Sunday, July 23, 2017

Upcoming events for the week of July 23, 2017


Above graphic came from Facebook.

UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR BY DANCEWATER

07/25/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president seems to be trying to match or beat that horrible record. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

07/25/17 LUNCH & LEARN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY SERIES
Buncombe County Lunch & Learn - African American History Series. Don’t miss this African American History in Buncombe County lunch and learn series featuring three great local speakers.  This free lecture series will feature: July 25 - Dr. Darin Waters presenting the history of African American education in Asheville and WNC; August 23 - County Commissioner Al Whitesides presenting the wage gap and historical wealth disparities in the African American Community; September 27 - Dr. Sharon West presenting the access and availability of health care for African Americans in Buncombe County. Come learn more about the history of the African American community in Buncombe County-- the challenges, the triumphs and the future of our community. The lecture series will be held from Noon till 1:30 p.m. on each of the dates listed above at the Stephen's Lee Community Center (30 George Washington Carver Avenue in Asheville) free of charge with everyone welcome.

07/25/17 ASURJ DO!SCUSSION FOLLOWED BY DO!SESSION
The Do!scussion is a weekly safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville while working to dismantle white supremacy. Feel like you're struggling with the how? Come on over and we'll talk about it. Then, we'll get to do!ing. Do!scussion presently runs on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 AM followed by Do!session from 11:30-1:30 PM during which we working with accountability partners on a particular project or issue. The seven organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) accountability through action, 2) mutual interest, 3) take risks and keep going, 4) calling in more, 5) enough for everyone, 6) growth is good, and 7) centering class. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

07/25/17 OCCUPY WNC MEETING
The non-partisan group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at the Sneak E Squirrel in Sylva. The next meeting is July 25th at 7:00 PM in the restaurant’s Community Room. Supper at 6:00 PM in the restaurant. OccupyWNC has worked for economic and social justice in WNC since 2011. Newcomers and visitors are welcome. For more information, contact  Lucy Christopher at (828)743-9747.

07/25/17 CLIMATE DOCUMENTARY FILM IN ASHEVILLE
Climate Documentary Film at The Collider on Tuesday, July 25, 6:30pm. The Collider and the Climate Listening Project present “The Story We Want" documentary series premiere July 25, 6:30 PM. The Collider is in downtown Asheville,1 Haywood St, Suite 401. This new series follows Dayna Reggero and the Climate Listening Project as they travel across America with Moms Clean Air Force to meet with women who are working together to protect their families and communities— confronting fossil fuel industries, climate change impacts, and a culture of extraction. The film will be followed by a discussion with film director Dayna Reggero. Dayna launched the Climate Listening Project in Asheville in 2014, traveling across America and around the world, to connect hopeful conversations on climate change and community. Contact Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, 828-683-2176.

07/26/17 BRIDGE THE GAP BOOK CLUB 
Bridge the Gap Book Club discusses “Tell Me How It Ends” at Malaprops in downtown Asheville. Structured around the forty questions Valeria Luiselli translates and asks undocumented Latin-American children facing deportation, Tell Me How It Ends (an expansion of her 2016 Freeman's essay of the same name) humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction of the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants with the reality of racism and fear--both here and back home. Time is 7 PM. Call Malaprops for more information.

07/26/17 RAPE LAWS IN NC
Join us at The Block off biltmore (on South Market Street in Asheville) on Wednesday, July 26 from 5:30-6:30 to learn more about the rape laws of North Carolina and what we can do to correct them. A representative from Our Voice will be there to answer questions. We will be discussing one glaringly bad law on the books. Let’s say a woman consents to sex with a man and then it becomes violent and she revokes consent. In North Carolina, that man can legally “finish” having sex with her no matter what – essentially meaning rape is legal in the state. Contact The Block for more information.

07/26/17 INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST MEETING
The Asheville branch of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) will meet this Wednesday July 26 at 6:30 pm in the cafe at Green Life grocery (70 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28801). Members, please contact Jacob (864-908-1698 or mrjacobacook@gmail.com) to discuss your dues status and general availability over the rest of the year. Please remember to read the recent ISO notes. Non-members, please feel free to attend this meeting and participate in discussions, however, when voting only members' votes are counted. We will open the meeting with a vote to accept or amend the proposed agenda. Members may also propose an alternative agenda. (5 min), Announcements (15 min), National Branch Call coming up August 7 (see ISO notes), Confronting the far right in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, Planning the campus kickoff meetings coming up, Leninism day school in Greensboro Saturday August 26. Please be in touch with Jacob for details. Yearly assessments leading up to branch committee election in early September. Prepare for the Marxist Day School in November. The politics of the ISO (30 min). A discussion of the Marxist theory of the state.

07/26/17 ASURJ ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH ACTION MEETING
Wednesday, 7/26/17, 6-9 PM: ASURJ Accountability through Action Meeting. Gather for a potluck, SURJ & Racism 101 education, and resource/info sharing. We won't have an accountability partner presentation for this month's meeting, but we'll be sharing about some upcoming programming plans and enjoying a summer social together. Meeting in Sandburg Hall at the UU congregation of Asheville, corner of Edwin Place and Charlotte Street. Bring a dish to share. For more info, contact avlsurj@gmail.com.

07/27/17 MCHENRY TOWN HALL PREP MEETING
McHenry Town Hall Prep Meeting: Thursday, July 27, 7-9pm. Location: Kairos West Community Center. Address: 742 Haywood Rd, West Asheville, NC (behind Firestorm Cafe around the corner). Congressman McHenry is having a town hall coming up the first week of August as he normally does every year. The time and location will be announced a few days prior so we need to be prepared and ready to have a good turnout asking him to address climate! Two years ago we had only 1 questioner, last year we had 5, and this year our goal is to double that number. At this meeting we will prepare well-thought out questions to ask and how to act respectfully when asking our legislators to address this very important topic! Pizza will be ordered too! Come prepared to: write a question for the Town Hall and listen to a webinar on "Communicating with Conservatives Workshop”. From Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Call if you get lost or have questions: 828-242-3752.

07/28/17 SILENT VIGIL FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
Time is 5 to 7 PM and location is Henderson County Courthouse on Main Street (between 1st and 2nd Street) in downtown Hendersonville. This is put on by a coalition of non-profits and churches. 

07/29/17 PEACE PILGRIMAGE POTLUCK
Come for a send-off pot luck gathering Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville (between Merrimon and UNCA). Time is 5:30 pm. Please bring a dish to share and meet and listen to our Peace Pilgrimage walkers talk about their upcoming walk to Oak Ridge. The atom bomb started in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, when the Y12 Plant produced the highly enriched uranium fuel for Little Boy, the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan. Seventy- two years later, Y12 is still in the bomb business. Current plans call for a new bomb plant, the Uranium Processing Facility, to be built there to manufacture the thermonuclear cores and cases for nuclear warheads and bombs. The UPF bomb plant is the flagship facility for the “modernization” of the US nuclear weapons complex. This 8-day pilgrimage will arrive in Oak Ridge on August 6, to coincide with the events scheduled there by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) remembering the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Each day along the way, our meditative walk will be led by the Buddhist monks of the Nipponzan Myohoji order who are building the Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda. Our pilgrimage raises a voice opposed to the UPF and in favor of the abolition of all nuclear weapons and a world beyond war. For more information: Ken Jones at kwjj1949@gmail.com. 

07/29/17 BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING WITH READY THE GROUND
Bystander Intervention Training with Ready the Ground by Rich Lee for Asheville City Council. Ready the Ground Bystander Intervention Training. When: Saturday, July 29, 2017; 2-5pm (arrive at 1:45pm to mingle over snacks). Where: Fellowship Hall of First Congregational Church, downtown at 20 Oak Street, Asheville. To help us prepare to be even more powerful and supportive of ourselves and each other in our present political moment, we invite you to join a brief training on intervention and de-escalation. We’d love if you could join us for an afternoon of facilitated experiential learning, where we will learn about the goals of de-escalation, and how we can use our minds, bodies, and hearts to intervene when we witness harm taking place. Light snacks will be provided, as well as any needed Spanish language interpretation and childcare. The space is wheelchair accessible and has all-gender bathrooms. As hateful threats and violence escalate against black and brown people, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, poor people, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities, we recognize a growing need for thoughtful interventions--- especially within the context of long-term large-scale organizing and sustained community care. Beginners are welcome. If you have already attended other de-escalation trainings, we welcome you to join again to brush up on your skills. Let’s grow the numbers of people willing and prepared to intervene when we witness harm underway. The deadline for registering is Monday July 24th. Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bystander-intervention-training-with-ready-the-ground-tickets-35631366376.

07/30/17 PEACE PILGRIMAGE FROM ASHEVILLE TO OAK RIDGE
Peace Pilgrimage from Asheville to Oak Ridge July 30 – August 6, 2017. The atom bomb started in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, when the Y12 Plant produced the highly enriched uranium fuel for Little Boy, the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan. Seventy- two years later, Y12 is still in the bomb business. Current plans call for a new bomb plant, the Uranium Processing Facility, to be built there to manufacture the thermonuclear cores and cases for nuclear warheads and bombs. The UPF bomb plant is the flagship facility for the “modernization” of the US nuclear weapons complex. This 8-day pilgrimage will arrive in Oak Ridge on August 6, to coincide with the events scheduled there by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) remembering the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Each day along the way, our meditative walk will be led by the Buddhist monks of the Nipponzan Myohoji order who are building the Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda. Our pilgrimage raises a voice opposed to the UPF and in favor of the abolition of all nuclear weapons and a world beyond war. This pilgrimage will leave from Pack Square, Vance Monument at 9 AM. For more information: Ken Jones at kwjj1949@gmail.com.

07/30/17 WNC SOLIDARITY CONCERT SERIES 
The final Sunday of each month in 2017, two groups of WNC-based musicians and their ensembles will each perform a benefit concert to raise funding for WNC nonprofits. The music performed each week will fluctuate between jazz, rhythm & blues, soul, jazz funk, jazz fusion, and swing. Each event will host two groups, playing, consecutively between 3 and 5 PM with a brief intermission. All of proceeds go to the nonprofit organization. The nonprofit for today is Youth Outright. Act I is Michael Jefry Stevens Duo and Act II is Wendy Jones Quintet. Location is The Block Off Biltmore at Eagle and South Market Streets in downtown Asheville. Suggested donation is $10, and are available the day of the event. This is a Facebook event. Please call The Block Off Biltmore for more information.

08/01/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president seems to be trying to match or beat that horrible record. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

08/01/17 CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB
Join host Bruce Roth for a lively discussion on topics of current interest including war and peace, the economy, the environment, and other hot political topics. This month’s book is “Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction” by Mary Ellen Hannibal. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops. Contact Malaprops for more information.

08/01/17 ASURJ CALLING IN SESSION
Tuesday, August 1, 6:30-8 PM. ASURJ calling In session. Join us for another night of role-playing difficult conversations and practicing SURJ's core value of "calling in" versus "calling out." Our leader David is especially focused on moving us into less discussion and more role-playing! Let's practice these difficult conversations to prepare us to be better agents of change, racial justice accomplices, and dismantlers of white supremacy. We meet downstairs in the main building of the UU congregation of Asheville (corner of Edwin Place and Charlotte Street). Easiest to enter through the playground gate. If you enter upstairs, just come downstairs. No contact information.

08/02/17 CITIZENS-POLICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
This meeting is organized by the City of Asheville. This meeting is free and open to the public. They meet in the first floor Conference Room at the Public Works Building at 161 South Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. Call 251-1122 for more information.

08/02/17 SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Sierra Club August 2: Can Science Save Us from Climate Change and from Ourselves? Join us on Wednesday, August 2, when the Sierra Club presents "Can Science Save Us from Climate Change and from Ourselves?” Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place (corner of Charlotte and Edwin). Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Robert Cabin, Professor of Ecology & Environmental Studies at Brevard College, will discuss the power and limitations of science to address climate change. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, (828) 683-2716.

08/02/17 DEFEND NET NEUTRALITY
Defend Net Neutrality. August 2 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm. This week’s Beer & Politics letter-writing event is focused on Net Neutrality. Under the leadership of Trump-appointed Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC is poised to cancel the Open Internet rules put in place in 2015, ironically labeling his new rule ‘Restoring Internet Freedom’ The original Net Neutrality order was designed to protect the public from broadband providers. Under the order they cannot block, slow down, or in any way interfere with information traveling through their wires. Without this regulation, big telecom companies will be free to create fast and slow lanes, censor what you can see, and extort money for participation. Join with other activists and concerned citizens and make your voices heard. Drop by any time after work between 5:30 and 6:30 or so to write and call our representatives and to send our comments to the FCC. We’ll supply the postcards, stationery, envelopes, stamps, and fact sheets. This event is at The Block off Biltmore on South Market Street in Asheville. 

08/08/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president seems to be trying to match or beat that horrible record. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

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ONGOING EVENTS
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TUESDAY
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument during most of the year, but after standard time kicks in, they meet at 4:30 PM. 
Showing Up for Racial Justice Do!scussion at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. 10 AM-11:30 AM. Followed by Do!sessions from 11:30-1:30 PM.
Rally at historic Courthouse in Hendersonville at 5 PM on the first Tuesday of the month. Organized by the Progressive Organized Women. 

WEDNESDAY
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 
Green Drinks meets at 7 PM at The Block Off Biltmore on the third Wednesday of the month.
Sierra Club meets at 7 PM at Unitarian Universalist in Asheville on the first Wednesday of the month.

THURSDAY
Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 6 PM on fourth Thursday of the month. Materials provided.
Welcome Home Tour by Homeward Bound on the third Thursday of the month at 11 AM. Call 258-1695 for more information.
Asheville Prison Books Program is held at Downtown Books & News from 4 to 7 PM. 

FRIDAY
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville.

SATURDAY
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 
Mountain True holds urban forest workdays on the second Saturday of the month at Richmond Hill Park from 9 AM to 1 PM. Call 258-8737 for more information.
Citizen’s Climate Lobby meeting at 12:30 PM at Kairos West Community Center on second Saturday of the month.
Food Not Bombs serves free vegan/vegetarian food every Saturday at noon at Pritchard Park.
Dances of Universal Peace on the third Saturdays at 7:30 at 1 School Road in Asheville. 

SUNDAY
Asheville National Organization for Women meeting at 2:30 PM at YWCA of Asheville on second Sunday of the month.

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ACTIONS AND READINGS
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FROM MOUNTAIN TRUE:

As part of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests Plan revision process, the U.S. Forest Service will hold open house events across the region from late June to early August to provide the public with opportunities to talk with Forest Service staff about local issues, district projects, and the forest plan revision. 
If you care about Western North Carolina’s national forests, enjoy our beautiful mountain vistas and hiking trails, or playing in the many streams and swimming holes within Pisgah and Nantahala, this is your opportunity to talk directly with Forest Service staff one-on-one about how the forest will be managed for the years to come.  
Each District Open House will highlight the areas within that district. District rangers and members of the Forest Plan revision team will be available to discuss the materials each of the following days and locations:
July 25, 3-6 p.m.: Appalachian Ranger District at Appalachian District Office, 632 Manor Road, Mars Hill.
July 25, 3-6 p.m.: Cheoah Ranger District at Cheoah District Office, 1070 Massey Branch Road, Robbinsville.
August 8, 3-6 p.m.: Tusquitee Ranger District, Brasstown Community Center, 255 Settawig Rd, Brasstown
If you are not able to attend the open house events, please email or mail your specific concerns to forest service representatives. Send comments to NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us with the subject line: “Geographic and Management Area building blocks,” or by mail at the following address:
Attn: Plan Revision Team Leader,
National Forests in North Carolina
160 Zillicoa St., Suite A
Asheville, NC 28801

The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests have been revising their Forest Plan, a required document that provides a general framework to guide management of the Forests. As part of the process, 30 public meetings have been held in communities throughout western North Carolina.

Over the past year, the Forest Service has been releasing pre-draft plan materials on the National Forests in North Carolina website. Additional materials are posted to the site’s Plan Revision Under Construction page as they become available.
Here are MountainTrue’s assessments based on the current pre-draft plan materials: 
Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in general:
There are many special places that are in the wrong management area and lack the amount of protection they require. In particular, Daniel Ridge, Cedar Rock Mountain, Upper Santeetlah Creek, Ash Cove, Tellico Bald, Snowball Mountain, Lickstone Ridge, and dozens of smaller natural areas are not protected by the forest plan. The Bartram Trail, Benton McKay Trail, Art Loeb Trail, and Mountains-To-Sea Trail lack a management area that would preserve the special character of these long-distance hiking trails. They should be designated as special corridors, similar to the Appalachian Trail and the Trail of Tears which have such protection.
We are pleased by the creation of a new Special Interest Area in Big Ivy, though it should cover all of Big Ivy, and not just a portion of it.
By Ranger Districts:
Grandfather Ranger District: Linville Mountain should be placed in backcountry management. The Upper Creek Gorge/Sugar Knob Backcountry area should be expanded. The Upper Wilson Creek Backcountry area should be expanded.  
 
Appalachian Ranger District: Snowball Mountain, Coxcombe Mountain, and Shope Creek should be included in the Craggy Mountains/Big Ivy Special Interest Area.   
 
Pisgah Ranger District: Upper Courthouse Creek, Daniel Ridge, Cedar Rock Mountain, and upper Lickstone Ridge should be placed in backcountry Management to protect their remote character and the species that depend on them.  
 
Nantahala Ranger District: All of Panthertown Valley and Flat Creek should be in backcountry management. Tellico Bald, Siler Bald, and Fish Hawk Mountain should be placed in backcountry management. The backcountry area around Terrapin Mountain should be expanded to 4,000 acres.  Corbin Knob, Hench Knob, and Chunky Gal Mountain should be Special Interest Areas.

Cheoah Ranger District: Upper Santeetlah Creek should be a Special Interest Area or backcountry area.  

Tusquitee District: Gipp Creek should be placed in backcountry management. The Unicoi Mountain backcountry area should be expanded.
We encourage you to turn out and speak up for protecting these natural areas of our forests. We will have staff at each of these open house events and we look forward to meeting you there.
Sincerely,
Bob Gale
MountainTrue Ecologist and Public Lands Director

FROM SIERRA CLUB:

The Nantahala-Pisgah Forests need your help 
Please contact the Forest Service by Aug 31 (addresses at end) to provide input on the development of the revised Nantahala Pisgah National Forest plan. In general, the preliminary draft treats the vast majority of the forest as being the same, (which would technically allow for timber cutting), and it doesn’t recognize many special places that are important for backcountry recreation, exceptional biodiversity, old growth, and connectivity. 
management. The backcountry area around Terrapin Mountain should be expanded to 4,000 acres. Corbin Knob, Hench Knob, and Chunky Gal Mountain should be Special Interest Areas. 
Below are MountainTrue’s recommendations based on the current predraft plan materials with specific comments suggested to make regarding each area of the forests. Please personalize what you know, love, and recommend about the forests. 
• Tusquitee District: Gipp Creek should be placed in backcountry management. The Unicoi Mountain backcountry area should be expanded. 
By Ranger Districts:
• Grandfather Ranger District: Linville Mountain should be placed 
in backcountry management. The Upper Creek Gorge/Sugar Knob Backcountry area should be expanded. The Upper Wilson Creek Backcountry area should be expanded. 
• Appalachian Ranger District: Snowball Mountain, Coxcombe Mountain, and Shope Creek should be included in the Craggy Mountains/Big Ivy Special Interest Area. ( We are pleased by the creation of a new Special Interest Area in Big Ivy, though it should cover all of Big Ivy, and not just a portion of it.) 
The national forest planners say they’re open to adjusting the plan based on public feedback, and that’s why we need you to speak up for the values that are important to you. 
• Pisgah Ranger District: Upper Courthouse Creek, Daniel Ridge, Cedar Rock Mountain, and upper Lickstone Ridge should be placed in backcountry Management to protect their remote character and the species that depend on them. 
• Nantahala Ranger District: All of Panthertown Valley and Flat Creek should be in backcountry management. Tellico Bald, Siler Bald, and Fish Hawk Mountain should be placed in backcountry 
• Cheoah Ranger District: Upper Santeetlah Creek should be a Special Interest Area or backcountry area. 
Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in general: 
There are many special places that are in the wrong management area and lack the amount of protection they require. In particular, Daniel Ridge, Cedar Rock Mountain, Upper Santeetlah Creek, Ash Cove, Tellico Bald, Snowball Mountain, Lickstone Ridge, and dozens of smaller natural areas are not protected by the forest plan. The Bartram Trail, Benton McKay Trail, Art Loeb Trail, and Mountains-To-Sea Trail lack a management area that would preserve the special character of these long-distance hiking trails. They should be designated as special corridors, similar to the Appalachian Trail and the Trail of Tears which have such protection. 
Email: NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us with subject line “Spring 2017 material Plan Building Blocks” 
Mail: Attn: Plan Revision, National Forests in North Carolina, 160A Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Countering Facebook Extremists

This came from an email from the Intercept, pointing out the hypocrisy of Facebook and the US government and US public:

Facebook recently issued a counterterrorism policy stating unequivocally that it would not tolerate the use of its social network by anyone advocating violence. The policy mentions ISIS and Al Qaeda 11 times yet never once broaches the subject of homegrown white terrorists such as Timothy McVeigh and Dylann Roof. The Intercept’s Sam Biddle noticed that the Bundy Ranch Facebook group, devoted to the activities of the armed militants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last year, has some 200,000 members. Why does Facebook permit supporters of armed extremists who happen to be white and wear cowboy hats to use its platform? “Does Facebook,” Biddle asked a spokesperson, “consider the armed takeover of a federal building to be an act of violence?” The company’s reply: “I don’t have an answer on that.”

The anti-Muslim bias reflected in U.S. counterterrorism policy no doubt contributed to the Bush administration’s decision to detain hundreds of Muslim men after 9/11, often without charge or trial. The United States has never paid restitution to any of the roughly 700 men released from Guantánamo — at least not that it has acknowledged publicly — or to the victims of the Bush administration’s torture program. But last week Canada agreed to a settlement with Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who was detained at age 15 and sent to Guantánamo. When Canadian officials visited him at the prison camp, Khadr showed them his injuries and said he’d confessed under torture. The Canadian government has now apologized for its refusal to help him and will pay $10 million in damages.
Roger Hodge
Deputy Editor

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"On The Turning Away" by Pink Floyd


Link to video of song here.

On the Turning Away

On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won't understand

"Don't accept that what's happening
Is just a case of others' suffering
Or you'll find that you're joining in
The turning away”

It's a sin that somehow
Light is changing to shadow
And casting it's shroud
Over all we have known

Unaware how the ranks have grown
Driven on by a heart of stone
We could find that we're all alone
In the dream of the proud

On the wings of the night
As the daytime is stirring
Where the speechless unite
In a silent accord

Using words you will find are strange
And mesmerized as they light the flame
Feel the new wind of change
On the wings of the night

No more turning away
From the weak and the weary
No more turning away
From the coldness inside

Just a world that we all must share
It's not enough just to stand and stare
Is it only a dream that there'll be
No more turning away?


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Upcoming events for the week of July 16, 2017


This is what war does - photo from Air Wars, who are tracking deaths in Iraq and Syria. They are based in the UK.

UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR BY DANCEWATER

07/17/17 DEMOCRACY-NC ASHEVILLE MEETING
What is the Democracy Asheville Coalition? Our Local Coalition brings together organizational representatives and individuals who agree to work together to change and use the political system so it equips people to take action, promotes grassroots leadership, and serves "the good of the whole." We want an elections process that is accessible, fair, and secure. And we want a government "of, by, and for the people," that fosters equity, solidarity, and justice. Please join us for the next Democracy Asheville Meeting at the Wesley Grant Center (285 Livingston Street in Asheville) on July 17, at 6 p.m. Join us for our regular monthly coalition meeting for updates on the latest voting rights news and plan our next steps for our #FairMapsNC campaign for redistricting reform, including petitions, canvassing, and more. For more information on how to RSVP, place contact Darlene Azarmi at 828-216-3430 or darlene@democracy-nc.org. 

07/18/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president seems to be trying to match or beat that horrible record. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

07/18/17 ASURJ DO!SCUSSION FOLLOWED BY DO!SESSION
The Do!scussion is a weekly safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville while working to dismantle white supremacy. Feel like you're struggling with the how? Come on over and we'll talk about it. Then, we'll get to do!ing. Do!scussion presently runs on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 AM followed by Do!session from 11:30-1:30 PM during which we working with accountability partners on a particular project or issue. The seven organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) accountability through action, 2) mutual interest, 3) take risks and keep going, 4) calling in more, 5) enough for everyone, 6) growth is good, and 7) centering class. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

07/18/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
On the second Tuesday of each month, Western North Carolina Veterans for Peace meets to coordinate group activities and programs.Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars. Time is 6:30 PM and location is the Center for Art and Spirit at Saint George, address is One School Road in west Asheville. For more information, contact Gerry at gwerhan@gmail.com.

07/19/17 GREEN DRINKS
This is a Sustainability and Social Justice Meet-up. Come early for community connections and green drink specials. This happens on the third Wednesday of each month.  Socializing from 5:30 – 6PM and presentation from  6 – 7PM. Location is The Block Off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street at Asheville. Call 828-254-9277 for more information.

07/20/17 CREATION CARE ALLIANCE MEETING 
Creation Care Alliance Meeting. Thursday, July 20, 5:30-7pm. First Baptist Church Room MB306 Upstairs, at 5 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Please park near the playground closer to College Ave. Join us to share stories of sustainability, the Wild Goose Festival, and our ongoing work. No contact information. 

07/20/17 POTLUCK AND REPORT BACK FROM UN NUCLEAR BAN TREATY
Seeds of Peace Sprouting-A report back from the United Nations on a new global treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Pot luck and community report-back from the United Nations Nuclear Ban Treaty session. Mary Olson, Dr Bert Crain, Linda Modica, Dan Keyser, Frances Lambert were in NYC at the United Nations during its negotiations on a new global treaty to ben nuclear weapons. Come learn more—join us on July 20 for a meal at 5:30 on Thursday July 20, or arrive by 6:30 pm for the program—your questions and comments welcome. Location is Friendship Hall - First Congregational Church at 20 Oak Street in Asheville. Sponsored by: Physicians for Social Responsibility; Nuclear Information and Resource Service; Stir the Soul Cafe. For more information, contact Mary at maryo@nirs.org or 828-252-8409 / 828-242-5621 cell.

07/20/17  TRAUMA STEWARDSHIP MEETUP: ENGAGING IN SELF-CARE WHILE CARING FOR OTHERS
For ourselves – helpers, advocates, healers, activists, empaths. Participants share tips and strategies for self-care and resilience. Time is 6 to 7:30 PM and location is Kairos West at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Duncan Tam, MSW at duncan2729@yahoo.com for more information.

07/20/17 ADVOCACY TRAINING FOR FAITH COMMUNITIES
“Success Equation” Advocacy Training for Faith Communities. Are you interested in joining The Success Equation for public meetings and face-to-face visits with policy makers in support of its policy agenda? If so, you are invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, July 20 in Room 1 of the United Way Building to learn how! There will be a discussion on how you and other members of your faith community can communicate with policy makers about housing, health, early childhood, transportation, and food. The training will last from 9:00 - 10:30 am, and coffee and snacks will be provided.  The goal of The Success Equation is uniting the community to reduce and prevent poverty so all children can thrive. Please RSVP to Tamara at TamaraR@childrenfirstbc.org, and feel free to invite others who are passionate about ending childhood poverty in Buncombe County.

07/21/17 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING
Physicians, health personnel and everyone; all are welcomed at our monthly meetings held on the third Friday of each month. Bring a brown bag lunch around noon. This will be held at The First Congregational United Church of Christ, Room E205, at 20 Oak Street (just off College St. in downtown Asheville). Time is noon to 2 PM. Meeting starts at 12:30. Parking is available behind the church. Enter the church or ring doorbell at the glass doors on Oak Street. For more information contact Dr. Terry Clark, Chair, 633-0892 or Dr. Lew Patrie, 285-2599.

07/22/17 SIERRA CLUB PICNIC
Sierra Club July 22: 8th Annual  Summer Picnic. Come one, come all to the 8th Annual Sierra Club Summer Picnic on Saturday, July 22. The picnic is scheduled from noon to 4:00 p.m.  at the Blue Ridge Parkway sheltered picnic grounds located on Bull Mt. Rd. near the VA Hospital on Riceville Rd. This event is free and will be held rain or shine. Please bring a pot luck dish to share and your own place settings. Drinks will be provided.  Badminton and horseshoes will add to the festivities. Directions: Exit 7 on I-240; go east on Tunnel Rd for 2 miles; turn north on Riceville Rd; go past VA Hospital, turn left on Bull Mt. Rd. The fenced-in, sheltered picnic area is on the left about ½ mile up the road. Contact Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, 828-683-2176.

07/23/17 FUNDRAISER FOR CREATION CARE ALLIANCE
CCA Concert and Fundraiser at Lake Junaluska, Sunday, July 23, 5-7pm. Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center / 91 North Lakeshore Drive Lake Junaluska, NC 28745. Join us for a lovely night in a truly beautiful place! William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree, singers and traditional fiddle, banjo, and guitar players, will begin playing at 5:00 p.m. and will wrap up the night around 7:00 in the evening. They are excited to be putting on a concert for CCA. This came from their website. This kid-friendly event will serve as a fundraiser, a time of fellowship, and an opportunity for new faces to become acquainted with us and our mission. We so look forward to our time at the lake. 

07/25/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president seems to be trying to match or beat that horrible record. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

07/25/17 LUNCH & LEARN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY SERIES
Buncombe County Lunch & Learn - African American History Series. Don’t miss this African American History in Buncombe County lunch and learn series featuring three great local speakers.  This free lecture series will feature: July 25 - Dr. Darin Waters presenting the history of African American education in Asheville and WNC; August 23 - County Commissioner Al Whitesides presenting the wage gap and historical wealth disparities in the African American Community; September 27 - Dr. Sharon West presenting the access and availability of health care for African Americans in Buncombe County. Come learn more about the history of the African American community in Buncombe County-- the challenges, the triumphs and the future of our community. The lecture series will be held from Noon till 1:30 p.m. on each of the dates listed above at the Stephen's Lee Community Center (30 George Washington Carver Avenue in Asheville) free of charge with everyone welcome.

07/25/17 ASURJ DO!SCUSSION FOLLOWED BY DO!SESSION
The Do!scussion is a weekly safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville while working to dismantle white supremacy. Feel like you're struggling with the how? Come on over and we'll talk about it. Then, we'll get to do!ing. Do!scussion presently runs on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 AM followed by Do!session from 11:30-1:30 PM during which we working with accountability partners on a particular project or issue. The seven organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) accountability through action, 2) mutual interest, 3) take risks and keep going, 4) calling in more, 5) enough for everyone, 6) growth is good, and 7) centering class. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

07/25/17 OCCUPY WNC MEETING
The non-partisan group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at the Sneak E Squirrel in Sylva. The next meeting is July 25th at 7:00 PM in the restaurant’s Community Room. Supper at 6:00 PM in the restaurant. OccupyWNC has worked for economic and social justice in WNC since 2011. Newcomers and visitors are welcome. For more information, contact  Lucy Christopher at (828)743-9747.

07/26/17 BRIDGE THE GAP BOOK CLUB 
Bridge the Gap Book Club discusses “Tell Me How It Ends” at Malaprops in downtown Asheville. Structured around the forty questions Valeria Luiselli translates and asks undocumented Latin-American children facing deportation, Tell Me How It Ends (an expansion of her 2016 Freeman's essay of the same name) humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction of the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants with the reality of racism and fear--both here and back home. Time is 7 PM. Call Malaprops for more information.

07/26/17 ASURJ ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH ACTION MEETING
Wednesday, 7/26/17, 6-9 PM: ASURJ Accountability through Action Meeting. Gather for a potluck, SURJ & Racism 101 education, and resource/info sharing. We won't have an accountability partner presentation for this month's meeting, but we'll be sharing about some upcoming programming plans and enjoying a summer social together. Meeting in Sandburg Hall at the UU congregation of Asheville, corner of Edwin Place and Charlotte Street. Bring a dish to share. For more info, contact avlsurj@gmail.com.

07/28/17 SILENT VIGIL FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
Time is 5 to 7 PM and location is Henderson County Courthouse on Main Street (between 1st and 2nd Street) in downtown Hendersonville. This is put on by a coalition of non-profits and churches. 

07/29/17 PEACE PILGRIMAGE POTLUCK
Come for a send-off pot luck gathering Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville (between Merrimon and UNCA). Time is 5:30 pm. Please bring a dish to share and meet and listen to our Peace Pilgrimage walkers talk about their upcoming walk to Oak Ridge. The atom bomb started in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, when the Y12 Plant produced the highly enriched uranium fuel for Little Boy, the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan. Seventy- two years later, Y12 is still 
in the bomb business. Current plans call for a new bomb plant, the Uranium Processing Facility, to be built there to manufacture the thermonuclear cores and cases for nuclear warheads and bombs. The UPF bomb plant is the flagship facility for the “modernization” of the US nuclear weapons complex. This 8-day pilgrimage will arrive in Oak Ridge on August 6, to coincide with the events scheduled there by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) remembering the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Each day along the way, our meditative walk will be led by the Buddhist monks of the Nipponzan Myohoji order who are building the Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda. Our pilgrimage raises a voice opposed to the UPF and in favor of the abolition of all nuclear weapons and a world beyond war. For more information: Ken Jones at kwjj1949@gmail.com. 

07/30/17 PEACE PILGRIMAGE FROM ASHEVILLE TO OAK RIDGE
Peace Pilgrimage from Asheville to Oak Ridge July 30 – August 6, 2017. The atom bomb started in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, when the Y12 Plant produced the highly enriched uranium fuel for Little Boy, the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan. Seventy- two years later, Y12 is still in the bomb business. Current plans call for a new bomb plant, the Uranium Processing Facility, to be built there to manufacture the thermonuclear cores and cases for nuclear warheads and bombs. The UPF bomb plant is the flagship facility for the “modernization” of the US nuclear weapons complex. This 8-day pilgrimage will arrive in Oak Ridge on August 6, to coincide with the events scheduled there by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) remembering the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Each day along the way, our meditative walk will be led by the Buddhist monks of the Nipponzan Myohoji order who are building the Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda. Our pilgrimage raises a voice opposed to the UPF and in favor of the abolition of all nuclear weapons and a world beyond war. This pilgrimage will leave from Pack Square, Vance Monument at 9 AM. For more information: Ken Jones at kwjj1949@gmail.com.

07/30/17 WNC SOLIDARITY CONCERT SERIES 
The final Sunday of each month in 2017, two groups of WNC-based musicians and their ensembles will each perform a benefit concert to raise funding for WNC nonprofits. The music performed each week will fluctuate between jazz, rhythm & blues, soul, jazz funk, jazz fusion, and swing. Each event will host two groups, playing, consecutively between 3 and 5 PM with a brief intermission. All of proceeds go to the nonprofit organization. The nonprofit for today is Youth Outright. Act I is Michael Jefry Stevens Duo and Act II is Wendy Jones Quintet. Location is The Block Off Biltmore at Eagle and South Market Streets in downtown Asheville. Suggested donation is $10, and are available the day of the event. This is a Facebook event. Please call The Block Off Biltmore for more information.

08/01/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president seems to be trying to match or beat that horrible record. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

08/01/17 CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB
Join host Bruce Roth for a lively discussion on topics of current interest including war and peace, the economy, the environment, and other hot political topics. This month’s book is “Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction” by Mary Ellen Hannibal. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops. Contact Malaprops for more information.



08/01/17 ASURJ CALLING IN SESSION
Tuesday, August 1, 6:30-8 PM. ASURJ calling In session. Join us for another night of role-playing difficult conversations and practicing SURJ's core value of "calling in" versus "calling out." Our leader David is especially focused on moving us into less discussion and more role-playing! Let's practice these difficult conversations to prepare us to be better agents of change, racial justice accomplices, and dismantlers of white supremacy. We meet downstairs in the main building of the UU congregation of Asheville (corner of Edwin Place and Charlotte Street). Easiest to enter through the playground gate. If you enter upstairs, just come downstairs. No contact information.


08/02/17 CITIZENS-POLICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
This meeting is organized by the City of Asheville. This meeting is free and open to the public. They meet in the first floor Conference Room at the Public Works Building at 161 South Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. Call 251-1122 for more information.

08/02/17 SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Sierra Club August 2: Can Science Save Us from Climate Change and from Ourselves? Join us on Wednesday, August 2, when the Sierra Club presents "Can Science Save Us from Climate Change and from Ourselves?” Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place (corner of Charlotte and Edwin). Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Robert Cabin, Professor of Ecology & Environmental Studies at Brevard College, will discuss the power and limitations of science to address climate change. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, (828) 683-2716.

08/08/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president seems to be trying to match or beat that horrible record. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

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ONGOING EVENTS
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TUESDAY
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument during most of the year, but after standard time kicks in, they meet at 4:30 PM. 
Showing Up for Racial Justice Do!scussion at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. 10 AM-11:30 AM. Followed by Do!sessions from 11:30-1:30 PM.
Rally at historic Courthouse in Hendersonville at 5 PM on the first Tuesday of the month. Organized by the Progressive Organized Women. 

WEDNESDAY
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 
Green Drinks meets at 7 PM at The Block Off Biltmore on the third Wednesday of the month.
Sierra Club meets at 7 PM at Unitarian Universalist in Asheville on the first Wednesday of the month.

THURSDAY
Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 6 PM on fourth Thursday of the month. Materials provided.
Welcome Home Tour by Homeward Bound on the third Thursday of the month at 11 AM. Call 258-1695 for more information.
Asheville Prison Books Program is held at Downtown Books & News from 4 to 7 PM. 

FRIDAY
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville.

SATURDAY
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 
Mountain True holds urban forest workdays on the second Saturday of the month at Richmond Hill Park from 9 AM to 1 PM. Call 258-8737 for more information.
Citizen’s Climate Lobby meeting at 12:30 PM at Kairos West Community Center on second Saturday of the month.
Food Not Bombs serves free vegan/vegetarian food every Saturday at noon at Pritchard Park.
Dances of Universal Peace on the third Saturdays at 7:30 at 1 School Road in Asheville. 

SUNDAY

Asheville National Organization for Women meeting at 2:30 PM at YWCA of Asheville on second Sunday of the month.