Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Upcoming events in the Asheville area this week


Graphic came from AFSC email, it was done by Eric Garcia.

UPCOMING EVENTS

01/26/15 BUILDING BRIDGES SESSION STARTS
The Mission of Building Bridges is to enable our community to confront and overcome racism through a continuing process of changing attitudes and hearts through education, consciousness raising, nurturing, and ongoing support. Our goal is to be intentional in respecting diversity within our community. The session runs from January 26 to March 23, 2015. Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is MAHEC at 119 Hendersonville Road in Asheville NC. Cost is $30, and you must register. Go to their website to sign up. More information below.

01/26/15 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE AND ASAP EVENT
Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate. How will a changing climate affect the way we farm and what we eat? How do we begin to build resilient and sustainable food systems? Join ASAP for a talk and panel discussion featuring Dr. Laura Lengnick, author of Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate and lead author of the recent USDA report “Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture: Effects and Adaptation.” Dr. Lengnick will give a talk on climate change effects on the U.S. food system, which will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local food system and climate change leaders sharing their work to understand and prepare for climate change. Sponsors: ASAP and Transition Asheville. Admission to this event is free. Time is 7 PM and location is  UNCA’s Sherrill Center. (Another email I received said 7:30 PM. Just FYI. I would get there by 7, just in case!)

01/28/15 GREEN DRINKS
Join us on Wednesday, January 28th to get an update on Asheville’s Vertical Gardening Project with Eagle Market Streets Development Corp (EMSDC), and to learn about solutions which vertical gardening can offer globally.  Presenting will be Tom Kociemba of Asheville, NC. Tom Kociemba grew up on the Western Plains of Nebraska and was a ranch hand for 7 summers on a 48 sq/mile Cattle Ranch. His degree is from the University of Nebraska in Political Theory, Economics and Biology. He was a Boston/Cambridge area Community Organizer for 20 years. He has worked for 3 Fortune 500 companies. He was also the Chief Water and Energy Conservation Technology Advisor for a new 60,000 home build out in NW Arizona. Socializing starts at 5:30 PM and program starts at 6 PM. Location is the Green Sage in downtown at 5 Broadway Street, Asheville.

01/28/15 GLOBAL FOSSIL FUELS DIVESTMENT WEBINAR VIEWING
This will be at Pack Memorial Library from 1 to 2:45 PM. Join us in watching a global webinar by 350.org on divesting from fossil fuels. 

01/29/15 CREATION CARE ALLIANCE MEETING
Creation Care Alliance of WNC will hold their first meeting of the year at 5:30 PM at the First Baptist Church in Asheville. Room MB 306. Provide input into our 2015 events and learn about our exciting new partnership with Audubon North Carolina.  

01/30/15 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
This meeting will be at 3:15 PM at Brooks-Howell Home on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Meet in the media room. 

01/30/15 FILM SHOWING BY MOUNTAIN PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY
Join the Mountain People's Assembly and Move To Amend Buncombe County for a FREE screening of the powerful and thought-provoking film, 'PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes.' Film starts promptly at 6:30 and will be followed by Q&A. PAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury -- through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy. Time is 6:30 PM and location is AB Tech, Ferguson Auditorium, Asheville campus. This was a facebook event. Doors open at 6:15. 

01/30/15 PAY TO PLAY: DEMOCRACY’S HIGH STAKES
Join the Mountain People's Assembly and Move To Amend Buncombe County for a FREE screening of the powerful and thought-provoking film, 'PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes.' Film starts promptly at 6:45 and will be followed by Q&A. PAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury -- through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy. Time is 6:30 PM and location is AB Tech, Ferguson Auditorium in Asheville. 

01/31/15 MOUNTAIN TRUE TOUR OF SOLAR FARM
Join MountainTrue on Saturday, January 31st 2015 from 10-11:00 AM on a tour of FLS Energy’s Solar Farm at 67 Laycock Road, Hendersonville. Learn about the solar energy industry in NC while walking the grounds of a solar farm! We will be outside so dress warmly. An Asheville ride-share is available from Earth Fare (66 Westgate Parkway) at 9:15AM. The tour is free for all ages, but registration is required. For more information & to register, please visit wnca.org. Email Rachel Stevens at Rachel@wnca.org for questions/comments/concerns. 

02/02/15 ASHEVILLE REDEFINES TRANSIT MEETING
The City of Asheville and Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) invite you to attend our public meeting to discuss changes to ADA transportation policies, forms and services. The meeting will be held in the 4th floor Training Room of the Police & Fire Building at 100 Court Plaza, on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. The following issues will be discussed: New Disability Discount Forms; New ADA Eligibility Forms; Proposed ADA Paratransit Service Area Changes. More information at iride@asheville.com or call (828) 259-5943. Time is 4 PM to 6:30 PM.

02/03/15 WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL ON SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS
The World Affairs Council Great Decision Lecture series is scheduled for the winter and spring terms on these dates - February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2015. On February 3rd, the topic is Syria's Refugee Crisis with speaker Nora Nassri of the University of South Carolina. Syrians have for a century welcomed over a million refugees from Armenia, Palestine, Iraq and other countries around the region. Now, thanks to a multiyear civil war, they are on track to become the source of the world’s largest refugee population in a matter of months. As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate the millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming a “lost generation” remains. Ultimately, though, the safety of displaced Syrians rests with the whole international community. Free admission for WAC members and students; $10 general public. Meetings are scheduled for 7:30 PM in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room. For more details about programs, consult the WAC website. Time is 7:30 PM. 

02/03/15 CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB
Current Events Book Club discusses “PAY ANY PRICE”. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops on Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. This is organized by Veterans for Peace.

02/04/15 GREEN DRINKS AND SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Join Robin Cape on Wed, February 4 for a program on using climate data to create business opportunities: ”The Collider”, backed by the Asheville-Buncombe Sustainable Communities Initiative. Robin Cape, former Asheville City Council member, says this is an exciting new role for Asheville to play in climate adaptation. She invites us to learn about a business and learning center in development in downtown Asheville that brings climate data into decision making. Cape envisions the Center attracting business entrepreneurs, artists, climatologists and data wizards to work together and deal with the challenges of climate change. Just two blocks away from the Center’s downtown location is a vast storehouse of records at the National Climatic Data Center, available to businesses, other branches of government, and people interested in making informed decisions that account for increased climate variability and extremes. Cape sees a big opportunity to turn this data into actionable information to help companies respond to the impacts of climate change like increasing risks of drought, heavy rains, extended heat waves and rising sea levels that could threaten communities and companies. Time is 7 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Edwin and Charlotte Streets in Asheville. Contact Judy at judymattox@sbcglobal.net or 828-683-2176 for more information.

02/05/15 PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION AT UNCA
Selma to Montgomery 1965: The Photographs of James Barker. The exhibit, Selma to Montgomery 1965, will be on display in the UNC Asheville Karpen Hall Lobby February 2 - February 27, 2015. The opening reception will be held on February 5 and will include a talk by photographer, James Barker. Free and open to the public. Contact Deborah Miles, 232-5024 or dmiles@unca.edu for more information. Time for the reception is 5 to 7:30 PM and location is Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum, at UNCA.

02/05/15 SEEING SYSTEMS: PEACE, JUSTICE & SUSTAINABILITY
This course was due to start on 1-22-15 but has been postponed two weeks due to problems with website registration. It’s time for WNCA’s (now Mountain True) annual NWEI discussion course! Join us this winter for Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice & Sustainability to address the connections between three of society’s most pressing challenges, and become equipped to promote peace, justice, and sustainability within our community. To register for the course is $45 for WNCA members, and $60 for non-members (includes 1 year WNCA membership!). Your books are included, and will be distributed during the first meeting. Registration by Jan 28. Go to http://wnca.org/thursdays-starting-january-22-seeing-systems-peace-justice-sustainability/ for more information and to register. This will be held every Thursday from 2-5-15 TO 3-12-15 22. Location is the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, and time is 6 to 7:30 PM. 

02/05/15 BIG IVY FOREST MEETING WITH US FOREST SERVICE
The Big Ivy Forest meeting with the U.S. Forest Service will be held February 5th at 7 PM at the Big Ivy Community Center. We hope to pack the room with folks who want to protect the forest. Already, over 800 supporters have joined our efforts to stop the proposed logging in Big Ivy. The Forest Service district ranger and his staff will provide a brief overview of the proposed forest plan followed by discussion and questions from the audience. This is an important opportunity for the Forest Service to hear directly from the people who care about this wild mountain treasure. Everyone is invited. Please spread the word and bring as many folks as possible. The Big Ivy Community Center is located at 540 Dillingham Road, which is about 25 minutes from Asheville.

02/05/15 ASK CTS - CLEAN UP CTS - SHOW ASHEVILLE A LITTLE LOVE
CTS Corporation's headquarters may be located in "The City with a Heart" (Elkhart, Indiana), but the company has shown no love for Asheville where a decades-long legacy of toxic pollution still pollutes air, water and nearby residents. This Valentine's Day we'll call on CTS to “have a heart” by immediately cleaning up all the poisons the corporation left behind in Arden decades ago. Join us on February 5 to create your custom message, card or video postcard. Time is 4 to 6 PM and location is South Buncombe Library on Overlook Road. POWER Action Group will deliver these along with more than 1,200 signatures to CTS officials asking them to show Asheville a little love by doing the right thing by our community. We're serious about cleanup, which is why this day of action is just one step in a multifaceted approach involving pressure on CTS, EPA and local, state and federal officials to work toward that goal. This is a Facebook event.

02/06/15 LECTURE AT UNCA
Fab Friday Lecture - An African-American Woman's Perspective on UNC Asheville. Black History Month at UNC Asheville by Dr. Dee James. Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Dr. James will share her journey at UNC Asheville as an African-American student then faculty member. Dr. James is a tenured professor in the UNC Asheville Literature department. This presentation is free and open to the public. Time is 11:30 AM and location is the Reuter Center 102A at UNCA. For more information, contact Leanna at lpreston@unca.edu or call 232-5181.

02/08/15 ASHEVILLE NOW MEETING
Come to our 2nd Sunday monthly meeting at 2:30 PM at the YWCA, S. French Broad Street, and bring a friend. Newcomers may attend two meetings prior to joining, and we encourage all voices to be heard whether a member or not. If you have questions, contact Asheville National Organization of Women (NOW) at AshevilleNOW@live.com. 

02/09/15 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY MEETING
This meeting will be a planning meeting. Time is 7 PM and location is North Asheville Library. We plan to review and finalize 2015 goals, review job descriptions, discuss membership clarifications. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Kruk 828-275-0680 or dianakrukmta@gmail.com.

02/09/14 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MEETING
Vaidila Satvika, formerly the Director of the NYC Plaza Program, will discuss the radical approach that is leading New York City to take back underutilized streets to make more space for people. In the densest city in the U.S., leaders are demolishing streets to build places for people to sit, for children to play, and for plants to grow. How is this possible? What lessons can we learn? And what is causing cities everywhere to think more seriously about the transportation paradigm? Time is 6:30 to 8 PM and location is St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Charlotte Street in Asheville.

02/10/15 COMMUNITY DIALOGUES ON RACE IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
Two local churches have joined forces to offer a four-week series of Community Dialogues on Race, beginning Tuesday, February 10. The two-hour programs will feature films, group exercises, and dialogue, facilitated by the Rev. Michael J.S. Carter of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley. The partner church is Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church. Time is 6:30 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Church at 500 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. The program is free and open to everyone. Interested persons are encouraged to register by emailing Roberta Madden at robertamadden@yahoo.com. For questions call Roberta at 828-419-0730.

02/10/15 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
Time is 6:30 PM and location is VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios: 109 Roberts Street in Asheville. 

02/11/15 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
This meeting will be at 9:30 AM at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church in Black Mountain.

02/13/15 SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM NIGHT AT UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS
Shot over a period of four years, Girl Trouble documents the compelling personal stories of three teenage girls entangled in San Francisco's failing juvenile justice system. Time is 7 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville at Edwin and Charlotte Street in Asheville. No charge, donations are welcome. Public is invited. 

02/14/15 HISTORIC THOUSANDS MARCH ON JONES STREET (HK on J) 
Also known as Historic March on Raleigh. Location is across the street from the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at 2 East South Street in Raleigh. Pre-rally begins at 9 AM and march begins at 10 AM. Join us in Raleigh for a love and justice revival. This is also called the 9th Annual Mass Moral March on Raleigh. Buses will be leaving from Asheville early Saturday morning and returning that evening. Please visit the website listed below for ticket information and to reserve a seat. WE ARE IN THIS LOVE TOGETHER ... and we are determined to go "FORWARD TOGETHER, NOT ONE STEP BACK!" Go here for bus tickets: http://www.mountainmoralmonday.org. For more information email info@mountainmoralmonday.org.

02/17/15 COMMUNITY DIALOGUES ON RACE IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
Two local churches have joined forces to offer a four-week series of Community Dialogues on Race, beginning Tuesday, February 10. The two-hour programs will feature films, group exercises, and dialogue, facilitated by the Rev. Michael J.S. Carter of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley. The partner church is Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church. Time is 6:30 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Church at 500 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. The program is free and open to everyone. Interested persons are encouraged to register by emailing Roberta Madden at robertamadden@yahoo.com. For questions call Roberta at 828-419-0730.

02/19/15 BLACK HISTORY MONTH LECTURE AT UNCA
Lecturer will be Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. His ten-part documentary series, Finding Your Roots, aired on PBS in 2012. Professor Gates is Editor-in-Chief of TheRoot.com. He is the author of several works of literary criticism focusing on race and black culture, and he has written for Time, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Root. He has also produced and hosted several documentaries for PBS. This will be at 7 PM and it is free and open to the public. Location is Lipinsky Auditorium.

02/19/15 SAVE THE ROSENWALD SCHOOL IN MARS HILL
Upon rehabilitation, the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School will serve as a Community Cultural Center and an Interpretive Museum intended to promote a fuller understanding of southern Appalachian black history and to enhance education at all levels. The final program of “Our Story – This Place” will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:30 PM. Join us for an evening of gospel music and a presentation on the history of gospel music and how it relates to the African American community. A reception will be held afterwards. The event takes place in Broyhill Chapel, on the campus of Mars Hill University. “Our Story, This Place, The History of African American Education in Madison County, NC: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School” is on display at the Rural Heritage Museum until February 28, 2015. The exhibit includes historic artifacts, photographs, and videos. Works by Charity Ray are also on display as part of the exhibit. The Rural Heritage Museum is open daily (except Mondays) from 1-5 PM and by appointment. It is located on Rt. 213, in Montague Hall, on the campus of Mars Hill University. Admission is free. 

02/22/15 COMMUNITY DIALOGUES ON RACE IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
Two local churches have joined forces to offer a four-week series of Community Dialogues on Race, beginning Tuesday, February 10. The two-hour programs will feature films, group exercises, and dialogue, facilitated by the Rev. Michael J.S. Carter of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley. The partner church is Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church. Time is 2 PM and location is Thomas Chapel at 124 West College Drive in Black Mountain. The program is free and open to everyone. Interested persons are encouraged to register by emailing Roberta Madden at robertamadden@yahoo.com. For questions call Roberta at 828-419-0730.

02/28/15 MARTIN LUTHER KING PRAYER BREAKFAST BY SWANNANOA VALLEY MLK MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
The 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Prayer Breakfast will be held at Camp Dorothy Walls in Black Mountain. Time is 8 AM. We are excited to announce that the speaker for the 2015 Prayer Breakfast will be Tyrone Greenlee. Tyrone Greenlee is an Asheville native and graduate of Asheville High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a community activist who currently serves on the boards of Just Economics of Western North Carolina and Green Opportunities, and has volunteered for many years with the Building Bridges organization. Tyrone works as a mentor and mediator at the Francine Delany New School for Children, and as Director of Christians For A United Community, a coalition of churches which works to dismantle racism and the disparities caused by racism. Tyrone is also a member of the New Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as a member of the Deacons and Youth and Music Ministries. He also attends Circle of Mercy Congregation in Asheville. Tickets to the 2015 Prayer Breakfast can be purchased at the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce, 201 E. State Street, Black Mountain, NC phone - Adult Tickets $15.00; Tickets for children ages 3 - 12  - $6.00  - Contact number for the Chamber is (828) 669-2300.

03/10/15 COMMUNITY DIALOGUES ON RACE IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
Two local churches have joined forces to offer a four-week series of Community Dialogues on Race, beginning Tuesday, February 10. The two-hour programs will feature films, group exercises, and dialogue, facilitated by the Rev. Michael J.S. Carter of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley. The partner church is Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church. Time is 6:30 PM and location is Thomas Chapel at 124 West College Drive in Black Mountain. The program is free and open to everyone. Interested persons are encouraged to register by emailing Roberta Madden at robertamadden@yahoo.com. For questions call Roberta at 828-419-0730.

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ONGOING EVENTS
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TUESDAY
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 4:30 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument

WEDNESDAY
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville

THURSDAY
Asheville Homeless Network meeting at 1 PM at A-Hope on North Ann Street in Asheville.  
Youth Outright Poetry Night at United Church of Christ in Asheville at 5 PM

FRIDAY
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville
Women in Black have a monthly vigil at 5 PM at Vance Monument in Asheville (first Friday only)

SATURDAY
Transylvanians for Peace and WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard
Third Saturdays – Asheville’s Green Grannies invites the public to “sing for the climate” at Vance Monument at 4 PM.

SUNDAY
Youth OUTright meeting from 4 to 6 PM at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 20 Oak Street in Asheville. Ages 14 - 23 only.

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ACTIONS AND READINGS
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BUILDING BRIDGES PROGRAM COMING UP

Winter/Spring Registration is now open.
This seminar is an introduction to the dynamics of racism and is an opportunity to explore how race has impacted our relationships, communities and institutions.  Past participants are welcome. Registration is required and is limited to 90 people. Encourage and recommend individuals as well as organizations that you know to participate in Building Bridges. If you are an alumni of the Building Bridges Seminars, you may apply to become a Co-Facilitator. To apply for a Co-Facilitator position, send an email to info@buildingbridges-ashevillenc.org for more information about Co-Facilitator Trainings. A celebratory pot luck supper will be held for all participants at the ninth meeting. Families are welcome to attend the potluck. You may call (828) 777-4585 for more information. Please go to their website for instructions on how to register.
http://www.buildingbridges-ashevillenc.org

Since 1993, Building Bridges has profoundly impacted people and institutions throughout Western North Carolina. To date, more than 1500 participants have attended the program from: Asheville, Hendersonville, Black Mountain, Lake Junaluska, Franklin, Cherokee, Waynesville, Madison County and Rutherfordton. The program has been hosted at the following churches and schools: New Mount Olive Baptist, Grace Covenant Presbyterian, Hill Street Baptist, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist, All Souls Episcopal, Jubilee!, St. Paul's Methodist, Nazareth First Baptist, Berry Temple United Methodist, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Temple Beth Ha-Tephila, Central United Methodist Church, BahaĆ­ Faith Center, Reid Community Center, Francis Delaney School, A-B Tech and MAHEC.

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PEACE DAY PLANNING:

Will you join our Peace Talk and help a local company in the process? Even if you don't join, please consider sharing or inviting others to talk about planning Peace Day. Peace Day... We can get a lot of help for Peace Day Asheville ❥ Local Asheville company agrees to help Peace Day Asheville, and they will give us substantive help, if we can get 100 people in a conversation by 8pm on January 31st!

We need 100 people in this conversation -> http://www.trustedsharing.com/bengsmack/268
Ben Mack here, and I feel like I am flailing. I need help. I am in over my head. I am doing a poor job at getting others involved to celebrate and demonstrate peace between people, especially here in Asheville, on Peace Day. Two years ago, I stepped into a vacancy, where it looked like nobody was going to organize a Peace Day event in Asheville on 9/21/13. So I produced a free event at the Asheville Art Museum, and as a team, we inspired folks to add #PeaceDay to their social media efforts, and with the help of a social media tool Thunderclap, for the first time hashtag-PeaceDay trended on Peace Day. But I don't know what I am doing when it comes to getting groups to work together.

In order to get us talking together, in my opinion, we need another social media tool in addition to Facebook. I would like to use an Asheville based company called Trusted Sharing, and the founders wants to help Peace Day Asheville. They help us be better interconnected for 9/21/15, the 10th Anniversary of Asheville Celebrating Peace Day,and we help them get better at helping the rest of the world have better conversations.
Trusted Sharing is a social media tool, created by two Ashevillians, Duncan Work and Ty Hallock. Us members of Peace Day Asheville can help our local company by giving them feedback about how it might be easier to use Trusted Sharing to talk about Peace Day 9/21/15.
This was posted on Facebook, please join if you can help plan Peace Day Asheville.

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MORE PEACE DAY PLANNING:

CHAPTER 099 VETERANS FOR PEACE HAVE VOTED TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN PARTICIPATION WITH OTHER GROUPS IN THE ASHEVILLE AREA FOR THE SEPT.  21, 2015 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.

From activist Ed Sacco:  I see myself at this point, as focusing on publicity and community outreach with Veterans for Peace members and others. I’m trying to get an evaluation of last year,but the folks seem invisible. Can anyone pass on any info, contacts, or even better, participate in this? The sooner we start planning the better…contact Ed Sacco at esacco189@gmail.com or (828) 242-8448 to get involved or for more information.

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From School of the Americas Watch:

Upcoming trial in US District Court in Columbus, Georgia. 

Prison witness has been a core element of the SOA Watch movement since its beginning. SOA Watch activists have collectively spent over 100 years in prison for their nonviolent direct actions and denouncement of the crimes committed by SOA/WHINSEC graduates, and for their expression of solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Latin America. Their witness and steadfastness in the struggle for peace and justice is an extraordinary example of love in action.

On Sunday, November 23rd, 2014, during the last annual SOA Watch Vigil, two activists continued with the tradition that set off our movement 25 years ago, and crossed the line onto the Fort Benning military base. Both were arrested and are now facing charges for violating 18 U.S.C. § 1382, illegal entry onto a United States Military Reservation.

From a local activist:
Trial in Columbus, Ga on January 29 for two who crossed the line at Fort Benning. Van available for rideshare leaving morning of 28th if enough interest. Festival of hope evening of 28th. Trial morning of 29th. Return after trial on 29th. Overnight at church, share gas costs and on your own for meals. Interested folks for rideshare please contact Coleman Smith text/phone: 828-301-6683.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Aaron Swartz

Aaron died two years ago this month, and still makes me very sad. We lost a lot when we lost Aaron, and his death was due to the actions of our own government.

Monday, January 19, 2015

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


“World Peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. This we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point. Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built.” - Martin Luther King, Jr., December 1964 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Upcoming events in the Asheville area this week

UPCOMING EVENTS

01/19/15 PEACE MARCH AND RALLY ON MLK DAY
Meet at 11:30 AM at St. James AME Church at 44 Hildebrand Street and MLK Drive in Asheville. At noon, we will march to City-County Plaza. Everyone is invited. More information at mlkasheville.org. All are welcome. Free.

01/19/15 FIFTH ANNUAL KENILWORTH CELEBRATION OF MLK
5th Annual Kenilworth celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Monday, January 19 in the Fellowship Hall of Kenilworth Presbyterian Church 123 Kenilworth Rd. 28803. Potluck from 5:30-6:30 PM and the program will begin at 6:30 PM. The program for the evening is the “History of Civil Rights in WNC and the Current State of Racism Affecting Black Asheville.” Dr. Darin Waters, Assistant Professor of History at UNCA, will be speaking about the history of civil rights in WNC and Dr. Dwight Mullen, Professor of Political Science at UNCA and an expert in African-American Politics, will address the current state of racism as it relates to Black Asheville. The evening will be moderated by Marvin Chambers a founding member of A.S.C.O.R.E. (Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality) and an icon of the Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina. There will be entertainment by the UAI Boyz from the Urban Arts Institute. We will have DJ Profe$$ah G. spinning great tunes and will have craft projects for children. For more information contact Katie Adams 828-273-3747 or email kenilworthpresbyterianchurch@gmail.com. 

01/19/15 MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer program of United Way, will host a special inter-generational service event with Land of Sky Regional Council Senior Corps. The January 19 event, held at Eliada, 2 Compton Drive, will include multiple stations where volunteers can participate in a variety of service projects that directly support local nonprofits and the community members they serve. Volunteers will have the opportunity to create simple no-sew fleece blankets for Project Linus clients, math skills flashcards and games for Buncombe County School elementary students, handcrafted cards of encouragement for local Veterans and homebound seniors and more. For more information contact Charlie Lee at 828-239-1032 or charlie.lee@unitedwayabc.org.

01/19/15 MEMORIAL FOR JEWISH VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE IN FRANCE
The Asheville Jewish Community joins in solidarity with millions worldwide in our commitment to not walk in fear. A Memorial Service to honor the memory of the victims of the French terror attacks will be held at 6 PM at the Jewish Community Center on Charlotte Street in Asheville. Following the memorial service, you are invited to stay for a discussion about ht rise of anti-Semitism in Europe facilitated by Bob Deutsch.

01/20/15 LUNCH N LEARN AT UNCA
Lunch-n-Learn: What is Privilege? From a Social Justice Point of View. Location is the Intercultural Center at UNCA. Time is 12:30 PM. Facilitator is Preston Keith (Assistant Director, Intercultural Center/ Multicultural Student Programs). Event Sponsored by: Multicultural Student Programs, Key Center, Cultural Events & Special Academic Programs, Center for Diversity Education & SAIL.

01/20/15 SOCIAL JUSTICE COFFEE HOUR AT UNCA
Social Justice Coffee Hour will be held in the Highsmith Grotto at UNCA. Time is 7 PM. Facilitator is Erica Allen (Food Justice Advocate). Topic is urban gardening as a path to social justice. Event Sponsored by: Multicultural Student Programs, Key Center, Cultural Events & Special Academic Programs, Center for Diversity Education & SAIL.

01/21/15 FILM SCREENING AT UNCA
Film is “If These Walls Could Talk”. During the hot summer of 2010, Director Lee Mun Wah brought together eleven college students to discuss what it is like on campuses across the country today.  The students shared the frustration and anguish of trying to be understood and acknowledged on campus where the faculty and students are predominantly white.  Their stories are starkly emotional and raw, filled with incredible tenderness, courage and pain. Time is 6 PM and location is the Highsmith Grotto at UNCA. Event Sponsored by: Multicultural Student Programs, Key Center, Cultural Events & Special Academic Programs, Center for Diversity Education & SAIL.

01/21/15 GREEN DRINKS
Join us on January 21, 2015, to take a look at health equity and health disparities among children and families. From injuries and infectious diseases to vaccinations and vision screenings, Dr. Kimberly Price, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Lenoir-Rhyne University, will discuss how policy, education, and access to medical care contribute to better health and well-being for everyone. Dr. Price is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) with over 15 years of experience in health promotion and community health, and has devoted her career to reducing disparities in health for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. She earned her master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City and her PhD from the University of Cincinnati, where her research focused on understanding how social and spiritual connections influence health behaviors. It is her hope that everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy and vibrant life. Socializing starts at 5:30 PM and program starts at 6 PM. Location is the Green Sage in downtown at 5 Broadway Street, Asheville.

01/22/15 SPEAK OUT AND DIE IN AT UNCA
Speak Out & Die In will be held at various locations around campus including Mills Courtyard. Bad weather location is the Grotto. Time is noon to 2 PM. For more information, please contact Dr. Dahlia Hylton at dhylton@unca.edu. Event Sponsored by: Multicultural Student Programs, Key Center, Cultural Events & Special Academic Programs, Center for Diversity Education & SAIL.

01/22/15 HOOD TALK
Location is Pisgah View Apartments, 1 Granada Street in Asheville, and time is 6 to 8 PM. 

01/22/15 MLK KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT UNCA
MLK Keynote Speaker is Byron Hurt. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexist activist, and lecturer. For more than 20 years, Hurt has been using his craft, his voice, and his writings to broaden and deepen how people think about gender violence, race, music, visual media, and food justice. Byron's latest film, Soul Food Junkies offers a fascinating exploration of the soul food tradition, its relevance to black cultural identity, and its continuing popularity despite the known dangers of high-fat, high-calorie diets. This event is free and open to the public. Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is Lipinsky Auditorium. For more information, contact Cori at ceander2@unca.edu or call 258-7727.

01/22/15 LECTURE AT UNCA
Are We All Charlie? Terrorism and Freedom of Speech in the Modern World. Time is 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM and location is Karpen Hall 038 at UNCA. Panelists:Dr. Oliver Gloag, Dept. of Foreign Languages, UNCADr. Tracey Rizzo, Dept. of History, UNCADr. Samer Traboulsi, Dept. of History, UNCA, This event is free and open to the public

01/22/15 LECTURE AT UNCA
Betsy Polk and Maggie Chotas have learned something powerful: when women work together they discover a level of support, flexibility, confidence, accountability, and freedom to be themselves that they rarely find in other work relationships.They will discuss their book and research findings. Drawing on their own twelve-year partnership and from interviews with 125 women business partners, Polk and Chotas demolish the myths that keep women from collaborating and offer advice for handling a host of potential challenges. This groundbreaking book shows that when women team up—combining complementary skills, channeling their egos into the partnership, and encouraging each other—they can work as full equals to achieve something that’s exponentially greater than each woman alone. Sponsored by the UNC Asheville Department of Accountancy and Management and the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum. Contact information: Cindy Clarke, office 232-5091; cell 273-6223. Free and open to the public. Time is 6 PM to 8:30 PM and location is Karpen Hall 139 at UNCA.

01/23/15 MEMORIAL FOR RON HARRAYDA
Funeral will be held at noon at State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain in their chapel. Then there will be a graveside ceremony, including a 21 gun salute.  This will be followed by a celebration (at 3 PM) of Ron’s life at Lakeview Senior Center at Lake Tomahawk at 401 S. Laurel Circle Drive in Black Mountain. This is a potluck, so please bring a dish to share, and please list all ingredients (on a piece of paper) in the dish for those who have food allergies.. There will be music, singing, recordings of Ron and photos of him (if you have anything to share along those lines, please bring them). All donations, flowers and condolences are being accepted by his daughter, Sara, at 3046 Willamette Valley Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

01/23/15 MOVIE NIGHT AT SWANNANOA VALLEY FRIENDS MEETING
Documentary is “The Color of Fear”. Eight North American men, two African American, two Latinos, two Asian American and two Caucasian were gathered by director Lee Mun Wah, for a dialog about the state of race relations in America as seen through their eyes. The exchanges are sometimes dramatic, and put in plain light the pain caused by racism in North America. 6:30 PM Refreshments; 7:00 PM Movie & Discussion following movie.  All are welcome. Location is Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting at 137 Center Avenue in Black Mountain. 

01/23/15 DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AT UNCA
Day of Remembrance will be held at Brown Hall from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Event Sponsored by: Multicultural Student Programs, Key Center, Cultural Events & Special Academic Programs, Center for Diversity Education & SAIL.

1/24/15 HARD TO RECYCLE EVENT
This will be at Aaron's Rent to Own parking lot at 1298 Patton Avenue in west Asheville. Time is 10 AM to 2 PM. If you have questions, call GreenWorks at 828-254-1776.

01/24/15 FOOD INSECURITY - FRENCH BROAD FOOD COOP
The French Broad Food Coop speaker series on Nourishing Community: Food (In)Security will feature Lindsay Majer. Despite Asheville's brand as a foodtopia, there are many city residents who lack consistent access to fresh, affordable, healthy food. Join us as we explore barriers that prevent access and gain an understanding about food gaps that exist in our city. Lindsay Majer is Green Opportunities Social Enterprise and Food Program Manager. Green Opportunities is a non-profit community economic development corporation that provides training and support to low-income individuals who face barriers to employment. Location is 76 Bilmore Avenue, right next to FBFC. Call 828-255-7650 for more information. Time is 3 to 5 PM. 

01/26/15 BUILDING BRIDGES SESSION STARTS
The Mission of Building Bridges is to enable our community to confront and overcome racism through a continuing process of changing attitudes and hearts through education, consciousness raising, nurturing, and ongoing support. Our goal is to be intentional in respecting diversity within our community. The session runs from January 26 to March 23, 2015. Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is MAHEC at 119 Hendersonville Road in Asheville NC. Cost is $30, and you must register. Go to their website to sign up. More information below.

01/26/15 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE AND ASAP EVENT
Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate. How will a changing climate affect the way we farm and what we eat? How do we begin to build resilient and sustainable food systems? Join ASAP for a talk and panel discussion featuring Dr. Laura Lengnick, author of Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate and lead author of the recent USDA report “Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture: Effects and Adaptation.” Dr. Lengnick will give a talk on climate change effects on the U.S. food system, which will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local food system and climate change leaders sharing their work to understand and prepare for climate change. Sponsors: ASAP and Transition Asheville. Admission to this event is free. Time is 7 PM and location is  UNCA’s Sherrill Center.

01/28/15 GREEN DRINKS
Join us on Wednesday, January 28th to get an update on Asheville’s Vertical Gardening Project with Eagle Market Streets Development Corp (EMSDC), and to learn about solutions which vertical gardening can offer globally.  Presenting will be Tom Kociemba of Asheville, NC. Tom Kociemba grew up on the Western Plains of Nebraska and was a ranch hand for 7 summers on a 48 sq/mile Cattle Ranch. His degree is from the University of Nebraska in Political Theory, Economics and Biology. He was a Boston/Cambridge area Community Organizer for 20 years. He has worked for 3 Fortune 500 companies. He was also the Chief Water and Energy Conservation Technology Advisor for a new 60,000 home build out in NW Arizona. Socializing starts at 5:30 PM and program starts at 6 PM. Location is the Green Sage in downtown at 5 Broadway Street, Asheville.

01/29/15 CREATION CARE ALLIANCE MEETING
Creation Care Alliance of WNC will hold their first meeting of the year at 5:30 PM at the First Baptist Church in Asheville. Room MB 306. Provide input into our 2015 events and learn about our exciting new partnership with Audubon North Carolina.  

01/30/15 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
This meeting will be at 3:15 PM at Brooks-Howell Home on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Meet in the media room. 

01/30/15 FILM SHOWING BY MOUNTAIN PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY
Join the Mountain People's Assembly and Move To Amend Buncombe County for a FREE screening of the powerful and thought-provoking film, 'PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes.' Film starts promptly at 6:45 and will be followed by Q&A. PAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury -- through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy. Time is 6:30 PM and location is AB Tech, Ferguson Auditorium, Asheville campus. This was a facebook event.

01/31/15 MOUNTAIN TRUE TOUR OF SOLAR FARM
Join MountainTrue on Saturday, January 31st 2015 from 10-11:00 AM on a tour of FLS Energy’s Solar Farm at 67 Laycock Road, Hendersonville. Learn about the solar energy industry in NC while walking the grounds of a solar farm! We will be outside so dress warmly. An Asheville ride-share is available from Earth Fare (66 Westgate Parkway) at 9:15AM. The tour is free for all ages, but registration is required. For more information & to register, please visit wnca.org. Email Rachel Stevens at Rachel@wnca.org for questions/comments/concerns. 

02/03/15 WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL ON SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS
The World Affairs Council Great Decision Lecture series is scheduled for the winter and spring terms on these dates - February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2015. On February 3rd, the topic is Syria's Refugee Crisis with speaker Nora Nassri of the University of South Carolina. Syrians have for a century welcomed over a million refugees from Armenia, Palestine, Iraq and other countries around the region. Now, thanks to a multiyear civil war, they are on track to become the source of the world’s largest refugee population in a matter of months. As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate the millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming a “lost generation” remains. Ultimately, though, the safety of displaced Syrians rests with the whole international community. Free admission for WAC members and students; $10 general public. Meetings are scheduled for 7:30 PM in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room. For more details about programs, consult the WAC website. Time is 7:30 PM. 

02/04/15 GREEN DRINKS AND SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Join Robin Cape on Wed, February 4 for a program on using climate data to create business opportunities: ”The Collider”, backed by the Asheville-Buncombe Sustainable Communities Initiative. Robin Cape, former Asheville City Council member, says this is an exciting new role for Asheville to play in climate adaptation. She invites us to learn about a business and learning center in development in downtown Asheville that brings climate data into decision making. Cape envisions the Center attracting business entrepreneurs, artists, climatologists and data wizards to work together and deal with the challenges of climate change. Just two blocks away from the Center’s downtown location is a vast storehouse of records at the National Climatic Data Center, available to businesses, other branches of government, and people interested in making informed decisions that account for increased climate variability and extremes. Cape sees a big opportunity to turn this data into actionable information to help companies respond to the impacts of climate change like increasing risks of drought, heavy rains, extended heat waves and rising sea levels that could threaten communities and companies. Time is 7 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Edwin and Charlotte Streets in Asheville. Contact Judy at judymattox@sbcglobal.net or 828-683-2176 for more information.

02/05/15 PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION AT UNCA
Selma to Montgomery 1965: The Photographs of James Barker. The exhibit, Selma to Montgomery 1965, will be on display in the UNC Asheville Karpen Hall Lobby February 2 - February 27, 2015. The opening reception will be held on February 5 and will include a talk by photographer, James Barker. Free and open to the public. Contact Deborah Miles, 232-5024 or dmiles@unca.edu for more information. Time for the reception is 5 to 7:30 PM and location is Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum, at UNCA.

02/05/15 SEEING SYSTEMS: PEACE, JUSTICE & SUSTAINABILITY
This course was due to start on 1-22-15 but has been postponed two weeks due to problems with website registration. It’s time for WNCA’s (now Mountain True) annual NWEI discussion course! Join us this winter for Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice & Sustainability to address the connections between three of society’s most pressing challenges, and become equipped to promote peace, justice, and sustainability within our community. To register for the course is $45 for WNCA members, and $60 for non-members (includes 1 year WNCA membership!). Your books are included, and will be distributed during the first meeting. Registration deadline is January 28. Go to http://wnca.org/thursdays-starting-january-22-seeing-systems-peace-justice-sustainability/ for more information and to register. This will be held every Thursday from 2-5-15 TO 3-12-15. Location is the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, and time is 6 to 7:30 PM. 

 02/06/15 LECTURE AT UNCA
Fab Friday Lecture - An African-American Woman's Perspective on UNC Asheville. Black History Month at UNC Asheville by Dr. Dee James. Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Dr. James will share her journey at UNC Asheville as an African-American student then faculty member. Dr. James is a tenured professor in the UNC Asheville Literature department. This presentation is free and open to the public. Time is 11:30 AM and location is the Reuter Center 102A at UNCA. For more information, contact Leanna at lpreston@unca.edu or call 232-5181.

02/09/15 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY MEETING
This meeting will be a planning meeting. Time is 7 PM and location is North Asheville Library. We plan to review and finalize 2015 goals, review job descriptions, discuss membership clarifications. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Kruk 828-275-0680 or dianakrukmta@gmail.com.

02/09/14 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MEETING
Vaidila Satvika, formerly the Director of the NYC Plaza Program, will discuss the radical approach that is leading New York City to take back underutilized streets to make more space for people. In the densest city in the U.S., leaders are demolishing streets to build places for people to sit, for children to play, and for plants to grow. How is this possible? What lessons can we learn? And what is causing cities everywhere to think more seriously about the transportation paradigm? Time is 6:30 to 8 PM and location is St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Charlotte Street in Asheville.

02/10/15 COMMUNITY DIALOGUES ON RACE IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
Two local churches have joined forces to offer a four-week series of Community Dialogues on Race, beginning Tuesday, February 10. The two-hour programs will feature films, group exercises, and dialogue, facilitated by the Rev. Michael J.S. Carter of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley. The partner church is Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church. Time is 6:30 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Church at 500 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. The program is free and open to everyone. Interested persons are encouraged to register by emailing Roberta Madden at robertamadden@yahoo.com. For questions call Roberta at 828-419-0730.

02/14/15 HISTORIC THOUSANDS MARCH ON JONES STREET (HK on J) 
Location is across the street from the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at 2 East South Street in Raleigh. Pre-rally begins at 9 AM and march begins at 10 AM. Join us in Raleigh for a love and justice revival. This is also called the 9th Annual Mass Moral March on Raleigh. Buses will be leaving from Asheville early Saturday morning and returning that evening. Please visit the website listed below for ticket information and to reserve a seat. WE ARE IN THIS LOVE TOGETHER ... and we are determined to go "FORWARD TOGETHER, NOT ONE STEP BACK!" Go here for bus tickets: http://www.mountainmoralmonday.org. For more information email info@mountainmoralmonday.org.

02/17/15 COMMUNITY DIALOGUES ON RACE IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
Two local churches have joined forces to offer a four-week series of Community Dialogues on Race, beginning Tuesday, February 10. The two-hour programs will feature films, group exercises, and dialogue, facilitated by the Rev. Michael J.S. Carter of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley. The partner church is Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church. Time is 6:30 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Church at 500 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. The program is free and open to everyone. Interested persons are encouraged to register by emailing Roberta Madden at robertamadden@yahoo.com. For questions call Roberta at 828-419-0730.

02/19/15 BLACK HISTORY MONTH LECTURE AT UNCA
Lecturer will be Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. His ten-part documentary series, Finding Your Roots, aired on PBS in 2012. Professor Gates is Editor-in-Chief of TheRoot.com. He is the author of several works of literary criticism focusing on race and black culture, and he has written for Time, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Root. He has also produced and hosted several documentaries for PBS. This will be at 7 PM and it is free and open to the public. Location is Lipinsky Auditorium.

02/19/15 SAVE THE ROSENWALD SCHOOL IN MARS HILL
Upon rehabilitation, the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School will serve as a Community Cultural Center and an Interpretive Museum intended to promote a fuller understanding of southern Appalachian black history and to enhance education at all levels. The final program of “Our Story – This Place” will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:30 PM. Join us for an evening of gospel music and a presentation on the history of gospel music and how it relates to the African American community. A reception will be held afterwards. The event takes place in Broyhill Chapel, on the campus of Mars Hill University. “Our Story, This Place, The History of African American Education in Madison County, NC: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School” is on display at the Rural Heritage Museum until February 28, 2015. The exhibit includes historic artifacts, photographs, and videos. Works by Charity Ray are also on display as part of the exhibit. The Rural Heritage Museum is open daily (except Mondays) from 1-5 PM and by appointment. It is located on Rt. 213, in Montague Hall, on the campus of Mars Hill University. Admission is free. 

02/22/15 COMMUNITY DIALOGUES ON RACE IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
Two local churches have joined forces to offer a four-week series of Community Dialogues on Race, beginning Tuesday, February 10. The two-hour programs will feature films, group exercises, and dialogue, facilitated by the Rev. Michael J.S. Carter of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley. The partner church is Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church. Time is 2 PM and location is Thomas Chapel at 124 West College Drive in Black Mountain. The program is free and open to everyone. Interested persons are encouraged to register by emailing Roberta Madden at robertamadden@yahoo.com. For questions call Roberta at 828-419-0730.

02/28/15 MARTIN LUTHER KING PRAYER BREAKFAST BY SWANNANOA VALLEY MLK MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
The 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Prayer Breakfast will be held at Camp Dorothy Walls in Black Mountain. Time is 8 AM. We are excited to announce that the speaker for the 2015 Prayer Breakfast will be Tyrone Greenlee. Tyrone Greenlee is an Asheville native and graduate of Asheville High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a community activist who currently serves on the boards of Just Economics of Western North Carolina and Green Opportunities, and has volunteered for many years with the Building Bridges organization. Tyrone works as a mentor and mediator at the Francine Delany New School for Children, and as Director of Christians For A United Community, a coalition of churches which works to dismantle racism and the disparities caused by racism. Tyrone is also a member of the New Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as a member of the Deacons and Youth and Music Ministries. He also attends Circle of Mercy Congregation in Asheville. Tickets to the 2015 Prayer Breakfast can be purchased at the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce, 201 E. State Street, Black Mountain, NC phone - Adult Tickets $15.00; Tickets for children ages 3 - 12  - $6.00  - Contact number for the Chamber is (828) 669-2300.

03/10/15 COMMUNITY DIALOGUES ON RACE IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
Two local churches have joined forces to offer a four-week series of Community Dialogues on Race, beginning Tuesday, February 10. The two-hour programs will feature films, group exercises, and dialogue, facilitated by the Rev. Michael J.S. Carter of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley. The partner church is Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church. Time is 6:30 PM and location is Thomas Chapel at 124 West College Drive in Black Mountain. The program is free and open to everyone. Interested persons are encouraged to register by emailing Roberta Madden at robertamadden@yahoo.com. For questions call Roberta at 828-419-0730.

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ONGOING EVENTS
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TUESDAY
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 4:30 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument

WEDNESDAY
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville

THURSDAY
Asheville Homeless Network meeting at 1 PM at A-Hope on North Ann Street in Asheville.  
Youth Outright Poetry Night at United Church of Christ in Asheville at 5 PM

FRIDAY
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville
Women in Black have a monthly vigil at 5 PM at Vance Monument in Asheville (first Friday only)

SATURDAY
Transylvanians for Peace and WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard
Third Saturdays – Asheville’s Green Grannies invites the public to “sing for the climate” at Vance Monument at 4 PM.

SUNDAY
Youth OUTright meeting from 4 to 6 PM at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 20 Oak Street in Asheville. Ages 14 - 23 only.

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ACTIONS AND READINGS
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BUILDING BRIDGES PROGRAM COMING UP

Winter/Spring Registration is now open.
This seminar is an introduction to the dynamics of racism and is an opportunity to explore how race has impacted our relationships, communities and institutions.  Past participants are welcome. Registration is required and is limited to 90 people. Encourage and recommend individuals as well as organizations that you know to participate in Building Bridges. If you are an alumni of the Building Bridges Seminars, you may apply to become a Co-Facilitator. To apply for a Co-Facilitator position, send an email to info@buildingbridges-ashevillenc.org for more information about Co-Facilitator Trainings. A celebratory pot luck supper will be held for all participants at the ninth meeting. Families are welcome to attend the potluck. You may call (828) 777-4585 for more information. Please go to their website for instructions on how to register.
http://www.buildingbridges-ashevillenc.org

Since 1993, Building Bridges has profoundly impacted people and institutions throughout Western North Carolina. To date, more than 1500 participants have attended the program from: Asheville, Hendersonville, Black Mountain, Lake Junaluska, Franklin, Cherokee, Waynesville, Madison County and Rutherfordton. The program has been hosted at the following churches and schools: New Mount Olive Baptist, Grace Covenant Presbyterian, Hill Street Baptist, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist, All Souls Episcopal, Jubilee!, St. Paul's Methodist, Nazareth First Baptist, Berry Temple United Methodist, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Temple Beth Ha-Tephila, Central United Methodist Church, BahaĆ­ Faith Center, Reid Community Center, Francis Delaney School, A-B Tech and MAHEC.

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PEACE DAY PLANNING:

Will you join our Peace Talk and help a local company in the process? Even if you don't join, please consider sharing or inviting others to talk about planning Peace Day. Peace Day... We can get a lot of help for Peace Day Asheville ❥ Local Asheville company agrees to help Peace Day Asheville, and they will give us substantive help, if we can get 100 people in a conversation by 8pm on January 31st!

We need 100 people in this conversation -> http://www.trustedsharing.com/bengsmack/268

Ben Mack here, and I feel like I am flailing. I need help. I am in over my head. I am doing a poor job at getting others involved to celebrate and demonstrate peace between people, especially here in Asheville, on Peace Day. Two years ago, I stepped into a vacancy, where it looked like nobody was going to organize a Peace Day event in Asheville on 9/21/13. So I produced a free event at the Asheville Art Museum, and as a team, we inspired folks to add #PeaceDay to their social media efforts, and with the help of a social media tool Thunderclap, for the first time hashtag-PeaceDay trended on Peace Day. But I don't know what I am doing when it comes to getting groups to work together,

In order to get us talking together, in my opinion, we need another social media tool in addition to Facebook. I would like to use an Asheville based company called Trusted Sharing, and the founders wants to help Peace Day Asheville. They help us be better interconnected for 9/21/15, the 10th Anniversary of Asheville Celebrating Peace Day,and we help them get better at helping the rest of the world have better conversations.

Trusted Sharing is a social media tool, created by two Ashevillians, Duncan Work and Ty Hallock. Us members of Peace Day Asheville can help our local company by giving them feedback about how it might be easier to use Trusted Sharing to talk about Peace Day 9/21/15.

This was posted on Facebook, please join if you can help plan Peace Day Asheville.


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