Sunday, August 13, 2017

Upcoming events for the week of August 13, 2017


UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR BY DANCEWATER

08/13/17 SOLIDARITY WITH CHARLOTTESVILLE RALLY IN BREVARD
We are standing in solidarity with Charlottesville. Join us. Silence means you accept what is happening. How do you feel about attacks on peaceful demonstrators? Let’s show the world we will not be silent. We will not stay at home. When one of us is attacked, we are all attacked. Vigils are being organized around the country to show we will not be silent, we will not stay home and when one of us gives the ultimate sacrifice we will stand up and be right there to honor them and strengthen their message. Let us honor those who stood for love in Charlottesville. We are meeting at the Gazebo on Main Street in Brevard, Sunday, August 13th at 3 pm. Please join us with a symbols of peace and love.

08/13/17 SOLIDARITY WITH CHARLOTTESVILLE RALLY IN ASHEVILLE
On Sunday August 13th at 7pm in front of Vance Monument, Asheville's tribute to white supremacist history and a symbol of hate to stand up against, there will be a solidarity demo to show support for those standing up to white nationalism and fascism in Charlottesville and honor the person whose life was taken by a nazi at the rally. This is also a demo to show our commitment to fighting racism in the South and all forms of oppression as are perpetuated by the State and by those who uphold white supremacy, patriarchy, trans*- and homophobia and all other manifestations of hate. Come join Stronger NC- Asheville/ WNC, Our Revolution- Asheville, Smoky Mountain Eco Defense and Indivisible-Black Mountain as we stand in solidarity with the counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, VA. Other groups are supporting this also. 

08/13/17 SOLIDARITY WITH CHARLOTTESVILLE RALLY IN HENDERSONVILLE
Peace and love Rally today Aug 13 in Hendersonville 5 pm Historic Courthouse on Main St... sponsored by POW Hendersonville. 

08/14/17 SOLDIERY WITH CHARLOTTESVILLE RALLY IN WAYNESVILLE 
 Join the members of Down Home NC & Progressive Nation WNC in downtown Waynesville as we demonstrate our solidarity with our neighbors to the North. White supremacy is not a symbol of Southern culture; we do not condone hatred, intolerance, or oppression of any kind. These are our streets and we will use them to stand in solidarity, not in separation. Time is 5 PM and location is Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville.

08/14/17 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MEETING
Transition Asheville Meeting August Social. Dylan Ryals-Hamilton presenting “Edible Landscaping in Public Spaces’. Parks, greenways, right of ways, even the areas around public buildings need landscaping and maintenance. We already budget for this, so why not grow something useful in these spaces? How about something tasty and nutritious, made available to all? In Asheville and beyond we have seen a growing interest in fresh, local food, and for many good reasons. Can the concept of “Food Not Lawns” be applied in the commons? Dylan Ryals-Hamilton, a professional “Transitioneer” and local permaculture teacher, will discuss the probable positives (and potential preventable pit-falls) for participatory and productive public plantings of particularly palatable produce. Come learn how local governments, nonprofits, civic groups, and individuals can engage in planting and maintaining a more abundant and nutritious urban landscape for current and future generations. We will discuss the recent local history of urban edibles initiatives, as well as next steps and promising upcoming projects and ways to get involved. Admission to this event is free. Please Join us on Monday, August 14th from 6:30-8:00 PM (refreshments begin at 6:30) at St. Mary's Episcopal Church at 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Parish Hall is accessed by crossing the bridge walkway from Evelyn Alley. Parking behind church on Evelyn Alley as well as on Charlotte and side streets. (Please do not park in reserved parking spots.) For more information, contact transitionasheville@gmail.com.

08/15/17 SOLIDARITY RALLY FOR AFGHANISTAN IN ASHEVILLE
This will be at 5 PM at Vance Monument. This past week, sixteen Afghan civilians were confirmed killed by US troops. The actual number killed is far, far higher than what is ‘confirmed’ by our military. We will be holding a solidarity rally for the recent victims of our war of aggression on Afghanistan that is nearly sixteen years old, along with all the other victims of our wars of aggression in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. 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.

08/15/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
On the third 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.

08/15/17 VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING
Voter Registration Training on Tue-15 August 2017 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Where: YWCA of Asheville, 185 S French Broad Ave, Asheville. Help build a movement! Join us for a Voter Registration Training on August 15 at 7:00 PM. Non-partisan voter registration training. We'll cover how-tos, critical tips, and send you home with your own Voter Registration packet. For more information, including how to RSVP, please contact Edward Peters at 336-601-9534 or edwardpeters@democracy-nc.org. Special appreciation for our Non-Profit Votes partners: YWCA of Asheville, the Residence Council of Asheville, the Campaign for Southern Equality, and the Asheville-Buncombe NAACP.

08/16/17 GREEN DRINKS
This is on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 PM. Location is The Block Off Biltmore on South Market Street in downtown Asheville. Contact The Block for more information.

08/16/17 DOCUMENTARY FILM SHOWING IN HENDERSONVILLE
“Racing Extinction” documentary is about exposing the hidden world of extinction with previously unseen images aimed at altering the way humans view the planet. One of the stars of the film will be in attendance, as well as representatives Asheville Vegan Outreach and Mountain True. Free, but registration is required. In Racing Extinction, a team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. Two worlds drive extinction across the globe, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species. The international wildlife trade creates bogus markets at the expense of creatures that have survived on this planet for millions of years. And the other surrounds us, hiding in plain sight  a world that the oil and gas companies don’t want the rest of us to see. Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the Racing Extinction team exposes these two worlds in an inspiring affirmation to preserve life as we know it. From the Academy Award® Winning Filmmakers of "The Cove". This will be at 6 PM at Sanctuary Brewing Company at 147 First Avenue East in Hendersonville. . Reserve a seat online. Call (828) 595-9956 for more information.

08/16/17 ASHEVILLE SOCIALIST MEETING
The Asheville branch of the International Socialist Organization will meet Wednesday August 16 at 6:30 pm. We will meet on UNCA campus in the pinnacle of Highsmith Student Union. The meeting's proposed agenda follows. Informal time (10 min) Recently at SocialistWorker (40 min) The way out of the healthcare hunger games. The proposal for a national Medicare-for-all demonstration could be a first step toward turning growing sentiment for a single-payer system into action and organization. The right runs into a fight. On July 8, anti-racists in Charlottesville, VA showed they won't be intimidated by the far right. Danny Katch draws out the lessons of their struggle. The ugly reasons Trump cheered cop violence. Donald Trump's "rough-them-up" order to police sickened many people--but there are reasons why the White House is promoting the pro-cop backlash, writes Brian Bean. Chelsea Manning's uncompromising fight. Australian socialist Vashti Kenway tells the story of whistleblower Chelsea Manning's ongoing fight against U.S. war and empire, in an article written for Red Flag. Organizing (40 min) Getting prepared for the upcoming campus kick off meetings. For more information, contact Asheville Socialists at asheville.socialist@gmail.com.

08/16/17 MALAPROP’S TEACH IN EVENT
Teach-in Event with Nancy Maclean discussing “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.” Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect--the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan--and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority. Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 6:00 PM. Call Malaprop’s for more information.

08/17/17 DOCUMENTARY SCREENING ON EXTINCTION
Documentary Screening: “Racing Extinction” w/ Special Guest, Leilani Munter, at 6 PM. The Block off biltmore is proud to announce the screening of the award-winning film, “Racing Extinction”. One of the stars of the film, race car driver and activist Leilani Münter, will be joining us, as well as Asheville Vegan Outreach and MountainTrue. The event is free to the public, but please RSVP as seats will fill up fast. In Racing Extinction, a team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. Two worlds drive extinction across the globe, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species. The international wildlife trade creates bogus markets at the expense of creatures that have survived on this planet for millions of years. And the other surrounds us, hiding in plain sight a world that the oil and gas companies don't want the rest of us to see. Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the Racing Extinction team exposes these two worlds in an inspiring affirmation to preserve life as we know it. From the Academy Award Winning Filmmakers of “The Cove”. For more information, contact The Block Off Biltmore at 828-254-9277.  

08/17/19 HENDERSON COUNTY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
General meeting from 4 to 6 PM. Free. Held at Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce at 204 Kanuga Road in Hendersonville. 

08/17/19 WORKSHOP ON THE WATERS OF WNC
“Wild waters of WNC” workshop focused on the waters of WNC with aquatic biologist Jim Herrig. Participants will build a simple water viewer for habitat and wildlife viewing underwater. Registration required, contact southeastoffice@defenders.org. Free. This will happen at 1 Rankin Avenue, second floor, in Asheville. 

08/17/17 CREATION CARE ALLIANCE MEETING
Creation Care Alliance Meeting- Guest: Connie Mitchell “On Care for Our Common Home” on Thursday, August 17, 5:30-7pm at First Baptist Church Room MB306 Upstairs at 5 Oak Street, Asheville. Please park near the Playground closer to College Ave. Join us to learn more about the Pope's landmark document “Laudato Si: On Care of our Common Home.”  Connie, a member of St Eugene Catholic Church, will share slides from the presentation she has prepared and shared for others to use in their communities.  We will also share stories of hope from our summer as well as upcoming events and experiences. For more information, contact Scott, Creation Care Alliance at scott@creationcarealliance.org.

08/18/17 ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE PROTEST
Join us Friday August 18th to tell the NC Dept of Environmental Quality to reject the 401 water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The construction of the ACP threatens our wetlands, streams, rivers, springs and wells. Additionally it will destroy sites sacred to the Lumbee and Tuscarora peoples, and sieze people’s family farms for the private gain of energy companies like Duke Energy and Dominion. The fracked gas that the ACP will bring to market will create greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to constructing 20 new coal plants or adding 14 million cars to the road. Come out Aug 18th and tell the DEQ to protect our water and climate! In the meantime please submit a public comment to the DEQ by Aug 19th telling them to reject the ACP. Mail your own comments to: 401 Permitting, 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC, 27699-1617. Email your own comments to: PublicComments@ncdenr.gov (include “ACP” in the email’s subject line). Location for the protest is NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources at 2090 US 70 Highway in Swannanoa. Time is 10 AM. Groups supporting this are Smokey Mountain Eco Defense and Asheville Community Action. For more information, contact Asheville CAC at avlcommunityaction@gmail.com.  

08/18/17 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.

08/19/17 VOTER REGISTRATION CANVASSING
Voter Registration Canvassing on Sat-19 August 2017 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Community Canvassing. Contact Darlene Azarmi (darlene@democracy-nc.org) for details.

08/19/17 VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING
Voter Registration Training on Sat-19 August 2017 at 10 AM. Where: YWCA of Asheville, 185 S French Broad Ave, Asheville. Help build a movement! Join us for a Voter Registration Training on August 19 at 10:00 AM. Non-partisan voter registration training. We'll cover how-tos, critical "tips," and send you home with your own Voter Registration packet. For more information, including how to RSVP, please contact Edward Peters at 336-601-9534 or edwardpeters@democracy-nc.org. Special appreciation for our Non-Profit Votes partners: YWCA of Asheville, the Residence Council of Asheville, the Campaign for Southern Equality, and the Asheville-Buncombe NAACP.

08/19/17 SOLIDARITY RALLY WITH MILLIONS OF PRISONERS HUMAN RIGHTS
Saturday, August 19, there will be a Solidarity Rally with Millions for Prisoners Human Rights at 11:30 am in Pack Square Park in front of city hall. This is in solidarity with a large march on Washington. Millions For Prisoners Human Rights Core demands for Action: A) We demand the 13th amendment enslavement clause of the United States Constitution be amended to abolish legalized slavery in America. B) We demand a Congressional hearing on the 13th Amendment enslavement clause being recognized as in violation of international law, the general principles of human rights and its direct links to: Private entities exploiting prison labor; companies overcharging prisoners for goods and services; private entities contracted by states/federal government to build and operate prisons. This would also include immigration detentions. Racial disparities in America’s prison population and sentencing. Policing: the disproportionate (unaccountable) killings by police in black and brown communities. Felony Disenfranchisement laws. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 34,000 detention quotas, producing the world largest prison population. No contact information. This event is organized by Asheville Black Lives Matter, Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross (BRABC), and Zamani Refuge African Cultural Center, with more endorsements forthcoming. 

08/19/17 FUNDRAISER FOR AURA HOME FOR HOMELESS WOMEN VETERANS
“Hawaiian Cowgirl Dance” for homeless women veterans. Cover is $10. Live DJ, Tropical refreshments, filtered water included, cash bar available. Raffle Prizes too. Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 PM - 11 PM. Call Aura Home for more information at 828-771-6979. [I did not know that Hawaii had cowgirls and cowboys. I am wondering: did these cowgirls and cowboys  help the US military kill of the native population and the native animals, like they did in the mainland? - dancewater]

08/19/17 WRES CELEBRATION
On Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 7 PM at the A-B Tech/Mission Health Conference Center, celebrate the 16th Anniversary of WRES 100.7 FM by honoring John R. Hayes for his many contributions to the community. Proceeds will go to support the Empowerment Resource Center/WRES FM. Former Hillcrest High Steppers, Hillcrest Enrichment Program participants, and WBMU DJs are encouraged to attend. Tickets are $25 per person and are available for purchase at wresfm.com, or at the station, 91 Patton Ave. The Empowerment Resource Center offers programming for youth in the community. WRES FM 100.7 was founded by John R. Hayes, Sophie Dixon, and the members of the Empowerment Resource Center. Their vision was a small but powerful radio station that could help heal and transform the community through music and information. WRES now reaches 65,000 listeners in Asheville.

08/20/17 ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY MEETING
“Ethics in Journalism” will be addressed by Larry Blunt at the monthly of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. From more than 30 years, Larry Blunt has reported and anchored the news, including the past 12 years at WLOS. He will discuss the impact of technology, changes in broadcasting, government regulation and the effects of a polarizing political climate. We will also discuss the role and actions of individuals in improving ethical accountability. An informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation. All are welcome and admission is free. Time is 2 to 3:30 PM and location is Asheville Friends Meeting at 227 Edgewood Road in north Asheville.
  
08/21/17 DEMOCRACY ASHEVILLE COALITION MEETING
Please join us for the next Democracy Asheville Coalition Meeting at the Wesley Grant Center on August 21st, 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 the fall. Where: Wesley Grant Center at 285 Livingston St, Asheville. Please RSVP to let us know you're coming. Contact Darlene Azarmi at 828-216-3430 or darlene@democracy-nc.org with questions and information on how to register. 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.

08/22/17 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.

08/22/17 OCCUPY WNC MEETINGS
The non-partisan group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at the Sneak E Squirrel in Sylva. The next meeting is  August 22nd at 7:00 PM in the restaurant’s Community Room. Supper beforehand at 6:00PM. OccupyWNC has worked for economic and social justice in WNC since 2011. Newcomers and visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Lucy at (828)743-9747 or lucy.christopher42@gmail.com.

08/22/17 BOARD OF ELECTIONS MEETINGS
The next meeting of your local Buncombe County Board of Elections is on August 22. Be a part of Democracy NC’s ongoing efforts to observe and advocate with your local Board of Elections for fair and equitable elections. The agenda this month includes appointing judges and chief judges for municipal elections. This is being held on this date across most counties in WNC. Time varies, and location is the local country Board of Elections office. Contact that office for time and and more information. Meeting subject to cancellation and rescheduling. Contact Democracy NC if you want to be involved in their efforts to monitor these meetings. 

08/22/17 REPRESENTATIVE MCHENRY TOWN HALL MEETING
Please come to address Representative McHenry with questions and to hear what he has to say. Call his office to confirm (last town hall meetings were canceled due to illness).  Tuesday, August 22nd at 2 PM. Location is Land of Sky Shrine Club at 39 Spring Cove Road in Swannanoa. Contact McHenry’s office for other town hall meetings outside our area. 

08/22/17 BENEFIT FOR PISGAH LEGAL
A Down Home Dinner at Rhubarb is just around the corner. Tickets are still available for a Down Home Dinner featuring award-winning chefs John Fleer of Rhubarb and Tandy Wilson of City House in Nashville, TN. Don't miss this opportunity for a fabulous farm-to-table dinner with seasonal wine pairings and craft beer. Starts at 6 PM and dinner is at 7 PM. $125 per person. For an additional $75, join the chefs in the kitchen for an insider look at dinner preparation and meet the owners of Sunburst Trout Farms, Wes Eason, and Benton's Country Hams, Allan Benton. Sunburst caviar, champagne, and fine wine will be served. All proceeds benefit Pisgah Legal Services' work to prevent homelessness. For questions, please contact Brent McKnight at 828.210.3405 or brent@pisgahlegal.org. Tickets can be purchased over the phone.

08/23/17 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.

08/23/17 ASURJ ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH ACTION MEETING
Wednesday, August 23, 6-9 PM. Gather for a potluck, SURJ & Racism 101 education, and a presentation from this month's accountability partner, the Asheville Racial Equity Institute chapter. Organizers of Asheville's REI trainings will share about this powerful workshop and why it inspired them to increase the amount of available workshops in the area. Hear reflections from REI participants and leaders and learn about ways to support this important work through your time and resource sharing. Our grassroots reparations collection will go benefit the scholarship program of REI.  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.

08/23/17 VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING
Help build a movement. Join us for a Voter Registration Training on August 23 at 6:00 PM. Non-partisan voter registration training. We'll cover how-tos, critical tips, and send you home with your own Voter Registration packet. Where: Edington Center at 285 Livingston Street, Asheville. RSVP to let us know you'll be there. For more information, place contact Edward Peters at 336-601-9534 or edwardpeters@democracy-nc.org. Special appreciation for our Non-Profit Votes partners: YWCA of Asheville, the Residence Council of Asheville, the Campaign for Southern Equality, and the Asheville-Buncombe NAACP.

08/25/17 JUST PEACE FOR ISRAEL/PALESTINE MEETING
This meeting will be at 3:15 PM at Brooks-Howell Home on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Meet in the International Room. Contact Beth at elizakeiser@aol.com or 828 707 4271 for more information.   

08/25/17 SEEDS OF PEACE PRESENTATION
Stir the Soul Cafe Presents ‘Good News: Our Seeds of Peace are Sprouting!’ on Friday August 25, 10 -11:30 AM. Location is Friendship Hall - First Congregational Church at 20 Oak Street, Asheville. The Story of a Study Seedling of Hope for the World - Mary Olson will share about a new global treaty to binuclear weapons approved to move forward at the United Nations, July 7 and her small part in it. Join for coffee and snack, short presentation and participation: When in your life did you, or someone you know, take action for peace? A letter, a phone call? A vote? We will remember together the seeds of peace we have been part of, have helped to plant… what does making peace mean to us? And then we will plant our own new hope. Event is open and there is no fee. Contact Mary at maryo@nirs.org or 828-252-8409 for more information.

08/26/17 WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY
Congressional Joint Resolution of 1971 declared August 26 of every year Women's Equality Day commemorating not only the passage for the 19th Amendment, but the continuing effort towards full equality. Visit the National Women's History Project page for more information.

08/27/17 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 the WNC Green Building Council. Act 1 is Ryan Barber and Friends and Act II is Drayton Aldridge. 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. Please call The Block Off Biltmore for more information.

08/27/17 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HENDERSON COUNTY MEETING
Sunday, Aug. 27 at 2:00 PM. August Meeting - Women’s Equality Day. Celebrate the LWVHC New Year: Education, Advocacy, Action. Location is Henderson County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room at 204 Kanuga Road in Hendersonville. Our Teams are eager to hear your policy priorities and share our goals for the coming year. Join us to learn what’s happening, what’s needed, and how you fit into this picture. A great opportunity to share ideas with old, new, and prospective members, as we celebrate Women’s Equality Day.

08/28/17 EQUAL MEANS EQUAL SCREENING
In honor of Women's Equality Week, ERA-NC is hosting a screening of the documentary “Equal Means Equal” August 28th. Join us at Asheville Pizza and Brewing on Merrimon Ave. at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10, and there will be a panel discussion following the film. This event will only happen if enough tickets are purchased in advance, so go here to purchase tickets:  https://www.tugg.com/events/equal-means-equal-gl9c

08/29/17 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.

08/30/17 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ASHEVILLE -BUNCOMBE COUNTY MEETING
General Membership Meeting on Wed-30 August 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Location is West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Rd, Asheville. Featuring Community Development Director for the City of Asheville, Heather Dillashaw, who will speak on, “Housing in Asheville : Creating Space for Everyone.” For more information, call 1-828-333-0893 or email info@lwvab.org.

09/05/17 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.

09/06/17 CITIZENS-POLICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
This meeting is organized by the City of Asheville. This meeting is free and open to the public. This meeting is at the Montford Complex at 34 Pearson Drive in Asheville. Time is 5 PM. Call 251-1122 for more information.

09/06/17 FACES OF POVERTY EVENT
Carolina Jews for Justice/West and Just Economics Present Programs on the “Faces of Poverty” September 6th and 17th. As part of a statewide ‘Call for Action for Raising Wages’ starting with Labor Day, Carolina Jews for Justice/West will be collaborating with Just Economics, to present two programs addressing the economic challenges of living in poverty in Buncombe County. On September 6th a short film “Faces of Poverty” produced by Just Economics will be screened followed by a Q&A. The meeting will take place at Congregation Beth HaTephila, 43 Liberty Street in Asheville from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM.  There is no charge to attend. All are welcome. To RSVP for this event, email CJJWest@CarolinaJewsforJustice.org. Contact Marilynne Herbert at (828) 551-7005 or mherbert1@aol.com for more information.

09/06/17 SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Please join Wenoca Group Sierra Club for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 6, when Pana Columbus and Dave Erb will present an optimistic, achievable vision of first steps toward transforming transportation in western North Carolina and beyond. This event is free and open to the public. “Electric Vehicles: Local Movement, Global Impact.” Wednesday, September 6, 7 pm. Many of the world’s most challenging problems are strongly rooted in the extraction and consumption of fossil fuels, especially oil. For several years, though, solutions to the petroleum problem have been widely available, at reasonable prices. The primary hurdles now are societal inertia and disinformation. Please join Wenoca Group Sierra Club for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 6, when Pana Columbus and Dave Erb will present an optimistic, achievable vision of first steps toward transforming transportation in western North Carolina and beyond. Location is Unitarian Congregation at 1 Edwin Place, Asheville (corner of Charlotte St. & Edwin Pl.) in Asheville. Social: 7 pm / Program: 7:15 pm. Free and open to the public. For more information, call Judy Mattox at 828-683-2176 or email judymattox@sbcglobal.net.

09/09/17 NC BIG SWEEP RIVER CLEANUP
The NC Big Sweep is a statewide effort to get volunteers in the water for a massive river cleanup. We take on all of the area's rivers, covering 25+ miles of just the French Broad in one day. We will provide dozens of boats, be we encourage participants that own their gear to bring it along. We will be working on the Swannanoa, Mills, Hominy and French Broad Rivers this year. Volunteer and help us keep our rivers healthy and safe. Contact Kate at kate@ashevillegreenworks.org for more information and to sign up. 

09/10/17 DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK
Asheville’s celebration of National Drive Electric Week will be at the Asheville Outlets mall, 12:00 noon-4:00 pm on Sunday, 10 September 2017. More information available at https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=939 and http://www.blueridgeevclub.com/ 

09/12/17 BUILDING BRIDGES FALL 2017 REGISTRATION
Registration for the Building Bridges Fall 2017 session is now open. Sessions can fill quickly, so please register today if you would like to attend. If registration is full, you will have the option to be placed on a waiting list. Visit our registration page to read about, and register for the upcoming Building Bridges Fall 2017 session (on their website). This will run from September 12 to November 14 on Tuesdays. Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is Rainbow Community School at 574 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Thanks and we hope to have you in the program! If you have any questions in the meantime or need help with registration, please contact us at buildingbridgesofasheville@gmail.com or call (828) 412-0915.

09/12/17 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 first 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 a local activist:
WANT TO REDUCE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT? COOL COMMUNITIES GROUP FORMING IN KENILWORTH

* Fun, relaxed small group will meet 4 times over 8 weeks
* Calculate your carbon footprint
* Detailed Cool Communities workbook with easy carbon reduction actions
* Create an individualized plan that works with your household and lifestyle
* Includes a visit by an energy conservation specialist
* Many participants see 25% reduction in their energy bills!
Workshops are free, just $12 for the workbook.
Please contact me, cathyfholt@gmail.com if interested. Tentative start date Sunday, Sept 10. Groups are forming in other neighborhoods as well! For more info: Cool.communities.avl@gmail.com.

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09/12/17 BUILDING BRIDGES FALL 2017 REGISTRATION
Registration for the Building Bridges Fall 2017 session is now open. Sessions can fill quickly, so please register today if you would like to attend. If registration is full, you will have the option to be placed on a waiting list. Visit our registration page to read about, and register for the upcoming Building Bridges Fall 2017 session (on their website). This will run from September 12 to November 14 on Tuesdays. Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is Rainbow Community School at 574 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Thanks and we hope to have you in the program! If you have any questions in the meantime or need help with registration, please contact us at buildingbridgesofasheville@gmail.com or call (828) 412-0915.


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Friday, August 11, 2017

Peace Movement

Peace Movement Is As Vital As Ever

"But the attachment to a US-led global order where the richest nations reserve the right to impose their will by force is as strong as ever — hence the current crop of liberal interventionists attacking Jeremy Corbyn for declining to cheer on the US-led bullying of Venezuela."


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

72 years ago


Left picture : At the time this photo was made, smoke billowed 20,000 feet above Hiroshima while smoke from the burst of the first atomic bomb had spread over 10,000 feet on the target at the base of the rising column. Six planes of the 509th Composite Group participated in this mission: one to carry the bomb (Enola Gay), one to take scientific measurements of the blast (The Great Artiste), the third to take photographs (Necessary Evil), while the others flew approximately an hour ahead to act as weather scouts (08/06/1945). Bad weather would disqualify a target as the scientists insisted on a visual delivery. The primary target was Hiroshima, the secondary was Kokura, and the tertiary was NagasakiRight picture : Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, taken by Charles Levy.
Above came from Wikipedia.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases Unity Statement

Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases
Unity Statement

We, the undersigned peace, justice and environmental organizations, and individuals, endorse the following Points of Unity and commit ourselves to working together by forming a Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, with the goal of raising public awareness and organizing non-violent mass resistance against U.S. foreign military bases.

While we may have our differences on other issues, we all agree that U.S. foreign military bases are the principal instruments of imperial global domination and environmental damage through wars of aggression and occupation, and that the closure of U.S. foreign military bases is one of the first necessary steps toward a just, peaceful and sustainable world. Our belief in the urgency of this necessary step is based on the following facts:

1 While we are opposed to all foreign military bases, we do recognize that the United States maintains the highest number of military bases outside its territory, estimated at almost 1000 (95% of all foreign military bases in the world). Presently, there are U.S. military bases in every Persian Gulf country except Iran.

2 In addition, the United States has 19 Naval air carriers (and 15 more planned), each as part of a Carrier Strike Group, composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, and a carrier air wing of 65 to 70 aircraft — each of which can be considered a floating military base.

3 These bases are centers of aggressive military actions, threats of political and economic expansion, sabotage and espionage, and crimes against local populations. In addition, these military bases are the largest users of fossil fuel in the world, heavily contributing to environmental degradation.

4 The annual cost of these bases to the American taxpayers is approximately $156 billion. The support of U.S. foreign military bases drains funds that can be used to fund human needs and enable our cities and States to provide necessary services for the people.

5 This has made the U.S. a more militarized society and has led to increased tensions between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Stationed throughout the world, almost 1000 in number, U.S. foreign military bases are symbols of the ability of the United States to intrude in the lives of sovereign nations and peoples.

6 Many individual national coalitions — for example, Okinawa, Italy, Jeju Island Korea, Diego Garcia, Cyprus, Greece, and Germany — are demanding closure of bases on their territory. The base that the U.S. has illegally occupied the longest, for over a century, is Guantánamo Bay, whose existence constitutes an imposition of the empire and a violation of International Law. Since 1959 the government and people of Cuba have demanded that the government of the U.S. return the Guantánamo territory to Cuba.

U.S. foreign military bases are NOT in defense of U.S. national, or global security. They are the military expression of U.S. intrusion in the lives of sovereign countries on behalf of the dominant financial, political, and military interests of the ruling elite. Whether invited in or not by domestic interests that have agreed to be junior partners, no country, no peoples, no government, can claim to be able to make decisions totally in the interest of their people, with foreign troops on their soil representing interests antagonistic to the national purpose.

We must all unite to actively oppose the existence of U.S. foreign military bases and call for their immediate closure. We invite all forces of peace, social and environmental justice to join us in our renewed effort to achieve this shared goal.