Our Mission Statement

We are a progressive, nonpartisan group of citizens of the Middle Peninsula in the Commonwealth of Virginia, who are committed to the shared values of justice and stewardship.


To address ongoing social and environmental issues through education and coordinated action.

CircleUp is not aligned with any candidate or political party. 


Hate Groups and Hate Crimes

in Virginia 

Thursday, May 13, 7 - 8:30PM

Do hate groups exist in Virginia and specifically the Middle Peninsula? Have individuals or groups been the target of hate crimes in our area? Is the public informed? What can citizens do to recognize and prevent hate crimes?


Join us the evening of May 13 to learn more about this issue. CircleUp’s is honored to have three expert panelists who will share their knowledge on this important issue: 


  • Dr. James Nolan, Dept. Chair of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University. Dr. Nolan previously worked as a unit chief in the FBI division that provided management oversight for the National Hate Crime Data Collection Program.  He also co-authored the textbook The Violence of Hate: Understanding Harmful Forms of Bias and Bigotry, now in its 4th Edition.  He will be discussing the causes and consequences of hate-motivated violence and the reasons we have not always been effective in stopping it.  


  • Thomas C. Bowen III, Commonwealth Attorney for Mathews County. Mr. Bowen has served as Mathews County's Commonwealth's Attorney since 2012.  He previously served as Commonwealth's Attorney in Tazewell County from 1984 to 1991, and also maintained a successful independent law practice in the interim.  He will be discussing what constitutes a hate crime in Virginia, recent updates to hate crime laws, and how individuals charged with hate crimes can be prosecuted.   


  • Gabriel (Gabe) Morgan, Sr., is currently serving his fourth four-year term as Sheriff of Newport News, and he also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Sheriff's Association.  He previously held numerous other positions of responsibility in law enforcement, including Special Agent, Special Agent in Charge, Counter Terrorism Officer, Inspector General, Police Captain, and Provost Marshal.  He will be discussing the challenges faced by law enforcement officers when responding to possible hate crime situations and the strategies they use to counteract them.  

This event will be presented live on CircleUp’s Facebook page (facebook.com/CircleUpMidPen). People who do use Facebook, please email Circleup (circleupmidpen@gmail.com) for the Zoom link. Viewers can submit questions for our panelists that evening or before May 13 via email to CircleUp. 


Individuals age 16 or older are now eligible to receive their Covid 19 vaccination. Use the following link to access the Three Rivers Health District site for more information. 

An Open Invitation

CircleUp participants are encouraged to submit event and date information to CircleUp Steering Committee for review and inclusion on the calendar. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 333, Gloucester, VA 23061. Or, contact us via email: cirlceupmidpen@gmail.com