Monday, September 30, 2013

STATEMENT FROM UNITED NATIONAL ANTI-WAR COALITION


With tough talk and crocodile tears for those killed in the chemical attack, President Obama made a tactical retreat from his insistence on an immediate attack on Syria. Though he left the attack option on that table, this retreat should be seen as a victory for those who oppose a new U.S. war on Syria. The Tuesday, Sept. 10 speech took place in the context of the near total isolation of the warmaking Obama administration at home and around the world. The British parliament voted down Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal to back the U.S. president. German Chancellor Angela Merkel opposed it as did virtually all traditional U.S. allies. No support was forthcoming from forces ranging from the Arab League to Pope Benedict XVI.

Every national poll on Syria demonstrates overwhelming majority opposition to yet another U.S. war. Overnight, a new antiwar movement is emerging in the U.S. and around the world. Aware of this mass antiwar sentiment, the U.S. Congress was poised to vote against Obama's proposal, an action that would make the president the first in the modern era to be essentially reprimanded by the U.S. legislature. With no immediate options before him, Obama was compelled to at least momentarily jump at Russia's proposal that Syria put its chemical weapons into international safe keeping. The Syrian government, while accepting this proposal, nevertheless continued to insist that it did not use the chemical weapons and had no intention of doing so. To date no U.S. government agency or the United Nations team on the site has refuted this position.  Indeed, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that it was too late for the facts - too late for any UN report.

With nothing but circumstantial evidence that the chemical sarin gas attack was used by the Syrian government, Obama's speech assumed this as fact and the basis for attacking Syria. The U.S. record is replete with similar false allegations to justify war, from the Vietnam era Tonkin Bay "incident" that proved to be fabricated by U.S. spy agencies, to Saddam Hussein's "weapons of mass destruction" that were "proved" to exist by the Bush administration. History demonstrates that U.S. pretexts for war are invented with impunity and with monstrous results. Four million Vietnamese died in that 10-year war
along with 57,000 U.S. soldiers, many still suffering from the poison chemicals employed by the U.S.  1.5 million Iraqis died decades later; no"weapons of mass destruction" were ever found. The U.S.-backed Saddam Hussein regime, with the approval of the U.S., employed sarin gas against the Iranian people in that eight-year war that took the lives of more than one million Iranians and Iraqis.

The international chemical weapons convention prohibits the production, storage, and use of chemical weapons.  If Obama was truly concerned about chemical weapons in the region, why is he not calling for the destruction of all chemical weapons - those owned and used by allies as well as foes?  This would then apply equally to the Syrian government, rebel forces, Israel, and the Egyptian military - none of which have signed the convention - and of course, the U.S., which does not adhere to international conventions and has used chemical weapons with impunity.

The U.S. government has no political, legal or moral standing to use force against any nation. The warmaking would-be cop of the world has an unbroken record of imperial interventions that have murdered millions to advance the interests of the elite few, not those of the vast majority. The incredible revelations of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning should suffice to caution everyone that the U.S. "national security state" will use any and all measures to advance its interests and that these "interests" have nothing in common with those of the American people. Yet the Obama administration has not abandoned its imperial objective in Syria - to put into place yet another government subservient to the corporate objectives of the U.S. one percent.

The most remarkable and revealing statement in Obama's speech was his assertion that "for nearly seven decades, the United States has been the anchor of global security. This has meant doing more than forging international agreements -- it has meant enforcing them. The burdens of leadership are often heavy, but the world is a better place because we have borne them."  He goes on to say: "Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria, along with our leadership of a world where we seek to ensure that the worst weapons will never be used…That's what makes America different. That's what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth."

This incredibly arrogant and dangerous statement of a self-appointed American ‘exceptionalism’ means that the U.S. has the right and the "burden" of acting militarily in American interests because the U.S. alone (and possibly some of our chosen allies) has ideals and principles, always of the highest order, and for the betterment of humanity.

What hypocrisy and what bald-faced lies.  The 70-year record of the United States of bringing death, destruction, and domination to the world is not something Americans can be proud of.  Many Americans are recognizing this 'essential truth' and recognizing that only we, the people, have the power and obligation to end the horror perpetrated on our planet. The U.S. antiwar movement must seize this likely temporary moment in history to deepen its opposition to war against the people of Syria. We have won some precious time to organize a massive movement to compel the government to bring the troops, warships, and planes home now.  We must continue to demand:

No U.S. War on Syria! U.S. Hands off Syria! No New U.S. Wars! Bring the Troops and War Dollars Home Now! Money for Jobs, Education and Health Care Not War!

9/12/13

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Upcoming events in the Asheville area this week

UPCOMING EVENTS

09/30/13 TO 10/13/13 OUR VOICE SURVIVOR SHOW
“Heart Works” is the Our Voice annual art show, and will feature works by sexual assault survivors. This is on display at NC Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane, in Asheville. Info at ourvoice.org.

10/01/13 TRANSIT COMMITTEE MEETING FOR ART
Time is 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and location is first floor conference room at City Hall.

10/01/13 WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL – THE ATTACK OF THE DRONES
The World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina in conjunction with the Department of Political Science at UNCA and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, invites you to a presentation of “Attack of the Drones: Revolution or Evolution in Warfare?” Of several advancements in military technology over the last few decades few have evoked more attention and controversy than the aerial drones that have been used against terrorist and insurgent targets. Major General Rick Devereaux, now a defense industry consultant, a career that was preceded by service in the Air Force, will bring his military officer’s perspective to a discussion of these weapons and how they are changing warfare, national defense strategy, and the military itself. Location is Manheimer Room at Reuter Center at UNCA. Time is 7:30 PM. UNCA students are admitted free. Single admission price for this event is $10.00 For further information contact George at 828-242-6380.

10/02/13 SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Presentation on Community Action on Energy Production and Efficiency. Social is at 7 PM and program starts at 7:15 PM. Location is Unitarian Universalist Church at the corner of Edwin Place and Charlotte Street in Asheville.

10/02/13 TOOL LIBRARY BRAINSTORMING SESSION
This will be at the French Broad Food Coop right after the Farmer’s Market. Time is 6 to 8 PM. See the end of this email for more information.

10/03/13 HEARTSPEAK CLASS
HeartSpeak: Listening & Speaking from the Heart with Cathy Holt, first of 4 classes at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Rd. Move from conflict to connection, learn heart coherence, hear the need behind any "no" in this highly interactive, experiential class; $60 includes private, confidential coaching session. To preregister: cathyfholt@gmail.com or 828-545-9681. Time is 7 to 9 PM.

10/05/13 KEEP SPACE FOR PEACE WEEK

10/05/13 SPECTRUM IN SYNC: 2013 PRIDE MARCH  
Join “Just Us For All” for their second pride march at Blue Ridge Pride annual event this October. The theme for this years march is PRIDE amongst all of us in the LGBTQIA spectrum! Feel free to dress creatively to fit the theme and make signs to join us. If you're apart of an organization make sure your organization makes itself known! Let's give our community visibility all of us: The B, T, G, L, Ally, Genderqueer, Intersex, femme, dandy - all of us! Let's come together and strut our stuff and head to the Asheville pride event as a group. The start of the march is to be determined shortly, we will meet at 12:30 to start marching at 1 and end at Vance Memorial.

10/06/13 GREENWORKS VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY AND MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
Volunteer Appreciation Party and Membership Drive is on October 6th, 12:30 to 3 PM at the Boathouse, 318 Riverside Drive.  Bring your acoustic instrument and join in the fun! BBQ Chicken Plate Lunch.  $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Kids free.  If you are a volunteer, this party is for you – call Eric at 254-1776 or email him at eric@ashevillegreenworks.org to RSVP and gain free entrance.

10/08/13 ELECTION DAY FOR PRIMARY ELECTION

10/08/13 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
Time is 6:30 PM and location is VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios: 109 Roberts Street in Asheville. VFP Chapter 099: http://vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot.com/

10/08/13 PRESENTATION & DOCUMENTARY ON US MILITARY EXPANSION
There will be a free public presentation and documentary on US military expansion into the Asian-Pacific region. This will be at Pack Memorial Library, Lord Auditorium, in downtown Asheville. Time is 7 to 9 PM. Presenter will be Kenneth Ashe, with Veterans for Peace Chapter 099.  He will speak about his 2012 trip to South Korea as an international peace activist. The documentary will be “The Ghosts of Jeju” which covers the struggle against the Nave base on Jeju Island. Sponsors are Veterans for Peace Chapter 099, New South Network of War Resisters, WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. For more information, call 828-301-6683.  

10/08/13 BANNED BOOKS WEEK
Banned Books Week Lecture with Nancy Lewis - Tuesday, October 8th at 7 PM at the Weaverville Library – will feature Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" has sold millions of copies and has been translated into dozens of different languages, becoming the most widely read first person account of the Holocaust. It has also, however, according to the ALA, become "one of the most commonly banned and challenged books." Retired Professor of English and Weaverville resident Nancy Lewis will discuss how Anne Frank's "Diary" came to be written, how it was discovered, and why it is so frequently banned. For more information call the library at 250-6482.

10/09/13 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday October 9th at 6PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe for “Meet the Candidates” an evening with our mayoral and city council candidates. This will be a great opportunity to get to know the candidates and where they stand on environmental issue before you cast your vote. Each candidate will start by saying a few remarks about their views on and approach to environmental issues and what they think our environmental challenges are in Asheville. Mayoral candidates:  Manheimer, Miall, Ramsey. City Council Candidates: Bothwell, Lanning, Smith, Wainscott, Wisler. Time is 6 PM and location is the Green Sage Café at 5 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville.

10/10/13 to 10/12/13 NC NAACP STATE CONFERENCE IN ROCKY MOUNT NC

10/11/13 FREE EMPATHY CIRCLES
Free Empathy Circles at Earthfare Westgate. All are welcome, share the joy and comfort of giving and receiving compassionate listening. www.heartspeakpeace.com. Time is 7 to 9 PM. Contact Cathy at 828-545-9681 for more information.

10/12/13 HARD TO RECYCLE EVENT
Time is 10 AM to 2 PM.  Location is Arden Presbyterian Church, 2215 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Hard bulky Plastics, Styrofoam, Electronics, Blankets, Batteries, Cooking Oil and much more. Asheville GreenWorks has a webpage for H2R information. Questions – call 254-1776 or email info@ashevillegreenworks.org.

10/13/13 MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO
Email: nogmoasheville@yahoo.com /Twitter: @MarchAsheville/ The October date is for the SECOND March Against Monsanto. WE THE PEOPLE will be Marching and raising our voices against this enormous threat to our GLOBAL food supply~ see ya there for the March and the AMAZING Street festival/Rally we have planned for after~ yes Asheville, let's ROARRRRR!! Time is 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM and location is Pack Square.

10/13/13 POVERTY SIMULATION AT UNCA
An experience with “Walking Poor Simulation” will give you a deeper understanding of the challenges facing the working poor in WNC. Focus on individual and systemic challenges. This will be at UNCA Sherrill Center and pre-registration is required. Contact Jane at 828-274-9354.

10/14/13 KATUAH EARTH FIRST GREEN SCREEN
KEF Green Screen - Every second Monday of the month, Katuah Earth First shows videos on relevant environmental struggles. Time is 6 PM and location is Firestorm Café & Books.

10/16/13 CORNEL WEST AT UNCA
Dr. Cornel West, author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters, reflects on the role of race, gender and class in American society. Professor at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University, West regularly appears on CNN and the Colbert Report and is co-host of the progressive radio show “Smiley & West”. Time is 7:30 PM and location is the Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena. This is free and open to the public.

10/17/13 FIGHTING BACK AGAINST VOTING SUPPRESSION
The western chapter of the ACLU-NC is hosting a "Fighting Back against Voting Suppression" event on Thursday, October 17, from 7:30 PM to 9 PM at UNCA Humanities Lecture Hall. Panelists are Christopher Brook, Legal Director of ACLU-NC, Sarah Zambon, Education and Outreach Coordinator, LWV-Asheville-Buncombe County and Tyrone Greenlee, voting rights activist and Director of Christians for a United Community. For more information contact Christopher at cbroook@acluofnc.org.

10/18/13 IRANIAN POSTER ART EXHIBITION AND FILMS
A groundbreaking exhibition examines three discrete but interrelated aspects of Iranian art of the 1960s through 1980. Organized by the Flood Gallery, Courtyard Gallery and UNCA, “In Search of Lost Causes” presents over 125 never before exhibited works— revolutionary posters, film screenings and black-and-white photographs—and is on view at UNCA Library and the Courtyard and Flood Galleries at 109 Roberts Street in Asheville from Oct 17th through November 29th, 2013. “In Search of Lost Causes: Images of the Iranian Revolution: Paradox, Propaganda, and Persuasion” introduces American audiences to modern Iranian art while shedding light on the many ways visual culture both reflected and affected the 1960s and 1970s, two decades that saw dramatic changes, including the politicization of Islam and the 1979 Iranian Revolution.  Opening will be from 6 to 11 PM at Phil Mechanic Studios.

10/21/13 MINI-WORKSHOP AT MALAPROPS    Monday, Oct. 21, 7pm at Malaprop's Bookstore, downtown: Introducing the handy minibook, "HeartSpeak: Listening & Speaking from the Heart" by Cathy Holt & Joy Smith, along with a mini-workshop. Contact Cathy at 828-545-9681 for more information.

10/22/13 TRAPPED BY POVERTY, TRAPPED BY ABUSE
Pisgah Legal Services will hold their Third Annual Poverty Forum featuring Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. This forum will explore the link between domestic violence and poverty, and the importance of access to justice for victims. Cocktail reception is at 5:30 PM and forum starts at 7 PM. $50 for reception and forum and $15 for forum only. Location will be Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Contact Pisgah Legal Services for more information.

10/23/13 HEARTSPEAK: LISTENING & SPEAKING FROM THE HEART  HeartSpeak: Listening & Speaking from the Heart with Cathy Holt, first of 4 classes at the Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St. Move from conflict to connection, learn heart coherence, hear the need behind any "no" in this highly interactive, experiential class; $60 includes private, confidential coaching session. To preregister: cathyfholt@gmail.com or 828-545-9681. Time is 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

10/23/13 GIRL RISING MOVIE   
From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins and the award-winning producers of The Documentary Group and Vulcan Productions, strategic partner, Intel Corporation, and distribution partners CNN Films and Gathr, comes “Girl Rising” - an innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl – and the world. These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students: to learn. And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution. Beaucatcher Theater at 7:30 PM.

10/28/13 ASHEVILLE EARTH SABBATH CELEBRATION
The Earth Sabbath Celebrations are contemplative and experiential services which utilize community building exercises, readings from many faith traditions, music, video, ritual, movement, chant, guided meditation and other modalities to reach deep into the grief and love we feel for our Earth and help both salve and energize our spirits so we can continue the work of restoration and repair of and with the Creator and creation. Time is 7 PM and location is St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Asheville. Free.

10/29/13 SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM AT UU CHURCH
On Tuesday, October 29th, there will be a screening the documentary, "The United States of ALEC", an important film about corporate political influence at the state and national level. This screening is on Tuesday rather than the customary Friday. The “United States of ALEC” reports on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of us have never heard of – ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership”. But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge. The location is the Unitarian Universalist Church on Edwin Street in Asheville.  The film is at 7 PM. No charge, donations accepted.

10/30/13 GREEN DRINKS   
Join us Wednesday October 30th at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe for a talk on “Population Issues” by, President & CEO of Population Connection, John Seager. Population Connection’s mission statement relates, “Overpopulation threatens the quality of life for people everywhere. Population Connection is the national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth’s resources.”

11/03/13 FIFTH ANNUAL EAT AT MIKE’S DINNER AND AUCTION  
WNC Health Advocates (WNCHA) is hosting its 5th Annual Eat at Mike's Dinner! WNCHA is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to offer comfort and support to people with illness and disability, to new mothers and families, and to advocate for access to quality health care for all. Join us for our 5th annual signature fundraiser! Ticket price of $25 includes dinner from some of your favorite local restaurants and farms. A silent auction will feature items from local crafters and artists. For more information call 828-243-6712. Time is 5:30 PM to 8 PM and location is First Congregational UCC Church in Asheville.

11/04/13 NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION WASTE MEETING IN CHARLOTTE    
Invitation from WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility, Nuclear Information Resource Service and SAFE Carolinas: Get on the bus to speak out on radioactive waste. This will be an afternoon departure to Charlotte from Asheville for the purpose of public comments at the evening meeting. We started Mountain Protectors when the Dept of Energy had the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future - to do one thing: send comments to the BRC. We did--and it was effective! BRC staff was very clear that Asheville / WNC were NOT volunteering to take the nation's high-level waste. Contact Mary at 828-242-5621 for more information or to reserve a seat on the bus. Bus leaves from Earth Fare at 2 PM and returns about midnight.

11/05/13 ELECTION DAY

11/11/13 ARMISTICE DAY

11/16/13 TO 11/17/13 DRONE CONFERENCE IN DC.

11/22/13 to 11/24/13 SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS WATCH CONVERGENCE ON FORT BENNING

11/22/13 SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM AT UU CHURCH
The November 22nd film will be the award-winning film "Chasing Ice".  More information to follow.

07/24/14 TO 07/27/14 VETERANS FOR PEACE ANNUAL CONVENTION
This will be held at UNCA.

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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 2 PM at Firestorm Cafe

FRIDAY
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville

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.

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Hey Friends,

We are announcing the fundraiser of the Asheville Tool Library! We've come a long way and now we're even closer to having this incredible resource here in our backyard.

First, In order for us to serve our community and get this project up and running we're gonna need to raise some money.  In fact we're gonna need to raise what could be considered "a lot" of money but not that it can't be done!  We asked tool libraries all over the country how much it really costs to get a project like this off the ground and the answer was about $20,000. This goal is totally achievable and we're going to reach it in a variety of ways including hosting fundraisers, applying for grants, approaching sponsors and reaching out to all of you. This week we are proud to be launching our first fundraising campaign with a goal of $10,000 and this is only going to be possible with your help (have you seen our video?).

To jump start this campaign we're excited to announce that the Tool Library was selected, along with 9 other finalists, in the National Get2Gether Neighborhood Challenge.  The first $1,000 that we raise will be matched dollar for dollar by the Center for the New American Dream and IOBY (a fairly new crowd-funding platform). Let's Build It Together! Please consider supporting the Asheville Tool Library by making a modest (or not so modest) donation here: https://ioby.org/project/asheville-tool-library

Second, Two words: "Tool Talk." Save the date, on Wednesday October 2nd we're asking everyone interested in the Tool Library to join us for a brainstorming session.  This project will only be a success if we are serving the REAL needs of our community.  With your participation this event will inform and shape the Tool Library and help us in achieving our lofty goals. So join us - we'll have food and booze! Wednesday, October 2nd 6-8pm (right after the Farmers Market) at the French Broad Coop at 90 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville.

Third, We're a real non-profit now!  We recently became a fiscally sponsored project of Empowerment Works and can now directly receive tax-deductible donations!  Please check out all the amazing projects they support both in the states and internationally.

Fourth, We're linking up with the French Broad Food Co-Op and in our beginning stages the library will officially operate out of two shipping containers next to Build It Naturally in the same parking lot as the Wednesday Farmer's Market (during which we'll be open!).  Oh, and we may have a knife-sharpening station - just sayin'.

Fifth, With the rains finally gone, the Big Love Fest is set to kick off their annual celebration! We've been chosen as the festival's non-profit to sell water and table in front of the FBFC - 1/2 the profits will go directly to the tool library. Sunday September 15th, all day. We'd love to see y'all there!

And finally, We're proud to announce that we've been chosen by Toy Boat Community Art Space as a partner in an exciting upcoming event, the annual High Noon Circus on September 13th @ 7pm.  Part of the ticket sales will go towards the tool library, so please come out to support us and see and amazing show!

Let's start lending tools!

Thanks, Nick, Tom, Julian and the growing tool team
P.S. Our fundraiser campaign will be running from Sept 9th - October 18th and we're trying to start things off right. Please consider a donation today.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Up where we belong......

I remember hearing this song just about every morning on the radio in the early 1980s.  I was working full time, taking undergraduate classes to get ready for graduate school, and then later, going to graduate school.  Those actions lead to the career that I have had for most of my life:  pediatric audiology.  It was a long road, and many obstacles, but I got there. I have been involved with either graduate school in audiology or doing audiology for 30 years this month! 

I guess most people would have a romantic interpretation of this song - but not true for me. It was about having a future and making a contribution to the world at large.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hearing

Thirty years ago this month, I started studying audiology. I have been working and studying in this field ever since. I am so grateful that I picked this path, that I had the opportunity to follow it, that I can feel that I made a positive contribution during my working hours, and that it has given me an abundant life! It was a lot of work, but very much worth it. And here is a video on HOW OLD ARE YOUR EARS? - sorry about the ad! 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Upcoming events for the week of September 22, 2013

Picture was taken on September 21, 2013 at International Peace Day events at Asheville Art Museum.

UPCOMING EVENTS

09/23/13 EARTH SABBATH CELEBRATION
The Earth Sabbath Celebrations are contemplative and experiential services which utilize community building exercises, readings from many faith traditions, music, video, ritual, movement, chant, guided meditation and other modalities to reach deep into the grief and love we feel for our Earth and help both salve and energize our spirits so we can continue the work of restoration and repair of and with the Creator and creation. Time is 7 PM and location is St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Charlotte Street.

09/25/13 CHILDREN FIRST/COMMUNITY IN SCHOOLS EVENT
The Success Equation, Trinity Episcopal Church and the Cathedral of All Souls invites communities of faith for an evening to explore the impact that child/family poverty has in our community and how we can respond through service and advocacy. Participants will hear from speakers and have a chance to discuss opportunities to get involved in the following areas: Early Childhood Development, Family Supports, Family Economic Stability. Food and fellowship will begin at 5:15 and the program will run from 6 to 7:30 PM. This is free and dinner will be provided, but you must register at http://statevoices.salsalabs.com/o/512/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=492

09/25/13 WATER SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE MEETING
This will be held at Earthfare at Westgate in the back room. Time is 5 PM to 6:30 PM. Water is the basis for many aspects of resilience: food, health, a clean environment, and world peace for starters.  The Water Sustainability Initiative of Western North Carolina (WSI) was initiated to increase awareness of water sustainability and the methods for achieving it and to identify WNC as a place that knows how to maintain clean affordable water for all. This initiative came from Transition Asheville. We will be deciding on our approach for gaining support from other organizations and will spend a few minutes updating the progress on identifying a neighborhood to  demonstrate the effectiveness of plants, earthworks, and tanks for minimizing both flooding and drought.  If working toward water sustainability rings true for you, we hope to see you there!

09/25/13 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday September 25th at The Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe for a talk on “Conscious Capitalism” – putting people and causes before profits! Time is 6 PM and location is the Green Sage Café at 5 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville.

09/25/13 ASHEVILLE MAYORAL CANDIDATE DEBATE
This is at noon at Magnolia’s Raw Bar & Grille at 25 East Walnut Street. Sponsored by the Council of Independent Business Owners.

09/25/13 GET THERE AVL HOSTS CANDIDATE PRESENTATIONS
Time is 6:30 to 8:30 PM and location is the parking lot of Clingman Café at 242 Clingman Avenue in Asheville. This event will give mayoral and City Council candidates the opportunity to discuss their positions on transportation and how they intend to impact the city’s infrastructure. Hosted by Get There AVL along with WNC Alliance, Asheville on Bikes, Asheville Design Center and Blue Ridge Bicycle Club.

09/26/13 NOT YOUR AVERAGE CITY COUNCIL FORUM
We are very excited to announce the return of the Buncombe County Young Democrats “Not Your Average City Council Forum” on Thursday, September 26th from 9 - 11:30 PM at the Merrimon Ave. Asheville Pizza Company. Come join us for pizza and beer and get to know the candidates running in the upcoming Mayoral Primary and City Council General Elections. Tommy Gunn of the Feral Chihuahuas will be our Master of Ceremonies and, as always, audience participation is welcome! There will be a casual Candidate Meet & Greet at 9 PM in the game room and the Forum will begin promptly at 10PM in the theater.

09/26/13 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MOVIE NIGHT
Never-Before-Seen-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. This is a REALLY Scary Movie: “Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives”. The next REALLY Scary Movie showing will take place on Thursday, 9/26 at 7:00 PM at the First Congregational UCC Church, 20 Oak Street in Asheville. Time is 7 PM.

09/28/13 to 09/29/13 DEMOCRACY NC MEETING
This starts at 9 AM at Lake Junaluska on 9-28-13 and goes until 1 PM on 9-29-13.  Democracy North Carolina is sponsoring FREE training for committed social justice advocates, which to develop volunteers with specific skills to be effective activists, organizers, and leaders, across the state that support local community members in deepening their analysis about the political landscape while sharpening their advocacy skills. If you have questions, please contact Ruth at ruthachristie@gmail.com. This event requires registration in advance.

10/02/13 SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Presentation on Community Action on Energy Production and Efficiency. Social is at 7 PM and program starts at 7:15 PM. Location is Unitarian Universalist Church at the corner of Edwin Place and Charlotte Street in Asheville.

10/02/13 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday October 9th at 6PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe for “Meet the Candidates” an evening with our mayoral and city council candidates. This will be a great opportunity to get to know the candidates and where they stand on environmental issue before you cast your vote. Each candidate will start by saying a few remarks about their views on and approach to environmental issues and what they think our environmental challenges are in Asheville. Mayoral candidates:  Manheimer, Miall, Ramsey. City Council Candidates: Bothwell, Lanning, Smith, Wainscott, Wisler. Time is 6 PM and location is the Green Sage Café at 5 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville.

10/03/13 HEARTSPEAK CLASS
HeartSpeak: Listening & Speaking from the Heart with Cathy Holt, first of 4 classes at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Rd. Move from conflict to connection, learn heart coherence, hear the need behind any "no" in this highly interactive, experiential class; $60 includes private, confidential coaching session. To preregister: cathyfholt@gmail.com or 828-545-9681. Time is 7 to 9 PM.

10/05/13 KEEP SPACE FOR PEACE WEEK

10/08/13 ELECTION DAY FOR PRIMARY ELECTION

10/08/13 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
Time is 6:30 PM and location is VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios: 109 Roberts Street in Asheville. VFP Chapter 099: http://vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot.com/

10/08/13 PRESENTATION & DOCUMENTARY ON US MILITARY EXPANSION
There will be a free public presentation and documentary on US military expansion into the Asian-Pacific region. This will be at Pack Memorial Library, Lord Auditorium, in downtown Asheville. Time is 7 to 9 PM. Presenter will be Kenneth Ashe, with Veterans for Peace Chapter 099.  He will speak about his 2012 trip to South Korea as an international peace activist. The documentary will be “The Ghosts of Jeju” which covers the struggle against the Nave base on Jeju Island. Sponsors are Veterans for Peace Chapter 099, New South Network of War Resisters, WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. For more information, call 828-301-6683.  

10/10/13 to 10/12/13 NC NAACP STATE CONFERENCE IN ROCKY MOUNT NC

10/11/13 FREE EMPATHY CIRCLES
Free Empathy Circles at Earthfare Westgate. All are welcome, share the joy and comfort of giving and receiving compassionate listening. www.heartspeakpeace.com. Time is 7 to 9 PM. Contact Cathy at 828-545-9681 for more information.

10/12/13 HARD TO RECYCLE EVENT
Time is 10 AM to 2 PM. Site TBA, but will be in the southern part of Buncombe County. Asheville GreenWorks has a webpage for H2R information. Questions – call 254-1776 or email info@ashevillegreenworks.org.

10/13/13 MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO
Email: nogmoasheville@yahoo.com /Twitter: @MarchAsheville/ The October date is for the SECOND March Against Monsanto. WE THE PEOPLE will be Marching and raising our voices against this enormous threat to our GLOBAL food supply~ see ya there for the March and the AMAZING Street festival/Rally we have planned for after~ yes Asheville, let's ROARRRRR!! Time is 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM and location is Pack Square.

10/16/13 CORNEL WEST AT UNCA
Dr. Cornel West, author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters, reflects on the role of race, gender and class in American society. Professor at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University, West regularly appears on CNN and the Colbert Report and is co-host of the progressive radio show “Smiley & West”. Time is 7:30 PM and location is the Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena. This is free and open to the public.

10/21/13 MINi-WORKSHOP AT MALAPROPS
Monday, Oct. 21, 7pm at Malaprop's Bookstore, downtown: Introducing the handy minibook, “HeartSpeak: Listening & Speaking from the Heart” by Cathy Holt & Joy Smith, along with a mini-workshop. Contact Cathy at 828-545-9681 for more information.

10/22/13 TRAPPED BY POVERTY, TRAPPED BY ABUSE
Pisgah Legal Services will hold their Third Annual Poverty Forum featuring Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. This forum will explore the link between domestic violence and poverty, and the importance of access to justice for victims. Cocktail reception is at 5:30 PM and forum starts at 7 PM. $50 for reception and forum and $15 for forum only. Location will be Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Contact Pisgah Legal Services for more information.

10/23/13 HEARTSPEAK: LISTENING & SPEAKING FROM THE HEART
“HeartSpeak: Listening & Speaking from the Heart” with Cathy Holt, first of 4 classes at the Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St. Move from conflict to connection, learn heart coherence, hear the need behind any "no" in this highly interactive, experiential class; $60 includes private, confidential coaching session. To preregister: cathyfholt@gmail.com or 828-545-9681. Time is 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

10/29/13 SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM AT UU CHURCH
On Tuesday, October 29th, there will be a screening the documentary, "The United States of ALEC", an important film about corporate political influence at the state and national level. This screening is on Tuesday rather than the customary Friday. The “United States of ALEC” reports on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of us have never heard of – ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership”. But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge. The location is the Unitarian Universalist Church on Edwin Street in Asheville.  The film is at 7 PM. No charge, donations accepted.

11/05/13 ELECTION DAY

11/11/13 ARMISTICE DAY

11/16/13 TO 11/17/13 DRONE CONFERENCE IN DC.

11/22/13 to 11/24/13 SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS WATCH CONVERGENCE ON FORT BENNING

11/22/13 SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM AT UU CHURCH
The November 22nd film will be the award-winning film "Chasing Ice".  More information to follow.

07/24/14 TO 07/27/14 VETERANS FOR PEACE ANNUAL CONVENTION
This will be held at UNCA.

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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 2 PM at Firestorm Cafe
FRIDAY
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville
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.
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ACTIONS AND READINGS
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We are announcing the fundraiser of the Asheville Tool Library!

We've come a long way and now we're even closer to having this incredible resource here in our backyard.

First,
In order for us to serve our community and get this project up and running we're gonna need to raise some money.  In fact we're gonna need to raise what could be considered "a lot" of money but not that it can't be done!  We asked tool libraries all over the country how much it really costs to get a project like this off the ground and the answer was about $20,000. This goal is totally achievable and we're going to reach it in a variety of ways including hosting fundraisers, applying for grants, approaching sponsors and reaching out to all of you. This week we are proud to be launching our first fundraising campaign with a goal of $10,000 and this is only going to be possible with your help. To jump start this campaign we're excited to announce that the Tool Library was selected, along with 9 other finalists, in the National Get2Gether Neighborhood Challenge.  The first $1,000 that we raise will be matched dollar for dollar by the Center for the New American Dream and IOBY (a fairly new crowd-funding platform). Let's Build It Together! Please consider supporting the Asheville Tool Library by making a modest (or not so modest) donation here:  https://ioby.org/project/asheville-tool-library

Second,
Two words: "Tool Talk." Save the date, on Wednesday October 2nd we're asking everyone interested in the Tool Library to join us for a brainstorming session.  This project will only be a success if we are serving the REAL needs of our community.  With your participation this event will inform and shape the Tool Library and help us in achieving our lofty goals. So join us - we'll have food and booze! Wednesday, October 2nd 6-8pm (right after the Farmers Market) at the French Broad Coop 90 Biltmore Ave. Asheville, NC 28802.

Third,
We're a real non-profit now!  We recently became a fiscally sponsored project of Empowerment Works and can now directly receive tax-deductible donations!  Please check out all the amazing projects they support both in the states and internationally.

Fourth,
We're linking up with the French Broad Food Co-Op and in our beginning stages the library will officially operate out of two shipping containers next to Build It Naturally in the same parking lot as the Wednesday Farmer's Market (during which we'll be open!).  Oh, and we may have a knife-sharpening station - just sayin'.

Let's start lending tools!

Thanks,
Nick, Tom, Julian and the growing tool team

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VETERANS FOR PEACE INFORMATION


WAR CRIMES TIMES:  http://www.WarCrimesTimes.org/
A publication of Veterans For Peace -- exposing the true costs of war.

Visit VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios: 109 Roberts Street (the corner of Haywood and Roberts), Asheville, 28801. (828-258-1800). Hours: Tue-Sat 11 to 3 pm

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Events to Celebrate International Day of Peace in Asheville

 This is a picture of my display of how our federal tax dollars are spent. Someone will put 100 pennies in to seven different categories, and underneath the cover is a display of how the money is actually spent.
This was at Asheville Art Museum on September 21, 2013.
 This is a copy of the handout that I had - from FCNL.

 This is a few of the organizers who were getting the internet connections going. We talked via internet) to several different people in different parts of the world.

 During the presentation.

 A couple of the musicians.

This women sang a beautiful song, hard to get a picture because she was moving the whole time.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Statement on the Syrian Crisis



10 September 2013

Rev Jesse Jackson Sr. and Phyllis Bennis

Joint Statement on the Syrian Crisis

"Forceful Diplomacy, Not Military Force"

Tonight, President Obama addressed the nation on Syria, indicating that he will work with the international community - Britain, China, France and Russia, among others - to place a resolution before the UN requiring Syria to surrender its chemical weapons and destroy them, under UN supervision. The President's remarks reflect the extraordinary events unfolding in the last two days that demonstrate that forceful diplomacy - not military force - should guide international efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria. Russia proposed a diplomatic solution to address Syria's chemical weapons, and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem responded, "We fully support Russia's initiative concerning chemical weapons in Syria, and we are ready to cooperate. As a part of the plan, we intend to join the Chemical Weapons Convention." This could mean an important strengthening of that vital treaty.

Tonight, the President indicated that he was encouraged by the Russian proposal, and that it has "potential" to remove the threat of chemical weapons in Syria without U.S. military action. He asked that Congress postpone any votes to authorize U.S. military strikes in Syria, in order to pursue this diplomatic path. Still, the President unfortunately reserved the right to launch a military strike if the diplomatic effort does not succeed, and we urge Congress to oppose any such military authorization. We cannot forget 2002, when then-President Bush persuaded Congress to vote for an authorization for war he claimed was only to strengthen his diplomatic hand. As we know, that authorization was instead used to justify an illegal war and occupation of Iraq, a war whose consequences continue to be felt across the region and here at home. A potential alternative to a U.S. military strike - a strike opposed overwhelmingly by the American people and the U.S. Congress - is now on the table.

Russian, Syrian and Iranian diplomats are talking. Options that didn't exist yesterday are suddenly on the table. The U.S. and our allies, with the United Nations in the forefront, seem ready to join those new initiatives to generate a binding, verifiable and enforceable UN resolution to rid Syria of its chemical weapons in a way that does not threaten wider war. Today we have the possibility to turn the threat of war around. The Obama administration's new approach is a clear recognition of a war-weary and
war-opposing American people. The potential costs of this new war – human and financial - are too great in this moment of economic crisis for so many of America's poor. New possibilities for diplomacy - real alternatives to war - are rising. Those possibilities must be pursued urgently, seriously, and immediately.

The diplomacy must bring together all sides in Syria's war, and all those arming and funding them. Russia and the U.S., along with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and beyond, must all be at the table with all their Syrian partners - and we must push, urge, demand an immediate ceasefire and an immediate arms
embargo on all sides. We stand against any possession, manufacture, or use of chemical weapons -
and the Convention Against Chemical Weapons must be strengthened, not ignored. We don't know for sure who used them in Syria - an international inspection team, representing the United Nations and the signatories of the Chemical Weapons Convention, should be sent urgently to determine that. The
UN presence would also be an important step towards implementing a ceasefire.

This is a moment we can push for an end to all chemical weapons in Syria - and then we can broaden that effort to push just as hard for something the U.S. called for more than 20 years ago - a "zone in the Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction." That means chemical, nuclear, biological and all these weapons of horror. No exceptions. Throughout the Middle East.

There is renewed hope that the global community can make that turn now, today. Congress should follow the huge majorities of the American people who want to say no to any threat of war. Congress can join the Administration as both turn away from the threat of missile strikes, of escalating violence in
the region, even, perhaps, the threat of a new war. We can make that turn. The Pope reminds us "war brings on war. Violence brings on violence." Global leaders must have the "courage [to] take up the way of negotiations." The Pope's call has been joined by Nobel laureates, by Syrians desperate for an
end to war, by diplomats and generals, by peace and justice advocates and politicians. We have a chance today. We must seize that chance. The Russian proposal and these new diplomatic initiatives turn night into mid-day, and we should leave no stone unturned to seize the light.
--
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., President and Founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Phyllis Bennis, Director of New Internationalism Project, Institute for Policy Studies


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 I especially like a "zone in the Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction." That includes Israel.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

International Day of Peace 2012



International Day of Peace is on September 21st each year.  This excellent video is from last year. It was celebrated around the world, and will be celebrated this year around the world.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Letter to the Washington Post

Sent earlier this month:

Dear Mr. Feaver:

The IAEA does not state that Iran has a nuclear weapon, nor do they state that Iran is building one.  Your paper has portrayed Iran as making an effort to get nuclear weapons, and there are no facts to support this claim.

I believe telling fabrications like this is very dangerous, and could lead to war. I also believe that war is a failure of human compassion and human intelligence. I had thought that your paper had learned something from not reporting on the lies about Iraq’s WMDs, but I guess I was wrong about that.

Iran’s nuclear weapons program is just like Iraq’s WMD program. It does not exist. It is a lie, then and now. I was smart enough to figure out back in the fall of 2002 that Iraq did not have WMDs, so I think you really should question why all the journalists at the Washington Post in 2002 was not nearly as smart as an audiologist in North Carolina.

In my eyes, your paper’s failure to report the truth on Iraq resulted in a lot of innocent blood being spilled, and it spilled onto your hands. I do not want to see the Washington Post repeat that mistake and thereby spill more innocent blood.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Upcoming events for the week of September 15, 2013


UPCOMING EVENTS
09/16/13 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE CO MEETING
We're meeting at 7 pm in the conference room of the North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. All persons interested in a democratic government accountable to the people are invited to attend.  Members will set goals and select tactics to create public demands for passage of a Constitutional Amendment to overturn “Citizens United”. FMI ruthachristie@gmail.com.

09/17/13 SACRED FOODSCAPES AT UU CHURCH
Susannah Tuttle, Director of NC Interfaith Power & Light will present Sacred Foodscapes:  Making the Food-Faith-Climate Change Connection — a program that highlights the ways congregations can minimize their carbon food prints, support just, local and sustainable agriculture, and improve food security all as part of answering the mandate to care for creation and the least among us. Time is 7 to 8:30 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Church on Edwin Place in Asheville.

09/18/13 LECTURE AT UNCA
“Agroecology: Cultivating an Alternative Future for People and the Planet” with Steve Brescia, executive director of Groundswell International. Held at the Highsmith University Union Alumni Hall at 7 PM. Info: 250-2317.

09/18/13 LECTURE AT UNCA
“Satisficing: A Rational Choice Principle for Sustainability” with Grace Campbell, humanities lecturer. Held at Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum at 7 PM. Info: 251-6296

09/18/13 LECTURE AT EAST ASHEVILLE LIBRARY
“Buzzy Buzzy Bee: Our Food Pollinators” with Renee Ray of the Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District. Free, tickets are required and available at the library. Time is 11 AM.

09/19/13 LECTURE AT UNCA
“Should We Move the Whitebark Pine? Rethinking Environmental Values as the Climate Changes” with Clare Palmer of Texas A&M. Held in Karpen Hall at 7 PM.  Info: 251-6296

09/19/13 ASHEVILLE MAYORAL FORUM
This is sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Time is 6 PM and location is Manheimer Room at UNCA’s Reuter Center. Free and open to the public.

09/19/13 EARLY VOTING STARTS FOR PRIMARY ASHEVILLE MAYOR RACE
You can register to vote during the early voting period for this election.

09/19/13 WNC ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS MEETING
The Western North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Kenilworth Presbyterian Fellowship Hall at 123 Kenilworth Rd in Asheville. Time is 10 AM. The ARA is a state-wide organization of retired union members and their friends and families.  We are non-partisan and open to everyone who is concerned about the need for jobs which pay a living wage, as well as those issues which affect all of us. FMI contact Dick at dick@dickandnorma.com.

09/20/13 BENEFIT PORCH CONCERT FOR CWFNC AND ECO
This event is going to be at Killarney House in Hendersonville. Marc Black will do this Benefit Porch Concert, and it is co-hosted by Clean Water For NC and Environmental Conservation Organization. Call 828-251-1291 for more information. This benifit is for a Frack-Free NC.  Go here for tickets: https://marcblackporchconcert.eventbrite.com/

09/20/13 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING
The next WNC PSR monthly meeting will be at a private home near the VA Hospital. Brown Bag lunch at noon with meeting from 12:30 to 2 PM. Everyone is welcome. Please go to www.wncpsr.org  for more information, which includes how to get there and other details.

09/21/13 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

09/21/13 PEACE DAY - COME CELEBRATE, SPREAD THE PEACE
Peace Day rally will begin at 11:30 AM both on-line and in-person. Online via PeaceOn.Us, and in-person event stations will include Asheville Art Museum, Black Mountain College Museum, and Firestorm Cafe. Peace Day activities in Asheville, North Carolina will be announced with details at the organizing party on 9/03/13. Three locations have volunteered to have specials to attract live Peace Day celebration participation:
Free admission to Asheville Art Museum for Peace Day celebrators
Free admission to Black Mountain College Museum for Peace Day celebrators
Free cup-of-coffee at Firestorm Cafe for Peace Day celebrators
More information at end of email on how you can get involved from your computer or phone! Please go to http://peaceoneday.org/ if you are on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr to support this effort. Be a part of the THUNDERCLAP.

09/21/13 350.ORG ACTION AGAINST TAR SANDS PIPELINE
This will be in communities across our nation. See below for actions in Asheville and Brevard.

09/21/13 ANOTHER BENEFIT CONCERT FOR CWFNC
This event will be held at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain and Marc Black is the performer. It is sponsored by Clean Water For NC and doors open at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $10 and the actual event begins at 7:30. Contact Katie at Katie@cwfnc.org for more information. This is for a Frack-Free NC.

09/21/13 ROUNDTABLE ON DUKE POWER
The Duke Roundtable is a gathering of activists and organizations concerned about the power and influence of Duke Energy and the effects that is having on our local communities and citizens. Duke Power is the largest utility in the U.S. since it merged with Progress Energy. Duke wants the NC legislature to pass laws favorable to Duke's ability to raise electric consumers' rates without oversight or public discussion. Duke also wants to continue to invest in dangerous and dirty nuclear and coal plants endangering the health and safety of our communities while safe and cleaner alternatives exist. Members of the Roundtable see challenging Duke's power in N.C. as a social justice, an economic justice and environmental justice issue. Please join us to dialogue, learn and create our next action plan. Lunch will be provided at 11 am. Workshops and discussions will start at noon ending at 5 pm. Location is St. Mary’s Church at 337 Charlotte St. in Asheville. Contact Kate at katedunnagan@gmail.com or Jean at larson_jean@hotmail.com for more information. Participants must RSVP at this link:  

09/21/13 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.

09/21/13 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE IN HENDERSONVILLE
Our celebration of International Day of Peace will be at Historic Courthouse in Hendersonville. It starts 11:30 AM. All are welcome.

09/21/13 ASHEVILLE NO LABELS MEETING
This is the initial meeting for the start up of an Asheville Chapter of “No Labels”, a non-partisan all-inclusive group of problems solvers dedicated to establishing accountability in government for actually solving the complex issues that face our nation. No Labels is an all-inclusive citizen’s movement consisting of persons from all political persuasions.  The primary purpose of this movement is to promote a pragmatic, problem solving approach to addressing the complex issues facing our nation.  No Label’s is nationally pursuing this goal in three simple ways:  1) by organizing citizen problem solvers across America  2) by providing space for legislators who want to solve problems to convene and 3)  pushing for common-sense reforms to make our government work. Time is 2 PM and location is Firestorm Café & Books.

09/21/13 OBAMA, LISTEN TO YOUR SCIENTISTS!!
We’re drawing a line in Asheville by gathering at the National Climatic Data Center to demand that Obama listen to his scientists. The scientist’s message is clear: further loading the atmosphere with carbon dioxide from massive new fossil fuel projects like the Alberta tar sands will wreck the world's climate and spell disaster for America. Our demand: draw a line through plans for the Keystone XL – permanently. Meet at the post office on Coxe Avenue (don’t part there) at 5:30 PM and then we will walk to the Federal Building on Patton to show our support for the scientists at NCDC. This is not to protest the NCDC, but to send a message to the White House.

09/21/13 STREAM CLEAN UP BY WNC ALLIANCE
The Western North Carolina Alliance is co-hosting Blue Ridge Big Sweep, an annual, multi-county stream cleanup starting at 10 AM. The Blue Ridge Big Sweep is an international litter cleanup program that brings citizens and community organizations together to clear trash from their waterways. Other organizations co-hosting the event include Asheville GreenWorks, the Environmental and Conservation Organization of Western North Carolina (ECO) and RiverLink. WNCA and its volunteers will meet at Zen Tubing (1648 Brevard Road) at 10 AM to determine tasks. Volunteers will be rewarded with food and Sierra Nevada beer (for those 21 and over) for their hard work. Contact WNCA volunteer coordinator Cynthia at Cynthia@WNCA.org or call her 258-8737, ext. 207.

09/21/13 SING OUT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
There are over 175 actions planned across the United States to Draw the Line on the tar sands and Keystone XL -- from a high water mark being chalked in Manhattan, to a "People's Eminent Domain" in Houston, to a line drawn in the sand outside President Obama's Hawaii vacation home. This nation-wide push couldn't be coming at a more important time -- after President Obama laid down some big promises, Canada is making their final desperate plays to push the pipeline through, and resistance to other tar sands projects across the US is picking up. People power is the beating heart of this campaign, and this is our time to show it. There will be a Sing Out for Our Environment in front of the Courthouse on Main & Broad in Brevard NC. Time is 11 AM.

09/23/13 EARTH SABBATH CELEBRATION
The Earth Sabbath Celebrations are contemplative and experiential services which utilize community building exercises, readings from many faith traditions, music, video, ritual, movement, chant, guided meditation and other modalities to reach deep into the grief and love we feel for our Earth and help both salve and energize our spirits so we can continue the work of restoration and repair of and with the Creator and creation. Time is 7 PM and location is St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Charlotte Street.

09/25/13 CHILDREN FIRST/COMMUNITY IN SCHOOLS EVENT
The Success Equation, Trinity Episcopal Church and the Cathedral of All Souls invites communities of faith for an evening to explore the impact that child/family poverty has in our community and how we can respond through service and advocacy. Participants will hear from speakers and have a chance to discuss opportunities to get involved in the following areas: Early Childhood Development, Family Supports, Family Economic Stability. Food and fellowship will begin at 5:15 and the program will run from 6 to 7:30 PM. This is free and dinner will be provided, but you must register at http://statevoices.salsalabs.com/o/512/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=492

09/25/13 WATER SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE MEETING
This will be held at Earthfare at Westgate in the back room. Time is 5 PM to 6:30 PM.
Water is the basis for many aspects of resilience: food, health, a clean environment, and world peace for starters.  The Water Sustainability Initiative of Western North Carolina (WSI) was initiated to increase awareness of water sustainability and the methods for achieving it and to identify WNC as a place that knows how to maintain clean affordable water for all. This initiative came from Transition Asheville. We will be deciding on our approach for gaining support from other organizations and will spend a few minutes updating the progress on identifying a neighborhood to  demonstrate the effectiveness of plants, earthworks, and tanks for minimizing both flooding and drought.  If working toward water sustainability rings true for you, we hope to see you there!

09/25/13 GET THERE ASHEVILLE
Asheville on Bikes, Asheville Design Center, @Western North Carolina Alliance & Blue Ridge Bicycle Club will host a candidate discussion on transportation. Time is 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and location is Clingman Café in Asheville.

09/26/13 NOT YOUR AVERAGE CITY COUNCIL FORUM
We are very excited to announce the return of the Buncombe County Young Democrats “Not Your Average City Council Forum” on Thursday, September 26th from 9 - 11:30 PM at the Merrimon Ave. Asheville Pizza Company. Come join us for pizza and beer and get to know the candidates running in the upcoming Mayoral Primary and City Council General Elections. Tommy Gunn of the Feral Chihuahuas will be our Master of Ceremonies and, as always, audience participation is welcome! There will be a casual Candidate Meet & Greet at 9 PM in the game room and the Forum will begin promptly at 10PM in the theater.

09/26/13 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MOVIE NIGHT
Never-Before-Seen-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. This is a REALLY Scary Movie: “Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives”. The next REALLY Scary Movie showing will take place on Thursday, 9/26 at 7:00 PM at the First Congregational UCC Church, 20 Oak Street in Asheville. Time is 7 PM.

09/28/13 to 09/29/13 DEMOCRACY NC MEETING
This starts at 9 AM at Lake Junaluska on 9-28-13 and goes until 1 PM on 9-29-13.  Democracy North Carolina is sponsoring FREE training for committed social justice advocates, which to develop volunteers with specific skills to be effective activists, organizers, and leaders, across the state that support local community members in deepening their analysis about the political landscape while sharpening their advocacy skills. If you have questions, please contact Ruth at ruthachristie@gmail.com. This event requires registration in advance.

10/02/13 SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Presentation on Community Action on Energy Production and Efficiency. Social is at 7 PM and program starts at 7:15 PM. Location is Unitarian Universalist Church at the corner of Edwin Place and Charlotte Street in Asheville.

10/08/13 ELECTION DAY FOR PRIMARY ELECTION

10/10/13 to 10/12/13 NC NAACP STATE CONFERENCE IN ROCKY MOUNT NC

10/12/13 HARD TO RECYCLE EVENT
Time is 10 AM to 2 PM. Site TBA, but will be in the southern part of Buncombe County. Asheville GreenWorks has a webpage for H2R information. Questions – call 254-1776 or email info@ashevillegreenworks.org.

10/13/13 MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO
Email: nogmoasheville@yahoo.com /Twitter: @MarchAsheville/ The October date is for the SECOND March Against Monsanto. WE THE PEOPLE will be Marching and raising our voices against this enormous threat to our GLOBAL food supply~ see ya there for the March and the AMAZING Street festival/Rally we have planned for after~ yes Asheville, let's ROARRRRR!! Time is 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM and location is Pack Square.

10/16/13 DR. CORNEL WEST AT UNCA
Dr. Cornel West, author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters, reflects on the role of race, gender and class in American society. Professor at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University, West regularly appears on CNN and the Colbert Report and is co-host of the progressive radio show “Smiley & West”. Time is 7:30 PM and location is the Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena. This is free and open to the public.

10/22/13 TRAPPED BY POVERTY, TRAPPED BY ABUSE
Pisgah Legal Services will hold their Third Annual Poverty Forum featuring Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. This forum will explore the link between domestic violence and poverty, and the importance of access to justice for victims. Cocktail reception is at 5:30 PM and forum starts at 7 PM. $50 for reception and forum and $15 for forum only. Location will be Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Contact Pisgah Legal Services for more information.

11/05/13 ELECTION DAY

11/11/13 ARMISTICE DAY

11/16/13 TO 11/17/13 DRONE CONFERENCE IN DC.

11/22/13 to 11/14/13 SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS WATCH CONVERGENCE ON FORT BENNING

07/24/14 TO 07/27/14 VETERANS FOR PEACE ANNUAL CONVENTION
This will be held at UNCA.

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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 2 PM at Firestorm Cafe

FRIDAY
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville

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.

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ACTIONS AND READINGS
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From Peace Day organizers:

On 9/21 I hope we might make #PeaceDay a trending topic on Twitter. I'll be grateful for folks helping me by registering here -> http://PeaceOn.info

If you can share that link with folks, I will be grateful. It requires 100 people signing up to make that opportunity work.

If I may help you with anything Peace Day related, or peace related, please don't hesitate to ask. Either in email or on Facebook -> http://PeaceOn.us

Thank you for what each of you do to make the world a more peaceful space.

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09/21/13 PEACE DAY

COME CELEBRATE, SPREAD THE PEACE

Physically in Asheville, N.C. on Peace Day
11:30 AM - Three physical locations have volunteered to have specials to attract live Peace Day celebration participation:
Free admission to Asheville Art Museum for Peace Day celebrators
Free admission to Black Mountain College Museum for Peace Day celebrators
Free Roots Food hummus at Firestorm Cafe for #PeaceDay

We're asking for help to make #PeaceDay a Twitter trending topic on 9/21 Peace Day!
September 21, 2013, Asheville's Dog Tag Art (dogtagart.com) is asking folks to Tweet #PeaceDay on Twitter to raise awareness of 31st anniversary of Peace Day.

September 21, 2013, is the 31st anniversary of The U.N.'s Peace Day. The 193 member nations of the U.N. have dedicated 9/21 of each year to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence. However, the U.N. has yet to actualize a temporary global ceasefire in honor of their declaration of an International Day of Peace.

Asheville, North Carolina will be the hub of an online effort to make #PeaceDay a trending topic on Twitter on September 21, 2013, the 31st anniversary of The United Nation's International Day of Peace, now called Peace Day. Dog Tag Art is sponsoring a Peace Day pro-peace rally to begin at 11:30 AM Eastern both online and in-person. Online via PeaceOn.Us, and in-person event stations will include Asheville Art Museum, Black Mountain College Museum, and Firestorm Cafe.


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Boycott and Divest Statement and Actions





Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, a regional Quaker organization encompassing Ohio, Michigan, and Western Pennsylvania, has become the first Quaker Yearly Meeting to officially endorse boycott and divestment targeting companies complicit in the Israeli occupation. The recently adopted minute states:

“Lake Erie Yearly Meeting calls for Friends to join the boycott of products made in Israel's illegal West Bank settlements and to divest from companies that support Israel's military occupation and repression of the Palestinian people.”

Congratulations to member organization Palestine-Israel Action Group of Ann Arbor Friends Meeting and the many others who helped achieve this breakthrough, the latest in a string of Quaker decisions and actions in support of Palestinian rights, including:

*Last year, the Friends Fiduciary Corporation, which manages more than 300 Quaker institutions, divested more than $1.2 million in holdings of Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard and Veolia following advocacy by Ann Arbor Friends working for Palestinian rights.

*The American Friends Service Committee implemented a screen banning investment in 29 companies that benefit from the Israeli occupation. Earlier this year, the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. unanimously adopted the same screen!

*Illinois Yearly Meeting, Blue River Quarterly Meeting, St. Louis Monthly Meeting and Colorado Springs Monthly Meeting all came out in support of the We Divest Campaign urging financial giant TIAA-CREF to divest from the Israeli occupation.

Now, the U.S. Quakers are setting their sights on Israel's illegal settlement products.

Inspired by the breakthrough, and with support from the US Campaign, Quakers nationwide are forming a new national group, Quaker Palestine Israel Network (QPIN) to further Friends' support for Palestinian freedom through boycott and divestment campaigns.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

On this day in Santiago




Santiago
By David Rovics

As I looked out my window
At the clear blue sky
At the planes that flew so low
At the smoke that rose so high
The air filled up with dust
That blackened out the sun
And the politicians went on
About the new day that had begun
And when I looked at my calendar
Somehow I knew it would be so
It was on this day in Santiago

Less than thirty years had passed
And how clearly I remember
What the city had been like
Before that day in September
There were doctors on the sidewalks
Helping those in need
Students in the barrios
Teaching children how to read
There were milk trucks in the shanties
Driving to and fro
On this day in Santiago

I could tell you about the rallies
The whole city in the street
The President was speaking
And we all were on our feet
Allende was the future
Destitution was the past
The city was in motion
And things were changing fast
Just how fast they were changing
Only Kissinger could know
On this day in Santiago

We’d been striving for a world
Without a single cardboard shack
Where each woman, man and child
Could have the basic things they lack
It was socialism by demand
Elected free and fair
A society without need or greed
Where everybody got their share
And then came Uncle Sam
With dictatorship in tow
On this day in Santiago

Anaconda Copper
And Nixon got their dream
A country torn apart
Ruptured at the seam
A fascist coup was what they wanted
And that’s just what they’d get
When they sent down from Fort Benning
General Pinochet
Lady Liberty
Hung her head down low
On this day in Santiago

They dropped bombs on La Moneda
With jet planes from DC
They killed five thousand people
In our city by the sea
A reign of terror started
When they cut off Victor’s hands
The rivers clogged with bodies
And our blood drenched the sands
And I remember wondering
Which way future winds might blow
On this day in Santiago