Thursday, July 30, 2015

"Devils & Dust" by Bruce Springsteen



I got my finger on the trigger
But I don't know who to trust
When I look into your eyes
There's just devils and dust
We're a long, long way from home, Bobbie
Home's a long, long way from us
I feel a dirty wind blowing
Devils and dust

I got God on my side
And I'm just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear's a powerful thing, baby
It can turn your heart black you can trust
It'll take your God filled soul
And fill it with devils and dust

Well I dreamed of you last night
In a field of blood and stone
The blood began to dry
The smell began to rise
Well I dreamed of you last night, Bobbie
In a field of mud and bone
Your blood began to dry
And the smell began to rise

We've got God on our side
We're just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear's a powerful thing, baby
It'll turn your heart black you can trust
It'll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust
It'll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust

Now every woman and every man
They wanna take a righteous stand
Find the love that God wills
And the faith that He commands
I've got my finger on the trigger
And tonight faith just ain't enough
When I look inside my heart
There's just devils and dust

Well I've got God on my side
And I'm just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear's a dangerous thing
It can turn your heart black you can trust
It'll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust
Yeah it'll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

From Win Without War


Not that this will stop them from claiming "peace" as a reason to bomb. They also like to claim that bombing is for humanitarian reasons, which is complete bullshit. "They" happen to be the politicians, pundits and elites in the USA. Hope one day they get to experience what they have visited on other innocent people.

This country is so violent and so evil.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

On the death of Sandra Bland

Comment left on Texas Department of Public Safety website:

Officer Brian Encinia should be fired immediately for his outrageous behavior toward Sandra Bland on July 10, 2015.

He is clearly out of control. His comment "I WILL LIGHT YOU UP" to someone who had done nothing but not use a turn signal is a clear sign that he is not mature or stable enough to be a police officer. He will go on to kill people if DPS lets him remain on duty. It is only a matter of time.

His supervisors should be fired too - they are not up to the job at all.

His behavior towards Sandra Bland was very, very disgusting and totally uncalled for. It is really unfortunate that Sandra is dead and Encinia is not. He is the one who does not deserve to live and is not a positive contributor to our country. Sandra Bland was.

I am a 60 year old white women who lives in North Carolina. I am sick, sick, sick of seeing white police officers act like such brutal animals with no common sense or decency. I am sick, sick, sick, of seeing them escape any responsibility for their actions, when they clearly should be given a trial and sent to jail. 


I will not set foot in Texas anytime soon. I find the idea of going there very nauseating. 

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Email to the Waller County Sheriff's office, where Sandra Bland was imprisoned - for knowing her rights and speaking back to a police officer. She was pulled over for a failure to use her turn signal, after she pulled over to let the officer pass her. 

To whom it may concern:

I am a white women, 60 years old, who lives in North Carolina.


I am appalled at the incidents that happened at your jail.


Really, this is beyond disgusting what happened to Sandra Bland. She should never have been in jail in the first place, much less kept there for three days. Obviously, she was not given a decent level of care, if a young women like that ended up committing suicide. 


I am not convinced it was a suicide.


Sandra Bland deserved to live. Your staff and your jail are responsible for the fact that she is now dead.


I find that appalling.




Their response:



Official Press Release
07/23/2015

Sheriff R. Glenn Smith sends his sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Ms.. Sandra Bland. 
Recently, the Sheriff's Office provided inmate processing forms to local and national media outlets. To clarify these forms, it is important we are outlining the jail booking process as it relates to inmates arriving at the Waller County Jail. Inmates are brought into the Waller County Jail intake section by the arresting officer. The arresting officer completes a jail booking-in sheet and inventories the arrestee's property. Jail staff meets with the arrestee and arresting officer and completes a screening form for Suicide and Medical and Mental Impairements form and Texas Department of State Health Services Correctional Tuberculosis form. These forms are provided to the main control supervisor prior to the inmate being accepted.
The inmate is walked to the booking area where they are processed by the booking officer. Depending on how many inmates are being processed at this time, an inmates photograph may be taken in their original clothing or the inmate may be dressed-out in orange. Their photograph is taken on the wall south of the booking officers' desk. We should note if the inmate is not standing directly in the center of the backdrop, a portion of the white wall may appear. 
At the booking desk, the inmate is asked the same questions listed on the Screening form for Suicide and Medical and Mental Impairements form. The book-in officer verbally asks these questions to the inmate, and then types the inmates' response into the computer. It should be noted that jailers are required to document answers given to them by the inmates. If the answers are different at each time, this indicates the inmate changed their answer. Ms. Bland was allowed to make a phone call at her time of booking, but we cannot release the name and details of that call. 
The Texas Commission on Jail Standards outlines how inmates are segregated in county jails. The Waller County Jail has two sections for female inmates. Due to the offense Ms. Bland was charged with, she was classified to cell#95. Cell#95 is classified as a medium to maximum security cell. Ms. Bland was classified as medium assaultive as defined by The Texas Jail Commission. At this time there were no other inmates inside cell #95, being that no other female inmates met this classification; Ms. Bland was the single occupant of Cell#95. We can confirm that Ms. Bland was offered Emergency Medical Services prior to being transported to the jail. Ms. Bland refused medical treatment. 
The Sheriff's Office will confirm that Ms. Bland, based on Jail Staff observations, was not placed on any suicide watch. 
The death of any person in the custody of any governmental entity should experience great scrutiny and be thoroughly investigated by an outside source. Sheriff Smith immediately notified the Texas Rangers who arrived within the hour. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also actively involved in this investigation. The Waller County Sheriff's Office has provided and will continue to provide any and all documentation to the outside investigative agencies. 
Sheriff Smith has asked local attorney Paul Looney to form an outside Sheriff's Commission, to take an outside view of jail procedures, evaluate personnel, discuss community relations, and any other issue this commission deems necessary. Mr. Looney has accepted the Sheriff's offer and the Sheriff looks forward to Mr. Looney's selection of committee members. 
To maintain the integrity of this investigation, the Waller County Sheriff's Office is not releasing any further information, or conducting further interviews at this time. 
Auth: R. Glenn Smith, Waller County Sheriff

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Upcoming events for the week of July 26, 2015


UPCOMING EVENTS

07/27/15 HEALTH CARE PARITY: BENDING THE ARC FOR EQUITY IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY
This exhibit is based on attempts of Asheville physician Dr. Charles Blair to enhance awareness of and address health disparities affecting primarily African Americans. The exhibition also is based on a non-empirical study of Sharon Kelly West, RN on “Access and Availability of Health Care For African Americans of Buncombe County 1890-1960″. Admission is free. Location is the YMI Cultural Center at 39 South Market Street in Asheville. This exhibit goes until 08/28/15 and the YMI Cultural Center is open during regular business hours. 

07/28/15 DRONE QUILT PROJECT AT FIRESTORM CAFE
Firestorm Cafe is located at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. The Drone Quilts will be displayed there for the remainder of the week. The exhibit was created by Leah Bolger, former president of the national Veterans for Peace. Many contributions of drone panels were contributed from around our country. The exhibit movingly communicates the impact of the drone killings upon the loved ones of the victims. Join us as we remember the victims of US drone bombings. Please contact Coleman Smith, New South Network of War Resisters, at 828-301-6683 for more information.

07/28/15 PEACE EDUCATION PROGRAM CLASS
There will be a demonstration PEP (Peace Education Program) class on Tuesday, July 28 at 7 pm at the North Asheville Community Center. All are invited to learn how the Peace Education Program course works in the prisons, universities and more. You are encouraged to invite your friends and family. This class is free and open to the public. Location is the North Asheville Community Center at 37 East Larchmont Drive, Asheville, NC. This is sponsored by Peace Is Possible NC, and for more information, contact peaceispossiblenc@gmail.com.

07/28/15 PLANNING MEETING FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
Next meeting is at Firestorm Cafe in west Asheville at 610 Haywood Road. Time is 6:15 PM. Contact Rachael at rachael_bliss@yahoo.com for more information.

07/29/15 GREEN DRINKS
“Why we can’t not get to Net Zero” by Cecil Bothwell. He will discuss the reasons why and the ways we can become a net zero energy community. Bothwell is a long-time advocate for solar and other green power and a member of Asheville’s City Council. He lived off-the-grid on solar for 22 years and today has a net-zero solar array on his total-electric home in Asheville. He was founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal Heartstone, managing editor of Asheville’s Mountain Xpress, instigator of Asheville’s Rolling Thunder Downhome Democracy event in 2003, and organizer of the ongoing conversation about a net-zero district in Asheville (AMAZED – Asheville Metro Area Zero Energy District). His other car is a canoe. WNCGBC is co-hosting a networking event with the NC Building Performance Association before the presentation from 4 - 6 PM. Come early for community connections and green drink specials. Presentation is at 6 PM. Location is The Green Sage at 5 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville.

CANCELED: 07/30/15 MOUNTAIN TRUE LEGISLATIVE WRAP UP MEETING IN ASHEVILLE
Catch up on the environmental outcomes of this legislative session, current priorities, and how you can get involved in holding our lawmakers accountable to the public they serve. For more information and to RSVP, go to Mountain True website. Time is 6 – 8 PM and location is Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar in the Grove Arcade. Will be scheduled in September.

07/30/15 WORKSHOP ON WIDENING THE HIRING POOL
“Moving Beyond the Green Insiders Club: Widening the Hiring Pools” with Desiree Adaway. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs begin through a personal connection. The time to widen the hiring pool to include multicultural communities is months and years before the job announcement is posted. In addition,The Green Insider's Club research indicates widening hiring pools as central to a more inclusive Environmental Movement. Desiree Adaway will share best practices and participants will leave with the beginning of an action plan. Limited to 40 folks, register with dmiles@unca.edu. Time is 8:30 to 10 (did not specify if AM or PM, I suspect AM). Location is 160 Zillicoa Street in Asheville. This came from the Center for Diversity Education at UNCA.

07/30/15 JAM FOR JUSTICE
This is a fundraiser for Pisgah Legal Services. It is an evening of local music, art, food and drink. Enjoy artfully prepared wood fired pizza by Fresh West, visit open studios of Pink Dog Creative Artists. Time is 5:30 to 7 PM and the location is The Paintbox at 344 Depot Street, Suite 104, in the River Arts District in Asheville. Suggested donation of $15 at the door. Contact Lindsay at 828-210-3405 for more information.

07/30/15 IMPROVING COMMUNITY-POLICE RELATIONS
The Racial Justice Coalition, in partnership with the Asheville Police Department, Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, and the YMI Cultural Center invite you to take part in an engaging, interactive forum on the topic of improving community-police relations, communication, and trust. The event will be held on Thursday, July 30, 6 pm - 8 pm at The YMI Cultural Center on 39 South Market Street. A "world cafĂ©" model interactive discussion that will bring together community members and law enforcement officers in mutually respectful dialogue will be used. Free and open to the public. You do not need to RSVP, but please email gleonard@ywcaofasheville.org if you have questions. Refreshments will be served starting at 5:30.  respond to this email if you have any questions. Free drop-in child care will be available during the event at the YWCA of Asheville (185 S. French Broad Ave). To reserve a space for your child call 828-254-7206, ext. 113.

07/31/15 ASHEVILLE BUNCOMBE FOOD POLICY COUNCIL MEETING
Meeting of the whole: A Celebration of Interdependence. We will gather to plant seeds for building on our ability to make to make change as a community, and to celebrate our growth as individuals and organizations dedicated to a sustainable food system and social justice. Are you concerned about food access, growing food, the ability of our national food system to provide for us locally? Let's talk. Each attendee must fill out their own RSVP no later than 7/26. Folks interested in participating must RSVP at the link below as soon as possible to guarantee a spot for attendance. http://goo.gl/forms/WUojzp231A. Time is 6 to 9 PM and location is Stephens Lee Recreation Center.

08/01/15 PEACE WALK FROM SWANNANOA TO OAK RIDGE AND POTLUCK FOR THE PEACE WALKERS
August 1 to August 8, Peace Walk from Swannanoa to Oak Ridge. Buddhist monks from the Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda will lead a 7 day walk, 10 miles a day, from Swannanoa to Oak Ridge, TN to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Oak Ridge is where the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was built and where nuclear weapons work continues to this day. All are invited to join for the whole walk, or any part of it, for a day, even hours.  The walk will begin on the morning of Aug 1 at 8 AM and be followed with a potluck dinner in Asheville (at Asheville Friends Meeting at 227 Edgewood, off Merrimon, in Asheville at 6 PM) for walkers and others who are interested. All are welcome to the potluck. It will continue on the morning of Aug 2 from Vance Monument at 8 AM, west towards Oak Ridge. On Aug 8, walkers will join commemorative activities being conducted by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA). For more information, contact Ken Jones, jonesk@maine.edu. Their schedule follows:
August 1, Meet 8 AM at Warren Wilson College and walk to Vance Monument in Asheville, NC
August 1, Meet at 6 PM for potluck at the Asheville Friends Meeting at 227 Edgewood Road.
August 2. Meet 8 AM at the Vance Monument. Walk to Alexander, NC
August 3. Walk begins in Alexander and ends in Hot Springs, NC
August 4. Walk to the Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda.
August 5. Dandridge, TN to New Market, TN
August 6. Attend 6 AM vigil at Y-12 to remember the victims of the bomb. Walk after into Knoxville.
August 7. Walk to Oak Ridge. At 7 PM, we attend forum for the Transform Now Plowshares activists
August 8. Attend Peace Rally organized by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance. Please see orepa.org for a full schedule of events to commemorate the 70th Anniversary.

08/01/15 NUCLEAR-FREE MONTH
Since 2006, United for Peace & Justice has declared August Nuclear-Free Future Month: Time to Phase Out Nuclear Power and Start Negotiations on a Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons!

08/01/15 CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING
Citizens Climate Lobby meets the first Saturday of each month. Next month: August 1st from 12:30-3 PM at Kairos West Community Center, 742 Haywood Road in west Asheville. We are advocating for a Carbon Fee & Dividend, which would impose a fee on fossil fuels at point entry; this fee will be refunded to individuals and families. There is bipartisan support in Congress as this will create jobs and help grow the economy, boosting renewables.For more information, contact asheville@citizensclimatelobby.org.

08/02/15 DISPLAY AT FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN ASHEVILLE
NC Peace Action is sponsoring a display of posters on the Hiroshima bombings in 1945. These will be at the First Congregational Church, UCC on Oak Avenue until 08/30/15.

08/02/15 PEACE WALK FROM ASHEVILLE TO OAK RIDGE
This is part of the Peace Walk from Swannanoa to Oak Ridge. See posting on 08/01/15 for more information. This leaves at 8 AM from Vance Monument. For more information, contact Ken Jones, jonesk@maine.edu.

08/05/15 SIERRA CLUB MEETING AND GREEN DRINKS
Sierra Club meeting on Waterfalls & Wildflowers - join us for Timothy Spira's presentation on "Exploring Waterfalls & Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachian Mountains".  Tim's latest book is Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians: Thirty Great Hikes. Tim is emeritus professor of botany at Clemson University. Location is Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, (corner of Charlotte & Edwin). Time is 7 PM.  Contact: judymattox@sbcglobal.net, or 828-683-2176 for more information.

08/06/15 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NUCLEAR BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA

08/06/15 COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS ABOUT USE OF FORCE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT
The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office will host a series of community meetings for discussions about the use of force by law enforcement. Location is North Buncombe High School. Time is 6 PM. The meeting will allow people to hear from Sheriff Van Duncan on the training and education that deputies receive regarding use of force, and Duncan will answer questions from community members about the topic. “We want to share with the public the law as well as the policies that we operate under when making use of force decisions,” Duncan said. “Being transparent with the public will hopefully create a shared understanding of law enforcement’s obligations as well as duties in protecting the public.” The question-and-answer portion of the program will be moderated by Lucia Daughtery of the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. This forum is free and open to the public.

08/06/15 CLEAN ENERGY IN THE MOUNTAINS EVENT 
Clean Energy in the Mountains is back! Come have a beer with us on August 6th at Highland Brewing Company on Old Charlotte Highway in Asheville. This event will gather NC Sustainable Energy Association members and clean energy leaders from across the Southeast as we recognize the forward progress happening in the western North Carolina region and beyond. Enjoy local catering and a Highland beer while connecting with friends and colleagues. Please register by Monday, August 3rd. Find out how to register, or ask for more information from Christy at christy@energync.org or 919-832-7601 ext 111. Time is 5:30 to 8:30 PM.

08/06/15 CREATION CARE ALLIANCE GENERAL MEETING
All are welcome to take a moment to listen to one another, renew our spirits and learn about ways to engage the work of caring for creation.  Join us! Location is First Baptist Church of Asheville at 5 Oak Street in downtown Asheville and time is 5:30 to 7 PM. Be a part of the conversation. Call (828) 258-8737 or email: creationcare@mountaintrue.org for more information.

08/08/15 RALLY AND MARCH IN OAK RIDGE TENNESSEE
This is a remembrance of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and a rally to say no to more nuclear weapons. There will be carpooling arranged by WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility. Contact Bob at robfhow@gmail.com if you are interested in carpooling. OREPA events start at 8:30 AM and go until 10 PM, but main rally starts at 2 PM.  Action for Disarmament at Y12, will consist of origami peace cranes being tied to a wire near the Y12 fence and we will issue a public call for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the cessation of weapons production at Y12. We will also call for our government to abandon plans for their new $6.5 Billion Uranium Processing Facility, proposed for Y12, in favor of a dedicated dismantlement of nuclear weapons facility at Y12. Activities will raise the call of the hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombs which destroyed Hiroshima & Nagasaki, for the world to step away from the nuclear abyss and move toward complete disarmament, the only guarantee that the world will never again know the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

08/09/15 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NUCLEAR BOMBING OF NAGASAKI

08/09/15 GLOBAL ZERO EVENT
Have you ever considered what a nuclear catastrophe would look like in your hometown? It’s been 70 years since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- two of the most devastating humanitarian tragedies in history. And yet the world is still bristling with more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, thousands of which are locked and loaded, ready to fire at a moment’s notice. The risk that these weapons will be used is growing and the consequences are greater than ever. Join Global Zero on Sunday, August 9, to commemorate the atomic bombing of Nagasaki by biking what would be the perimeter of a nuclear blast in Asheville. The event will be one of many corresponding actions around the world, serving as a powerful reminder that nuclear weapons were designed to wipe cities like ours off the map. RSVP for Bike Around the Bomb Asheville, or for more information, email field@globalzero.org. Time and location TBD.

08/09/15 RESILIENT AGRICULTURE AUTHOR EVENT
Join us with author Laura Lengnick to discuss her newly published book, "Resilient Agriculture," and the role that sustainable agriculture will play in the future as climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the productivity and profitability of agriculture in North America. 
Time is 3 PM and location is Firestorm Books & Coffee at 60 Haywood Road in Asheville.

08/10/15 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MEETING
Topic is “Growing Food Where You Live: Cultivating Solutions to Hunger and Malnutrition in WNC Communities”. One in four children in Western North Carolina struggle for access to three meals a day.  Sydney Klein and Dylan Ryals-Hamilton will share stories, insights, and adventures working with low-income residents to grow healthy food right where it’s needed most – in low-income communities and in food desserts.  The case study presented is the pilot project for a greater campaign for food resilience and community abundance. Time is 6:30 PM to 8 PM and location is Parish Hall at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church - parking available on street or off Evelyn Ally north of the church.

08/12/15 GREEN DRINKS
“Wild Utah: America’s Redrock Wilderness” is a multi-media slideshow documenting citizen efforts to designate public lands in southern Utah’s spectacular canyon country as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.  This journey through redrock splendor invigorates and motivates viewers to participate in the movement to protect these unique lands. The multimedia slideshow will be shown in conjunction with a presentation on the status of the Utah wilderness movement by Travis Hammill, Eastern Grassroots Organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. This inspirational and informational event is a must see for people wishing to become personally involved to make the difference in this tremendous American public lands conservation effort. Socializing at 5:30 and presentation is at 6 PM. Location is The Green Sage at 5 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville.

08/13/15 BENEFIT FOR SIERRA CLUB AND MOUNTAIN TRUE
The documentary Merchants of Doubt will be presented by The Orange Peel, the Sierra Club, and Mountain True at the Orange Peel in downtown Asheville on Thursday August 13 at 7:30 PM with doors opening at 7 PM. By the creator of Food, Inc., Merchants of Doubt is an important new documentary that focuses on climate change and its deniers' political agenda to discredit the inarguable facts. This will be a fully seated event, open to all ages. Entry is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to support the event's co-sponsor organizations, Mountain True and Sierra Club of WNC. Contact: judymattox@sbcglobal.net, or 828-683-2176 for more information.

08/14/15 DANCE FOR DEMOCRACY FUNDRAISER
Time is 8 PM to midnight, location is The Orange Peel. Get your groove on at Dance For Democracy – a fun night of dancing and music at The Orange Peel, from Motown to rock ‘n roll and swing to hip-hop. Tunes to be cued up by amazing DJ Marley Carroll... Proceeds support Democracy North Carolina's work to promote access to voting in our state. Tickets are $10 per person or $50 for patrons (includes pre-event reception with complimentary food and drink). Buy tickets NOW online at http://bit.ly/1L0hgNv

08/15/15 JUST PEACE FOR ISRAEL/PALESTINE PROTEST
Just Peace for Israel/Palestine will hold their next street protest on August 15th at Pritchard Park from 11AM - 12:30 PM.  Focus will be on the effect of the occupation on children.

08/19/15 GREEN DRINKS
People of faith are installing solar panels, planting gardens, recycling, testifying, protesting, marching, writing, preaching and engaging in all sorts of acts of courageous compassion. Come explore some of the transformative work that is already happening on behalf of all creatures great and small. Scott Hardin-Nieri is the Director of The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina. He has served in faith communities for over twenty years and after a “climate conversion” experience left his work in Monteverde, Costa Rica for the Blue Ridge Mountains. Socializing at 5:30 and presentation is at 6 PM. Location is The Green Sage at 5 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville.

08/20/15 COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS ABOUT USE OF FORCE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT
The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office will host a series of community meetings for discussions about the use of force by law enforcement. Location is Owen High School. Time is 6 PM. The meeting will allow people to hear from Sheriff Van Duncan on the training and education that deputies receive regarding use of force, and Duncan will answer questions from community members about the topic. “We want to share with the public the law as well as the policies that we operate under when making use of force decisions,” Duncan said. “Being transparent with the public will hopefully create a shared understanding of law enforcement’s obligations as well as duties in protecting the public.” The question-and-answer portion of the program will be moderated by Lucia Daughtery of the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. This forum is free and open to the public.

08/21/15 to 08/23/15 MONTREAT CONFERENCE CENTER REMEMBRANCE OF MLK
On this weekend in August, at the Anderson Auditorium, Montreat College, in Montreat NC, there will be a weekend of remembrance of  Martin Luther King’s address at Montreat in 1965, called “Dr. King's Unfinished Agenda: A Teach-In for Rededicating Ourselves to the Dream”. There will be nine speakers; the main speaker will be U.S. Representative John Lewis. Events include programming and break out sessions for teens and adults. Basic registration fee is $40; for those able to help provide scholarship funds for the conference, a registration of $100 is appreciated. To register  or call 828.669.2911, ext. 339.   

08/28/15 REMEMBRANCE OF EMMETT TILL’S MURDER
Wear Black and White on July 25 (Emmett Till's 74th Birthday) and August 28. A Time For Unity In Black And White: Please join us again! Let's Remember Emmett Till and those who have lost their lives #CharlestonNine #TrayvonMartin #JordanDavis #OscarGrant #RenishaMcBride #EricGarner #MikeBrown #RekiyaBoyd #SeanBell #StephenBiko and so many others to hate, violence and racism in the US and in other parts of the world. How? Please Wear black and white attire/clothing items on July 25 and August 28 (the day Emmett Till was murdered in 1955, 60 years ago). This is a silent but powerful way to show that we will never forget.

09/02/15 SIERRA CLUB MEETING AND GREEN DRINKS
Sierra Club meeting on French Broad River Odyssey by Dr. Chris Lechner. Location is Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, (corner of Charlotte & Edwin). Time is 7 PM.  Contact: judymattox@sbcglobal.net, or 828-683-2176 for more information.

09/09/15 GREEN DRINKS
Interested in making your home greener, but frustrated because you don’t have thousands to spend for a major renovation? This discussion focuses on ways that homeowners on a tight budget can change how they operate their homes to achieve significant energy savings.  We will also discuss inexpensive upgrades that make easy do-it-yourself projects. Amy Musser will speak, and she is co-founder and principal of  VandeMusser Design, PLLC, founded in 2002. Socializing at 5:30 and presentation is at 6 PM. Location is The Green Sage at 5 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville.

09/19/15 AMERICANS WHO TELL THE TRUTH EXHIBIT
Saturday, September 19 at 6 PM the exhibit at YMI (39 S. Market St.) called “Americans Who Tell the Truth” will open. Rev. William Barber of Moral Monday fame will speak as his portrait is unveiled September 19th for the first time as a new addition to other heroes on display for the “Americans Who Tell the Truth” exhibit.  Mountain People's Assembly is hosting this event with YMI. This is a ticketed event, tickets start at $25. Go to YMI webpage for more information.

09/21/15 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE - MARCH FOR PEACE
A new partnership of peace makers have come together to plan an exciting weekend of peaceful activities as communities around the globe celebrate International Day of Peace in Asheville and Black Mountain. The new group calls itself WNC 4 Peace, with members representing all facets of peace, from the spiritual, the community, and the world. On Monday, September 21, at 12 noon WNC 4 Peace hosts a March for Peace downtown to the Peace Pole behind Pack's Tavern where participants will observe a moment of silence.   Asheville bells will be rung all around town, Peace Activist and Performer David LaMotte plans to sing with people of diverse beliefs gathered to explore the spirit of peace in a troubled world, while white doves are released to send our message out into the universe. Participants will then be invited to join with planners as they watch other peace celebrations live streamed from around the world at a nearby location. For more information, call Rachael Bliss at 828-378-0125.

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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 on 20 Oak Street 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. Call 884-3435 to confirm. 
Third Saturdays – Asheville’s Green Grannies invites the public to “sing for the climate” at Pritchard Park 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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Dear Friends in Peace,                                  

Join us for the international Day of Peace in Asheville on Monday, Sept. 21. 

WNC4PEACE  is hosting a moment of silence as Asheville bells are rung at 12 noon,  followed by a March for Peace to Asheville City Hall. People of all faiths or no faith will gather to explore the spirit of peace in a troubled world, while white doves are released to send our message out into the universe.

Your church can be a part of this by:

·      Ringing church bells at 12 noon along with other churches

·      Promoting the event to your congregation

·      Calling the Mayor’s office at (828) 259-5604 before July 30th to add your church’s name to the Peace Day Proclamation.  By joining the Proclamation your church will be added to all our advertising, fliers, social and traditional media when appropriate.

·      Committing to a donation, if feasible,  to help planners with printing, advertising, permits etc. Please send your contribution to WNC4Peace, 335 Sourwood Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711

Thank you for all the work you do for peace and justice in our world and at home. 

Questions or suggestions? Please contact us at (828)378-0125 or email us at wnc4peace@gmail.com.  You can also find us on Facebook.com/WNC4Peace and Twitter @WNC4Peace. Please pass this on to other groups. We need to hear from all by July 30, 2015

Ed Sacco

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Come Join us for a PEACE WALK, 10 miles per day, one or more days.
And Say NO to Building a new Bomb Plant!

Walk from Warren Wilson College to Vance Monument, & along French Broad River to Oak Ridge.   Seventy years ago, the Y-12 Weapons Plant in Oak Ridge produced the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. The U.S. plans to build a new multi-Billion Dollar bomb plant at Oak Ridge. Support the Oak Ridge Environmental PEACE Alliance (orepa.org) and Walk to bring attention and say NO to the new bomb plant. Come join us and walk for peace. 

Saturday 1 August  at 8 AM - Meet at Warren Wilson College behind Kittredge Hall, and walk to Vance Monument in Asheville, for a total of 10 miles. Time is 8 AM to 3 PM. Transportation available from Asheville to Warren Wilson. Leave at 7:30 AM. Call Jim Brown for reservations and information at 777-4433.

Saturday 1 August at 6 PM - Potluck Dinner at Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville, NC. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday 2 August at 8 AM - Meet at Vance Monument and walk 10 miles along French Broad River Rd toward Marshall from 8 AM to 3 PM. Transportation back to Asheville will be available.

Rally and concert on Saturday, August 8, at 10 AM at Bissell Park in Oak Ridge, TN. Then walk to Y12 Complex (2.0 miles) for a follow up rally.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Diplomacy

This came from a facebook post.

I agree with diplomacy and I totally believe that it should be used BEFORE there is any violence, not just after. However, I do remember that Iraq and Libya both disarmed - and look what happened to them. I sincerely hope there is a better outcome for Iran.