The Activists' Watch

October 27, 2023

Turning the embers into a bonfire


Activists’ Guide is a community bulletin board which publicizes events sponsored by “boots on the ground” organizations.

Entries may be made to the AG’s calendar by any organization whose actions attempt to create a more just, equitable, non-violent world.

The stance taken by a particular organization/government is not considered. We are not a megaphone for one side or the other.

This is the second time in its history that Activists’ Watch is encouraging folk to vote.

The Nov. 7 election is crucial to all of us. It is a piece in the puzzle which shows how the fascists are taking over the US. Numerous candidates in Charlottesville and Albemarle are running for School Boards with platforms and marketing that subtly expose them as fascists and or/supremacists. But, they claim to be running for us.
For example, in Albemarle County, Meg Bryce stated that institutional racism does not exist. In analyzing school achievement, Joann McDermid equated skin color with socio-economic status.

These are the fascists who could determine the content of your children’s textbooks.
Think that they’re harmless?
Look at this: Scholastic isolates ‘diverse titles’ at book fairs as challenges spike

What are going to do about it?
  • Complain?
  • Feel confident that justice will prevail unaided?
Voting is the best tool we have. Don’t wait to protest until after the election.

REMEMBER: Democracy is not a spectator sport
Calendar section

Upcoming Activist Events:
October 27 - November 11, 2023

Oct. 30 – 7 pm, Staunton Organizing meeting, contact

Nov. 1 – 4:30 pm Witness for voting: Sojourners UCC invites folks to join to encourage others to vote

Nov. 4 - 8:00 am, Grassroots Gathering 2023 St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 815 E Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia Organizing, email

Nov. 4 – 8:30 am, Volunteer Work Day at Ivy Creek,

Nov. 4 – 10:00 am, March for Restoration of Rights, Virginia Organizing, St Paul's Episcopal Church, 815 E Grace St, Richmond

Nov. 4 – 12:00 noon, National March on Washington D.C., ten co-sponsoring organizations as of 10/25, for list of sponsors see the Activists’ Guide Calendar

Nov. 6 – 7 pm, Staunton Organizing meeting, contact

Nov. 8 – DSA Chapter meeting,

Nov. 9, 6:30 pm, Charlottesville Police Civilian Oversight Board. live-streamed via Boxcast at this URL:

For complete descriptions of these events, visit
The Activists' Guide Calendar.

DISCLAIMER: The absence of events from a particular faction does not indicate that a slanted perspective exists in Activists Guide. It means that we are not notified of the event. There is no selection of events. If we were notified of an event by an organization that appears in Activists’ Guide Directory of Organizations the entry will appear in the AG Calendar.

Activists’ Guide Directory of Organizations is reviewed at six-month intervals to ensure its accuracy.
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.

What happened?

What Happened? October 8, 2023, Peace Activist Vivian Silber was reported missing, apparently taken hostage, on the Be'eri kibbutz in Israel.

More Fuel for the Fire

Competing Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestine Demonstrations Raise Tensions on College Campuses
Democracy Now, Oct 13, 2023

Today's Quote

"Love is but a song we sing
Fear's the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why"

Thanks to The Youngbloods

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

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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