Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Occupy Asheville Three Years Ago







Oh, I loved Occupy!  Many of  my friends were part of Occupy Asheville and other Occupy groups around the country. Sure wish we were occupying!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Upcoming events in the Asheville area this week

Photo taken in DC.

UPCOMING EVENTS

10/20/14 SIERRA CLUB ELECTION VOLUNTEER KICK OFF
Join us for our Election Volunteer Kick Off event on and learn about the Sierra Club endorsed candidates in WNC, what’s at stake in this election, sign up for volunteer events and activities, mingle with campaign staff and fellow volunteers, and leave with everything you need to make a difference! Time is 6 PM and location is 34 Wall Street in Asheville, 3rd floor conference room. Please RSVP to Britten.Cleveland@sierraclub.org or call 941.979.2948.

10/20/14 LECTURE AT UNCA
“Conflict & Coexistence” will be presented at 11:25 AM to 12:35 PM at Carmichael Humanities Lecture Hall at UNCA.  Part of Carmichael Humanities Lecture Hall Humanities Lecture Series. Free & Open to the Public. Lecture Presented By: Prof. Dunn, Lecturer, Humanities Program and Prof. Lundblad, Lecture, Humanities Program.

10/21/14 AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING
Presentation on biodiversity in the Southern Appalachians with author Jennifer Frick-Ruppert. Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is the Reuter Center, Room 102A, at UNCA. Free.

10/21/14 ACTIVIST DAVID COBB TO SPEAK IN ASHEVILLE
Move to Amend of Buncombe County is bringing activist David Cobb (national leader of Move to Amend) to speak at Jubilee! at 46 Wall Street in Asheville, NC from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Move To Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals who believe that constitutional rights belong only to human beings, not to corporations, and that money is not a form of free speech and can be regulated during elections. David Cobb is National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited. He is a lawyer and political activist. David has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials,  run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience.  He truly believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need. For questions and information, contact Diana at 828-275-0680 or email dianakrukmta@gmail.com. Free and open to the public.

10/21/14 NAACP EVENTS IN HENDERSONVILLE
This is two special events for all WNC NAACP members and supporters. The Henderson County NAACP Chapter is hosting two events at the Henderson County Public Library at 301 N. Washington Street in Hendersonville. At 2 PM and 6 PM, there will be a performance of the one-hour play "Granny D: You Are Never Too Old To Raise A Little Hell". Off-Broadway actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens are the performers in this play. Free admission. There will also be a commemorative-documentary art exhibit revealed. It is called "Forward Together Moral Monday" which will cover 96 feet of wall space with photographs, paintings and commentary. Also free admission to see this exhibit.

10/21/14 EMPATHY GROUP
HeartSpeak/Empathy Practice Circle, 7:30- 9 PM. Could you use some compassionate empathy for a challenge? Want to experience heart connection through recognizing one another's feelings and needs? Drop-in group, every 3rd Tuesday, 386 Kenilworth Rd./Digges. Love offering. Info: 828-545-9681.  

10/21/14 FUNDRAISER FOR BOUNTIFUL CITIES
Grab tickets for our event on 10/21, benefiting Bountiful Cities and our flagship agriculture hub, Pearson Gardens. Featuring food and drinks from our friends at The Bull and Beggar, Cucina 24, and Sovereign Remedies, and live music from Stevie Lee Combs. Eat, drink, and be merry for the sustainable food movement in Asheville! Time is 6 to 9 PM and location is Sovereign Remedies at 29 North Market Street in downtown Asheville.
More info at (828) 919-9518 or info@sovereignremedies.com.

10/22/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us to hear a presentation in celebration of United Nations Day, which is on October 24th– two days after this Green Drinks program. A big UN focus is food (Global Food Day is October 16th, for instance). Peter Marks, executive director of Seeds Programs International, will talk about his organization’s efforts to fight hunger via sowing seeds. This is presented by the Western NC chapter of the United Nations Association.  Socializing begins at 5:30 PM; Programming at 6:00 PM. Location is the Green Sage on Broadway in downtown Asheville.

10/22/14 CLEAN ENERGY FOR WNC INFO SESSION
Join us for a free workshop designed to give property owners a chance to learn more about solar, energy efficiency, financing options. discounted pricing, tax credits, rebates and meet the companies we are working with! Clean Energy for Western North Carolina (CE4WNC) is a local campaign that makes it easy and affordable for homeowners, businesses, and tax-exempt entities to go solar and invest in energy efficiency. The first round of our Western North Carolina campaign will focus on South Asheville, Hendersonville, and Flat Rock. We vet contractors and organize discounted solar pricing and free energy audits for every qualified participant. Homeowners, business owners, and tax-exempt entities located in South Asheville, Hendersonville, and Flat Rock may enroll in the CE4WNC program. We will assess each participant and pass on those who meet the criteria of a qualified solar or energy efficiency lead. Light refreshments will be served. Time is 6:30 to 8 PM at the UU Fellowship of Hendersonville at 2021 Kanuga Road in Hendersonville.Contact/Questions: Ashley Edwards-Outreach Coordinator, at 919-637-2970 or email ashley@cleanenergyfor.us.

10/22/14 FILM SHOWING AND PANEL DISCUSSION AT UNCA
“Inequality for All: A Documentary and Faculty Panel Discussion” Time is 6 to 8:30 PM and location is Highsmith University Union 159 - Alumni Hall. The film features former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and examines the effects of income inequality in the United States. This event is free and open to the public.

10/23/14 EARLY VOTING STARTS
And local elections DO MATTER, so read this and then go vote: http://www.popularresistance.org/activism-victory-steep-drop-in-stop-and-frisk/

10/23/14 MORAL MARCH TO THE POLLS
Join the Mountain People's Assembly, the Asheville-Buncombe NAACP and coalition partner Campaign for Southern Equality for an Early Voting 'Moral March to the Polls' to celebrate the first day of Early Voting on October 23. Meet at Vance Monument/Pack Square in downtown Asheville as we gather to march to cast our votes at the Board of Elections Office on Woodfin St. with the Hillcrest High-Steppin' Majorettes & Drum Corps leading the way. Since the office closes at 5 PM, we encourage those who can, to vote earlier in the day at the location of your choice. Then, wearing your 'I Voted' sticker, post a selfie to this page - along with a challenge to friends and family to VOTE! Meet at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville at 3:30 PM.

10/23/14 BOOK READING AT MALAPROPS
SNCC Veteran Charles Cobb will discuss and read from his book “That Nonviolent Stuff Will Get You Killed” and discuss the forgotten lessons from the civil rights movement. Time is 7 PM. “Cobb brilliantly situates the civil rights movement in the context of Southern life and gun culture, with a thesis that is unpacked by way of firsthand and personal accounts.” —Library Journal

10/23/14 AFRICAN AMERICANS IN WNC CONFERENCE
Time is 6:30 to 8:30 PM and location is the YMI Cultural Center. Guest speaker is James “Bo” Ferguson. The Conference challenges the widely held assumptions that the African American presence in Western North Carolina has been negligible at best.  Presentations by respected scholars in the fields of North Carolina history, southern history and Southern Appalachian history will reveal the rich and vibrant African American past in the Southern Appalachian region. The Conference is free and open to the general public.

10/23/14 BIOMASS DISCUSSION WITH DOGWOOD ALLIANCE
This is a discussion lead by Dogwood Alliance to shed light on the truth of the biomass industry and its affects on southern forests. Everyone is invited, no costs, contact ahillen1@unca.edu or (919)793-3000 for more information. Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is Highsmith University Union Room 159, Alumni Hall. 

10/24/14 AFRICAN AMERICANS IN WNC CONFERENCE
Location is the Sherrill Center at UNCA. Morning session is from 9 AM to 12 noon. Speakers include Dr. John Inscoe, University of Georgia, Slavery and WNC; Dr. Steven Nash, East Tennessee University, Emancipation and WNC; Dr. LaGarret King, Clemson University, More than a Deed: Not losing the humanity of African Americans whose humanity was stolen. Afternoon session is from 2 PM to 5 PM. Speaker include Dr. Darin J. Waters, UNC Asheville, Racial Uplift in the Era of Jim CrowSegregation in WNC; Dr. Sarah Judson, UNC Asheville, The Civil Rights Movement in WNC; Andrea Clark, "Twilight of a Neighborhood" Photography Project. The Conference challenges the widely held assumptions that the African American presence in Western North Carolina has been negligible at best.  Presentations by respected scholars in the fields of North Carolina history, southern history and Southern Appalachian history will reveal the rich and vibrant African American past in the Southern Appalachian region. The Conference is free and open to the general public.

10/24/14 CONTEMPORARY DISCOURSES ON SEXUALITY, GENDER & IDENTITY AT UNCA
Lecture Presented By: Dr. Russell, Associate Professor, Department of Literature and Director of the Inquiry ARC, UNC Asheville's QEP - How did we get from there to here to queer? Free and open to the public, time is 11:25 AM and location is Carmichael Humanities Lecture Hall 414. 

10/25/14 - 10/26/14 CHANGE THE COURSE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Change the Course is an invitation to the climate movement to dig deep and think hard about what it would actually take to stabilized the climate and turn our collective ship around. Please join us at the upcoming Climate Leadership Summits to kick this project off. These two day events will bring communities together for an innovative visioning, strategic development and skills summit. This is sponsored by the Rainforest Action Network. Time is 1 to 6 PM both days and location is Lenoir-Rhyne University at 36 Montford Avenue in Asheville. For more information and to register, go to ran.org/changethecourse. Free, but you must register. You can also call for more information at 828-545-9681. One of 14 Climate Leadership Summits being held nationwide.  

10/25/14 NAACP ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
You are invited to attend the Asheville Branch NAACP's Annual Freedom Fund & Awards Banquet. This is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate efforts in achieving equality for ALL people while raising funds to carry on the work of the NAACP. Keynote speaker is Rev. Curtis Gatewood HKonJ Coalition Coordinator for the North Carolina NAACP Conference of Branches. Tickets for the event are $45. Location is Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church at 100 Carroll Avenue in Asheville. Time is 7 PM. Tickets and more information at www.abnaacp.wordpress.com.

10/25/14 ASHEVILLE IN MOTION COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
Come join the conversation about how you move through Asheville today, and what will the city’s network look like in 30 years. There will be interactive stations that will identify issues, and a panel discussion with mobility experts from across the country. This starts at 9:30 AM and goes until 12:30 PM. Location is the US Cellular Center at 87 Haywood Street in Asheville. For more information, contact Maria Echeverry, Transportation Planning Manager for the City of Asheville at 828-232-4528.

10/27/14 STEM Lecture at UNCA
The STEM Lecture Series is interdisciplinary with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The upcoming lectures for fall term are designed around the theme of new developments in STEM disciplines. On October 27 - New Developments in Environmental Studies by Dr. Barbara (Kitti) Reynolds, UNC Asheville Environment Studies. Scheduled in the Reuter Center Room 206, from 4:30-6 PM, these lectures are free and open to the public.

10/27/14 QUEERING ECONOMICS LECTURE AT UNCA
After introducing some basics about Queer Studies and their relevance to economics, Dr. Bartlett will demonstrate the McIntosh model on integrating different identities into disciplines as a whole and then specifically integrate queer into economics. Robin L. Bartlett received her AB from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She was the JP Morgan Chase Professor of Economics at Denison University (2004-14) in Granville, Ohio. She edited Introducing Race and Gender into Economics and has published numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes on the teaching and content of introductory economics. She received the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Ohio Professor of the Year, 1998 Award. She has also served on the American Economic Association’s Committees on Economic Education, chaired its Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, and served as President of the International Association of Feminist Economics. From 2010-14 she was Director of the Queer Studies Program at Denison University. Free and open to the public. Time is 4:35 PM and location is Karpen Hall Laurel Forum.

10/28/14 ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Duke Energy representatives will present an update to Asheville City Council on the future of the Asheville coal-fired power plant. This information came from WNC Alliance. Time is 5 PM and location is Asheville City Hall. Duke Energy representatives will present an update to Asheville City Council on the future of the Asheville coal-fired power plant. Duke Energy is required to remove all the coal ash from the impoundments at the Asheville plant and is currently considering the option of retiring the plant. Come to learn more and show your support as we call on Duke Energy to make the right decision for Western North Carolina and retire the coal plant.

10/29/14 GREEN DRINKS
Coal Ash Update/Clean Energy Testimonials will be the topic at Green Drinks. Time is 5:30 PM for socializing and 6 PM for presentation. Join us for a comprehensive discussion about local energy production as we provide an update on Duke Energy’s meeting with Asheville City Council. Following the update, we will hear from local residents who have adopted clean energy through solar and energy efficiency using local programs that harness the power of group purchasing. This presentation highlights the action taken in a community which wants to rid itself from fossil fuel power, why such action is needed and how others can reduce their own dependency on dirty energy producers. Location is the Green Sage in downtown Asheville.

10/31/14 WOMEN AND INEQUALITY LECTURE AT UNCA
Lecture Presented By: Dr. Hewitt, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology - This lecture examines the complex layers of structural & cultural forces that produce & maintain gender inequality in the contemporary world, as well as the challenges & possibilities of meaningful change. Free and open to the public, time is 11:25 AM and location is the Carmichael Humanities Lecture Hall. 

11/01/14 BEYOND EXTREME ENERGY WEEK
Actions will take place in Washington, DC. From local activist Steve Norris: To my friends: I am working with a coalition of activists and organizations from around the country preparing for a week of nonviolent direct actions in Washington DC in early November. We are calling our campaign Beyond Extreme Energy. Please consider joining us. We will also be asking for donations to support this work. Feel free to call or email me with questions. Steve Norris, 828-777-7816, or earthsun2@gmail.com.  

11/03/14 DINNER WITH PROGRESSIVES
Dinner with Progressives is a social outlet for thoughtful people in Asheville NC. The gathering includes time to eat together and then enjoy presentations which focus on solutions for a brighter future. This happens on the first Monday of the month. Dinner is at 6 PM and the speaker/program  is at 7 PM.Location is the Green Sage in Westgate Plaza. Contact Cheryl at ctorengo@gmail.com for more information.

11/04/14 ELECTION DAY

11/04/14 VETERANS FOR PEACE BOOK CLUB AT MALAPROPS
We will meet the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at Malaprops, for a 1 1/2 hour discussion on a book related to a current political topic. The chosen book for November is ‘The Battle for Justice in Palestine’ by Ali Abunimah. You may purchase the book at Malaprops (10% off list for all book clubs), or order on line as you wish, or check it out from the public library. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bruce at bruceroth@charter.net.

11/05/14 09/10/14 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
This meeting will be at 9:30 AM at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.

11/06/14 FORUM ON FAMILY HOMELESSNESS
Families experience homelessness for the same kinds of reasons that anyone else does - losing a job, going through a divorce, an illness or having hours cut back. Families living in poverty are always at the edge of a crisis. In 2014, the annual Point In Time Count - a one day event where organizations attempt to count the number of people who are homeless at shelters and camps - found 20 families in Buncombe County and 12 in Henderson County who are homeless. Homeward Bound is looking carefully at this problem because we know that getting people out of homelessness and into housing as rapidly as possible, is critical, especially for families with children. Join us at our first ever Forum on Family Homelessness on November 6th.  Your $20 ticket includes a meal, keynote speaker Kelly King Horne from Homeward Virginia, and an insightful panel discussion of experts facilitated by our Executive Director, Brian Alexander. This event is sponsored by attorneys Chitwood and Fairbairn. Email Beth at beth@homewardboundwnc.org for more information on how to purchase tickets.

11/10/14 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY MEETING
Time is 7 PM and location is North Asheville Library. Call Ruth at 232-2883 or email ruthachristie@gmail.com for more information.

11/10/14 A CONVERSATION ON THE MIDDLE EAST
A conversation with PCUSA Moderator Heath Rada and his wife Peggy  on their October 2014 trip to the Middle East. Time is 3 to 4 PM and location is the 3rd floor of Freeland Hall at 318 Georgia Terrance in Montreat. A reception will follow at the Presbyterian Heritage Center Library where the PHC exhibit on Missions to the Middle East is on display until November 14. Cosponsored by the Presbyterian Heritage Center and the Presbytery of WNC.

11/11/14 WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Time is 7:30 to 9:30 PM and location is the Reuter Center, Room 102A, at UNCA.

11/13/14 PANEL PRESENTATION AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
Panel Presentation: Personal Recollections of the Rosenwald School. This is part of the exhibition “Our Story–This Place, The History of African American Education in Madison County, North Carolina: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School” at the Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University that runs until February 2015.This exhibition traces the history of African American education in Western North Carolina, with a particular emphasis on Madison County, from Reconstruction through the period of Civil Rights legislation and the integration in the 1960s. The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School played a large role in African American heritage and history in Madison County and Western North Carolina for a good part of the 20th century. Moderated by Kevin Barnette (Assist. football coach at MHU) to include Anderson Rosenwald school alumni Oralene Simmons, Charity Ray, Dorothy Coone, Omar   Lewis McClain, Fatimah Rashida Shabazz, Gene Jones.Time TBA. Admission is free, and the exhibit will run until February 2015. For more information please call (828) 689-1400.

11/16/14 BENEFIT FOR GAZA
Featuring violinist Michael  Dabroski performing music by JS Bach, an original Suite for Gaza, Palestinian melodies, and sharing notes from a concert trip to Gaza City in December 2013. Time is 3:30 PM at the Rainbow Community School at 58 State Street in west Asheville. All proceeds Middle East Children's Alliance, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine and American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem for its Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. Sponsored  by Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East. Tickets at door or call 828-505-7536 or send email to ashevillegazabenefit@gmail.com. to reserve tickets. If you are unable to attend, you can make a tax deductible donation payable to “Tree or Life Educational Fund” and mail it to: WCPJME PO Box 2096 Mars Hill, NC 28754. Presented by Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East in partnership with Tree of Life Educational Fund.
11/16/14 SIXTH ANNUAL EAT AT MIKE’S
This is a fund raiser for WNC Health Advocates. 
Great local food, silent and live auctions and a ton of fun. But we only have 100 tickets, so you need to reserve early. Tickets are $25 each. To reserve, e-mail leslie@wnchealthadvocates.org. Location is The Mill Room at 66 Asheland Avenue in Asheville. Time is 5:30 PM.

11/21/14 PROTEST THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS IN GEORGIA

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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

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 5 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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Have your say about the future of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests!

By WNC Alliance

The Forest Service will hold the next round of public meetings this October and November to share information about the proposed Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan, including potential management areas and desired conditions. The plan will guide management of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests for the next 15-20 years. The meeting will open with a presentation on significant issues, management areas, and the development of plan components. The Forest Service planning team will share some proposed desired condition statements and information about watersheds and recreation settings during an open poster session. Each of the scheduled meetings will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m., will follow the same agenda and present the same information and opportunity for review and comment.

Meeting dates and locations:
Pisgah Ranger District: Oct. 21 at the Forge Valley Event Center in Mills River;
Nantahala Ranger District: Oct. 28 at the Tartan Hall in Franklin;
Appalachian Ranger District: Nov. 3 at Mars Hill College, Broyhill Chapel in Mars Hill;
Tusquitee Ranger District: Nov. 4 at Tri-County Comm Coll, Enloe Building in Murphy;
Cheoah Ranger District: Nov. 6 at the Graham Co Community Center in Robbinsville;
Grandfather Ranger District: Nov. 13 at McDowell Tech Comm Coll, Rm 113 in Marion.

The Western North Carolina Alliance will be informing citizens and facilitating their participation in the plan revision process, which will occur over a three-to-four year period. It begins with the Assessment Phase, which will take about a year to complete. During this phase, the Forest Service will collect and compile data and other information on the current state of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The Planning Phase, which follows the Assessment Phase, will take two to three years to complete. After the plan is completed, the Monitoring Phase will begin and continue until the next plan revision.

In the coming months, the Forest Service will provide details on meetings and other information that foster public participation in the plan revision process. Information about the plan revision process is available online here.

Originally published in 1987, the plan received a significant amendment in 1994. Each national forest and grassland is governed by a management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act. These plans set management, protection and use goals and guidelines. The 2012 Planning Rule guides the planning process. The rule includes stronger protections for forests, water and wildlife, while supporting the economic vitality of rural communities. It requires the use of the best available scientific information to inform decisions. The 2012 rule strengthens the role of public involvement and dialogue throughout the planning process.

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 Some recommendations on non-partisan races from Cecil Bothwell:

Judgeships and Non-partisan Races
  
NC Supreme Court – Chief Justice  Mark Martin 

NC Supreme Court  Ola M. Lewis

NC Supreme Court  Robin Hudson

NC Supreme Court  Sam J. Ervin IV

NC Supreme Court  Cheri Beasley

NC Court of Appeals  Lucy Inman

NC Court of Appeals Judge  John S. Arrowood

NC Court of Appeals Judge  Mark Davis

NC District 28 Court Judge  J. Matthew Martin

Buncombe County Board of Education Enka  Max Queen

Buncombe County Board of Education Erwin  Pat Bryant

Buncombe County Board of Education Reynolds  Cindy McMahon

Buncombe Soil and Water Conservation District  William Hamilton

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Thanks to Cecil Bothwell for sending this information along:

Election Services Early Voting Site

William H. Stanley Building — 35 Woodfin Street, Asheville 
Thursday, Oct. 23rd thru Friday, Oct. 31st : 9am - 5pm (Excluding Sunday) 
Saturday, Nov. 1st : 7 am - 1pm

All Other Early Voting Sites:
North Asheville Branch Library
1030 Merrimon Ave. 
Woodfin Community Center
11 Community St. 
Weaverville Town Hall
30 S. Main St. 
Jupiter Volunteer Fire Dept.
331 Jupiter Rd. 
South Buncombe Branch Library
260 Overlook Rd.
Skyland Fire Dept.
9 Miller Rd. South 
Pole Creek Baptist Church
96 Snow Hill Church Rd. 
West Asheville Branch Library
942 Haywood Rd. 
Heaven's Cloud Retreat (Old Enka Union Hall)
130 Sardis Rd. 
Leicester Branch Library
1561 Alexander Rd. 
Fairview Branch Library
1 Taylor Rd. 
Asheville Mall (McAlister's Entrance)
3 South Tunnel Rd. 
Bee Tree Fire Dept. Substation
510 Bee Tree Rd. 
Black Mountain Branch Library
105 N. Dougherty St. 

All Remote Early Voting Sites Have the Following Hours:
Thursday, Oct. 23rd thru Saturday, Oct. 25th : 8am - 6pm
Monday, Oct.27th thru Friday, Oct. 31st :  8am - 7pm
Saturday, Nov. 1st : 7am - 1pm


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Indigenous People’s Day

Indigenous Peoples Day is a holiday replacing Columbus Day. Celebrate this new annual holiday with us in honor of all of our ancestors, the people continuing the struggle today and future generations.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Upcoming events in the Asheville area this week

Some color on the Blue Ridge Parkway last Thursday.

UPCOMING EVENTS

10/13/14 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE’S FIFTH BIRTHDAY
Transition Asheville invites you to a celebration, one that draws on people's imaginations and that fans the flames of optimism! We'll be asking people to think about and share their individual and most positive and hopeful vision of  “Asheville 2044”, our community 30 years from now. The story includes how we got there, and what milestones happened along the way. This is a technique that Transition groups elsewhere have used to inspire hope, articulate steps forward, develop plans, and see what other people dream about! It is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours, bathing in your vision of future good times for Asheville, thirty years from now! We will be holding this event: "Harnessing the Power of a Positive Vision: Your Picture of Asheville 30 Years from Now" on Monday, October 13th at St. Mary's Church parish hall, on Charlotte Street. Snacks and drinks will be provided, just bring your imagination and hopes! Please extend this invitation to others in your organization who might find this fun! Hope to see you there.” Time is 6:30 PM. Please RSVP if you plan to attend by sending an email to TransitionAsheville@gmail.com.  

10/13/14 ALLY WEEK
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, GLSEN, is sponsoring a media campaign, ALLY Week, October 13-17. Take the pledge - become an ALLY for LGBT. 

10/13/14 DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK AND FILM SHOWING AT UNCA
“Fixed: the Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement” will be shown in the Alumni Hall at UNCA at 7PM. Free and open to the public. An award-winning documentary, Fixed explores the social impacts of human augmentation. Through a dynamic mix of verité, dance, archival and interview footage, Fixed challenges notions of normal, the body and what it means fundamentally to be human in the 21st century. The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with special guest, the film's producer and director, Regan Brashear . The viewing will include Captioning and Audio Descriptions.

10/14/14 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
Time is 6:30 PM and location is VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios: 109 Roberts Street in Asheville. 

10/14/14 HISTORY OF LYNCHING IN THE USA
Christians for a United Community is sponsoring an evening with Jack Shuler, author of The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose, at First Congregation Church (20 Oak St in downtown Asheville), Tuesday, October 14th, 7 PM. Shuler will focus attention on the history of lynching in U.S. history. This event is free and open to the public.

10/15/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday October 15th at 5:45 PM at the Green Sage for a screening of a current, globally impactful, film on climate change: Disruption. This week we will start socialization at 5:30 p.m. as normal, but note that we will begin the program early at 5:45 p.m. to ensure the completion of the film. Location is the Green Sage in downtown Asheville.

10/16/14 LECTURE AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
Lecture by Oralene Simmons, former Rosenwald School student, Great-great-granddaughter of the slave named Joseph Anderson, and the first African American admitted to Mars Hill College, and Susi Anderson, resident of Hawaii and Great-great-granddaughter of the slave-master of Joseph Anderson. Time TBA. This is part of the Rural Heritage Museum exhibition: “Our Story–This Place, The History of African American Education in Madison County, North Carolina: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School”. Location is Montague Hall on the campus of Mars Hill University. Admission is free, and the exhibit will run until February 2015. For more information please call (828) 689-1400.

10/16/14 CANDIDATES FORUM AT UNCA
This will be held at the Sherrill Center at UNCA at noon. The candidates are running for the NC Senate for districts 48 and 49. Rick Wood and Tom Apodaca are running in district 48. Terry Van Duyn and Clarence Young are running in district 49. 

10/17/14 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST This meeting will be at 3:15 PM at Brooks-Howell Home in the media room. 

10/17/14 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING
The next WNC PSR monthly meeting will be at a private home near the VA Hospital. Brown Bag lunch at noon with meeting from 12 noon to 2 PM. Everyone is welcome. Please go to www.wncpsr.org  for more information, which includes how to get there and other details.

10/18/14 WE ARE THE VILLAGE PARENTING EXPO
Parenting is complicated. Our hope is to have happy, healthy, successful children – but how do we get there? Whose help do we need? Where do we start? It takes a village to raise a child. Join us for a day when we learn how we are and how we can be that village. We are the Village: A conference and expo that includes: • Sessions for parents and families that range from addressing challenging behavior to dealing with picky eaters, from supporting children in sports to The Sex Talk – and everything in between. • Community Expo with local resources for families. • Free child care and activities for children ages birth through fifth grade. • Opportunities to connect with affinity groups - folks facing similar challenges, joys, and experiences. For more information, please contact Megan at wearethevillageavl@gmail.com. Time is 9:30 AM to 2 PM, and location is the First Baptist Church of Asheville. Please contact Megan to find out how to register so they have the correct number of free lunches.

10/18/14 GREEN GRANNIES SING
Green Grannies Sing for the Climate at Vance Monument at 5 PM. Google "Singfortheclimate" and come out and sing with us! This happens on the third Saturday of every month.

10/19/14 ASHEVILLE LIVING TREASURE RECOGNITION CEREMONY
Time is 1 to 4 PM and location is Reuter Center 102 at UNCA. No further information at this time.

10/20/14 LECTURE AT UNCA
“Conflict & Coexistence” will be presented at 11:25 AM to 12:35 PM at Carmichael Humanities Lecture Hall at UNCA.  Part of Carmichael Humanities Lecture Hall Humanities Lecture Series. Free & Open to the Public. Lecture Presented By: Prof. Dunn, Lecturer, Humanities Program and Prof. Lundblad, Lecture, Humanities Program.

10/21/14 AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING
Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is the Reuter Center, Room 102A, at UNCA.

10/21/14 ACTIVIST DAVID COBB TO SPEAK IN ASHEVILLE
Move to Amend of Buncombe County is bringing activist David Cobb (national leader of Move to Amend) to speak at Jubilee! at 46 Wall Street in Asheville, NC from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Move To Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals who believe that constitutional rights belong only to human beings, not to corporations, and that money is not a form of free speech and can be regulated during elections. David Cobb is National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited. He is a lawyer and political activist. David has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials,  run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience.  He truly believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need. For questions and information, contact Diana at 828-275-0680 or email dianakrukmta@gmail.com. Free and open to the public.

10/21/14 NAACP EVENTS IN HENDERSONVILLE
This is two special events for all WNC NAACP members and supporters. The Henderson County NAACP Chapter is hosting two events at the Henderson County Public Library at 301 N. Washington Street in Hendersonville. At 2 PM and 6 PM, there will be a performance of the one-hour play "Granny D: You Are Never Too Old To Raise A Little Hell". Off-Broadway actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens are the performers in this play. Free admission. There will also be a commemorative-documentary art exhibit revealed. It is called "Forward Together Moral Monday" which will cover 96 feet of wall space with photographs, paintings and commentary. Also free admission to see this exhibit.

10/21/14 EMPATHY GROUP
HeartSpeak/Empathy Practice Circle, 7:30- 9 PM. Could you use some compassionate empathy for a challenge? Want to experience heart connection through recognizing one another's feelings and needs? Drop-in group, every 3rd Tuesday, 386 Kenilworth Rd./Digges. Love offering. Info: 828-545-9681.  

10/22/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us to hear a presentation in celebration of United Nations Day, which is on October 24th– two days after this Green Drinks program. A big UN focus is food (Global Food Day is October 16th, for instance). Peter Marks, executive director of Seeds Programs International, will talk about his organization’s efforts to fight hunger via sowing seeds. This is presented by the Western NC chapter of the United Nations Association.  Socializing begins at 5:30 PM; Programming at 6:00 PM. Location is the Green Sage on Broadway in downtown Asheville.

10/22/14 CLEAN ENERGY FOR WNC INFO SESSION
Join us for a free workshop designed to give property owners a chance to learn more about solar, energy efficiency, financing options. discounted pricing, tax credits, rebates and meet the companies we are working with! Clean Energy for Western North Carolina (CE4WNC) is a local campaign that makes it easy and affordable for homeowners, businesses, and tax-exempt entities to go solar and invest in energy efficiency. The first round of our Western North Carolina campaign will focus on South Asheville, Hendersonville, and Flat Rock. We vet contractors and organize discounted solar pricing and free energy audits for every qualified participant. Homeowners, business owners, and tax-exempt entities located in South Asheville, Hendersonville, and Flat Rock may enroll in the CE4WNC program. We will assess each participant and pass on those who meet the criteria of a qualified solar or energy efficiency lead. Light refreshments will be served. Time is 6:30 to 8 PM at the UU Fellowship of Hendersonville at 2021 Kanuga Road in Hendersonville.Contact/Questions: Ashley Edwards-Outreach Coordinator, at 919-637-2970 or email ashley@cleanenergyfor.us.

10/23/14 EARLY VOTING STARTS
And local elections DO MATTER, so read this and then go vote: http://www.popularresistance.org/activism-victory-steep-drop-in-stop-and-frisk/

10/23/14 MORAL MARCH TO THE POLLS
Join the Mountain People's Assembly, the Asheville-Buncombe NAACP and coalition partner Campaign for Southern Equality for an Early Voting 'Moral March to the Polls' to celebrate the first day of Early Voting on October 23. Meet at Vance Monument/Pack Square in downtown Asheville as we gather to march to cast our votes at the Board of Elections Office on Woodfin St. with the Hillcrest High-Steppin' Majorettes & Drum Corps leading the way. Since the office closes at 5 pm, we encourage those who can, to vote earlier in the day at the location of your choice. Then, wearing your 'I Voted' sticker, post a selfie to this page - along with a challenge to friends and family to VOTE! Meet at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville at 3:30 PM.

10/23/14 BOOK READING AT MALAPROPS
SNCC Veteran Charles Cobb will discuss and read from his book “That Nonviolent Stuff Will Get You Killed” and discuss the forgotten lessons from the civil rights movement. Time is 7 PM. 

10/25/14 - 10/26/14 CHANGE THE COURSE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Change the Course is an invitation to the climate movement to dig deep and think hard about what it would actually take to stabilized the climate and turn our collective ship around. Please join us at the upcoming Climate Leadership Summits to kick this project off. These two day events will bring communities together for an innovative visioning, strategic development and skills summit. This is sponsored by the Rainforest Action Network. Time is 1 to 6 PM both days and location is Lenoir-Rhyne University at 36 Montford Avenue in Asheville. For more information and to register, go to ran.org/changethecourse. Free, but you must register. You can also call for more information at 828-545-9681. One of 14 Climate Leadership Summits being held nationwide.  

10/28/14 ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Duke Energy representatives will present an update to Asheville City Council on the future of the Asheville coal-fired power plant. This information came from WNC Alliance.

11/01/14 BEYOND EXTREME ENERGY WEEK
Actions will take place in Washington, DC. From local activist Steve Norris: To my friends: I am working with a coalition of activists and organizations from around the country preparing for a week of nonviolent direct actions in Washington DC in early November. We are calling our campaign Beyond Extreme Energy. Please consider joining us. We will also be asking for donations to support this work. Feel free to call or email me with questions. Steve Norris, 828-777-7816, or earthsun2@gmail.com.  

11/04/14 ELECTION DAY

11/04/14 VETERANS FOR PEACE BOOK CLUB AT MALAPROPS
We will meet the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at Malaprops, for a 1 1/2 hour discussion on a book related to a current political topic. The chosen book for November is ‘The Battle for Justice in Palestine’ by Ali Abunimah. You may purchase the book at Malaprops (10% off list for all book clubs), or order on line as you wish, or check it out from the public library. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bruce at bruceroth@charter.net.

11/05/14 09/10/14 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
This meeting will be at 9:30 AM at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.

11/06/14 FORUM ON FAMILY HOMELESSNESS
Families experience homelessness for the same kinds of reasons that anyone else does - losing a job, going through a divorce, an illness or having hours cut back. Families living in poverty are always at the edge of a crisis. In 2014, the annual Point In Time Count - a one day event where organizations attempt to count the number of people who are homeless at shelters and camps - found 20 families in Buncombe County and 12 in Henderson County who are homeless. Homeward Bound is looking carefully at this problem because we know that getting people out of homelessness and into housing as rapidly as possible, is critical, especially for families with children. Join us at our first ever Forum on Family Homelessness on November 6th.  Your $20 ticket includes a meal, keynote speaker Kelly King Horne from Homeward Virginia, and an insightful panel discussion of experts facilitated by our Executive Director, Brian Alexander. This event is sponsored by attorneys Chitwood and Fairbairn. Email Beth at beth@homewardboundwnc.org for more information on how to purchase tickets.

11/10/14 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY MEETING
Time is 7 PM and location is North Asheville Library. Call Ruth at 232-2883 or email ruthachristie@gmail.com for more information.

11/10/14 CONVERSATION ON THE MIDDLE EAST
A conversation with PCUSA Moderator Heath Rada and his wife Peggy  on their October 2014 trip to the Middle East. Time is 3 to 4 PM and location is the 3rd floor of Freeland Hall at 318 Georgia Terrance in Montreat. A reception will follow at the Presbyterian Heritage Center Library where the PHC exhibit on Missions to the Middle East is on display until November 14. Cosponsored by the Presbyterian Heritage Center and the Presbytery of WNC.

11/11/14 WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Time is 7:30 to 9:30 PM and location is the Reuter Center, Room 102A, at UNCA.

11/13/14 PANEL PRESENTATION AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
Panel Presentation: Personal Recollections of the Rosenwald School. This is part of the exhibition “Our Story–This Place, The History of African American Education in Madison County, North Carolina: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School” at the Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University that runs until February 2015.This exhibition traces the history of African American education in Western North Carolina, with a particular emphasis on Madison County, from Reconstruction through the period of Civil Rights legislation and the integration in the 1960s. The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School played a large role in African American heritage and history in Madison County and Western North Carolina for a good part of the 20th century. Moderated by Kevin Barnette (Assist. football coach at MHU) to include Anderson Rosenwald school alumni Oralene Simmons, Charity Ray, Dorothy Coone, Omar   Lewis McClain, Fatimah Rashida Shabazz, Gene Jones.Time TBA. Admission is free, and the exhibit will run until February 2015. For more information please call (828) 689-1400.

11/16/14 BENEFIT FOR GAZA
Featuring violinist Michael  Dabroski performing music by JS Bach, an original Suite for Gaza, Palestinian melodies, and sharing notes from a concert trip to Gaza City in December
2013. Time is 3:30 PM at the Rainbow Community School in west Asheville. All proceeds Middle East Children's Alliance, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine and American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem for its Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. Sponsored  by Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East. More information to follow.

11/21/14 PROTEST THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS IN GEORGIA

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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

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 5 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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Have your say about the future of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests!

By WNC Alliance

The Forest Service will hold the next round of public meetings this October and November to share information about the proposed Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan, including potential management areas and desired conditions. The plan will guide management of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests for the next 15-20 years. The meeting will open with a presentation on significant issues, management areas, and the development of plan components. The Forest Service planning team will share some proposed desired condition statements and information about watersheds and recreation settings during an open poster session. Each of the scheduled meetings will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m., will follow the same agenda and present the same information and opportunity for review and comment.

Meeting dates and locations:
Pisgah Ranger District: Oct. 21 at the Forge Valley Event Center in Mills River;
Nantahala Ranger District: Oct. 28 at the Tartan Hall in Franklin;
Appalachian Ranger District: Nov. 3 at Mars Hill College, Broyhill Chapel in Mars Hill;
Tusquitee Ranger District: Nov. 4 at Tri-County Comm Coll, Enloe Building in Murphy;
Cheoah Ranger District: Nov. 6 at the Graham Co Community Center in Robbinsville;
Grandfather Ranger District: Nov. 13 at McDowell Tech Comm Coll, Rm 113 in Marion.

The Western North Carolina Alliance will be informing citizens and facilitating their participation in the plan revision process, which will occur over a three-to-four year period. It begins with the Assessment Phase, which will take about a year to complete. During this phase, the Forest Service will collect and compile data and other information on the current state of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The Planning Phase, which follows the Assessment Phase, will take two to three years to complete. After the plan is completed, the Monitoring Phase will begin and continue until the next plan revision.

In the coming months, the Forest Service will provide details on meetings and other information that foster public participation in the plan revision process. Information about the plan revision process is available online here.

Originally published in 1987, the plan received a significant amendment in 1994. Each national forest and grassland is governed by a management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act. These plans set management, protection and use goals and guidelines. The 2012 Planning Rule guides the planning process. The rule includes stronger protections for forests, water and wildlife, while supporting the economic vitality of rural communities. It requires the use of the best available scientific information to inform decisions. The 2012 rule strengthens the role of public involvement and dialogue throughout the planning process.