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City receives criminal justice grants to reduce gun violence

The Department of Criminal Justice Services has awarded the City of Roanoke two grants. The first, a $25,000 grant to complete a Youth and Gang Violence Community Assessment, to begin soon, and concluded by the end of the year. This assessment will allow the City to develop a plan of action for the identification, prevention, and intervention of youth and gang violence in the City. Continue reading City receives criminal justice grants to reduce gun violence

Delta Variant and Case Increases

Dr. Cynthia Morrow

by Cynthia Morrow,
MD, MPH

I look forward to the day when the message of these community updates will not be COVID-centered, but unfortunately today is not that day. We have seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD) in the first half of July with a concerning increase in the number of cases just in the past few days. Continue reading Delta Variant and Case Increases

Egotists are “I” specialists–don’t get lost in the crowd

It has been said, “People who follow the crowd are soon lost in it.” Having lived in this world beyond three-quarters of a century, I am forced to believe that the confused state of today’s society (and subsequent economy) is no mere accident but by well calculated design. The principle and practice may be the same but the results in “an ever advancing society” are far more detrimental and far reaching. Continue reading Egotists are “I” specialists–don’t get lost in the crowd

Gloria Richardson: Civil Rights Hero

A prominent civil rights hero, Gloria Richardson, died last week at the age of 99.

Many people believe that the civil rights movement in the 1960s was mainly Martin Luther King going around the country starting marches and demonstrations for civil rights. But, contrary to popular belief, in many cities and towns across the country, especially in the South, African Americans developed local movements, including marches and demonstrations. Continue reading Gloria Richardson: Civil Rights Hero

Rooted in Revolutionary Love

Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund,
Minister for Disabilities & Mental Health Justice

“Deep solidarity is rooted in love…So I let your story into my heart, even when it is hard. I let your grief become my grief.” – Valarie Kaur, Civil Rights Activist and Founder of the Revolutionary Love Project

Valarie Kaur’s deep brown eyes stare into your soul. And it’s not just me. It’s me plus nearly 1,000 others in the live online audience for Kaur’s keynote address at General Synod 33. Talking with my Conference Minister after the address, we both agreed that – because of Synod’s virtual gathering this year – instead of listening to this prophetic spiritual midwife/warrior sitting on a far-away elevated mainstage, we got to listen to her as if she were sitting in our own home, because she was. Valarie sat in her home and stared into our homes through the screen, speaking words of comfort, challenge, passion, and wisdom. Continue reading Rooted in Revolutionary Love