Details from Stephen Hayes’s “Cash Crop.”
06/25/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday June 25th at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe (downtown) for panel discussion on our own local economy via ‘Conscious Consumerism’. On Wednesday we will be joined by Jordan Foltz, Marketing Associate and Freelance Writer with the Mountain Xpress and Mark Hebbard, “The Living Wage Guy” with Just Economics as they speak about the “Get It Guide” and how to educate yourself as a conscious consumer in Asheville and the Surrounding Areas. Whether you’re interested in supporting ASAP and their work with local farms, Asheville Grown and their “Buy Local” campaign, Just Economics and their “I shop Living Wage Certified” movement, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of which business in Asheville are better deserving of your hard earned dollar.
06/25/14 CHILDREN FIRST/CIS MIND THE GAP TOUR
The Children First/CIS Mind the Gap Tour will call attention to the issues that hinder the success of children and families in poverty. Free. Time is 8:30 AM, no location given. Info and registration at AllisonJ@childrenfirstbc.org or 259-9717.
06/26/14 MORAL MOVIES SERIES
You’ve heard about Moral Mondays, but what about Moral Movies? The NC Justice Center is proud to be a collaborator, along with the NC NAACP and Working Films, on the Moral Movies film series, which is bringing award-winning documentaries to cities across North Carolina to jumpstart community dialogue and action on social, economic, and environmental issues. Moral Movies will take place the last week of each month from April through July in Wilmington, Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Greenville and Durham. The Asheville screenings are hosted by the Mountain People's Assembly. Tonight’s film will be “Freedom Summer” presented by Democracy NC. Time is 7 PM and location is Jubilee at 46 Wall Street in Asheville.
06/26/14 PUBLIC HEARING ON FARE INCREASE FOR ASHEVILLE TRANSIT
There will be a public hearing on fare increases for ART (Asheville Redefines Transit) for monthly and annual passes. Location is Pack Memorial Library, Lord Auditorium, and time is 4 to 7 PM. New fares start July 2014. For more information, contact email@example.com or call (828)259-5943.
06/26/14 CANDLELIGHT VIGIL – ONE YEAR SINCE DOMA
Join us as we look back at the year since DOMA was struck down by the Supreme Court. And we'll look at what's next in North Carolina as we wait for a court ruling to strike down Amendment One. Attorneys will discuss lawsuits challenging NC's ban on same-sex marriage and staff from the Campaign for Southern Equality will talk about how we are planning for action once a ruling comes down. Host by Campaign for Southern Equality. Time is 6:30 PM and location is First Congregational UCC on Oak Street in downtown Asheville.
06/26/14 FILM SHOWING OF ‘GREEN FIRE’
The movie “Green Fire” chronicles the life and land ethic of one of the most influential environmentalists of the US. The film “Green Fire” explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in the work of people and organizations all over the country. Learn how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land ties together stories of modern conservation, and offers inspiration and insight for the future. Time is 7 PM and location is First Congregational UCC on Oak Street in downtown Asheville.
06/26/14 RISKS AND IMPACTS OF FRACKING SESSION IN BREVARD
The Pisgah Group of The Sierra Club and People for Clean Mountains are co-sponsoring an educational session June 26th, at the Transylvania County Library in the Rogow Room at 6:30 PM, regarding the risks and impacts of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, known as "fracking". Presenting will be Therese Vick, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League's NC Sustainable Development Campaign Coordinator, and Louis Zeller, BREDL Executive Director. Fracking is the destructive process of injecting high-pressure water and toxic chemicals into the earth to fracture the rock and extract natural gas and petroleum.
06/27/14 WESTERN CAROLINANS FOR PEACE & JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST MEETING
Time is 3:15 PM and location is the Brooks-Howell Home on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville.
06/27/14 EXHIBIT AT YMI CULTURAL CENTER
“Cash Crop” is an emotionally moving and historical glimpse of the bondage endured by more than 15 million slaves during the trans-Atlantic slave trade by sculptor Stephen Hayes. The exhibition, which features 15 life-size sculptures of human beings in shackles, invites viewers to enter an emotional, physical, and psychic space to confront the past, present, and future. Admission is $6 for adults, free for students through 12th grade. This will run until August 27, 2014. Location is Ray Auditorium at the YMI Cultural Center at 39 South Market Street in Asheville. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will start at 7 PM on June 27, including guest performances and an artist talk with Stephen Hayes. For more information please contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
07/02/14 COALITION AGAINST FRACKING IN WNC
You are invited to join The Canary Coalition's Annual Gathering. The theme is “WAKE UP” songs of the movement. Bring your voice and bring your friends. This is a great way to network with others who are dedicated to this cause and sharing ideas and strengths is what will bring about a group that could possibly put a stop to this crazy fracking idea and new law that is set in place in our mountains. Time is 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and the location is Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. For more information call 828-631-3447 or email email@example.com.
07/02/14 SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Time is 7 PM (program starts at 7:15) at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville (corner of Charlotte & Edwin). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 828-683-2176 for more information.
07/03/14 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY FILM SERIES
MABCO and the Unitarian Universalist Church Swannanoa Valley are co-sponsoring a free documentary series, and on July 3, they will show “Legalize Democracy” a film produced by Move to Amend to give us the history of how corporations gained ‘personhood’ and consequently Constitutional rights. The film will be shown at the church, located at 500 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the showing starts at 7 PM. Free of charge.
07/07/14 DINNER WITH PROGRESSIVES
For Those Who Want to Move Forward- Next Dinner With Progressives will be on Monday, July 7 2014 from 6 to 8 PM at the new Green Sage in Westgate Mall next to Earth Fare, in Asheville. Come and join us for dinner, dessert or a beverage from 6 to 7 and then a speaker(s) from 7 to 8pm. Speaker to be announced. Contact Cheryl at email@example.com for more information.
07/08/14 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
Time is 6:30 PM and location is VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios: 109 Roberts Street in Asheville.
07/12/14 FRACKING INFORMATION SESSION
Fracking info session will be held in Andrews, NC (Cherokee County). This is hosted by Coalition Against Fracking in WNC. Location TBD. Time is 3 PM. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
07/13/14 BONFIRES FOR PEACE
Traveling Bonfires, Loved by the Buffalo Publications, and Touch Samadhi
with The Indie (Asheville NC and Athens GA) present DOWNTOWN GET DOWN
Bonfires for Peace at Pritchard Park, 12th year. FREE. The Traveling Bonfires roam the country, ushering arts and music events and bringing people together in celebration of peace and multicultural connectedness. INFO: Marta Osborne, 828 280-2309, or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Time is 4 to 9 PM and location is Pritchard Park in Asheville.
07/19/14 SIERRA CLUB PICNIC
On Saturday, July 19, the Sierra Club will enjoy its 5th Annual Summer Picnic from noon to 4 pm at the Blue Ridge Parkway sheltered picnic grounds located on Bull Mt. Rd. near the VA Hospital on Riceville Rd. Directions: Exit 7 on I-240; go east on Tunnel Rd for 2 miles; turn north on Riceville Rd; go 1.3 miles and turn west on Bull Mt. Rd. The fenced-in, sheltered picnic area is on the left about ½ mile up the road. Please bring a pot luck dish to share and your own settings. Drinks will be provided. Badminton, horseshoes and music will add to the festivities. We hope to see you there! (No formal meeting for the first Wednesday in July.)
07/24/14 TO 07/27/14 VETERANS FOR PEACE ANNUAL CONVENTION
This will be held at UNCA. The convention committee has secured the following speakers: Cynthia McKinney, American Politician and Activist; Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Founder of SOAW; Camilo E. Mejia, First Iraqi War Resister; Col Ann Wright, Former U.S. Army Colonel; Margaret Stevens, VFP Board Member; Mike Prysner, VFP Board Member, March Forward; Maggie Martin, IVAW Executive Director & Membership Coordinator; Ben Griffin, Founder of VFP UK Chapter; Brian Willson, Vietnam Veteran; Leah Bolger, Past VFP President; Patrick McCann, VFP Board President; and Michael McPhearson, VFP Interim Executive Director. Registration for the convention and information at this link: http://vfpnationalconvention.org/.
07/25/14 MORAL MOVIES SERIES
You’ve heard about Moral Mondays, but what about Moral Movies? The NC Justice Center is proud to be a collaborator, along with the NC NAACP and Working Films, on the Moral Movies film series, which is bringing award-winning documentaries to cities across North Carolina to jumpstart community dialogue and action on social, economic, and environmental issues. Moral Movies will take place the last week of each month from April through July in Wilmington, Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Greenville and Durham. The Asheville screenings are hosted by the Mountain People's Assembly. Tonight’s film will be “Inequality for All” presented by NC Justice Center. Time is 7 PM and location is Ferguson Auditorium at AB Tech, 340 Victoria Road in Asheville.
07/25/14 BENEFIT FOR VETERANS FOR PEACE
Local Veterans For Peace Chapter 099 is proud to host singer, songwriter, story teller, author and activist John McCutcheon to Asheville for a special benefit to support work of VFP. “John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.” — Pete Seeger. It’s open to the public: 8 PM on Friday July 25, 2014 at UNCA Lipinsky Auditorium, part of Veterans For Peace 2014 National Convention. Tickets are $20 available at Malaprops in Asheville, and are available online. Reception with John McCutcheon & Preferred seating tickets are $35. Contact Tom for more info on ordering online at 828-335-3627 or email@example.com.
07/26/14 MALAPROPS BOOK READING & SIGNING
Ali Abunimah, the author of “One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse” and co-founder and director of The Electronic Intifada, shares his new book, “The Battle for Justice in Palestine”. Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, says, “This is the book to read to understand the present bizarre and ongoing complexity of the Palestine/Israel tragedy.” Abunimah is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship and was recently featured on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman and Juan González. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops in downtown Asheville.
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville
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
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)
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.
Youth OUTright meeting from 4 to 6 PM at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 20 Oak Street in Asheville. Ages 14 - 23 only.
ACTIONS AND READINGS
HOUSING FOR PEOPLE GOING TO VETERANS FOR PEACE CONVENTION
JULY 22 TO JULY 27 (convention starts on July 23 Wednesday, but some folks will arrive early, and convention closes on July 27 Sunday).
Please contact Gerry Werhan (firstname.lastname@example.org) answering the following few questions... (Feel free to insert your answers right after the questions.)
1. ALL nights (July 22-26), or which ones?
2. How many beds can you provide?
3. Do you have pets?
4. Non-smokers only?
5. Can you offer transport for guests? (Convention location is the UNCA Campus).
6. Vegetarian kitchen? Morning coffee?
7. Street address/directions. Best times to call and phone number to use?