Photo from an email from United for Peace & Justice
12/08/13 IRANIAN POSTER ART
“Lost Causes: The Iranian Poster Art” (23 posters) will be at the Courtyard Gallery until December 13th. “These posters from the Iranian Revolution were an act of resistance and creation,” says Carlos Steward of the Courtyard Gallery. “It sought out ways in which the arts could engage social and political concern. This period of Iranian visual culture is an archival record of the social and political problems that were emerging. It serves as the artistic pre-history to the Iranian Revolution of 1979. In Search of Lost Causes teaches us more about modern Persian art and helps us understand how a country that was heralded as a paragon of universal modernization underwent an Islamic Revolution with a message steeped in local imagery, demanding an idealized return to the past and to democracy.”
12/10/13 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
Time is 6:30 PM and location is VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios: 109 Roberts Street in Asheville. VFP Chapter 099: http://vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot.com/
12/10/13 NUCLEAR INFORMATION RESEARCH PARTY
NIRS Southeast invites you to a party and film. This will begin at 7:30 PM at Firestorm Café & Books in downtown Asheville. The film is “The Ultimate Wish: Ending the Nuclear Age” by Kathleen Sullivan. Film features Dr. Arjun Makhijani, Mycle Schneider and Mary Olson. Free and open to the public, donations accepted for Nuclear Information Resource Service. For more information, call Mary at 828-252-8409.
12/10/14 UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
12/10/13 RIVERLINK MEETING
RiverLink will host a meeting to meet the developer and review plans for a proposed housing project on Amboy Road. Held at RiverLink’s warehouse studios at 170 Lyman Street at 6 PM. Free to attend.
12/11/13 ASHEVILLE GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday December 11th at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe to celebrate International Mountain Day featuring Western North Carolina Alliance’s Ecologist & Public Lands Director, Bob Gale, and Field Biologist, Josh KellyFor networking, socializing and Green Drink specials please arrive early (5:30 PM). The presentation will begin at 6 PM.
12/12/13 SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM AT FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
The film will be “The Next American Revolution” and will be shown at 6:30 PM. Location is the First Congregational UCC Church at 20 Oak Street in Asheville. In the manner of TED talks, Gar Alperovitz describes the economic system, already taking form, that will follow corporate capitalism and state socialism. Informative and optimistic in outlook, he shares some American economic structures, mostly local, that are part of our national history and currently in place but overlooked by corporate media. This will be a first showing, with others to follow early next year.
12/13/13 SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM AT UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH
The December film will be the award-winning film "Gasland, Part II". The time is 7 PM and the location is Unitarian Universalist church at Edwin and Charlotte Street in Asheville. In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide). GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy". Donations accepted.
12/14/13 KXL PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE TRAINING
Local organizers are planning trainings for the Pledge on November 23 and December 14. These will take place at the Asheville Friends Meeting House (Quakers) at 227 Edgewood Rd in Asheville (between Merrimon and UNCA). Time will be 9 AM to 1 PM. This is organized by 350 Asheville, the Rainforest Action Network, and CREDO Action. This is the Pledge: If President Obama succumbs to industry pressure and reneges on his promise to green light the Keystone XL only if it does not contribute to global warming (spoiler alert: it does), then citizens will take action to hold him to his word by occupying Federal Buildings and other key locations in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience. More information at http://act.credoaction.com/sign/kxl_pledge. For more information on the trainings or to register for them, please contact Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-216-2018.
12/14/13 END TIMES MIXER FROM TRANSITION HENDERSONVILLE
Free! Sponsored by Transition Hendersonville Saturday, this party will start at 7 PM and location is Bischoff Lodge at Lutheridge in Arden, NC. Live Music with Pam and Don McMahon from Straight from the Heart and Friends. Celebrate the end of cheap oil, the 3,000-mile Caesar salad, the half empty glass. CELEBRATE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY that invests wisely in people, plants, natural resources, justice and FUN! BYOB/snacks. Two live bands to dance the night away. For information, call Diane at 696-9969.
12/15/13 CONTRA FOR CONSCIOUSNESS DANCE
This is a benefit for the Pine Ridge Reservation Nasula: Intercultural Service Learning. Contraversial and calling by Beth Molaro. Location is Bryson Gym at Warren Wilson College. 6:30 PM for lesson, dance is 7 to 10 PM. Suggested donation is $5 - $25.
12/17/13 WNC ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS MEETING
The Western North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Kenilworth Presbyterian Fellowship Hall at 123 Kenilworth Rd in Asheville. Time is 10 AM. The ARA is a statewide organization of retired union members and their friends and families. We are non-partisan and open to everyone who is concerned about the need for jobs which pay a living wage, as well as those issues which affect all of us. FMI contact email@example.com.
12/18/13 ASHEVILLE GREEN DRINKS
Join us at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe for a presentation on Green Building Council’s “Living Building Challenge” by Emily Coleman-Wolf, Project Architect for Padgett & Freeman Architects and Stephens Smith Farrell of Stephens Smith Farrell Architecture. For networking, socializing and Green Drink specials please arrive early (5:30 PM). The presentation will begin at 6 PM. See you all there!
12/20/13 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 12:30 to 2 PM. Everyone is welcome. Please go to www.wncpsr.org for more information, which includes how to get there and other details. Call Lew at 299-1242 to make sure this meeting was not cancelled for the holidays.
01/06/14 FAST FOR JUSTICE
This is a fast to promote justice for the inmates of Guantanamo.
01/08/14 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST MEETING
This meeting of Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East will be held at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church at 9:30 AM. Contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
01/11/14 VIGIL AND PROCESSION MARKING 12 YEARS OF GUANTANAMO IN DC
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 4:30 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville
Asheville Homeless Network meeting at 2 PM at Firestorm Cafe
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)
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.
ACTIONS AND READINGS
Forever Free: The Slave Deeds of Buncombe County
October - December 31, YMI Cultural Center, 43 Market St.
This exhibit has traveled from the Register of Deeds to Pack Memorial Library and is now at the YMI. Included in the exhibit are original books from both the register of deeds and the clerk of court who detail the sale and inheritance of enslaved people prior to 1865. These resources are also available on line for student primary source document research.
Cohabitation Records of Buncombe County
Following the Civil War, African American people who had lived as married people during slavery, though were not allowed to marry, were encouraged to go to the Register of Deeds and record the years that they had been as a married couple. These were called Cohabitation Records. Two months ago Drew Resinger began the work to have these records, now in the archive in Raleigh, digitized so that they could be brought back and made assessable to Buncombe County residents.