The Activists' Watch

September 29 2023

Turning the embers into a bonfire
Calendar section

Upcoming Activist Events:
September 29 - October 13, 2023

Oct. 2 - 7 pm, Staunton Organizing meeting, contact [email protected]

Oct. 8 – 4 pm, Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice meeting at Friends' Meeting House, for info [email protected]

Oct. 9 – 7 pm, NAACP meeting, contact Lynn Boyd at lboyd3@hotmail to join NAACP and get location

Oct. 9 - 7 pm, Staunton Organizing meeting, contact [email protected]

Oct. 10 - 5:30 PM, NOW Chapter Meeting. Meet the Candidates, and Postcard Party, The Center at Belvedere

Oct. 11 – 7 pm, DSA meeting, JMRL Central Swanson Case Room and on Zoom, contact [email protected]

Oct. 12 – 6:30 pm, Charlottesville Police Civilian Oversight Board. livestreamed via Boxcast at this URL:

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected] Or call VO at 434 984 4655 ext 227.

Remember - Democracy is not a spectator sport.

What happened?

September 16, 2023 - Hundreds of thousands of protesters around the globe took to the streets over the weekend of Sept. 16 calling for an end to the burning of fossil fuels. Climate actions took place in the Philippines, India, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sweden, Germany, the United States and across dozens of other countries and cities worldwide.

Here in New York, an estimated 75,000 protesters joined a massive march Sunday following days of peaceful actions targeting banks and other institutions involved with the fossil fuel industry. It was the largest rally New York has seen in years. Ahead of the march, at least 16 climate activists were arrested Friday after they occupied and shut down the Museum of Modern Art for more than five hours over its ties to fossil fuel billionaire Henry Kravis, co-founder of the Wall Street investment firm KKR.

Meanwhile, in Germany, thousands of protesters gathered in Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate spraying orange paint on its columns. Several protesters were arrested.

From Democracy Now, Sept.18

Today's Quote

“Continue to speak out against all forms of injustice to yourselves and others, and you will set a mighty example for your children and for future generations.”

Bernice King

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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