On March 3, the Sin Barreras Board and staff participated with other numerous local organizations and four hundred-or-more Charlottesville residents in a demonstration in favor of restoring driver’s license privileges to all Virginians for the first time in almost twenty years. The vote of our own Senator Creigh Deeds will be key in determining whether the driver’s license bill is approved by the Virginia legislature and the demonstration was requesting Senator Deed’s vote in that regard.
Again this year, Cville Sabroso was a great success, over 3,800 adults attending, double that if you count kids! Inaugurated by City Councilwoman Kathy Galvin, Police Chief RaShall Brackney, and Albemarle County Police Captain Sean Reeves, it was a day full of great Hispanic music, food, and dancing, with thousands enjoying the festivities, the camaraderie, and the chance to share in our rich Hispanic culture. Enjoy more pictures under the “Current Events“ tab.
Our great supporters for this event are very much appreciated: El Tio Varieties, Cactus Restaurant, Guadalajara Restaurant, PVCC Community College, Crozet Insurance, the YMCA, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Crutchfield, W Brow, BB&T Bank, Story House Real Estate, KGM LLC (Fitzroy Restaurant), Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, the UVA Office of Diversity and Equity, Xochilt Floresteria, DJ Ole, Zamaora General Contracting, LLC, Virginia Tent Rental, Harvest Moon Catering, Marco and Luca Noodle Store and Zanne Macdonald. Plus, of course, the dozens and dozens of volunteers who worked with us throughout the wonderful day!
On Sept 13 the leadership group, “Aguilas” (the Eagles) hosted a learning event at the YMCA promoting “Driving Licenses for All Virginians.” This is the group the University of Richmond, Sacred Heart Immigrant Center, and Sin Barreras nurtured to study leadership and civic engagement through three academic semesters in 2018-19. The topic of driver’s licenses was chosen by the group as its # 1 priority for 2019, and future events hosted by the group will be coming. Do come and learn more about the issue!
- On Aug. 3, the Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney and Sheriff James Brown III welcomed area residents at the fifth Welcoming Greater Charlottesville community Identification card sign-up. Both officials’ presence was received with much appreciation and seventy people signed up during the morning. Three Sin Barreras volunteers were there to help. The next sign up will take place on Sept. 7. Please spread the word!
The Mexican Consulate visited Sin Barreras from July 22-26 to provide Mexican documents to S.B. clients and other Charlottesville area residents. Over 350 people were served and 570 documents issued, including 265 passports. SB staff conducted a post-visit survey with 75 people which showed very high satisfaction with the Consulate’s visit. A successful week for all!
July 26 in the Western Virginia Federal District Court, Sin Barreras has two clients who were sworn in as U.S. citizens. Bravo to both, Cesar G. and Marco M., who have been working toward this day for over a year!