Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Our wasteful military spending


Billboard in Charlottesville, VA. This will be up for the entire month of December. This came from World Beyond War and they are asking for donations to put this up everywhere in the USA. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Save Net Neutrality

From Fight for the Future:

We’re rolling out our plan to stop the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality and we need your help.
Today, we announced a *massive online day of action* for December 12th that we’re calling “Break the Internet,” and we need every website, app, and user to help us make it huge.

For December 12th, we’re asking you to get creative and do everything possible to interrupt everyday experience by symbolically “breaking” your site, app, or social media channel. We don’t actually want to break anything. We want to get people’s attention by showing what an Internet broken by censorship, throttling, and new fees would look like; then ask them to call Congress and demand lawmakers stop the FCC’s repeal.

With the day of action coming just 48 hours before the FCC’s December 14th vote, it’s crucial that users from across the country call Congress and demand that they do everything in their power to stop the FCC.

There is huge momentum to save the open web.

Here are the most important things you can do right now:
1 Sign up to ‘Break the Internet’ and hit REPLY to let us know if your site can do more. 
2 Share the protest on Facebook and Twitter. We need to reach as many people as possible. 
3 If you run a website, add a BattleForTheNet widget using this code.
4 Add a banner to your site or social media profile and link to BattleForTheNet.com. 
5 Blog about the December 12th Day of Action.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Upcoming events for the week of December 10, 2017


UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR BY DANCEWATER

Please note: the last email calendar to go out in 2017 will be on December 17, 2017 (one week from today). Please send me information on all events in December and January (that are not listed below) before that date. The first email calendar to go out in 2018 will be on January 7, 2018. Thank you and Happy Holidays to everyone. 

12/10/17 WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

12/11/17 PRESENTATION ON GLOBAL WARMING
The League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County,  YWCA of Asheville and The Climate Reality Project invite you to: “Global Warming: A Nonpartisan Perspective.” Presented by Katie Kasben, Climate Reality Leader and member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Community by community, Americans are demanding action on climate change. Join us for a presentation on the impacts, solutions, and what you can do to help drive action. This event is part of the Project’s peer-to-peer outreach to share with people everywhere the truth about climate change and the solutions in our hands today. Our speaker is one of thousands of volunteers in 135 countries around the globe. Ms. Kasben is a volunteer Climate Reality Leader and was personally trained by former United States Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore to educate the public about climate change. Her goal is to mobilize our community for action. December 11 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm. Location: YWCA of Asheville, 185 S. French Broad Avenue in Asheville. Bring your lunch. The League is providing drinks and dessert. 

12/11/17 PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF BUNCOMBE MEETING
Progressive Democrats of Buncombe County Meeting. When: Monday, December 11, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Where:  Buncombe County Democratic Party HQ, 951 Old Fairview Road in east  Asheville. Description: Our goal is to further progressive ideals. We work to get big money out of politics and bring power to the people--not just corporations. We believe higher education needs to be available to anyone willing to do the academic work. We stand up for single-payer health care. Come and join us--make these ideals a reality. Contact: Kris Kramer at pdobpresident@gmail.com.

12/11/17 ASHEVILLE SURJ MEETING
Asheville SURJ weekly evening meeting: Monday, 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville Unitarian Universalist Congregation (downstairs main building). Accountability group for folks seeking to focus on anti-racism work. Meetings include opportunities such as discussion, educational opportunities, or role-playing difficult conversations, and building connections. For more info email avlsurj@gmail.com. 

12/11/17 IGNITE CHANGE - STAND FOR LANDS MEETING
Ignite Change at MIA Gallery at 61 1/2 N Lexington in Asheville. Date and time: Dec. 11, 2017 at 6 p.m. Host is Mary Malone. Come join Ignite Change STAND FOR LANDS campaign to meet like minded peole, organize and plan for upcoming petition signing and poster parties to save our public lands, and brainstorm for upcoming events. Contact Ignite Change at ignite@list.biologicaldiversity.org for more information.

12/12/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 4:30 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. 

12/12/17 OCCUPY WNC MEETING IN SYLVA
The non-partisan group Occupy WNC meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in Sylva's Sneak E Squirrel Community Room. The next meeting is December 12th at 7:00PM; supper is at 6:00 PM for those who can come. OccupyWNC has worked for economic and social justice in WNC since 2011. Newcomers and visitors are welcome. Contact Lucy Christopher at (828)743-9747 or lucy.christopher42@gmail.com for more information.

12/12/17 ASURJ DO!SCUSSION
The Do!scussion is a weekly safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville while working to dismantle white supremacy. Feel like you're struggling with the how? Come on over and we'll talk about it. Then, we'll get to do!ing. Do!scussion presently runs on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 AM followed by Do!session from 11:30-1:30 PM during which we working with accountability partners on a particular project or issue. The seven organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) accountability through action, 2) mutual interest, 3) take risks and keep going, 4) calling in more, 5) enough for everyone, 6) growth is good, and 7) centering class. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

12/12/17 READING BY COMMUNITY AUTHOR AWARD WINNER
Kim Winter Mako, Inaugural UNC Asheville Ramsey Library Community Author Award Winner, to Present Reading on Dec. 12. Kim Winter Mako, the recipient of UNC Asheville's first Ramsey Library Community Author Award, will present a reading of her recent works at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 in UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library, Whitman Room. The reading is free and open to everyone, and will include a reception with the author. Mako's reading is the culmination of her yearlong residency as the Ramsey Library Community Author. She received the award in January 2017, which also includes a courtesy faculty appointment that provides a library study carrel and other campus resources. Mako has used her residency to complete a collection of short stories, “If There is Anything Else You Can Do,” which examines “the mirage of the American dream,” Mako said. Mako said her work focuses on “characters on the edge of economic stability, the haves and the have-nots, and what happens when they're forced to deal with each other in society.” The stories were partly drawn from Mako's own experiences living in New York City as an actor and working as a caterer at high-end parties and events to make ends meet. “I got to be immersed in worlds that I never would have been in contact with otherwise,” she said. “I found it shocking, the space between A and Z, in terms of what people have and what people don't have in our society.” No contact information.

12/12/17 CITY OF ASHEVILLE GREENWAY WARMER
Greenway Warmer: A Celebration of Progress and Future Greenways presentation and refreshments. Time is 6:30 to 8 PM. Free. Held at 200 College Street, first floor, in downtown Asheville. Call the city at 251-1122 for more information. 

12/13/17 JUST PEACE FOR ISRAEL/PALESTINE MEETING
This meeting will be at 9:30 AM at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church at 117 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. Contact Beth at elizakeiser@aol.com or 828 707 4271 for more information. 

12/13/17 MOUNTAINTRUE AND SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Dec. 13: Environmental Issues & Actions Meeting. Join MountainTrue and the Sierra Club for monthly meetings to discuss local, state and national environmental issues. These meetings will help identify opportunities to take action on current issues, and provide educational opportunities for anyone who would like more information about how to get involved in environmental action. These meetings will occur on the second Wednesday of every month, and the next meeting is December 13 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Wedge at Foundation at 5 Foundy Street in Asheville. If you’re interested in staying up to date on environmental issues and want to know how you can get involved in local, state and national opportunities, come on out to learn more. For more information, contact Susan Bean at 828.258.8737 x 216 or susan@mountaintrue.org. 

12/13/17 DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING IN ASHEVILLE
“13th” Film Screening. In anticipation Michelle Alexander's visit to UNC Asheville on January 18th, 2018 please join us as we present films and host discussions about the broken criminal justice system in the United States. The first film we will be showing is the critically acclaimed documentary, “13th.” It explores the 13th amendment: did it eradicate, or evolve slavery? This screening will take place December 13th at 6:00 pm at the Grant Center (285 Livingston St). This screening is free to the public. Facilitated discussion to follow. Contact JaNesha Slaughter at janesha.slaughter@gmail.com for questions.

12/13/17 CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY PLANNING MEETING
December 13 at 6pm, CCL Chapter Planning Meeting to have a ready response for when legislation will be introduced, Whole Foods Market, 4 South Tunnel Road in east Asheville. Citizens Climate Lobby - Asheville Chapter

12/13/17 CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY PARTY
Brother Bluebird – Corporate AcountabilaPARTY on December 13 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Corporate Accountability gives us hope that we can advance transformative social change and combat climate chaos, even under the worst of circumstances. So we’re throwing a party! We’ll have delicious vegan food donated by No Evil Foods. Please help us thank THE BLOCK off biltmore at 39 South Market Street in Asheville for their space by buying their fantastic drinks. We’ll talk briefly about the state of corporate power today and discuss some of the most effective things we can do to combat climate change and advance democracy and social justice. There will be lots of opportunities to get involved, from giving financial support to taking action on Corporate Accountability’s campaigns. 6pm-8pm (Two different times listed on their website.) Contact The Block off biltmore for more information, including the correct time.

12/14/17 PARTY TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON OF PEACE
Thursday December 14, PARTY TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON OF PEACE, 5—8 pm at First Congregational Church Friendship Hall, 20 Oak St, Asheville, NC 28801 (look for sign at entrance). Event to commemorate the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to the International Campaign for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICANw) and its work on the new Nuclear Ban Treaty. WNC PSR is a local affiliate to the Campaign. Celebrate all the work that has been done by many in this region, over many years, towards this day. Food, music, friendship, more information: maryo@nirs.org or 828-252-8409

12/14/17  TRAUMA STEWARDSHIP MEETUP: ENGAGING IN SELF-CARE WHILE CARING FOR OTHERS 
For ourselves – helpers, advocates, healers, activists, empaths. Participants share tips and strategies for self-care and resilience. Time is 6 to 7:30 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Duncan Tam, MSW at duncan2729@yahoo.com for more information.

12/15/17 SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM AT UU CONGREGATION IN ASHEVILLE
On Friday, December 8th, we are screening the important documentary “The Hunting Ground” at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. The statistics are staggering. One in five women in college are sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported, and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. From the intrepid team behind “The Invisible War” comes “The Hunting Ground” a piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses, poised to light a fire under a national debate. Environmental & Social Justice Film “The Hunting Ground” will be shown on Friday, December 8th at 7 PM. Location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville at the corner of Edwin and Charlotte in north Asheville. The film screening is at 7 PM, and is open to the public. There is no charge for viewing the film. Donations are welcome. Contact Charlie at mnpopi@icloud.com or 612-860-6628 for more information. This was rescheduled from December 8, 2017 due to the snow. 

12/16/17 AUTHOR PANEL AT FIRESTORM IN ASHEVILLE
Sat, Dec 16 @ 5:00pm. Hope, Resilience, and Resistance Author Panel. Four local authors will talk about their new books and writing for young readers during these chaotic times. Event is appropriate for middle-school age and above. Contact Firestorm for more information.

12/16/17 JACKSON COUNTY NAACP MEETING
The December Membership Meeting of Jackson NAACP will start at 10:00 am on Saturday, the 16th at St. John's Episcopal Church on Jackson Street in Sylva. At 11:00am will be a celebration: “What our branch has accomplished in 2017.” Contact Lucy at (828)743-9747 for more information.

12/16/17 AWAKENING OF HUMANITY PRESENTATION
The old order is dying. People calling for change, demanding social justice and environmental justice. Learn what is behind these extraordinary events and how we all can be part of the planetary transition into a brighter future. Location is Asheville Friends Meeting at 227 Edgewood Road at 2 PM. Free talk and video presentation. Call 828-398-0609 for more information.

12/18/17 ASHEVILLE SURJ MEETING
Asheville SURJ weekly evening meeting: Monday, 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville Unitarian Universalist Congregation (downstairs main building). Accountability group for folks seeking to focus on anti-racism work. Meetings include opportunities such as discussion, educational opportunities, or role-playing difficult conversations, and building connections. For more info email avlsurj@gmail.com. 

12/19/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 4:30 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace.

12/19/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
On the third Tuesday of each month, Western North Carolina Veterans for Peace meets to coordinate group activities and programs.Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars. Time is 5:45 PM and location is the Block Off Biltmore at Eagle and Market Streets in downtown Asheville. For more information, contact Gerry at gwerhan@gmail.com.

12/19/17 ASURJ DO!SCUSSION
The Do!scussion is a weekly safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville while working to dismantle white supremacy. Feel like you're struggling with the how? Come on over and we'll talk about it. Then, we'll get to do!ing. Do!scussion presently runs on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 AM followed by Do!session from 11:30-1:30 PM during which we working with accountability partners on a particular project or issue. The seven organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) accountability through action, 2) mutual interest, 3) take risks and keep going, 4) calling in more, 5) enough for everyone, 6) growth is good, and 7) centering class. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

12/20/17 ASHEVILLE GREEN DRINKS
Informal networking focused on the science of sustainability. Free to attend. Held at The Block off biltmore at 39 South Market Street. Time is 6 PM. No contact information. 

12/21/17 CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING
Next Meeting: Thursday, December 21st, 6:30-8:30pm. Location: Kairos West Community Center (behind Firestorm Books & Cafe). Address: 610 Haywood Rd, in west Asheville. Citizens Climate Lobby - Asheville Chapter

12/26/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 4:30 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. 

12/27/17 BOARD MEETING FOR LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS IN ASHEVILLE - BUNCOMBE COUNTY
Board Meeting, Public Comment Open at beginning of each meeting. Wed, December 27, 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Monthly on the fourth Wednesday. Location is The Cathedral of All Souls at 9 Swan Street in Asheville. Join us in the CE Room.

12/29/17 POCAHONTAS DISCUSSION GROUP
Fri, Dec 29 @ 5:30pm. The True Story of Pocahontas Discussion Group. A community conversation about Dr. Linwood “Little Bear” Custalow and Angela L. Daniel Silver Star's “The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History.” Location is Firestorm in west Asheville. Contact them for more information.

12/31/17 WNC SOLIDARITY CONCERT SERIES 
The final Sunday of each month in 2017, two groups of WNC-based musicians and their ensembles will each perform a benefit concert to raise funding for WNC nonprofits. The music performed each week will fluctuate between jazz, rhythm & blues, soul, jazz funk, jazz fusion, and swing. Each event will host two groups, playing, consecutively between 3 and 5 PM with a brief intermission. All of proceeds go to the nonprofit organization. The nonprofit for today is Homeward Bound. This is a special WNC solidarity New Year’s Eve concert. Location is The Block Off Biltmore at Eagle and South Market Streets in downtown Asheville. Suggested donation is $10, and are available the day of the event. Please call The Block Off Biltmore for more information.

01/02/18 CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB
Join host Bruce Roth for a lively discussion on topics of current interest including war and peace, the economy, the environment, and other hot political topics. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops in downtown Asheville. We meet the first Tuesday of every month. Contact Bruce at brucerothchess@gmail.com for more information.

01/02/18 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 4:30 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. 

01/04/18 NEW JIM CROW DISCUSSION GROUP
New Jim Crow Discussion Group on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Event address: Malaprop’s at 55 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. Contact Malaprops for more information. 

01/06/18 RACE RELATIONS STATION 
Sat, Jan 6 @ 4:00pm. Race Relations Station. A pilot program where diverse groups of people meet once a month to share stories, build trust and break down barriers which will aid the community in healing, connecting and regeneration. Location is Firestorm in west Asheville. Contact them for more information.

1/11/18  TRAUMA STEWARDSHIP MEETUP: ENGAGING IN SELF-CARE WHILE CARING FOR OTHERS 
For ourselves – helpers, advocates, healers, activists, empaths. Participants share tips and strategies for self-care and resilience. Time is 6 to 7:30 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Duncan Tam, MSW at duncan2729@yahoo.com for more information.

01/11/18 CREATION CARE ALLIANCE MEETING
Creation Care Alliance Meeting-Planning for 2018. Thursday, January 11, 5:30-7pm at First Baptist Church Room MB306 Upstairs at 5 Oak Street, Asheville. Please park near the playground closer to Charlotte Street. We need your help as we plan the direction and events for 2018. We will explore priorities, needs of congregations and ideas as we look toward 2018. Team leaders and all who are interested are welcome. We will also share stories of hope from our faith communities as well as explore upcoming events and experiences. No contact information.

01/13/18 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR PRAYER BREAKFAST
The 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast. Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville. Tickets are $25. Call The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County at 828-335-6896 for information on how to register or any questions.

01/15/18 PEACE MARCH AND RALLY
Peace March & Rally. The MLK Association holds several events during the national holiday weekend to commemorate Dr. King and build upon his legacy of peace and justice. On Monday, Jan. 15, the official King Holiday (which would have been Dr. King’s 78th birthday), a Peace March and Rally will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. at St. James AME Church at Martin Luther King Drive and Hildebrand Street, followed at noon by a march to City-County Plaza to hear speakers on justice and peace. Call The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County at 828-335-6896 for information on how to register or any questions.

01/15/18 CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
On January 15 at 6 p.m. a Candlelight Service at Central United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall honors area citizens and organizations that have dedicated themselves to the cause of social justice. The association also honors area youth with a Youth Celebration and Awards in the spring, and commemorates Juneteenth each summer. Call The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County at 828-335-6896 for information on how to register or any questions.

01/18/18 MLK WEEK KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT UNCA
Michelle Alexander: MLK Week Keynote Address on January 18, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Michelle Alexander will deliver the keynote talk for UNC Asheville’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Week on January 18 at 7 p.m. in the Sherrill Center’s Kimmel Arena. The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m. Michelle Alexander’s best-selling book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” both crystalized and amplified public discussion about racism and civil rights, the war on drugs and the prison system. As an attorney, Alexander clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun at the U.S. Supreme Court, directed the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, and brought discrimination suits in private practice. She now is a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary and a forceful public speaker who argues that mass incarceration is today’s version of Jim Crow segregation. This event is presented by UNC Asheville with support from the Blue Ridge District of the United Methodist Church. UNC Asheville’s Cultural Events Series is sponsored by Blue Ridge Public Radio, Biltmore Farms Communities, and Our State Magazine.

01/18/18 AUTHOR EVENT AT MALAPROPS
Time is 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and location is Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe in downtown Asheville. On January 28, 2018 my husband, Dennis, and I will be appearing at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café in Asheville to talk about our new book “We Fought the Road,” released by Epicenter Press in October. Local authors, we live in Weaverville, NC.  Our cause, though, is the forgotten black soldiers who helped build the Alaska Highway in 1942. After Pearl Harbor, America’s leaders panicked.  Alaska and the Aleutian Island chain offered a direct path from Japan to North America, and defending Alaska meant getting men, weapons and material there in quantities well beyond the capabilities of air transport or the Navy. Desperate for a land route from Montana to Fairbanks, America’s leaders threw a ‘hail mary pass’.  They launched the Corps of Engineers to Canada and Alaska and demanded the impossible–1600 miles of road through some of the most difficult territory in the world. And, by the way, they needed it in 8 months.  The result was the Alaska Highway–the Alcan. The Corps wanted no part of black soldiers in Canada and Alaska, but they simply didn’t have enough white regiments. Three of the four regiments launched into the North Country were segregated black regiments. “Hidden Figures” living under the Army’s version of Jim Crow, approximately 3600 young black men, most from southern states, wound up in deep wilderness, isolated from contact with the local population, living in tents with temperatures 30, 40, 60 even 70 below zero. Today people in the lower 48 think of the Alaska Highway as a tourist destination. And, God knows, it is a stunning experience. But very few people know of its origins, of the heroes who suffered and died to build it, and, especially the black heroes. Contact Dennis McClure at 828-713-1628 for more information.

01/19/18 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING
Physicians, health personnel and everyone; all are welcomed at our monthly meetings held on the third Friday of each month. Bring a brown bag lunch around noon. This will be held at The First Congregational United Church of Christ, Room E205, at 20 Oak Street (just off College St. in downtown Asheville). Time is noon to 2 PM. Meeting starts at 12:30. Parking is available behind the church. Enter the church or ring doorbell at the glass doors on Oak Street. For more information contact Dr. Terry Clark, Chair, 633-0892 or Dr. Lew Patrie, 285-2599.

01/19/18 LECTURE AT UNCA
Fab Friday Lecture 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM Friday, January 19, 2018, at Reuter Center Room 102. January 19 “Film is Like a Battleground” by Marsha Gordon. American director Samuel Fuller famously declared that a film is like a battleground during his cameo in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film, “Pierrot Le Fou.” These words aptly describe the career of this World War II veteran who began directing movies in 1949. Whether about World War II, the Korean War, or the cold-war, war and its consequences were the subjects Fuller obsessively returned to throughout his long career. Drawing from her extensive archival and historical research, Dr. Marsha Gordon will discuss how war films really got made during the Studio Era. Her talk will be illustrated with film clips from Fuller’s films as well as with behind-the-scenes documents from the Departments of Defense and the Army, the FBI, and the Production Code Administration. Attendees will learn what a real battle it was to make war films in Hollywood. Marsha Gordon is Professor of Film Studies at North Carolina State University and the author, most recently, of “Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies” (Oxford University Press, 2017). Gordon has a monthly show, 'Movies on the Radio,' with Laura Boyes & Frank Stasio, on WUNC's The State of Things, which airs locally on Asheville’s NPR affiliate station. No contact information.

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ONGOING EVENTS
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MONDAY
Asheville SURJ weekly meeting at 6:30 pm at UU Congregation in Asheville, downstairs

TUESDAY
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 4:30 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument 
SURJ Discussion at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. 10 AM-11:30 AM. Followed by Do!sessions from 11:30-1:30 PM.
Rally at historic Courthouse in Hendersonville at 5 PM on the first Tuesday of the month. Organized by the Progressive Organized Women. 
Gathering of people who like to stitch and otherwise puncture the status quo at 68 Haywood Street Outdoor Space at 9 AM. 

WEDNESDAY
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 
Green Drinks meets at 6 PM at The Block Off Biltmore on the third Wednesday of the month.
Sierra Club meets at 7 PM at Unitarian Universalist in Asheville on the first Wednesday of the month.
Indivisible Asheville does political letter writing at 5:30 every Wednesday at The Block Off Biltmore. 

THURSDAY
Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 6 PM on first Thursday of the month. Materials provided.
Welcome Home Tour by Homeward Bound on the third Thursday of the month at 11 AM. Call 258-1695 for more information.
Asheville Prison Books Program is held at Downtown Books & News from 4 to 7 PM. 

FRIDAY
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville.
Progressive Women of Hendersonville hold a letter/postcard writing to government representatives from 4 to 7 PM at Sanctuary Brewing Company at 147 First Avenue in Hendersonville.

SATURDAY
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 
Mountain True holds urban forest workdays on the second Saturday of the month at Richmond Hill Park from 9 AM to 1 PM. Call 258-8737 for more information.
Citizen’s Climate Lobby meeting at 12:30 PM at Kairos West Community Center on second Saturday of the month.
Food Not Bombs serves free vegan/vegetarian food every Saturday at noon at Pritchard Park.
Dances of Universal Peace on the third Saturdays at 7:30 at 1 School Road in Asheville. 

SUNDAY

Asheville National Organization for Women meeting at 2:30 PM at YWCA of Asheville on second Sunday of the month.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Our military and the climate

Major General Rick Devereaux offered four caveats to be aware of when talking about climate and national security. Here is one of them: “Our military is not interested in taking the lead in solving the problem of global climate change.” They may be taking steps that are green, but their mission isn’t to fix climate change.

(The above information came from an email by Asheville Citizen's Climate Lobby. They are busy pursuing getting carbon tax and dividend passed in the US Congress, although there is no indication that such legislation will reduce carbon.)

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My response to Devereaux:

Actually, our military is taking the lead in being the biggest polluter on the planet and also taking the lead in being the single biggest contributor to carbon emissions. They are quite good at destroying the planet and have been doing just that for many decades now. They FOR SURE are not going to do anything to solve the problem of global climate change. You can count on that. 

Friday, December 08, 2017

"So Go I" by Bryan Cahall

Written by Bryan Cahall, sung by the choir and congregation of First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn, NY on February 7th, 2016. Video by Deia Schlosberg. More music from Bryan Cahall at https://soundcloud.com/bryancahall.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Postcards to elected officials #4

I  am writing to ask that you stand with me to demand the U.S. government force the Saudis to lift the blockade of  Yemen and let the people live. This war could not have been started with the assistance and support of the Obama administration and it could not continue without the support of the Trump administration. It is time to end this support. 

STAND FOR HUMAN RIGHTS!
DEMAND AN END TO SUFFERING OF THE PEOPLE OF YEMEN! 

THIS MUST STOP NOW!