of the Lee statue!

You may be surprised by what you didn’t know & to learn how this statue's history is totally relevant to what’s happening today!

Click on the video above to learn about the Lee statue. This video is a part of the Beloved Community Virtual Tour, which is currently under development. See our website to learn more!

City Council will determine the fate of Lee Statue TODAY 12/6!

Charlottesville City Council will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the future of the Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson statues. Six proposals were submitted to the City Council for relocation. Learn more HERE

Please join Beloved Community Cville in supporting the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s “Swords Into Plowshares” proposal. It involves melting down the statue and commissioning an artist-in-residence to repurpose the bronze for a public art installation. We believe this initiative will create an opening for our community to delve into a creative project which has the potential of bringing us together in learning and visioning for our city. Email City Council <> to support this project, and/or sign up HERE to speak at the City Council meeting tonight.


Unite the Right Lawsuit was a Historic Legal Victory!

On November 23rd, jurors of the landmark Sines v Kessler case awarded the plaintiffs $26 million in damages against white supremacist leaders. The verdict made it 100% clear that what happened here on August 11-12, 2017 (focused on the LEE STATUE, see video above) was not an accident or a clash between two sides. Rather, it was a deliberate plan by the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups to attack the brave souls who stood up to their hate. Every single defendant in the case was found to be liable, and the legal repercussions have and will continue to have a deterring effect. Learn more HERE.

“Our single greatest hope is that the victory will encourage others to feel safer raising our collective voices in the future to speak up for human dignity and against white supremacy.” -- Charlottesville plaintiffs (Thank you, plaintiffs!!)


Fundraiser for August 11-12 victims

Let’s remember that there were many other survivors of the 2017 white nationalist attacks besides the plaintiffs in the case above. Many of them have ongoing needs arising from the violence which was both witnessed and sustained during the events of August 11-12. They could use our support! Please consider giving to this fundraiser Donations accepted through December 31st and disbursed to victims in January.
City Council Meets Tonight!
December 6 Monday 6:30 pm

The fates of the R.E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Lewis, Clark & Sacajawea statues will be discussed (See information above and more), as well as proposed changes to the Police Civilian Review Board ordinance. Register to Zoom or apply to speak in person.

Racial Covenants-Their Legacy in Albemarle County
December 9 Wednesday  7:00 - 8:30   pm
A panel discussion of the Community Read selection: Racial Covenants:The Continuing Legacy of Exclusionary Housing Practices in Albemarle County. Learn more and access the book.  Register for the webinar or watch on Facebook.

Coming To The Table Cville - Learning About Reparations
December 11 Saturday 2:00 -3:30 pm

Join CTTTCville to discuss "Reparations: A Beginning Conversation".  Helpful links: The Racial Wealth Gap - Understanding the Basis for Repair by Lotte Dula and Why I Changed My Mind on the Reparations Debate by Julie Wittes Schlack.   RSVP  by Friday December 12.  Link will be sent that evening.

Conversation With Mayor Walker
December  15 Wednesday 6:00 pm
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center ( JSAAHC) and Vinegar Hill Magazine will host a conversation between Dr. Andrea Douglas and Mayor Nikayuh Walker .  The conversation will stream on the JSAAHC Facebook and YouTube pages.
Through Culinary Concepts AB, CEO Antwon Brinson is revolutionizing the way people and businesses make connections through food.  Whether it's award-winning in-person or virtual cooking experiences or the life skills base culinary training program, all his classes are designed to help you on your culinary journey.  

Our collaborative learning environment provides the perfect solution to help individuals and organizations build the foundational skills needed in life and the kitchen. Contact us today.
Local Restorative Justice Pilot
The Zehr Institute at Eastern Mennonite University is collaborating with the Commonwealth Attorneys of Albemarle County and Charlottesville City to pilot a restorative justice program aiming to divert adults and youth out of the criminal system by addressing  root causes and needs.  They are looking for potential paid facilitators to be  trained and take cases. Learn more.   Reach out to with questions and ideas.

Youth Art/Video Contest
The Rumi Forum Charlotesville and the Charlottesvile Clergy Collective sponsor a contest with the theme : “Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion.”
  •    The Art Contest is for 6th - 8th Graders, with prizes ranging from $150 to $50.
•    The Video Contest is for 9th - 12th Graders, with prizes ranging from $250 to $100.

"Robert Reed's Charlottesville"
Now until December 31 Tuesday-Friday 1-6 pm Saturday 10-1 pm

Exhibit at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.   Free tickets.
Amplify. A new e-magazine from the Division of Diversity  Equity and Inclusion at the University of Virginia.

Collective Announcements from the Charlottesville Clergy Collective. Subscribe.
Charlottesville Community Cares Newsletter. Local Covid-19 challenges and solutions. Subscribe.

Charlottesville Tomorrow. Public service journalism, local and timely.

City of Promise Newsletter.  Working with children to achieve their fullest potential.

Criminal Justice Monday Email. Thorough coverage of local and regional criminal justice issues.  To subscribe write to 

Encyclopedia Virginia, a publication from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities works with members of the Virginia Indian communities to project their voices, perspectives, and considerable knowledge of Virginia history and culture.

Legal Aid and Justice Center Newsletter. Subscribe.

ReimagineCVa. A directory to ways to connect with the social structure in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. Subscribe.

The Activists' Watch Newsletter includes The Activists' Guide calendar of public protests.

UCARE Newsletter. UVa and racial equity. Subscribe.

Vinegar Hill Magazine. A Black perspective on business, culture, politics in central Virginia. Subscribe.

Virginia Organizing challenges injustice by bringing people together to work for change in their communities. We have a new Charlottesville organizer! 
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