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Sato is currently involved with the following causes:


Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities: an interracial, interfaith, nonpartisan organization uniting diverse congregations. Together, we build the power of organized people to take direct action for just policies and practices in Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield.

We are currently in our congregation investment  drive right now.  We are asking each TBE RISC network member to consider a $200 investment to continue this justice work in housing and group violence right here in Richmond. TBE has invested $2495 so far!

Please consider a financial investment in RISC!

OR mail a check to:

PO Box 4931
Richmond, VA 23220

This year we are working on the housing crisis and decreasing group violence. These issues were voted on by RISC members back on the fall and we spent several months researching solutions. We will be asking the mayor and city council for additional funds in the affordable housing trust fund and the eviction diversion program and when appropriate we will be asking the mayor and police chief to contract with the National Network for Safe Communities. 

To receive all the emails from Emily Small, RISC's lead organizer, please send her an email at asking to be added to emails for network members.  If you would like to participate in research meetings, please ask her to add you to that list as well.  To find out more about this very
exciting and gratifying organization please email Marc Rutman or Kristen Gorin.


Save the James

 Calling all walkers, boaters and paddlers! Plan now to help James River Advisory Council clean up the river at any of the numerous official cleanup sites along the James. For more than two decades, the James River Regional Cleanup has attracted hundreds of volunteers who roam the shorelines on foot and cruise the water in boats to clean up trash, an effort that is a tremendous benefit to the river, its wildlife, and the people who visit and enjoy the river. Future date to be determined.

The Shoe Ministry Program

The Shoe Ministry is composed of  Richmond area congregations with a goal of distributing 4500 pairs of new shoes to needy school-age children every Labor Day, just in time for school. Every summer Temple Beth-El collects new children's shoes (closed-toe shoes; any size) by Labor Day and helps distribute the shoes at the Labor Day event. The goal for our part is 300 pairs. 


The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy engages people of faith and goodwill in advocating economic, racial, social and environmental justice in Virginia’s policies and practices through education, prayer and action. Please email Marc Rutman.






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