CIRAC took part in several types of trainings in the community centered on understanding the lived experiences of immigrants, and legal considerations as we work to keep our neighbors safe. This includes promoting the Rapid Response Hotline--put this number in your phone now so you can make reports of ICE or other activity that would imperial our neighbors without documentation: 855-298-3271.
July 28 was the unveiling of Charlottesville Unity Days' INSIDE/OUT temporary portrait art installation on the exterior side wall of the Violet Crown Theater on the Downtown Mall. Some CIRAC members and some Cville Immigrant Bond Fund directors were honored by their inclusion. Here are links to coverage from local press: NBC 29; CBS 19; Daily Progress; Daily Progress Slideshow.
August 11, 1-5, Market St. Park--CIRAC and Cville Immigrant Bond Fund will be tabling at another Unity Days event, Call to Action: Community Resources Fair. Come see us!
Many thanks to all who made our June CLAW appearance such a raging success!!!
Here are other important things to know about in July:
Plug-in: Look through this list of ways to be involved locally -- volunteer, accompany, purchase food, donate and learn.
Lights for Liberty, July 12, 8:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, Charlottesville. Candlelight vigil coordinated with events all over the country. CIRAC is participating to show solidarity, and to engage folks in the work being done here.
CIRAC Driver Training, with Know Your Rights emphasis:
Luis Oyola of the Legal Aid Justice Center will come and facilitate Know Your Rights training for drivers. We'll be viewing a video and discussing it, as well as other scenarios. Please make every effort to get to Westminster Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, July 16, 6-7:30 pm, for this training, whether you've driven dozens of times, or never have. The entrance to use is off the back side of the church, the door all the way to your right as you face the back of the church.
Before this training on Tues., July 16, 6-7:30pm, at Westminster Presbyterian Church's Library, please watch this short video at
and load and review the following smartphone apps: Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Translate, Google Drive, and Signal. We'll also allow time for hands-on help for using the apps.
Border is Here, July 20, 10 am- 2pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church. A four-hour immersive and interactive workshop on the lived experience of immigration. Produced and taught by PLUMAS (Political Latinx United for Movement and Action in Society) and the Cville Immigrant Bond Fund. Lunch will be provided.