Thursday, November 20, 2014

Briefing next week in DC on Bethlehem

Briefing Description: Bethlehem District Threatened by Israel's Land Confiscation in the West Bank 
Monday, November 24, 2014  
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  
Rayburn House Office Building - Room 2168

Four days after the ceasefire took effect in Gaza late this summer, Israel announced it would expropriate 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem district of the West Bank. The land annexation is intended for settlement expansion in violation of international law, which prohibits such actions in occupied territories. The area is currently in agricultural use by five Palestinian villages—Wadi Foquin, Husan, Nahalin, Surif, and Jab’a—supporting families and a rural way of life as it has for many generations. 

This action was foreshadowed a year ago, when residents of Wadi Foquin travelled to Washington D.C. to describe the existential threat expanding settlements posed to their homes, their families, and their livelihood. Since 1967 every U.S. administration has opposed the settlements and has viewed settlement expansion as a major obstacle to peace in the region. The U.S. State Department has strongly urged Israel to reverse this latest action of land expropriation. The briefing will provide members with general information on the settlement enterprise and the specific impact of this latest action on Wadi Foquin and neighboring villages in the West Bethlehem district.
Speakers:
Ata Manasra, Coordinator, Wadi Foquin CDP 
Ahmad Sukar, Mayor and Village Council President of Wadi Foquin
Adel Hroub, Youth Coordinator, Wadi Foquin CDP 

Moderator:  Susan Wilder

Sponsored By:
Friends of Wadi Foquin 
General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of the United Methodist Church 
US Campaign to End the Occupation
Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP)
Faith Forum on Middle East Policy

For more information and/or to RSVP please contact:  Mike at development@endtheoccupation.org


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jerusalem police need help


Well, I agree they need help. But not this kind of help:

We decided to conduct an extensive campaign to recruit volunteers for Jerusalem's Civil Guard," Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said at the end of a situation assessment with Police Commissioner Lieutenant Yohanan Danino and Jerusalem District Commander Moshe Edri. 
"I call on the citizens of Jerusalem to volunteer and strengthen the civilian aid to security forces," Barkat said.
More people with guns on the street will not improve anything.  This came from this news article. 

Yesterday, the corporate media reported on the violence in a Jerusalem synagog. They did not report on the incidents that inspired that violence... one of which was a West Bank Palestinian bus driver being badly beaten and lynching by Israeli settlers a couple days before. Or the spraying of skunk water on empty schools in Jerusalem. Or all the other violence and attacks and land grabs in the West Bank and Jerusalem or all the unending ceasefire violations in Gaza. No, that is not covered. It is ignored and the dumb Americans end up thinking that the Arabs in Palestine are just crazy violent for no reason.

Of course, it is the Israelis who are crazy violent and they prove it by killing vastly more than the Palestinians. And they do this again and again, year after year.

All the violence is disgusting, but I know who the worst offender is.

Violence begets violence, always has and always will.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

US Killing Machines



They don't know who they are killing.... and clearly don't care. Neither does the corporate media. From a Glenn Greenwald article: 

Like the U.S. drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated. “Drone strike kills at least four suspected militants in northwest Pakistan,” a Reuters headline asserted last week. The headline chosen by ABC News, publishing an AP report, was even more definitive: “U.S. Drone in Northwest Pakistan Kills 6 Militants.” In July, The Wall Street Journal‘s headline claimed: “U.S. Drone Strike Kills Five Militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan.” Sometimes they will turn over their headlines to “officials,” as this AP report from July did: “Officials: US drone kills 7 militants in Pakistan.”
Rest of the article here.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Upcoming events in the Asheville area this week

Black pinwheels marked with the names of the children killed in the war this past summer in Gaza. There were 521 Palestinian children killed and 1 Israeli child. This was part of a fundraiser concert by Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East.

UPCOMING EVENTS

11/17/14 STEM LECTURE AT UNCA
A STEM lecture “New Developments in Climate Change” will be made by Lenny Bernstein, co-author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. STEM is an interdisciplinary lecture series with a focus on science, technology, engineering ad mathematics. Admission is free and open to the public. Time is 4:15 PM and location is the Reuter Center at UNCA.

11/17/14 FILM SHOWN AT UNCA
“COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet. Time is 6 PM and location is Humanities Lecture Hall. Free and open to the public. Email Frank at bbfcag@yahoo.com for more information.

11/17/14 RURAL HERITAGE MUSEUM IN MARS HILL
The exhibit is “Our Story - This Place: The History of African-American Education in Madison County and the Anderson Rosenwald School”. This exhibit runs until 02/28/14 and is free and open to the public. Location of the Rural Heritage Museum is 100 Athletic Street in Mars Hill and their phone number is 689-1304.

11/17/14 AFFORDABLE CARE ACT LAB SESSION AT AB TECH
Unsure about how to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act? Come to the Balsam computer lab and sign-up in person. Certified Navigators will be available to answer any questions that come up and can even walk you through each step of enrollment. Location is Balsam 214. Time is 2 PM.

11/18/14 FILM SCREENING BY DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
Directed by Peter Casaer and narrated by Daniel Day-Lewis, this documentary provides a harrowing look at the challenges of delivering humanitarian aid in armed conflicts. “Access to the Danger Zone” explores the strategies that Doctors Without Borders uses to save lives in the world’s worst war zones, including Afghanistan, Somalia, and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Interviews with key experts from Doctors Without Borders, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the United Nations are accompanied by dramatic footage shot in these countries in 2011 and 2012.  Join us following the screening for a Q&A with local Doctors Without Borders aid workers, who will share stories from their overseas assignments. The film screening is free, fully accessible, and open to the public. Time is 6 PM. Location is Asheville Art Museum. Register or request more information through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/access-to-the-danger-zone-film-screening-asheville-600pm-registration-13415585377

11/18/14 NC COUNCIL OF CHURCHES POST-ELECTION ROAD SHOW
What do the recent elections mean for North Carolina? How can people of faith in the state continue to affect positive change?Join NCIPL Director, Susannah Tuttle and the staff of the North Carolina Council of Churches as we discuss ways our programs are providing a faithful voice for issues facing NC residents and how you can be involved. Time is 9 to 11 AM and location is the First Baptist Church at 5 Oak Street in Asheville. Join us for light refreshments beginning at 8:30. Please park in the front lot closest to I-240 and enter through the chapel doors. There is no cost, but please let us know if you’ll be attending so that we can prepare: 919-828-6501 or info@ncchurches.org.

11/18/14 AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING
Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is Reuter Center 206 at UNCA. 

11/19/14 GREEN DRINKS
This event, a combination of a Green Drinks and Bioneers conference session, involves Dr. Adam Powell, a Religious Studies professor facilitating a panel of religious leaders in a discussion about the present and future relationship between religion and sustainability. The panelists include Rabbi Justin Goldstein; Wiccan Priest Byron Ballard; and Presbyterian Minister, Steve Runholt. After a brief introduction to the scholarly study of religion and its ties to sustainability, each religious leader will highlight how this relationship is playing out in their respective communities and offer insight into the future of bridge-building between these two realms. Socializing starts at 5:30 PM and program starts at 6 PM. Location is Lenoir-Rhyne University at 36 Montford Avenue in Asheville. Call 828.407.4270 for more information.

11/20/14 TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
Join Just Us For All and TranZmission for TDoR this year. There will be a daytime event for trans* folks who want to change their names legally through a name change workshop. The national Transgender Day of Remembrance objective is to highlight the losses that the trans* community faces due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. The names of the deceased will be present and some of their stories will be told. The groups also want to highlight all lives of transgender folks including the survivors and the work they are doing. JUFA and TranZmission urges the Asheville community to please meet at the Civic Center (also known as the US Cellular Center) on November 20, 2014 at 7 PM (please try to be dressed warm and be on time) and march to the Vance Monument to hear speakers during a candlelit vigil.

11/20/14 PEOPLE’S ADVOCACY & ACTION GROUP
Inequality based on race, gender, class, ability, orientation are deeply connected! For example, we know that racism impacts economics when you do not get hired for the job or are turned down to rent an apartment because of your race. Come explore these intersections through interactive activities & dialogue! Help Just Economics create a performance about intersectionality and our work for justice for our Annual Celebration in December! Guest facilitator is Lucia Daugherty, Program Director of Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. Time is 6 to 8 PM and location is United Way, 3rd floor conference room, at 50 South French Broad Avenue in Asheville. For more information, call 828-505-7466.

11/20/14 FILM SCREENING IN SYLVA BY CANARY COALITION
"Coal Ash Stories" to be screened at the Jackson County Library Community Room, in Sylva. Imagine being afraid to drink your water, take a bath, fish, or farm. These are the fears facing communities near the Duke Energy coal ash spill, areas around other coal-fired power plants, and more in North Carolina. You’re invited to Coal Ash Stories, an event featuring four short films focused on coal ash, public health concerns, related policy, and ways that communities are responding. Come learn about the issues, talk with community members, and find out how you can get involved. Free admission. Light food and beverages will be served.Organized by The Canary Coalition and co-sponsored by the Jackson County Branch of the NAACP and OccupyWNC.For more information call 828-631-3447 or email info@canarycoalition.org. Time is 7 PM. 

11/20/14 LECTURE AT UNCA
Two Human Rights Leaders to Speak on Global LGBT Issues from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. Location is Highsmith University Union, Mountain Suite. Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), and, Essy, a Kenyan human rights activist, will speak about the situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the developing world. The lecture is free and open to the public.

11/20/14 PERFORMANCE AT UNCA
Listening for Grace is about a father’s journey, a church’s struggle and a search for commonality. It follows the story of a widowed father whose son has just come out as gay. Through his relationships with his son, an estranged cousin, people in his church and a pastor who deals with issues of sexuality in the Bible, the main character is challenged by many different viewpoints and experiences. Free and open to the public. Time is 7 PM and location is Carmichael Humanities Lecture Hall. 

11/20/14 WNC ALLIANCE ANNUAL GATHERING MEETING
This meeting will be on approving merger documents. Time is 6 to 8 PM and location is Legacy Paddle Sports in Fletcher. 

11/21/14 PROTEST THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS IN GEORGIA
Jim Brown still has about 5 seats left in van to SOA. They are leaving from Asheville on Friday Nov. 21 returning Sunday 23. Shared rooms at Colonial hotel. $65 should cover shared room both nights and gas share in van. Confirm with Jim Brown at 828-777-4433.

11/21/14 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.

11/21/14 to 11/23/14 NC CLIMATE JUSTICE SUMMIT
This will be held at Haw River State Park. 

11/21/14 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
This meeting will be at 3:15 PM at Brooks-Howell Home on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Meet in the media room. 

11/21/14 PERFORMANCE AT UUCA
The History (& Mystery) of the Universe - Celebrating Buckminster Fuller with David Novak, NC Stage performer. Time is 7 PM and location is UUCA on Charlotte Street in Asheville. Cost is $10. Come be inspired for change. Contact UUCA at 254-6001 for more information.

11/22/14 WORLD GAME WORKSHOP AT UUCA
"World Game" is a game created by Buckminster Fuller to solve the world’s problems. Cost is $10. Time is 9 AM to noon and location is UUCA on Charlotte Street in Asheville. Cost is $15 for both events at UUCA (the other one is on 11/21/14). Come be inspired for change. Contact UUCA at 254-6001 for more information.

11/23/14 CHANGE THE COURSE: PEOPLE POWERED STRATEGIES FOR A STABLE CLIMATE
What kind of a future do you see for our world on its present source? What would you LIKE to see? How would you like to be a part of a project of envisioning a  better future and what we could do–here and now– to make that come to pass? Please join us for an afternoon to create and share a vision and strategies to stabilize the climate!
This workshop is modeled on workshops being conducted across the county by Rainforest Action Network to involve citizens in looking at their own communities and seeing what changes can be made close to home, on the community and neighborhood levels. The more people take part in these workshops, the more ideas, energy and creativity can be brought to bear on the challenges! Please RSVP to ecochristian@yahoo.com. Time is 1 PM to 6 PM and location is New Hope Presbyterian Church at 3070 Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville. 

11/23/14 CHANGE THE COURSE: PEOPLE POWERED STRATEGIES FOR A STABLE CLIMATE
What kind of a future do you see for our world on its present source? What would you LIKE to see? How would you like to be a part of a project of envisioning a  better future and what we could do–here and now– to make that come to pass? Please join us for an afternoon to create and share a vision and strategies to stabilize the climate!
This workshop is modeled on workshops being conducted across the county by Rainforest Action Network to involve citizens in looking at their own communities and seeing what changes can be made close to home, on the community and neighborhood levels. The more people take part in these workshops, the more ideas, energy and creativity can be brought to bear on the challenges! Please RSVP to ecochristian@yahoo.com. Time is 1 PM to 6 PM and location is New Hope Presbyterian Church at 3070 Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville.

11/24/14 WORLD AIDS DAY COMMEMORATION
As part of the World AIDS Day commemoration, the Western North Carolina AIDS Project will exhibit 160 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville from November 24 until December 1, 2014. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. A special opening-night reception takes place Monday, November 24 from 6-8 PM and includes a message from Mike Smith, co-founder of the Names Project Foundation, music by classical guitarist James Barr, and presentation of new quilt panels created this year by WNCAP’s Quilting Group. On Monday, December 1, World AIDS Day, the group will present programming throughout the day, including a special appearance by local Asheville diva Kat Williams.

11/24/14 PRESENTATION FROM WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Western N. C. Physicians for Social Responsibility invites everyone to come to Mary Fox Olson’s presentation, “The Medical Consequences of Nuclear Weapons and the Disproportionate Impact of Ionizing Radiation on Females” on Monday, Nov 24 at 2 PM in the meeting room of the West Asheville Library on Haywood Road in Asheville.  Mary's offering will give us an opportunity to preview Mary's major presentation to the International Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in December. We are pleased, as this will be a rare occasion when the US has agreed to take part in such an international event. Free and open to the public.

11/26/14 NO GREEN DRINKS MEETING TODAY

12/02/14 WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Dorina Bekoe, a senior research associate in the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention in Washington DC will overview Peace Keeping in Africa. Meetings are scheduled for 7:30 PM in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room. For more details about programs, consult the WAC website.

12/04/14 ASHEVILLE BEYOND COAL EVENT
On Dec 4th, join us for the first-ever "New Mountain Climate Bash" - a local music loves our planet shindig at New Mountain Asheville at 38 N. French Broad Avenue in Asheville. This bash celebrates both local music and Asheville Beyond Coal's efforts to move beyond coal, fight climate disruption, and stop the poisoning of our rivers from toxic coal ash. Cheers to local music, epic shindigs, kind venues, and great causes joining together to create a better world and protect our beloved mountains!  Tix are $8 beforehand, $10 at the door ($5 student tickets with ID at the door). All proceeds go to benefit Asheville Beyond Coal's efforts to protect our mountains and planet. Doors open at 7 pm. Beer specials and food trucks available.

12/10/14 AFFORDABLE CARE ACT LAB SESSION AT AB TECH
Unsure about how to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act? Come to the Balsam computer lab and sign-up in person. Certified Navigators will be available to answer any questions that come up and can even walk you through each step of enrollment. Location is Balsam 214. Time is 11 AM.

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Obama speaks out for this one......

And he finally does something that I can approve of 100%. Graphic from Common Cause via an email about Obama speaking out for net neutrality. Unfortunately, the guy who he appointed as head of the FCC does not agree with this sentiment.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Letter to the UN

I found this letter on twitter, and I cannot confirm it really is from Michael Brown's father. But it is an awesome letter, regardless.