If you missed the event, or want to share with friends, or just enjoyed it so much that you want to listen/watch it again, the recording is online at https://nowcomment.com/documents/328151 (with annotations showing what questions were asked when).
Our next speaker event: Tuesday October 11, 6:45pm: Prof. Danielle Citron on Privacy, Surveillance, and Love in the Digital Age; in conversation with Prof. William Hitchcock, she’ll talk about her brand new book The Fight for Privacy. Full information at https://cvilledems.org/event/prof-danielle-citron/
Legal journalist/podcaster Dahlia Lithwick, one of Charlottesville’s very favorite ex-residents, returns “home” Thursday evening, September 22 at 6:45pm to PVCC’s beautiful Dickinson Auditorium to talk about her new book, Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America. She’ll be in conversation with Amy Woolard, Chief Program Officer for the ACLU of Virginia, with audience Q&A to follow. This special Cville Dems-organized event is free and open to all, no reservations required.
You’ve very likely seen her on MSNBC and CNN, listened to her influential “Amicus” podcast, read her columns in Slate and New York Times… now come out and see her in person!
Lady Justice profiles the women lawyers who worked tirelessly to hold the line against the most chaotic and malign presidency in living memory. There was Roberta Kaplan, the famed commercial litigator, who sued the neo-Nazis for their 2017 “Unite the Right” violence here. And Sally Yates, the acting attorney general of the United States, who refused to sign off on the Muslim travel ban. And Becca Heller, the founder of a refugee assistance program who brought the fight over the travel ban to the airports. And, of course, Stacey Abrams, whose efforts to protect the voting rights of millions of Georgians may well have been what won the Senate for the Democrats in 2020.
We’ll have copies of her book available for sale at the event: please buy a copy to support Dahlia. It will make a great holiday gift for anyone, but especially for that idealistic daughter, granddaughter, or niece of yours!
We’ll also be giving a shout-out at the event to the local nonprofits who are doing the good work locally in some of the areas covered by her book: Protection of Immigrants and Refugees (IRC and International Neighbors and Sin Barreras), Sexual Assault and Harassment (S.A.R.A.), Women’s Rights (Charlottesville NOW), Abortion and Reproductive Rights (Blue Ridge Abortion Fund and Planned Parenthood), and Racial Justice and Voting Rights (NAACP, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, League of Women Voters, and Virginia Organizing). [Note: these groups are neither affiliated with the Democratic Party nor necessarily endorse our policy positions.]
Dahlia will be “in conversation” with Amy Woolard, a writer and attorney who’s lived and worked in Charlottesville for over 30 years, much of that time working on civil rights policy and legislation. Amy is now Chief Program Officer for the ACLU of Virginia and previously was Director of Policy for the Legal Aid Justice Center. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Guardian, and Virginia Quarterly Review.
Bio: Dahlia Lithwick is the senior legal correspondent at Slate and host of Amicus, Slate’s award-winning biweekly podcast about the law. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Commentary, among other places. Lithwick won a 2013 National Magazine Award for her columns on the Affordable Care Act. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October, 2018.
Local photojournalist and artist Ézé Amos is the creator of the exhibit “The Story of Us: Reclaiming the Narrative of #Charlottesville through Portraits of Community Resilience”, 36 larger-than-life 10′ x 8′ photos mounted front and back on trees all along the Downtown Mall. Each photo will have a QR code linking to a 3-minute recording of the person highlighted in the photo describing that moment in their own words and voice. Eze donated the photos to the City, which will install them August 9-10 (this exhibit is the City’s only anniversary commemoration event).
Ézé is collaborating with us to offer the community two free events meant to help Charlottesville deeply engage with our collective experiences of A12 through the exhibit:
- Wednesday August 10, 6:30pm — Meeting in the Downtown Library’s Swanson Case Room, Ézé will facilitate a town hall-style presentation in which he will both explain the genesis and intentionality behind “The Story of Us” and also offer attendees a chance to share their emotions and memories of their experiences of that weekend. Come in person or use this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85683422230
- Saturday August 13, 11am — Ézé will lead a roughly hour long guided walking tour of the exhibit, photos. The meetup spot will be the Downtown Mall water fountain at the intersection with 2nd Street NE.
You won’t want to miss these powerful presentations and the chance to engage with Ézé about his very compelling exhibit (two samples below). Please spread the word, please bring family and friends!
If you want to help the Josh Throneburg Campaign #FlipThe5th and unseat Bob (No)Good, here are some options:
1. Join us this Thursday, August 4th, from 5-7pm at IX Park for our Weekly Thursday Night of Action (a bit of socializing, a good bit of strategizing)!
This week we’ll be focussing on phone banking and canvassing. There’ll be a printed phone list for folks to choose from to call into. If you wish to canvas please download “MiniVan” (download the app from these Apple or Android links if you don’t already have it) and you can even create an ActionID before Thursday to save time.
If you plan to attend, please sign up using this link:
There will be training on MiniVan for those who need a refresher of haven’t ever used it (don’t worry, it’s not hard!).
2. If you can’t attend this Thursday, here’s the weekly schedule of other opportunities you can sign up:
- Wednesday Nights Virtual Phone Bank / 6:30pm – 8:30pm
- Thursday Nights J4VA & Generation Ratify Virginia Virtual Phone Bank / 6:30pm-8:30pm
- Sunday Evenings Virtual Phone Bank / 1pm – 4pm
- Sunday Evenings Virtual Text Bank / 4pm – 6pm
- Saturday Canvassing in Charlottesville (meet at The Dairy Market) / 10am – Noon & 1pm – 3pm
Sign up for any of these events here: https://www.mobilize.us/joshforvirginia/
Thanks for your support!