Monday, April 21, 2014

A sign of progress

This picture comes from a facebook post by Occupy WNC. This resolution passed the Illinois Senate last week. Occupy WNC is also working on this issue, as is "Move to Amend" in Buncombe County. The Citizens United decision by the US Supreme Court needs to be overturned in a constitutional amendment. This is going to be a very long hard fight.

Upcoming events for the week of April 20, 2014



 Tulips and daffodils at the Biltmore Estate.

UPCOMING EVENTS

04/21/14 FILM AT AB-TECH
“Living off America's Waste” AB-Tech is screening the movie “DIVE” on Monday, April 21st at the Ferguson Auditorium. The film will be followed with a Q&A with the filmmaker Jeremy Seifert. Inspired by a curiosity about our country's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary “DIVE” follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food - resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action. Time is 11 AM. No information on possible cost.

04/21/14 ASHEVILLE TOOL LIBRARY
This will be an organizing meeting. Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is 40 Congress Street in Asheville. Come and join us on the Earth Day Eve for our second Volunteer meeting for the Tool Library this year. We need some help to get over the 'hump', figure out the (beta) Tool Library location and open up for the community to start sharing tools! We will be orienting new volunteers and working on the next steps together. Feel free to bring food or drinks to share. Light snacks will be provided. Please park at the bottom of Congress St or on Gaston St.

04/22/14 EARTH DAY TO MAY DAY 2014 WAVE OF ACTION
The Global Climate Convergence: People Planet Peace Over Profit.

04/22/14 EARTH DAY FILM
“GMO OMG” film will be shown at Asheville Community Theatre at 35 E. Walnut Street in Asheville. Cost is $11 for advance purchase, $13 on the day of the show. Doors open at 6:30, Film starts at 7:15. Director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert (of Asheville) is in search of answers to complex question of ‘who controls the future of food?’ GMO OMG follows one family’s struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. This will be followed by Q&A with the Director and panel discussion with local organic experts. You can purchase tickets by calling Asheville Community Theatre at 828.254.1320 or the Asheville Community Theatre website or on the day of the show. Proceeds benefit the spread of organic education in our region.

04/22/14 EARTH DAY CONCERT AT UNCA
The UNCA Wind Ensemble & Symphony will present an “Earth Day” concert. This will feature students and guest performers. General admission is $5, students with identification are admitted free.

04/22/14 HOPE RISES! AN EARTH DAY VIGIL
WNC Green Congregations invites you to join us for HOPE RISES! This is an interfaith vigil celebrating God's creation and, in response to our changing climate, calling on people of faith to care for it. We will gather at Pritchard Park from 7 to 8 PM on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22nd, for an evening of song and ceremony, and to hear a message of hope from local faith and community leaders. All are welcome.

04/22/14 SOUTH SLOPE AND TOWN BRANCH CLEAN UP
Meet at Twin Leaf Brewery to get your gear (machetes, shovels, water boots to be provided by Asheville GreenWorks). We will meet at 5 PM and head down to the South Slope and Town Branch Stream for a clean-up.  We will then head back to the brewery for a cold beer to enjoy.   Bring a change of pants, and maybe a second t-shirt for the day.  Water and Snacks will be provided.

04/22/14 RIVER LINK CLEAN UP
They will be doing two service projects on this day, both in Ross Creek. Time is 3 to 5 PM, please go to riverlink.org for more information.

04/23/14 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Time is 9:30 AM and location is Black Mountain Presbyterian Church library in Black Mountain. Contact Beth at elizakeiser@aol.com for more information.

04/23/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday April 23rd at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and CafĂ© in Asheville for a celebration of our 500th edition of Asheville Green Drinks! Unlike 700 other cities that host green drinks, Asheville is proud to be the only weekly green drinks event in the world. Our event will honor the original Asheville founders and Partners in Education and other community members who have diligently produced 500 educational programs that have drawn crowds from far and wide. Join us for hor’s dourves and refreshments.

04/23/14 FILM AND DISCUSSION AT PACK LIBRARY
“The Cherokee Word for Water” will be shown in the Lord Auditorium as part of the “Reclaiming Sacred Ground: Native American Self-representation in Film” series. Time is 6:30 PM. The director and lead actress will do a Q&A after the film showing.

04/23/14 TRAINING FOR ANTI-FRACKING VOLUNTEERS IN SYLVA
Training for dedicated Anti-Fracking Outreach Volunteers. Come learn and strategize to lead outreach on fracking impacts and policy. Time is 6 PM. Location TBD. Contact sally@cwfnc.org for more information.

04/23/14 STAND AGAINST GOVERNOR MCCRORY
This protest is not directed against the City of Asheville or against Moogfest. Our concern is to protest Governor McCroy's horrible policies, which have hurt both the City of Asheville and its people. (McCroy was due to appear at Moogfest, but the latest information is that he is not coming. The protest goes on, however. – dancewater) Please come, 2:30 pm, Wednesday, April 23, Vance Monument. Let's show him that his attack on our equality, education and environment will not stand!

04/24/14 EARLY VOTING STARTS TODAY
William H. Stanley Building, 35 Woodfin Street, Asheville 28801. April 24th -25th: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. April 26th: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. April 28th - 30th: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. May 1st - 2nd: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. May 3rd: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
All Remote Early Voting Sites: April 24th -May 2nd (excluding Sunday), 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. May 3rd, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Remote Sites are as follows:
North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. 28804
Girl Scout Office — Upper Building (Blue Awning), 64 WT Weaver Blvd. 28804
South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Rd. 28803
Skyland Fire Department, 9 Miller Rd. 28803
West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Rd. 28806
Heaven's Cloud Retreat — Old Union Hall Bldg., 130 Sardis Rd. 28806
Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., Black Mtn. 28711
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FELLOW PROGRESSIVES:
District Attorney, District 28:  Todd Williams
NC Supreme Court Associate Justice: Robin Hudson
Buncombe County District Court Judge: Ed Clontz

04/24/14 DIALOGUE ON RACE SERIES PLANNED FOR APRIL
A four-week Dialogue on Race will be held every Thursday in April from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Carver Center, 101 Carver Avenue in Black Mountain. The four sessions lead up to the annual Stand Against Racism on the last weekend of April. April 24 event will be the film “We Shall Overcome” (uplifting film about unlikely friendship between an embittered Ku Klux Klan leader and an outspoken black woman activist in Durham, NC). Small group discussions will follow the presentation. A potluck dinner will be held following the four sessions. To register or for more information, please email robertamadden@yahoo.com or call her at 419-0730.

04/24/14 ACADEMY AWARD WINNING FILM AT UNCA
The film will be “12 Years A Slave” and will be shown in the Sherrill Center in the Mountain View Conference Room (room 417). We will be hosting a free screening of the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, “12 Years A Slave”, to help raise awareness and bring to consciousness the history of social inequality and disparity in our country. Free to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Time is 6:30 PM to 10 PM. Sponsored by North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness, Department of Education Office of Teacher Recruitment, Center for Diversity Education, Multicultural Student Programs, Cultural Events & Special Academic Programs, NEH Professorship, and the Departments of Health and Wellness, History, Literature and Language and Political Science.

04/24/14 TRANSITION 2.0 PLUS
Climate change? Resource depletion? Uncertain economy? All are dangerous conditions that plague humanity. We need to build our resistance through Resilience. Come see how the Transition Movement provides an experimental dose of hope for future thriving. Video presentations. Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 20 Oak Street in Asheville. Room 107.

04/25/14 FILM SHOWING ABOUT PALESTINE - CANCELLED
“Alhelm:  MLK Jr. in Palestine” film showing, with director present, organized by Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East.

04/25/14 YWCA STAND AGAINST RACISM
This year "The Stand" will take place on Friday, April 25 with many events happening around that time. This is a great way to host an event of any size either in your own individual office, school, house of worship, book group, or family. To learn more and to register, contact the YWCA of Asheville.

04/25/14 MORAL MOVIES FILM SERIES AT UU CHURCH
The NC NAACP in partnership with Working Films and The Mountain People's Assembly presents: The Moral Movies Film Series. From April through July, film screenings will occur once a month in at least 8 cities across the state including Asheville. The series will help build the energy and maintain the momentum of the Moral Monday/Forward Together movement. On Friday, April 25th, we are screening the documentary, "American Teacher", the first of the four films in the series. Please join us and representatives from the NCAE and the Tarheel Alliance of Classroom Teachers for the screening and a discussion on teacher pay in NC. The film is at 7 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist in Asheville on Charlotte and Edwin Streets. Donations accepted. For more information, contact Norman at mnpopi@charter.net. For more information, contact Charles at 505-0839.

04/25/14 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT AT HAYWOOD THEATER
Come to the opening night of the play “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Haywood Regional Arts Theater in Waynesville at 250 Pigeon Street. There will be a reception following. Jackie Simms, board president of the Ethical Society of Asheville, acts in the role of Cal. Time is 7:30 to 10 PM. Sponsored by Ethical Society of Asheville. No information on cost.

04/26/14 HARD TO RECYCLE COLLECTION IN ASHEVILLE
This will be from 8 AM to 1 PM at the City Public Works Parking Lot at 161 Charlotte Street in Asheville.

04/26/14 EARTH DAY FLEA MARKET AND RECYCLING COLLECTION IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
This will be from 8 AM to 11 AM and will be held in the public parking lot between Sun Trust Bank (on Rt 9) and the RR tracks. This is sponsored by Black Mountain Recreation and Parks.

04/26/14 WATER TROUBLES AND WATER SOLUTIONS: WNC WATER IN CONTEXT
“Water Troubles and Water Solutions: WNC Water in Context: Colorado’s Western Slope” will be held from 3 to 4:30 PM at Pack Memorial Library in Lord Auditorium. This is the third in a series of free presentations sponsored by The Wilma Dykeman Legacy and Buncombe County Public Libraries to address questions about assuring abundant and affordable water in WNC over the next fifty years and beyond.  Drawing on experts from other areas of NC, the South, and North America, the series seeks to anticipate some do’s and don’ts in water management.  This presentation is about Colorado’s Western Slope, a potential predictor of our Appalachian future, and is given by Hannah Holm, Coordinator of the Water Center of Colorado Mesa University, with Leah Matthews, Professor of Economics at UNCA serving as the local responder. Free and open to the public.

04/26/14 POTLUCK FOR THE DIALOGUE ON RACE PARTICIPANTS
A potluck dinner for all participants and friends in the “Dialogue on Race” series will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 6:00 PM at First Christian Church, 201 Blue Ridge Road at Highway 9. Sponsors of the series “Dialogue on Race” include the Chamber of Commerce, First Christian Church, Highland Farms Retirement Community, Kiwanis Club of Black Mountain – Swannanoa, the local Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Corporation, Thomas Chapel AME Church, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley, Warren Wilson College, and the YWCA of Asheville. Contact Roberta at 828-419-0730 for more information.

04/26/14 FRENCH BROAD RIVERKEEPER PRESENTATION
French Broad Riverkeeper, part of the Western North Carolina Alliance, is dedicated to protecting a vital watershed right here in our backyard. Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson will give a presentation about the state of the French Broad, their efforts to keep it clean and healthy, and what locals can do to help. All donations throughout the day will go to benefit the Riverkeeper’s efforts right here in Western North Carolina. Time is 2 to 3 PM and location is Orvis Asheville at 28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 150. Please see store associates or call 828-687-0301 for details. Schedule subject to change without notice.

04/27/14 PROTECT THE VOTE
Time is 2 PM to 5 PM and location is YWCA of Asheville on South French Broad. Democracy North Carolina and AAUW will lead a non-partisan election protection training for Western NC volunteers interested in monitoring select polling places on Primary Election Day, May 6. The training is mandatory for volunteers who would like to assist and educate voters outside of polling locations (as opposed to poll workers and observers who are located in the voting area). In addition to answering voter questions and documenting incidents/complaints, election protection volunteers will conduct exit surveys with voters asking them about their voting experience, particularly as it relates to NC's new voter ID law. For more information and to register for the free training email Anne Sayers at anne20305@gmail.com.

04/27/14 WHAT DOES SOLIDARITY LOOK LIKE?
This event is to explore and promote female solidarity around appearance. Time is 11 AM and location is Eagle Street Coffee Emporium at 39 S. Market St (corner of Eagle and Market). This is caddy-corner to the backside of the big public/Diana Wortham Theatre parking garage that's on Biltmore downtown. Late last summer the twitter hashtag: #solidarityisforwhitewomen was created by Mikki Kendall. “As the hashtag spread across Twitter, people from all walks of life started joining in – to vent their own personal frustrations, as well as to address larger political issues. Feminism as a global movement meant to unite all women has global responsibilities, and – as illustrated by hundreds of tweets – has failed at one of the most basic: it has not been welcoming to all women, or even their communities.” This campaign reignited deeply important questions in regard to race, appearance, and the level of support that we offer to each other as women. Here in Asheville we like to call ourselves a diverse city, we like to see ourselves as progressive and inclusive of everyone, but are we, really? Please join us for a facilitated discussion of these topics and bring your insight and experience. Oh, and free coffee, y'all!

04/28/14 to 04/29/14 CAROLINA CLIMATE RESILIENCE CONFERENCE IN CHARLOTTE
Please join us and other practitioners, researchers, and staff from local, state, and federal agencies to share information about climate-related tools, resources, experiences, and activities in the Carolinas. This will be a very interactive conference geared towards networking and exchange among stakeholders and decision makers throughout the region. This will be at the Hilton Charlotte University Place at 8629 JM Keynes Drive in Charlotte.  More info at cisa.sc.edu/ccrc/.

04/28/14 ME2WE LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON - RESCHEDULED FOR 05/08/14

04/28/14 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT AT AB TECH
This year, A-B Tech will hold one of the largest Stand events on from 8 AM to 12:30 PM in Ferguson Auditorium on the A-B Tech campus in Asheville. A-B Tech and its partner, the YWCA, and sponsors (City of Asheville, MAHEC, and UNCA) will offer a community progress report, panel discussion, as well as networking and professional development opportunities. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. For registration and more information on the event, go to http://ywcaofasheville.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/stand-against-racism-at-a-b-tech-42814/. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Pfluger at 828.398.7114 or stand@abtech.edu.

04/29/14 ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL COMMUNITY MEETING
Asheville City Council will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, April 29 to share its 2014 Strategic Operating Plan, discuss its goals and invite public participation in the plan’s final version. The meeting will be held at the Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School at 305 Overlook Road from 6:30 to 8 PM so come on out!

04/29/14 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT AT JUBILEE
Talking Together About Race: Why is it so hard? How can we rewrite our race story? Featuring the Asheville premiere of the documentary “Racial Taboo” by filmmaker Brian Grimm. Time is 6 PM to 9 PM. Location is Jubilee Community at 46 Wall Street in Asheville.

04/29/14 STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENT AT LITERACY COUNCIL
The Literacy Council will show the movie “A Day Without A Mexican” which takes a satirical look at what would happen if all Mexicans suddenly disappeared. It shows what an impact the entire immigrant population makes. Time is 6 to 9 PM and location is the Literacy Council of Buncombe County at 31 College Place in Asheville.

04/30/14 POWER OF POSITIVE PARENTING SEMINAR
Children of all ages need a safe, secure and loving environment in order to thrive.  Positive parenting is an effective approach to raising children that emphasizes the positive. It involves creating a family environment that is loving, supportive and predictable. This is important in raising healthy, well-adjusted children who have the skills and confidence that they need in order to succeed at school and in their interpersonal relationships with others. Positive parenting reduces the stress of parenting and makes it both more rewarding and more enjoyable. This seminar will offer an overview of positive parenting techniques. Time is 10 AM to 11:30 AM and location is Mission Children’s Reuter Outpatient Center at 11 Vanderbilt Park Drive in Asheville. Contact Kate of Family Support Network of WNC for information on how to register and possible costs. Her phone is 828-213-9787.

04/30/14 FILM AND DISCUSSION AT PACK LIBRARY
This will be a film about Aung Sun Suu Kyi, a Member of Parliament in Burma. Discussion will be lead by Dr. Sarah Judson, UNCA history professor. Time is 6 to 8 PM.

04/30/14 GREEN DRINKS
Jon us Wednesday April 30th at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe for a presentation by author Glenn Geffcken and partner Maria Rueda of Balanced Is, on “Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change,” about the applicability of indigenous values to the art of doing business as a force of positive culture shift. On the heels of the release of Geffcken’s first book, “SHIFT: Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change,” Balanced Is launches new culture workshops designed to catalyze a shift in organizational culture through an experiential exploration of principles from indigenous society. “Indigenous people, the world over, have lived in a state of grace and harmony with nature for longer than history can record.” Geffcken says, “And encoded within their cultural framework is a value system that places a high importance on values themselves, which has enabled indigenous people to pass their culture on throughout the generations without drift.”

05/01/14 PROTEST DUKE ENERGY MEETING IN CHARLOTTE
Our Power Together: May Day at Duke Energy Shareholder Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1st, from 9 AM to 11 AM. There will be a rally, street theater, and speaker. Location will be Duke Energy Corporate HQ at 526 S Church St in Charlotte, NC. Contact Laura Sorensen for van seat and carpooling at 545-4443 or Lsredoak@gmail.com. For Duke Energy ratepayers, for NC taxpayers, for those of us who live near NC's fifty toxic coal ash dumps, containing at least 16 billion gallons of coal combustion waste (enough to cover 38,662 football fields one foot deep), for families with children, for people of color, for people living in poverty, for those of us who drink water or breathe air, it's time to tell Duke Energy they must be accountable! Organizations involved thus far include: Action NC, Appalachian Voices, Charlotte Environmental Action, Democracy NC, Greenpeace, NC WARN, Sierra Club Club.

05/01/14 MAY DAY PROTEST AGAINST BANK OF AMERICA IN CHARLOTTE
Bank of America protest at 2 PM at 100 North Tryon Street in Charlotte.

05/01/14 YMCA BLACK AND WHITE GALA
Join us for an evening of live music, dancing, and local eats in support of the YWCA's Stand Against Racism. Tickets are $50 each and proceeds benefit the YWCA's programs to eliminate racism and empower women. Learn more at ywcaofavl.org. Time is 6:30 to 10:30 PM and location is the Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort in Asheville.

05/03/14 WATER TROUBLES AND WATER SOLUTIONS: WNC WATER IN CONTEXT
“Water Troubles and Water Solutions: WNC Water in Context: The State of the Catawba River” will be held from 3 to 4:30 PM at Pack Memorial Library in Lord Auditorium. This is the fourth in a series of free presentations sponsored by The Wilma Dykeman Legacy and Buncombe County Public Libraries to address questions about ensuring abundant and affordable water in WNC over the next fifty years and beyond.  Drawing on experts from other areas of NC, the South, and North America, the series seeks to anticipate some do’s and don’ts in water management. This presentation is about state of the Catawba River, which is currently under review by the US Supreme Court, and is given by  Regina Guyer, associate director of the IDEAS Center, UNC Charlotte; Barry Gullet, Director, Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities; Rusty Rozzelle, Stormwater Director, Mecklenburg County,  Amy Knisley, Environmental Studies Faculty, Warren Wilson College, serving as the local responder. Free and open to the public.

05/04/14 ASHEVILLE NOW MEETING
Join the ERA working meeting, Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m. at Havana's Restaurant in Asheville. Asheville NOW announces an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get to work: to brainstorm and gather facts and opinions about the Equal Rights Amendment for use on our website and in media; plan a special event featuring a state dignitary in July drawing attention to constitutional inequality based on gender; discuss new strategies for changing public opinion on ERA; learn more about what ERA can do for women; change the conversation about ERA in North Carolina - because it's our time to lead; discover how ERA can end political, social, legal and legislative injustices against women and historical minorities. For more information and to RSVP, contact ashevillenow@live.com.

05/05/14 DINNER WITH PROGRESSIVES
Dinner with Progressives is a social outlet for thoughtful people in Asheville NC. The gathering includes time to eat together and then enjoy presentations which focus on solutions for a brighter future. This happens on the first Monday of the month. Dinner is at 6 PM and the speaker/program  is at 7 PM. This will be at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe in south Asheville. Contact Cheryl at ctorengo@gmail.com for more information.

05/06/14 NSA SPYING AND THE CONSTITUTION
This will be a presentation by Mark Gibney, professor of Political Science at UNCA. Time is 7:30 PM and location is the Manheimer Room at UNCA. The development and expansion of technology and its impact on the culture and society has always been a problem and presented a conundrum for political power and public policy – especially in democracies.  Most of us have our favorite stories and inventions where government are “always catching up” or having to adapt to new technology. What can we make of recent revelations about cell phone data gathering in the service of national security and what it means constitutionally? Mark Gibney is the Belk Distinguished Professor at UNC-Asheville. Gibney recently he served as a juror at the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva, the largest human rights film festival in the world. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, and the Osher Life Long Learning Institute.

05/06/14 PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
Precincts are open for voting from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

05/07/14 GREEN DRINKS AND SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Join Asheville Green Drinks and the Sierra Club Wednesday April 2nd at 7 PM for a presentation on “Upcoming NC Legislative Session.” The Sierra Club and the Western North Carolina Alliance will present on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 PM. Sierra Club’s state lobbyist will present a legislative preview of upcoming issues expected to be addressed by the North Carolina General Assembly in the short session beginning May 14 including a possible coal ash bill & other environmental legislation.  Free & open to the public. Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1 Edwin Pl. on Charlotte in Asheville. Contact: Judy Mattox, 828-683-2176

05/08/14 ME2WE LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON
The Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville invites you to lunch in recognition of young adult leaders in our community who have worked collaboratively on the Me2We summer youth leadership program. The Me2We program is modeled on the work of ASCORE (Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality) which was developed by Stephens-Lee High School students to desegregate Asheville's movie theatres, lunch counters, libraries and more from 1960 - 1965. Me2We is a collaboration between The City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, I Have a Dream at Pisgah View Apartments, and AVID Summer Bridge at UNC Asheville to build the social justice leadership skills of the next generation. The luncheon will be held at the Sherrill Center in the Mountain View Room on the campus of UNC Asheville. Tickets for the luncheon are $50.00 ($35.00 tax deductible). Time is 11:45 AM to 1 PM. You may reserve your spot and pay at the door by emailing dmiles@unca.edu.

05/08/14 LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL FILM AT FINE ARTS THEATER IN ASHEVILLE
The documentary is “My Toxic Backyard” and it is about the south Asheville community living around an old CRS Superfund site and the ongoing struggle to get clean safe drinking water while the old CTS site continues to leak dangerous toxins into the ground - 20 years after the threat was first reported to the EPA. The premiere is at 7 PM and there will be more showings on the upcoming weekend. $7.50 for matinees and $9.75 regular showings.

05/10/14 WATER TROUBLES AND WATER SOLUTIONS: WNC WATER IN CONTEXT
“Water Troubles and Water Solutions: WNC Water in Context: Managing the Tennessee River Watershed” will be held from 3 to 4:30 PM at Pack Memorial Library in Lord Auditorium. This is the fifth in a series of free presentations sponsored by The Wilma Dykeman Legacy and Buncombe County Public Libraries to address questions about ensuring abundant and affordable water in WNC over the next fifty years and beyond.  Drawing on experts from other areas of NC, the South, and North America, the series seeks to anticipate some do’s and don’ts in water management.  This presentation is about the opportunities and difficulties involved in managing the multi-state watershed of the Tennessee River, with Gary Springston, the water supply manager of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Free and open to the public.

05/12/14 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY MEETING
Ginny Lentz will talk about her experience going door-to-door for the MTA “We the People Listen” campaign. All are welcome. Time is 7 PM and location is North Asheville Library.  Contact Ruth Christie at ruthachristie@gmail.com.

05/12/14 FOOD POLICY COUNCIL WATER CLUSTER MEETING
The newly formed Water Cluster of the Food Policy Council will hold its second official meeting to select our priority actions out of the ideas brainstormed in the forming meeting and the first meeting.  We have identified 25 actions and consolidated them into six categories: education of the public, investigation, working with the City, working with other clusters, working with the general public, and events.  Come join our group and help us choose what to work on first to identify policy and propose innovative solutions to improve local water systems as they relate to food. Time is 11:30 AM to 1 PM and location is Earthfare at Westgate in the back room.

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

05/15/14 RADIATION TODAY LECTURE AT UNCA
Dr. Perry Sprawls will offer an interesting talk on radiation in our lives today. There are different types of radiation, and with the exception of light, it is invisible. That often gives it a mystic characteristic and a cause for concern because of our natural “fear of the darkness” and things we cannot see. When we become more familiar with the radiation in our lives today, knowing its characteristics, where it comes from, how it is used in modern society, and its effects on the human body, we can make intelligent decisions and live in harmony with this part of our environment. In this program we review the different types and sources of radiation, their benefits to individuals and society, and the actions to minimize risks. Perry Sprawls is Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Emory University, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, with over 50 years of experience in the use of radiation for medical purposes. Free and open to the public, this talk is offered in collaboration with the WNC IEEE. Time is 7 to 8 PM and location is the Reuter Center at UNCA, Room 102A. Contact Perry at olli@unca.edu for more information.

05/16/14 ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE AT RIVERLINK
Dr. Frank Kalinowski will address “Environmental Legacies: Politics, Policy and American National Character” from 3 to 5 PM. He is a retired professor from Warren Wilson College and an author. Location is Riverlink offices at 170 Lyman Street in the River Arts District in Asheville.

05/18/14 MALCOLM X FESTIVAL IN GREENVILLE SC
Hours are 2 PM to 8 PM and location is Cleveland Park (East Washington Street & Cleveland Park Drive) in Greenville SC.

05/20/14 AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING
The mission of the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society (EMAS) is to promote an awareness and appreciation of nature, to preserve and protect wildlife and natural ecosystems, and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship. EMAS hold meetings at the Reuter Center (Room 102) on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 PM. The meetings are free and open to the public.  Contact Lew at olli@unca.edu for more information.

05/23/14 GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO
This is the first anniversary of the second time President Obama promised to close Guantanamo prison camp. A few individuals have been released in the past year, but more than 150 prisoners remain - none of whom have been convicted of a crime in a court of law.

05/30/14 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
This meeting will be held at 3:15 PM at Brooks Howell House in Asheville.

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ONGOING EVENTS
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TUESDAY
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument

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

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

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

SATURDAY
Transylvanians for Peace and WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard
Third Saturdays – Asheville’s Green Grannies invites the public to “sing for the climate” at Vance Monument at 5 PM.

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ACTIONS AND READINGS
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Car sharing is coming to Asheville!

Our friends at Asheville City's Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment and at WNC Alliance have been working on bringing “Car Sharing” to our city, and the roll-out is approaching.

An announcement from WNCA reads: “Car sharing has many benefits, including enabling people to go without a car and enabling people to ride the bus, bike, or walk to work and still run errands or attend meetings during the day that are more easily done in a car.Combined with Asheville's ART (public bus transportation) routes, ever-growing bike lanes, sidewalks, and greenways, car sharing should also enhance Asheville's affordability. What is car sharing? It's a program through which members reserve and use a car for short periods of time, paying only for the time used. There is no fee to become a member and applications can be submitted online. Once approved, members simply reserve a car online, enter and start the car with a code, and pay only for the hours and miles used. If you need a car only part of a day, car sharing is usually less expensive and easier than renting a car from a traditional car rental company. The City will officially launch the program in April, with three cars parked downtown and one on the campus of UNC Asheville.”

The company partner for this project is UHaul, which offered the best fit for this city, according to folks at Asheville City's Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment. More information should be appearing in the media.

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From Veterans for Peace, Chapter 099:
The 2014 International Veterans For Peace Annual Convention will be in Asheville, NC hosted by VFP Western North Carolina Chapter 99 from July 23-27, 2014. Volunteers are welcome to participate. For info contact Gerry Werhan at gwerhan@gmail.com.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The history of US foreign policy since 1953



QUOTE:  “the hopes of people from all regions of Ukraine being sacrificed on the same altar as those of people in Iran (1953); Guatemala(1954); Thailand (1957); Laos (1958-60); the Congo (1960); Turkey (1960, 1971 & 1980); Ecuador (1961 & 1963); South Vietnam (1963); Brazil (1964); the Dominican Republic (1963); Argentina (1963); Honduras (1963 & 2009); Iraq (1963 & 2003); Bolivia (1964, 1971 & 1980); Indonesia (1965); Ghana (1966); Greece (1967); Panama (1968 & 1989); Cambodia (1970); Chile (1973); Bangladesh (1975); Pakistan (1977); Grenada (1983); Mauritania (1984); Guinea (1984); Burkina Faso (1987); Paraguay (1989); Haiti (1991 & 2004); Russia (1993); Uganda (1996);and Libya (2011).  This list does not include a roughly equal number of failed coups, nor coups in Africa and elsewhere in which a U.S. role is suspected but unproven.” – Nicolas J.S. Davies

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring beauty!



Photo:   Yoshino Cherry near the Pergola. This photo came from an email from the Biltmore Estate.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dangerous tornado in Moore, OK

This happened on May 20, 2013. The night before this tornado, I had horrible nightmares about - tornadoes.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reject and Protect



Photo came from email from 350.org - text below from their email too.

In the past week, Reject and Protect, the action to stop Keystone XL led by the Cowboy Indian Alliance, has really come together.

The big event is now scheduled for Saturday April 26th at 11 AM on the National Mall in Washington DC -- that’s when folks will be converging to make our closing argument against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and tell President Obama to protect our land, water and climate.

Together we’ll be delivering a handpainted tipi to President Obama -- a symbol of both our hope that he will live up to his promises, and our promise to stand with farmers, ranchers and tribal leaders to resist the pipeline should he approve it.

It will be an event of unusual power -- I think you’ll want to be there.


Last weekend, the Cowboy Indian Alliance met on Rosebud Sioux land near Ideal, South Dakota to set up a spiritual camp that will serve as a key point of resistance to Keystone XL if it is approved.