Race: The Power of an Illusion

A three-part PBS documentary about race in society, science, and history.

Dates: Aug. 19, Aug. 26, Sept. 9
Time: 7:00 p.m. each evening
Location : Culpeper Baptist Church, Room 313
318 S. West Street, Culpeper
Sponsor: Piedmont Race Amity Alliance

This three-hour,  three-part documentary questions the very idea of race as biology. Scientists tell us that believing in biological races is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth. So if race is a biological myth, where did the idea come from? And why should it matter today? The series provides an eye-opening discussion tool to help people examine their beliefs about race, privilege, policy, and justice.

Episode I, “The Difference Between Us,” examines how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race.

Episode II, “The Story We Tell,” uncovers the roots of the race concept, including the 19th-century science that legitimated it and the hold it has gained over our minds.

Episode III, “The House We Live In,” focuses not on individual behaviors and attitudes but on how our institutions shape and create race, giving different groups vastly unequal life chances. (Excerpt from Culpeper Persisters e-mail.)

From Terry Anderson, OCDC Committee Chairman: “I used this documentary in my diversity classes at several major universities. It’s worth seeing all three parts, but each part can be viewed alone. … Much food for thought, and my students found it both interesting and informative.”

Tri-county Rally for Amy Laufer – Saturday, August 10

The Democratic Committees of Orange, Culpeper and Spotsylvania Counties, in conjunction with the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club, will host a rally in support of Amy Laufer for Virginia State Senate on Saturday, August 10 from 2:00 to 4:00. The event will take place in the Lake of the Woods Community Center, Marion Pronk Hall.   There will be a charge of $25.00 at the door. Anyone wishing to make an additional contribution to the Laufer campaign may do so.   Refreshments will be available.   Orange County Dems are requested to provide finger food.  Bring your friends, finger food and join in our common goal to elect a state senator
who will work for our community to find solutions and who ’embraces the mission and message of the Democratic Party that anyone, from any walk of life, should have a fair shot at the American Dream.’

Amy will be introduced by Virginia’s 7th District Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger.

If you can, please arrive at 1:00 to help with setup.

Wear Orange Weekend

Join the rest of America in going ORANGE for National Gun Violence Awareness. Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor after she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013.

The color orange has a long and proud history in the gun violence prevention movement. Whether it’s worn by hunters in the woods of Pennsylvania, activists in East Brooklyn, New York, or Hadiya’s loved ones in Chicago, orange honors the more than 100 lives cut short and the hundreds more wounded by gun violence every day —and demands action. Orange expresses our collective hope as a nation a hope for a future free from gun violence.

Weekend events in over 500 communities are being held nationwide on Wear Orange Weekend, June 7-9 to commemorate victims of gun violence.

What:       Wear Orange Table at Friends of Madison County Community Yard Sale.

At our table you can find out more about why we wear Orange and Moms Demand Action’s Be SMART campaign which promotes responsible gun storage to help keep our communities and kids safe!

Where:    Madison County Public Library
401 N. Main Street, Madison, VA  22717

When:      Saturday, June 8, from 8:00 am until Noon

Senator Mark Warner to Speak in Orange

Virginia Senator Mark Warner will be the featured speaker for the official opening of the new Orange County Democratic Committee headquarters on May 11. That’s at 9:30, 111 Chapman Street, Orange (right behind the Light Well restaurant).

Senator Warner is now serving his second term in the U.S. Senate and serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman.