NOTE: Veterans for Peace, an international organization to promote peace and stop wars, is holding their national conference in Asheville later this month. The conference will cover many topics of interest to progressives, peace activists, and environmentalists. See July 24 for a link to the conference website and check out the program. I hope all local folks can sign up for this conference, and if you can help out, volunteer by contacting Gerry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
07/14/14 ASHEVILLE RESTAURANT WORKERS UNITE
For the first time, full-service and fast food restaurant workers will come together to share their stories, talk about best practices in the workplace, and learn how we can work with our employers to create better working conditions here in Asheville. Cookout, music, meet and greet with other restaurant workers in Asheville and make a difference. Location is Carrier Park on Amboy Road in Asheville, and time is 3 to 5 PM.
07/14/14 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MONTHLY SOCIAL
Harnessing Our Power as Cultural Change Agents: When it comes to culture and society, everyone is a participant. Whether we want to or not, when we interact with other people, or even just spend a few dollars, we are influencing the culture and society around us. The next Transition Asheville Monthly Social will feature a lively presentation and discussion facilitated by Transition Asheville’s Dylan Ryals-Hamilton, about how we as individuals and a community can make the most impact with the best results. Whether we do it through protesting, signing petitions, planting gardens, installing solar panels, creating new economic models, or just our day-to-day interactions with friends and neighbors, we all have an impact and a voice! Snacks will be provided (and feel free to bring something special and yummy to share if you wish). Also please bring a plate or bowl, cup, and utensils if you want to eat! We’ll gather at 6:30 PM on Monday, July 14th, at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte Street.
07/15/14 MOBILIZE ASHEVILLE BY WNC FRACK FREE
In an effort have the most effective action against Fracking in WNC and to help the state-wide coalition our group is organizing around the August 25 Public Hearing from 5-9PM in Reidsville, NC (3 hours from Asheville). We will be breaking up into teams working to do further outreach/publicity, bring in more experts (doctors, professors and scientists), handle logistics and media/graphics. We hope to make this organizing event fun and impactful. We will have everyone leave with a clear idea of what they can do to help and next steps within their team. We hope to find alignment and work in coordination with many groups including our partner Clean Water for NC. Food and Beer available :) Time is 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM and location is Asheville Music Hall at 31 Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville. This is a Facebook event, so go to “Fracking in NC Action Group - Mountain Area” for more information.
07/16/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday July 16th at 6PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe for a presentation by the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Asheville. Resilience: where climate prevention and climate adaptation meet. Lessons from Copenhagen. Many of us focus our efforts on preventing climate change but now that our communities are experiencing the impacts of a changing climate we need to understand where the strategies for prevention and adaptation meet. Maggie Ullman, the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Asheville will share lessons learned from an intra-city exchange to Copenhagen Denmark. Time is 6 to 7 PM and location is Green Sage Cafe in downtown Asheville.
07/16/14 HEALTH AND FRACKING DISCUSSION IN SYLVA
This will be held at Jackson County Public Library in the Community Room. Dr. Graeme Potter of Dogwood Insight Center will present information about the health implications of Fracking. Refreshments provided. Time is 6 PM.
07/17/14 FRACKING UPDATES IN BURNSVILLE
Burnsville Library, 321 School Cir, in the upstairs media room. Presentation by Nicole DeCogliano. Time is 7 PM. Email email@example.com for more info.
07/18/14 FRACKING UPDATES IN SPRUCE PINE
Spruce Pine Library at 142 Walnut Street in Spruce Pine. Presentation by Nicole DeCogliano. Time is 7 PM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
07/18/14 ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTION AND NATURAL BUILDINGS TOUR
Tour green homes, farms and gardens at Earthaven Ecovillage and surrounding neighborhoods. Design styles and features include tiny houses, stud-frame, cob, straw-bale, earthship, passive solar, and off-the-grid solar systems. Topics include composting, humanure, animal husbandry, bio-char, cover crops, rotational grazing. Talk to owners and builders to learn how these techniques were employed. Registration required. Time is 9:30 AM to 5 PM. For more information or to get information on how to register, contact NikiAnne at (828) 664-0268.
07/18/14 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. Physicians, health personnel and everyone; all are welcomed at our monthly meetings! Contact Lew at email@example.com for directions to the meeting.
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! Time is 12 noon to 4 PM.
07/19/14 NO FRACKING WNC SUMMIT IN JACKSON OR MACON COUNTY
Time is 9 to 12 PM and location TBA, but somewhere in Jackson or Macon County. Hosted by the WNC Alliance.
07/19/14 GREEN GRANNIES SING FOR THE CLIMATE
Green Grannies Sing for the Climate at Vance Monument at 5 PM. Google "Singfortheclimate" and come out and sing with us! This happens on the third Saturday of every month.
07/22/14 FRACKING UPDATES IN SPRUCE PINE
Spruce Pine Library,142 Walnut Ave. Presentation by Nicole DeCogliano. Time is 7 PM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
07/23/14 GREEN DRINKS
Join us Wednesday July 23rd at 6 PM at the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe for a presentation on the 2014 North Carolina legislative wrap up. Come learn about environmental issues addressed in the just-completed state legislative session and what it all means for WNC. Presenters are Western North Carolina Alliance’s co-director, Julie Mayfield, and Ken Brame, political chair of the WENOCA Sierra Club. Time is 6 PM to 7 PM and location is Green Sage Cafe in downtown Asheville.
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/.
07/24/14 SWAIN COUNTY COALITION AGAINST FRACKING
The movie “Gasland 1” will be shown by the SCCAF – Swain County Coalition Against Fracking. They are presenting a series of educational movies on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing. The Coalition urges everyone to come view this extraordinary documentary depicting what happens to our environment and property values if fracking is forced on upon good citizens like us. Community awareness and involvement is much needed. Free. This will be held at the Swain Center for the Performing Arts at 7 PM.
07/24/14 WNC GREEN CONGREGATIONS MEETING
This is an important meeting – WNC Green Congregations has some BIG NEWS and will be discussing their plans for the the remainder of 2014 and beyond! They hope to see you there! Email email@example.com for more info. Time is 5:30 PM to 7 PM and location is First Baptist Church on Oak Street in downtown Asheville.
07/24/14 MORAL INJURY AMONG THE HIDDEN COSTS OF WAR
Lynn Newsom, co-director of the Quaker House in Fayetteville, NC, will speak to the topic of “Moral Injury: Hidden Cost of War,” at 7 PM at St. George’s Episcopal Church parish hall on School Road in West Asheville. “Moral injury,” a relatively new diagnostic term employed by the Veterans Administration, recognizes that among the effects of war on military personnel is emotional trauma over serious transgressions of moral, spiritual, or religious beliefs. The program is co-sponsored by Circle of Mercy Congregation, Land of the Sky United Church of Christ and St. George’s Episcopal Church. Call Rev. Sehested for more information at 828-252-2297. Childcare provided for younger children.
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 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.
07/25/14 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE: Renewable Energy: Now and the Future
Learn about electricity and how we depend on it. Tour off-grid renewable systems in practice (photovoltaic, microhydro, radiant-floor heating, hot water diversions, wood-fired boiler). Learn issues surrounding both grid-tie and off-grid renewable energy systems. Make biochar – use charcoal as fertilizer, which liberates large amounts of energy in production. Explore development of energy alternatives to the world’s impending energy crisis. Registration required. Time is 9:30 AM to 5 PM, and location is Earthaven Ecovillage. For more information or to get instructions on how to register, contact NikiAnne at (828) 664-0268.
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.
07/29/14 SWAIN COUNTY COALITION AGAINST FRACKING
The Swain County Coalition against Fracking and the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River (WATR) are sponsoring a series of videos on Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking). We invite everyone to view this extraordinary documentary depicting what can happen to our environment and how our property values will be affected if fracking is forced on us. Come stand with us in the fight against fracking. “Triple Divide” will be shown at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City at 7 PM and it will be shown at Mad Batter in Sylva at 6:30 PM. Both are free.
07/31/14 CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS IN THE USA - OVERVIEW AT ARBORETUM
May 2014 saw the release of the third National Climate Assessment (nca2014.globalchange.gov), the most authoritative and comprehensive report to date on climate change and its impacts in the United States. On Thursday, July 31, the Arboretum will host Laura Stevens, a research scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, North Carolina, based at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville. She will address the National Climate Assessment, including how the it came about, its goals and outcomes, and the process involved in creating the report. Her presentation will include a look at past trends in U.S. temperature and precipitation, as well as future climate projections, with a focus on the Southeastern United States. The presentation is free and open to the public, however normal parking fees apply. Location is NC Arboretum at Education Center Auditorium. Members always park free. Time is 6 PM. For more information please call Beth Ross Johnson at (828) 665-2492.
07/31/14 WATER FORUM IN ASHEVILLE
The Water Sustainability Initiative and Lenoir-Rhyne University are planning a water forum for the general public to address local water concerns. We are planning to address the heavy rains this year and last year, the Asheville water system, the CTS site, the Hominy Creek spill, and the coal ash ponds. It is planned to be a positive, answer-oriented event with demonstrations and solutions from the Water Sustainability Initiative. The Water Sustainability Initiative promotes the use of plants, earthworks, tanks, and community engagement to address water issues with improved rain water management and a whole-system approach. Time is 6 PM to 9 PM and location is Lenoir-Rhyne Board Room at 36 Montford Avenue in Asheville.
07/31/14 DOCUMENTARY AT FINE ARTS THEATER IN ASHEVILLE
Asheville Fine Arts Theatre will show "Triple Divide" screening with Q&A with the filmmakers. Cosponsored by Clean Water for NC and WNC Alliance. Regular admission charges apply. Time TBD.
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.