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.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Upcoming events in the Asheville area this week

Spring at the Biltmore Estate.

UPCOMING EVENTS

04/14/14 TO 04/22/14 EARTH WEEK IN ASHEVILLE
Earth Day in Asheville has become Earth Week! With lots of great chances for cleanups and other volunteer efforts, plus a day-long celebration with nonprofits and for-profits, food, crafts, drinks, and bands that move us toward a resilient and ecologically regenerative future. Visit the Lexington Avenue Celebration, attend the French Broad Food Co-op’s Urban Homesteading Fair (April 19), join Transition Asheville at our Water Infiltration Installation Celebration (April 19, see below in calendar), or come help show off our Water Sustainability demonstrations, graphics, and interactive maps at our table. It’s going to be lots of fun! Time is 11 AM to 8:30 PM and locations vary for various events.  Contact Transition Asheville for more information.

04/14/14 GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION ON US MILITARY SPENDING

04/14/14 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY MEETING
The MABCO general meeting is Monday, April 14 at 7 PM at the North Asheville, Library. Contact Ruth at ruthachristie@gmail.com for more information.

04/14/14 WATER CLUSTER MEETING OF THE FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
The first official meeting of the newly formed Water Cluster of the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council will be held at back room of Earth Fare at Westgate on Monday, April 14, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. This will be after the ABFPC Meeting of the Whole, at which we hope to learn more about how Water fits into the strategic priorities of the ABFPC as a whole and to start prioritizing our Aims into Key Action plans.  If you are interested in helping form policy that affects the food/water relationship, we welcome your input!

04/14/14 IMMIGRATION: BRING THEM HOME RALLY
Monday, April 14th at noon, a vigil will be held outside Kay Hagan’s office downtown, asking for justice for those still detained. Skarlett Salazar, whose mom Eva is currently detained in Arizona, will be there, along with several other family members and supporters from around the state. This was posted by Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville.

04/15/14 TRANSITION TOWN DESSERT POTLUCK AND LOCAL ENERGY ALTERNATIVES
The evening will feature two presentations:  Tom Llewellyn of the REAL Cooperative has mapped Share Economy options in WNC, and Amy Hamilton helped found The Smokey Mountain Hollers Cooperative (smokeymtnhollers.com), a trade network and fledgling local currency effort in Western North Carolina. Come to eat goodies, meet friends, and learn about these two exciting new ventures. Gather and share desserts and drinks between 6:00 and 6:30pm at the Community Action Opportunities Center lower level, 25 Gaston Street, Asheville. Gathering starts at 5:30, presentations to begin promptly at 6:30.  For more info, contact Ron at ronm_a@yahoo.com or 828-545-9114.

04/15/14 A RADICAL IDEA:  EQUALITY FOR WOMEN
Anna Stearns and Roberta Madden will present a program on the current status of the Equal Rights Amendment on Tuesday, April 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley. Their presentation is entitled "A Radical Idea: Equality for Women." All women and men are cordially invited. Anna and Robbie are leaders of RATIFY ERA-NC, a statewide organization dedicated to making the ERA part of the U.S. Constitution. Current focus is to pass pending legislation in Congress that will eliminate the 1982 deadline and require only three more of the necessary 38 (two-thirds) states to ratify the amendment. For more information contact robertamadden@era-nc.org.

04/15/14 WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Join us as the largest environmental film festival in the United States comes to Western North Carolina! The Western North Carolina Alliance presents the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, on tour in Asheville during the week leading up to Earth Day! It is a festival by activists and for activists. For thirty years, WNCA has been a building a community to protect and restore the forests and rivers of our home. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts our work–and yours–into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world. Time is 6 PM to 9 PM and location is Asheville Community Theatre at 35 E. Walnut Street in Asheville. Go to wnca.org for information on tickets.

04/15/14 LECTURE AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
Former Governor of North Carolina Jim Hunt will present: "The State of Education in North Carolina." This event is part of the University Lecture Series. Time is 3:30 PM and location is Moore Auditorium.

04/16/14 STAND AGAINST RACISM AT UNCA
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Carmichael Humanities Lecture Hall at UNCA. Tim Wise, whom scholar and philosopher Cornel West calls, ‘A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown’ is among the nation's most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 20 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. This lecture is presented as a partnership between Mission Health, the Center for Diversity Education, and OLLI at UNC Asheville as part of the YWCA's annual Stand Against Racism. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

04/16/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday April 16th at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Café in downtown Asheville for a presentation on Al Gore’s famous multimedia Climate Slideshow. The presentation is a comprehensive overview and discussion of climate change around the globe with up-to-date photos and information. Socializing starts at 5:30 PM and the presentation starts at 6 PM.

04/17/14 SPEAKER AND DOCUMENTARY AT UNCA
The Key Center for Community Citizenship & Service-Learning and The Department of Foreign Languages will host the documentary about 1961 Cuba when 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people how to read and write. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old. Over half were women. Guest Speaker Sila Reyna from La Vallita, Cuba, will share her personal experiences as a maestra following this 30 minute documentary called “Maestra”. Time is 6 PM and location is Highsmith Student Union, Room 104, at UNCA.

04/17/14 ASHEVILLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
“A Bottle in the Gaza Sea” will be shown at the Fine Arts Theater in downtown Asheville. Tal is a 17-year-old French woman who has settled in Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious “Gazaman,” a young Palestinian named Naïm. And thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. Based on the award-winning novel by Valérie Zenatti. All tickets $8.50. Time is 7 PM.

04/17/14 DIALOGUE ON RACE SERIES IN 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. Topics include: April 17 - Legacy of Civil Rights Pioneers (panel discussion); April 24 - 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 each 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.

04/17/14 SMITHSONIAN SCIENTIST TO SPEAK ON CLIMATE AT WWC
Brian T. Huber, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Paleobiology at the Smithsonian Institution, will give a public presentation April 17 at Warren Wilson College. His talk, titled “Planktonic Foraminifera: Recording Climate Change for 120 Million Years,” begins at 7 PM in Canon Lounge of Gladfelter Student Center. Planktonic foraminifera are unicellular organisms that live in the upper zone of the ocean. These creatures are distributed worldwide, but found only in the open ocean. When they die, they settle to the bottom of the ocean. Huber does research on what they can tell us about how Earth’s environment has changed during the past 120 million years. For more information call Stephen Cartier, Ph.D., WWC Department of Chemistry chair, at 828-771-3786.

04/17/14 PLAY AT UNCA BELK THEATRE
Theatre UNCA presents “Freckle in My Eye” which is an original, one-woman show written and preformed by Ashley Wilkerson. It is a poignant, shocking and sometimes humorous story of Shesee Jones, a young woman living on Texas Death Row. Time is 7 PM and location is UNCA Carol Belk Theatre. Free admission and open to the public. This play will also be performed on 04/18/14 and 04/19/14, same time and place.

04/18/14 LECTURES AT UNCA
“World War II and the Holocaust” will be addressed by Tracey Rizzo, associate professor of history, and Eric Roubinek, history lecturer. Location is Lipinsky Auditorium. “Post Humanism” will be addressed by Bill Bares, assistant professor of music. Location is Humanities Lecture Hall. Both lectures start at 11:25 AM, and they are free and open to the public.

04/18/14 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.

04/18/14 ASHEVILLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
“A Bottle in the Gaza Sea” will be shown at the Fine Arts Theater in downtown Asheville. Tal is a 17-year-old French woman who has settled in Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious “Gazaman,” a young Palestinian named Naïm. And thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. Based on the award-winning novel by Valérie Zenatti. All tickets $8.50. Time is 1 PM.

04/18/14 STATIONS OF THE CROSS OF THE MARGINALIZED
Time is 1 PM and location is 39 Grove Street in Asheville. Good Friday--Take to the Streets!!! Crucifixion, the death penalty of its day, was used to publically humiliate those who crossed Rome. It was reserved for the poor, the homeless, and those who rebelled against the Roman Empire and their occupation. Jesus the homeless man from Nazareth was crossed and in the process exposed the systems of domination through the way of non-violent love. Today, people in our community continue to experience humiliation and the daily crucifixions of poverty and homelessness. Over half of our children are on free or reduced lunch. The average life expectancy of a homeless person is the age of 50. Poverty is a daily grind that causes bodily and emotional suffering. Part pilgrimage and part protest, we will walk to places in our city weaving an ancient story with our own, opposing death, and speaking out for liberation and life!

04/19/14 ASHEVILLE EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Noon to 10 PM - on Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville. Local Food, Music, Beer and environmental groups. Lots for kids to do!

04/19/14 WATER INFILTRATION INSTALLATION CELEBRATION
As part of the celebration for Earth Day and the launch for the Water Sustainability Initiative, Transition Asheville and WaterLinks are sponsoring the installation of water infiltration features at Peace and Fun Gardens, 124 Choctaw Street in Asheville from 9 AM – 11 AM on April 19, 2014.  We plan to offer tours of this urban farm in progress and to put in some contour berms-and-swales, check dams, and perhaps an infiltration basin.  Come see how easy it can be for your neighborhood to protect itself from drought, flooding, and contamination!  Bring a shovel if you want to dig in!


04/19/14 GREEN GRANNIES SING FOR THE CLIMATE
Green Grannies Sing for the Climate at Vance Monument at 5 PM. Google “Singfortheclimate” and come out and sing with us! This happens on the third Saturday of every month.

04/20/14 ETHICAL SOCIETY OF ASHEVILLE MEETING
“The 3R’s: Education Issues in North Carolina” will be the subject of the monthly meeting of the Ethical Society of Asheville. A discussion will follow the presentation. Time is 2 to 3:30 PM and location is Asheville Friends Meeting at 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville. All are welcome.

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 TBA. No information on possible cost.

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 7:00 - 8:00 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.

04/23/14 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 Café 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 PROTEST AGAINST GOVERNOR MCCRORY AT MOOGFEST
Governor McCroy is going to be on a panel discussing Technology and Innovation during Moogfest, Wednesday April 23. Some of us here in Ashevile want to welcome him by challenging his lapdog acceptance and support of Duke Energy's dinosaur-like policies in regard to the environment and energy production. There will be a rally of some kind at 2:30 PM at Vance Monument and possibility other activities. If you are interested in working on this, please contact Steve at 828-777-7816. McCrory will be at a presentation at Moogfest from 3 to 4:30 PM. There was another individual who is also organizing at protest on Facebook. Same time (2:30 PM) but he listed in front of City Hall as the location.

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 417 - Mission Health Mountain View Conference Room. 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.

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

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, and 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.

04/26/14 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

04/27/14 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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

05/16/14 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.

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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 12, 2014

Planting trees, not bombs, in Afghanistan

I hope the trees grow big and strong!  This came to me via an email from Afghan Peace Volunteers. They planted these trees in March.