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06/30/14 PANEL ON HOMELESSNESS IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY
Join us for a panel discussion with the subjects of the Citizen-Times series about their experience living In and out of homelessness over the last year, along with local experts working to end child homelessness to discuss the challenges they face and how you can take action. The event, free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 30 at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center in Asheville. The discussion will be moderated by Citizen-Times reporter, Casey Blake, and photographer, Erin Brethauer, who have followed families living in homelessness over the last 10 months. Audience questions are encouraged. Register at avlhomeless.eventbrite.com. Email email@example.com or call 232-2922 to learn more.
06/30/14 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. 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.
07/02/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday July 2nd at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Café in downtown Asheville for a Multimodal Update on the City of Asheville. Asheville recently showed up as the most dangerous city in the state, per capita, for pedestrians, and the stats are not that much better for cyclists. Our speakers will talk about these studies, how Asheville is planning to address these problems, and how citizens can better protect themselves. Speakers include transportation planner Don Kostelec, multi-modal advocate Tom Burnett, and Multi-Modal Commission chair Jim Grode.
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. Call Susan at (828) 669-1785 for more information.
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.
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.
07/09/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday July 9th at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe in downtown Asheville for a presentation by Josh Dorfman. Josh Dorfman will be sharing stories from his career as “The Lazy Environmentalist.” Josh produced and hosted the award winning reality TV series, “The Lazy Environmentalist” on the Sundance Channel for several years, published two books that aim to enlighten people about better consumer decisions that can reduce our environmental impacts, and delivered a daily radio show on SiriusXM. Josh currently works as the Director of Entrepreneurship Development at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.
07/10/14 SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVIE “URANIUM DRIVE-IN”
Who decides the future of rural America? The promise of jobs from a proposed uranium mill has an economically devastated mining community in Colorado hopeful for the first time in decades. When the environmentalists step in to stop the mill, the pro-mill advocates are enraged. A debate ensues, pitting jobs against health and the environment. Without judgment, both sides of the issue are brought to life in heart-wrenching detail as the film follows conflicting opinions and visions for the future. The film offers no easy answers but aims instead to capture personal stories and paint a portrait of the lives behind this nuanced and complex issue. The film is at 7 PM. Location is Unitarian Universalists in Asheville at Edwin and Charlotte Streets. No charge, donations accepted.
07/11/14 WESTERN CAROLINIANS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The next meeting will be on Friday, July 11, 3:15 PM at Brooks-Howell Home on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville in the Media Room.
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. A public forum and educational presentation by a representative from Clean Water for North Carolina and local residents to discuss the risks and impacts of hydraulic fracking. Location is Andrews Ballroom 965 Main Street Andrews, NC. Time is 3 PM. Contact email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Time is 4 to 9 PM and location is Pritchard Park in Asheville.
07/13/14 STOP FRACKED GAS EXPORTS IN DC
The first national rally to say “NO” to fracked gas exports. The natural gas industry has plans to create 15-20 export terminals around the country so that it can export fracked US gas to the rest of the world. Unfortunately for a host of reasons, once exported, this gas results in as much greenhouse gas pollution as burning coal would be. These export terminals are like the KXL pipeline, and must be stopped. CCAN(Chesapeake Climate Action Network) has been organizing to stop the Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay, which requires approval by FERC (the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission). Up to now has been a rubber stamp for the energy industry. CCAN is organizing a large protest at FERC on July 13. The nonviolent direct action (which includes risking arrest) on the 14th will be the punctuation mark to that protest. Leaders of the 2013 Walk for our Grandchildren, with support from CCAN, are organizing these two events. For additional information, including how to register, call Steve at 828-777-7816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Greg at 828-206-5502 or email@example.com.
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. Many local and national groups will be involved with tabling and holding presentations during this event. Some of those groups are WNC Physicians for Socal Responsibility, Move to Amend Buncombe County, Code Pink, Western Carolinians for Peace & Justice in the Middle East, 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 CONCERT 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
07/25/14 ALI ABUNIMAH IN ASHEVILLE
A reception, talk, dialogue and supper will be hosted by Western Carolinians for Peace & Justice in the Middle East on Friday, July 25 from 5 - 7:30 PM at Asheville Friends Meeting, 227 Edgewood Road. Supper is free, with donations accepted, but you must RSVP by calling Suchi at 828-707-4271 or emailing her at email@example.com. ALI ABUNIMAH is the author of “One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse” and co- founder and director of the widely acclaimed online publication “The Electronic Intifada”. Based in the United States, he has written hundreds of articles and been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for 20 years.
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.
08/04/14 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY FILM SERIES
MABCO and the Unitarian Universalist Church Swannanoa Valley are co-sponsoring a free documentary series and the final showing will be of “The Story of Citizens United v. FEC”. 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.
08/11/14 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY MEETING
Time is 7 PM and location is North Asheville Library. Call Ruth at 232-2883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
09/08/14 MOVE TO AMEND BUNCOMBE COUNTY MEETING
Time is 7 PM and location is North Asheville Library. Call Ruth at 232-2883 or email email@example.com for more information.
09/21/14 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
09/21/14 MASSIVE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH IN NYC
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?