The Activists' Watch

September 1 2023

Turning the embers into a bonfire
Calendar section

Upcoming Activist Events:
September 1 - 15, 2023

Sept. 4 - 7 pm, Staunton Organizing meeting

Sept. 10 – 4 pm, Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice meeting Zoom, for info email

Sept. 11 – 7 pm, NAACP meeting, contact Lynn Boyd at to join NAACP and get the zoom link

Sept. 11 - 7 pm, Staunton Organizing meeting

Sept. 14 - 7 pm, CCL Charlottesville meeting, for info

Sept. 14 – 6:30 pm, Charlottesville Police Civilian Oversight Board. City Space, 100 Fifth Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902 and livestreamed via Boxcast

For complete descriptions of these events, visit
The Activists' Guide Calendar.
Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Piedmont Group is looking for new people with new ideas. For more information contact John at

From Virginia Organizing:
If you have lost your civil rights in Virginia, we can help you apply to get them restored. On Facebook, fill out this simple form, and someone from Virginia Organizing will contact you. Please share with anyone you know who might need to get their rights restored.

Virginia Organizing will be encouraging nonpartisan restoration of voting rights and civic engagement this summer here in town. Please notify them if you're interested in joining them for canvassing or tabling. This will occur through late October. For more information, please contact Brian Johns Or call VO at 434 984 4655 ext 227.

Remember - Democracy is not a spectator sport.

Local News


Jemaine Cannon was killed, aka executed, by the state of Oklahoma on July 20. A group responded by staging a vigil in Charlottesville outside the Albemarle County office building.

Oklahoma resumed its paused schedule of grisly executions with the state-sanctioned killing of Jemaine. Next in line is Anthony Sanchez, with a date of September 20.


Forty people gathered outside of Sojourners UCC on June 20 to serve as “Witnesses for Justice following the vandalism at Sojourners”. The group was composed of Sojourners congregants, members of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective and other activists.

On Tuesday, June 20, messages of hate were spray-painted on the Sojourners United Church of Christ. A window was broken and banners were removed.

The call to action for the demonstration were disseminated by the Sojourners congregation, Charlottesville Clergy Collective and Activists’ Watch.

What happened?

September 13, 1971, Attica Prison Massacre ended with the killing of 29 incarcerated people by New York State Police and prison officers. Additionally, ten hostage prison guards were killed by New York State Police and prison officers and four incarcerated people were killed by other incarcerated people.

Today's Quote

"Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward."

Hillary Clinton

New Book

Standing Up To Hate
Members of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective recount their experience and recall the lessons learned from resisting the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville during the summer of 2017. Details and orders from


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