Friday, June 1: Central Virginia residents have between June 1, 2001 and January 15, 2002 to let others know that their area code has been changed from '804' to '434.' From June 1 to January 15, a person calling from another state can call either '804' or '434'. After January 15, the new '434' area code must be used.
For more information, call the State Corporation Commission at 804.371.9141 or log on to http://www.state.va.us/scc/
Friday, June 1: Join Mitch Van Yahres and special guest John McCutcheon for a picnic on Carters Mountain from 7 to 10 p.m. to benefit Mitch Van Yahres' bid for reelection to the Virginia House of Delegates.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Please bring a blanket. RSVP by May 25.
Directions: Take Rt. 20 south, turn onto Rt. 53 toward Monticello, turn right at the sign for Carters Mountain. Follow the road to the top of the mountain.
For more information, call Connie at 293-3733.
Friday, June 1 - Saturday, June 2: The Virginia Justice Action Coalition (VJAC), is an alliance of grassroots organizations that have come together to organize for demonstrations outside the upcoming Virginia Republican Party Convention.
This is an amazing opportunity to create a vocal, celebratory opposition to the current ruling political party in our state. From death row to the degradation of our state forests, from undermining unions to the mass incarceration of people of color and the poor, the Republican Party of Virginia is the frontline of the assault on our communities, our rights and our environment.
Recently our Governor has reduced education spending to rate 49th in
the country, supported anti-choice and discrimination supporting 'lifestyle
legislation'. VJAC is organizing to present a diverse yet unified opposition
to the Republican agenda. They would like you, your group, union, congregation,
community, family and friends to help us by taking an active part in building
The Convention is scheduled for June 1-2 at the Richmond Coliseum in downtown Richmond. The convention will be nominating party candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General. They want to send a message to them, and the rest of Virginia that a new movement is growing.
For more information, contact Christina Wulf, Virginia Forest Watch, Charlottesville, VA 804-971-1553.
Friday, June 1 - Sunday, July 1: Photographs by Alexandria Searls in the Main Gallery, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, Virginia.
For more information, call 434.295.7973.
Sunday, June 3: Check out Rick Moore's "The Wake-Up Call" show on WNRN 91.1 between 11 a.m. and 12 noon. Kevin Lynch and Meredith Richards will talk about the state of Charlottesville.
Sunday, June 3: NARAL's Virginia Regional Office would like to cordially invite you to Virginia's first-ever Pro-Choice Picnic!
This free event is being held at Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria, Virginia at 1 p.m. Come enjoy the outdoors, meet other pro-choice Virginians, and learn what you can do to help protect the right tochoose. Bring a friend or the entire family -- Cameron Run even has its own water park!
If you care about choice and are ready to get involved, this is your chance! Volunteers are also needed for set-up at 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP by May 31st to Christa at 703-465-5972 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about national NARAL or your state affiliate, log on to http://www.naral.org or call 1-877-YOU-DECIDE.
Sunday, June 3: the John D'earth and Ch'ville Jazz Allstars benefit for Cuba and Cuba bus at Starr Hill Brewery and Dance Hall, 709 W. Main Street. Doors open at 7p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at Plan 9 and Spencer's and $12 at the door unless you also bring two bottles of children's aspirin or Tylenol.
Sunday, June 3: Allen Ginsberg's birthday (1926).
Monday, June 4: Charles Martin will officially announce his candidacy for the House of Delegates on Monday, June 4th at 5:30PM at his home at 200 Pineridge Lane in Albemarle County, Virginia. You are cordially invited! Please come and show your support for Charles!
Any questions, please call 978-4856. Visit Charles' web site at www.runcharlesrun.org.
Directions: Route 29 to Proffitt Road just north of Forest Lakes. Proffitt Road to Terrybrook Drive on the left. Terrybrook Drive to Pineridge Lane on the right.
Tuesday, June 5: The annual City Vehicle & Equipment Auction will take place at the City Yard, 325 4th St. N.W. For more information, call 970-3863.
Tuesday, June 5: Charlottesville Fundraiser for Tim Kaine. Hosted by Kristen Suokko and Bill Antholis. From 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at 502 Second St., NE, Charlottesville. For more information or to RSVP contact Dawn Farrar at (804) 819-1188 or email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Tuesday, June 5: Bob Gibson hosts a one-a-month Evening Edition show from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on WVTF-FM in Roanoke.
His second "Evening Edition" show as a political call-in will feature the four Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor in the June 12 primary: Whitt Clement, Sylvia Clute, John Edwards and Don McEachin.
Friday, June 8: The Labor Action Group at the University of Virginia finds the recent firings of hospital employees with felony records to exemplify continued unfair treatment of employees by the University's Health Sciences Center administration. In response, they will hold a rally in support of the Hospital Nine at noon at the corner of Jefferson Park Avenue and Lee Street in conjunction with the local chapter of the NAACP.
For more information, contact Susan Fraiman at 977-1497 or Jan Cornell at 286-9432 or Susan Fogler at 296-3141.
Friday, June 8: The Women's Health Virginia 4th Annual Conference on Women's Health will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel.
This is a conference for health care consumers, their physicians and all health professionals seeking to improve the health care dialogue. For more information see http://www.womenshealthvirginia.org or call 804.220.4500.
Friday, June 8 - Sunday June 10 : Take note of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership's Candidate Training Program.
WHAT: The Candidate Training Program is an intensive three-day program designed to provide new candidates with the basics of running an effective and ethical campaign. In addition to sessions on the nuts and bolts of campaigning, the non-partisan and non-ideological program includes presentations and discussions about campaign ethics.
WHO: The Candidate Training Program is open to all novice candidates
who are committed to running in November 2001 or May 2002. While first-time
candidates are given top priority, others will be considered and are encouraged
HOW: Applications are available on-line at www.virginialeader.com. Applications can also be obtained by calling the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at (804) 982-4943. The application deadline is May 11, 2001. There is no cost for candidates accepted to participate. Currently, all program costs are covered through a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. This includes room and board for the two nights and three days of the program in Charlottesville.
For additional information, please contact Dale Lawton at (804) 982-4998 or email Lawton@virginia.edu.
Saturday, June 9: Democratic Black Caucus Juneteenth Dinner The annual Juneteenth celebration and fundraiser will be held from 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at Virginia State University in Petersburg. All candidates are invited to attend and participate. For more information, contact Josephine Marshall at email@example.com or Horace Webb at (804) 225-2618 [day] or (804) 732-2288 [evening].
Sunday, June 10: Capital Pride Parade.
Capital Pride Festival, 12-6 PM
Volunteer for an hour with Virginia Partisans! Contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-307-9016, or just stop by our booth
Sunday, June 10: Federal Execution of Timothy McVeigh Vigils:
Our Lady Queen of Peace, 2700 S. 19th St., Arlington, VA , Sunday, 7:30 pm. co-sponsored by Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic churches, The Arlington Unitarian Church, and NOVA Catholic Community.
St. Francis of Assisi Church in Triangle will hold a prayer vigil on Sunday evening at 7:30 pm
Monday, June 11: Execution of Timothy McVeigh Vigils:
Norfolk- 7:30 - 8:30a.m. at the corner of City Hall and St. Paul's Blvd.
Richmond - federal Court House at 11th and E.Main from 7:30 a.m. til 8:30 a.m contact Sue Frankle-Streit, LIttle Flower Catholic Worker, 804-457-2631.
Charlottesville - 7:30 a.m.at the federal building on McIntyre Rd.
Lynchburg- 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at First Christian Church, 3109 Rivermont Ave.
Washington, D.C.- 7:30 am-8:30 am in front of the U.S. Supreme Court
Lexington-7:40 am at the Rockbridge County Courthouse
Monday, June 11: Execution of Timothy McVeigh at 8 a.m. Eastern Time.
Leading Up to the Execution
"24 to 72 hours: McVeigh is moved into a holding cell in the execution building.
24 hours: McVeigh can meet with attorneys, spiritual advisers and immediate family members.
2 hours: All visitors and attorneys must leave.
1 hour to start: McVeigh is escorted into the execution room, where he is strapped to the talbe and tubes are inserted into his veins.
Groups of witnesses are brought into viewing rooms through separate doors.
Drapes are opened and McVeigh is allowed to make a final statement.
Inside the execution room, the warden reads the order of execution and asks the marshal, also in the room, whether the execution can proceed. The marshal, by phone, checks whether a final stay of execution has been ordered and then tells staff in the chemical room to begin the lethal injection.
The Lethal Cocktail
An intravenous tube will pump three separate doses of chemicals into McVeigh's arm. The inmate usually dies within 10 minutes. Sodium pentothal makes the person unconscious. Pancuronium bromide paralyzes lungs and muscles. Potassium chloride stops the heart" (The Washington Post, June 10, 2001).
Monday, June 11 - Wednesday June 13: JAZZ FUNERAL PLANNED DURING SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION: Soulforce to Mourn For Gay Southern Baptists through Protests and Vigils Against Southern Baptist Teachings in New Orleans.
The culmination of two days of vigils will be a "historic jazz funeral", followed by a press conference and planned civil disobedience and arrests. The Jazz Funeral begins on Wednesday, June 13, 2001, beginning at 11:30 at the North End of the Superdome entry ramp on Poydras, marching around the Superdome until approximately 12:30.
A Press Conference will be held in front of the main entrance at 12:45pm on June 13, prior to the planned civil disobedience and arrests "to draw attention to the anti-gay teachings of the Southern Baptists."
For additional information on Soulforce, as well as details about the Jazz Funeral and other New Orleans events, see http://www.soulforce.org
Tuesday, June 12: Democratic Primary for statewide candidates in Virginia.
Tuesday, June 12: Sylvia Clutes "Victory Celebration Party" in The Commonwealth Room at the Radisson Hotel in Historic Downtown Richmond, 301 W. Franklin Street from 6:30 p.m. until --
As you are well aware, this grassroots campaign is completely funded by volunteers and generous supporters. Therefore they are requesting a $10.00 donation or more to assist us in offsetting the cost of this event.
Tuesday, June 12: Birthday of forty-first president George Herbert Walker Bush (1924).
Thursday, June 14: Flag Day [also the day that Benedict Arnold died in London, England].
On this date, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag (1777). The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schoolchildren could not be forced to salute the flag if their religion didn't allow it (1943).
"Put together by Duane Streufert, a Teamster and 30-year 18-wheeler driver in Mount Prospect, Ill., [his flag day web site] highlights flag history (such as the story behind the writing of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' and the different looks of Old Glory over the years) and collects such flag miscellanea as the rules on folding the flag and flying it at half-staff.
It also discusses the slow-burning issue of whether to outlaw flag desecration. Another, more homemade sight links to additional resources on United States history and patriotism, including a page of patriotic songs" (Gabriel Goldberg (email@example.com), The Washington Post, June 8, 2001).
Debate over the flag desecration amendment has become a perennial event in Congress, with the proposal passing in the House and failing in the Senate. In recent years, however, the margin of support for the amendment in the House has been steadily decreasing. The ACLU believes that if the margin continues to shrink, the amendment might not even return in subsequent years. This year, the House is scheduled to vote on the proposed amendment in the coming weeks. Now is the opportunity to gain headway in the fight to protect free speech!
The proposed amendment would give the government the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the American flag, undermining the very principles for which the flag stands. American war heroes Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Senator John Glenn strongly oppose this amendment, and Sen. Glenn has warned that, "it would be a hollow victory indeed if we preserved the symbol of freedoms by chopping away at those fundamental freedoms themselves." The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that flag desecration is speech that should be protected. Indeed, jailing protestors is common under authoritarian regimes, not in the United States.
The proposed amendment would be the first change to the Bill of Rights, causing irreparable harm to the freedoms that it guarantees. Take a moment to read more about this legislation and send a FREE FAX to your Representative from our action alert at: http://www.aclu.org/action/flag107.html
A group the ACLU works closely with, Veterans Defending the Bill of Rights, is looking for fellow veterans who are willing to voice their opposition to the amendment. If you are a veteran and are interested in joining (membership is free), ACLU Action Network Jared Feuer, Internet Organizer for the ACLU Action Newtowrk asks that you sign up at: http://www.aclu.org/action/joinveterans.html
Friday, June 15: In 1801, James Monroe wrote Jefferson to inquire about obtaining land outside of VA where they could remove conspiring slaves (United States Capitol Historical Society, "We, The People 2001").
Two public schools in Virginia are named after James Monroe and would have to be renamed if the state adopted the New Orleans school district's ban on names of people who owned slaves or who supported slavery or racial segregation.
For more, see James Monroe and Slavery.
Saturday, June 16: PVCC joins with the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council and the Charlottesville chapter of The Links Inc. to host a Juneteenth Freedom Celebration in Charlottesville from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Connected Community Technology Center at the corner of Grove Street and the 10th Street Connector.
"Saturday's celebration is part of the college's year-old diversity initiative, which [English professor Tamyra] Turner said is designed to build closer bonds between the college and Central Virginia - especially its black residents.
'It's an outreach effort to demonstrate our commitment to diversity not only at [the college], but in the community,' she said. 'We want to strengthen our ties and our visibility in the community, especially in the African-American community, and encourage people to pursue educational opportunities and to really feel a connection to the college'" (Eric Swensen, The Daily Progress, June 11, 2001).
For more on Juneteenth, see June 19th below.
Saturday, June 16: Bloomsday.
June 16, 1904 was the day that James Joyce chose as the timeline for Ulysses, aka Leopold Bloom, to make his arduous journey to find his way home to reclaim his wife and son.
Saturday, June 16: Rob Jones, Director of Government Relations for the Virginia Education Association will be speaking at the Democratic Breakfast on "Virginia's System of Public School Finance and its Need for Revision."
For more information, call George Loper at 804-971-8082 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, June 16: From 2:00 4:00 p.m., there will be a Unity Rally with Mark Warner and the Democratic Ticket at Kanawha Plaza (at intersection of Canal Street and Eighth Street, Richmond).
Saturday, June 16: The following report by Bill Moyers will be premiering on PBS 8 p.m. EST (check local listings) with a related website launch date of June 1, 2001.
Bill Moyers Reports: Earth on Edge showcases new data depicting the scale of human impact on the planet's life-support systems. The two-hour broadcast explores one of the the most important questions of the new century: What is happening to Earth's capacity to support nature and civilization?
The broadcast coincides with the launch of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, an international effort to gauge the health of the world's forests, grasslands, coastal and freshwater areas.
See http://www.pbs.org/earthonedge/ for more information.
Sunday, June 17: Check out Rick Moore's "The Wake-Up Call" show on WNRN 91.1 between 11 a.m. and 12 noon. David Bowerman & another supervisor to be named later will talk about the state of Albemarle County.
Sunday, June 17: Burglers were arrested at the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington's Watergate building (1972).
Sunday, June 17: Father's Day.
Monday, June 18 - Thursday, June 21: On June 18, 19, 20, and 21 WVPT Public Radio from Roanoke (88.5/89.3) will present a documentary on Eugenics in Virginia. The program will air during "Morning Edition" at 7:40 am and again on the 12:00 noon news. Some of the programs will feature our own Delegate Mitch Van Yahres. Van Yahres sponsored the resolution passed in the 2001 General Assembly session that expresses the Commonwealth's "profound regret" for its role in the eugenics movement.
WVPT will also discuss eugenics on its call-in show "Evening Edition" on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm. Paul Lombardo from UVA, an expert on eugenics in Virginia and Mary Bishop from the Roanoke Times will be the guests.
Tuesday, June 19: The special election to fill Congressman Sisisky's seat is June 19th. The Democratic candidate is State Senator Louise Lucas.
Louise Lucas Contact Information:
Web Site: www.lucasforcongress.com
Tuesday, June 19: Juneteenth
The oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery is Juneteenth, dating back to June 19, 1865 whenUnion soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free -- two and a half years after President Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.
Tuesday, June 19: The Charlottesville Democratic Committee will meet at 7 p.m. at the Charlottesville General District Court at 606 East Market Street to vote on a revision of it's bylaws.
Other topics for discussion may include but not be limited to: getting ready for the cookout/party on July 14th; reviewing the primary and beginning to set the stage for the fall campaign; making sure that the precincts are meeting and getting going on fall "alternatives to phone-banking" efforts.
Wednesday, June 20: The SPCA will be holding its Rummage Sale Extravaganza in July. This sale is a major source of the shelter's operating expenses and all donations of goods are tax-deductible.
Location: The old Moore's building on Pantops (by Clean Machine Car Wash)
Receiving tax-deductible donations: Wednesday, June 20th through Sunday, July 1st, 12 noon to 6 p.m. Great chance to clean out your garages and closets and get rid of that fine antique furniture and heirlooms and Rolex watches that you know you'll never use! No paint, mattresses, magazines, inflammable goods
Pre-Sale: Friday, July 6th, 4-8 p.m. ($6 entrance)
Sale: Saturday, July 7th through Tuesday, July 17th. Price reductions taken on the last few days
Volunteers Needed-- both in setting up and in working the sale. Great chance to support the creatures. Great chance to look at the loot before the general public does. Great chance to make friends and laugh a lot.
For more information: 296-7984
Thursday, June 21: ROLL YOUR OWN BLACK OUT - THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER - 7 - 10 pm worldwide, all time zones.
In protest of George W. Bush's energy policies and lack of emphasis on efficiency, conservation and alternative fuels, there will be a voluntary rolling blackout on the first day of Summer, June 21 at 7 pm - 10 pm in any time zone (this will roll it across the planet).
It's a simple protest and a symbolic act. Turn out your lights from 7 pm - 10 pm (your local time) on June 21. Unplug whatever you can unplug in your house. Light a candle for the Sun, kiss, make love, play games, tell ghost stories, do something instead of watching television, have fun in the dark.
Sunday, June 24: The Blue Ridge Irish Music School will be the opening act on the main stage at the Oakridge Summer Festival on Sunday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m. Students from the school will be performing traditional Irish music and dance. Don't miss this energetic, talented and enthusiastic group of young musicians and dancers doing what they do best!
(The Summer Festival is down 29 South in Nelson County, past Lovingston. Look for signs and the turn on the left of 29.)
Sunday, June 24: FOCUS Women's Resource Center invites you to an Italian Wine Tasting Benefit from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Tea Room on 817 West Main St. The cost is $38 per person.
Call 293-2222 to order tickets or stop by the Tea Room Cafe to pick up your ticket.
Monday, June 25: 125th Anniversary of Custer's Last Fight at the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876)
Monday, June 25: Relive Election Night 2000.
Come hear Paul Freeman, assistant professor in the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, speak at 11 a.m. at the Miller Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Monday, June 25: On this date, the United States Supreme Court ruled against prayer in the schools, saying it violated the First Amendment (1962).
Wednesday, June 27: Wondering what "Chutzpah" is?
If you received this summer's Ash Lawn calendar you saw it listed under Music at Twilight on Wednesday June 27th. It is actually supposed to read "Chutzpah! --a Jewish Music Concert at Ash Lawn" presented by local Democrat and soprano Phyllis Koch-Sheras.
She will be singing at 8 pm along with the Temple Chutzpah Chorus, the Charlottesville Yiddish Klezmer Band and the Junior Klezmer Band, which will play during the picnic hour as well.
Call Ash Lawn at (804) 979-0122 for tickets or get them at the door. It should be a fun evening for all.
Thursday, June 28: The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection are having their their annual summer open house from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at 400 Peter Jefferson Place (Pantops) Charlottesville, VA 22911-8911
Bring the entire family for food, conversation and see the interactive exhibit on The Community Chalkboard: Charlottesville's Future Monument to the Right of Free Expression
R.S.V.P. by June 26, 2001
Telephone: (804) 295-4784
Children are especially welcome!