Events

Ongoing: Tutoring for Youth
When:  Every Wednesday, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Where:  Tenants and Workers United, 3801 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305
What:  Volunteer opportunity to give back to our community!
Please consider tutoring our City’s kids in the “Youth Educated and Active: Academic Program.” Tenants and Workers United invites youth 12 to 18 years old every Wednesday between 4:30 and 6:00 pm. They provide homework help, FAFSA and scholarship counseling, college preparation and leadership development.
For more information: please contact Ingris Moran at 571-251-9537.
Several Grassroots Alexandria members served as volunteer tutors last year. Let’s make it a tradition!

Amazon: Cut Ties With ICE!
When: Tuesday July 16, 9am
Where: 1999 Q St NW, Washington, DC
What: As part of a more national response and resistance to Amazon’s Prime day the For Us, Not Amazon Coalition is going to be delivering a petition to Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO), calling on Amazon to cut its ties with ICE, an agency terrorizing community members and responsible for human rights abuses. We’ll be meeting at the park across from the Dupont Circle Station (1999 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20009-1007). Grassroots Alexandria is part of the FUNA coalition.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/438764280279862/

July General Meeting
When: Wednesday July 24, 7pm
Where: TWU Building, 3801 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria
What: Our friends from OAR will tell us about their work, in Arlington and Alexandria, to implement restorative practices in criminal justice as an alternative to prison. They will also tell us about their work on behalf for returning citizens.
Background: The Offender Aid and Restoration movement began in 1968 when a group of concerned community members led by Jay Worrall, Jr. responded to a prison riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. These citizens envisioned an improved criminal justice system in which restorative justice was the driving force. They believed that incarcerated individuals could be assisted by trained volunteers from the community, and through ongoing contact with community volunteers it was hoped that they would be empowered with information and encouraged to transform their experiences toward responsible and productive lives.
The movement offered incarcerated individuals alternatives to sanctioned incarceration, such as community service, as well as instructional programs inside of the correctional centers. The ultimate goal was to break the costly cycle of recidivism and create a more just system. OAR’s model was incorporated as OAR/USA in 1973. Today, there are six OARs providing services through independent offices in Virginia, New Jersey, and Indiana.

Vulnerable Communities Team Meeting
When: Tuesday August 6, 7-9pm
Where: write to azzam.zeina@gmail.com for location
What: We will be updating each other on the many topics we are involved with: ICE in Alexandria, restorative practices in ACPS, affordable housing, Human Rights Commission, new City Council, initiatives for 2019, and much more.

Housing Team Meeting
When: TBA
Where: write to Alex Howe at phowe85@gmail.com for location
What: We will be updating each other on affordable housing in Alexandria, including our work to address the threat of gentrification posed by Amazon.