12/14/15 UNITED TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY MEETING
Move to Amend Buncombe County (MABCO) has had a name change to “United to Restore Democracy”. They will be hosting an informational meeting about the Trans Pacific Partnership, aka TPP, on December 14th at the North Asheville Library at 1030 Merrimon Avenue in north Asheville. Our meeting will be from 7 - 9 PM. United to Restore Democracy (Asheville) is a local non-partisan citizens group that has organized to overturn the destructive Citizens United decision and reclaim the liberties and privileges guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution for real, living, breathing people. Our group is part of a larger State and National movement to educate, empower, and bring awareness to the local community. The Trans Pacific Partnership is arguably one of the most consequential trade deals in the history of this planet. It will, if enacted, encompass 40% of the world economy, and the impacts of this deal will be felt across the entire planet. There are many alarming parts of the TPP. United to Restore Democracy invites you to learn about this deal. Knowledge is power, and in this case the lack of knowledge will leave our nation vulnerable to the consequences of this deal. For questions call Diana Kruk 828-275-0680, email@example.com.
12/14/15 CENTER FOR PARTICIPATORY CHANGE - EXHIBIT AT FIRESTORM
Language, Power and Identity. For over 10 years, the Center for Participatory Change has been involved in creating multilingual spaces in Western North Carolina. Through interpretation, use of simultaneous interpretation equipment, interpreter trainings and mentoring of interpreters, CPC worked to create a WNC where different communities could fully participate and have their voices heard. To deepen our understanding of language in our lives, our communities, and our movement, CPC organized a Language Justice Tour of our region. Our goal was to listen to stories of language loss, acquisition and preservation. The photographs in this exhibit capture part of this tour. This exhibit is up until 12/31/15 at Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Street in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
12/14/15 ASHEVILLE BUNCOMBE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL CELEBRATION
Our Annual Holiday Celebration Lunch will be held Monday, December 14th from 12 - 2 PM in the United Way Building, Suites 222 & 204, at 50 South French Broad Street in downtown Asheville. We can't wait to see you and celebrate ABCRC's 2015 accomplishments over a delicious lunch! $10 suggested donation. We work with people and organizations to embrace responsibility for equity and inclusion. Thank you for your support! This was a facebook event.
12/15/15 SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups educating and organizing white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice. Asheville SURJ hosts a weekly discussion group on risk-taking, accountability, mutual interest and how to call more white people into racial justice work. Anyone with a passion for working with white people on racial justice is welcome! Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Street in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at email@example.com for more information.
12/15/15 CANDLELIGHT VIGIL IN BREVARD
Please join the Asheville-Buncombe Branch of NAACP and the Mountain People's Assembly in supporting the Transylvania Branch NAACP and the community of parents and students and friends that are sponsoring a Vigil for Peace and tolerance at 4:30 PM in front of the courthouse in downtown Brevard. The candlelight vigil is in response to recent racially-charged incidents at Brevard High School and in support of their children’s right to a safe environment at school and at home. This came from a facebook posting. No contact information.
12/16/15 REPORT BACK FROM PALESTINE
Recent visitors to Israel/Palestine share reflections on their experience from various perspectives. Time is 7 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Street in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This is sponsored by Just Peace in Israel/Palestine.
12/16/15 GREEN DRINKS
Learn all about the UNCHAIN Asheville - GO LOCAL Movement. Rebecca Hecht and Emma Hutchens present an important “how-to” & “what-to-do” in order to keep Asheville’s local economy thriving. Socializing is from 5:30 – 6 PM and presentation is from 6 – 7 PM. Location is the Twin Leaf Brewery at 144 Coxe Avenue in Asheville. They are on the corner of Coxe and Banks in the South Slope of downtown Asheville. Entrance is the big garage door on Banks Avenue.
12/16/15 ASHEVILLE ISO MEETING
Like you, we have been appalled by the open bigotry and chauvinism that is shifting the political conversation even further to the right and unleashing violence against the vulnerable and exploited- refugees and immigrants. Now it is important that all those who oppose racism and war begin to meet and organize together in order to build working class consciousness and power that can fight for, and win, a better future. Another world IS possible! That said, at our Asheville International Socialist Organization branch meeting this Wednesday we will focus on the topics of imperialism and Islamophobia. As always, this meeting is open to the public, so even if you've never gone to a meeting before please feel free to join us for comradely discussion and debate. This will be held at Edna’s Cafe at 870 Merrimon Avenue in north Asheville. Time is 6:30 to 8 PM. Contact Asheville Socialists for more information or to get the suggested list of reading materials. They can be contacted via email at email@example.com.
12/17/15 HOMEWARD BOUND OF WNC TOUR
“Welcome Home Tour” is a tour of Asheville organizations that serve the homeless population. Registration required, free to attend. Time is 11 AM. Call 258-1695 for more information and for instructions on how to register.
12/17/15 “YOUR VOICE, YOUR FUTURE” TOWN HALL MEETING
Panel discussion regarding domestic and sexual violence in WNC. Panelists include representatives from Helpmate, Mainstay and the District Attorney’s office. Free. Held at WNC Agricultural Center at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Time is 7:30 PM. No contact information.
12/18/15 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING
The next WNC PSR monthly meeting will be at The First Congregational United Church of Christ, Room E205, at 20 Oak Street (just off College St. in downtown Asheville). Brown bag lunch at noon with meeting from 12 noon to 2 PM. Everyone is welcome. Parking is available behind the church. Enter the church or ring doorbell at the glass doors on Oak Street. For more information contact Dr. Terry Clark, Chair, 633-0892 or Dr. Lew Patrie, 299-1242.
12/19/15 DOCUMENTARY FILM SHOWING AT FIRESTORM
Mexico is living a crisis. The country no longer believes in its government; it is exhausted by the corruption and impunity which reaches every corner of society. It is tired of the inequality, the violence, the injustice, and the dispossession. In a small town in the semidesert of Hidalgo, a group of men and women of Ñañú origin are setting an example of rural community development – a cooperative rural development that protects natural resources, cares for traditions and respects people. Set in a spectacular box canyon where a thermal river gushes from the side of a mountain, the Tolantongo cooperative has built a popular resort by their own efforts. Members of the cooperative share in the profits from their labor and alternate jobs in a democratic egalitarian community. Their story reveals that organized people can be the creators of their own destiny. There is much to learn from this model of a local community economy through cooperativism that respects nature, people and traditions. The film is called “Tolantongo: A Worker Co-op Resort”. Q & A will follow the film. Time is 5:30 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Street in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
12/19/15 GREEN GRANNIES SING FOR THE CLIMATE
Green Grannies Sing for the Climate at Pritchard Park at 4 PM. Google "Singfortheclimate" and come out and sing with us! This happens on the third Saturday of every month.
12/19/15 ASHEVILLE GLOBAL CLIMATE AWARENESS MARCH
This will be a Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville from 12 to 4 PM. Support #EarthToParis and be a part of the #BillionPersonMarch! Join us at noon at Pritchard Park to march to Pack Square, and celebrate our love for the Earth and our dedication to bring the environment back into balance! Hosted by Unchain Asheville. This is a facebook event.
12/23/15 OTHER WORLDS ARE POSSIBLE BOOK GROUP AT FIRESTORM
This discussion group focuses on science fiction, speculative fiction and fantasy literature with a feminist, social justice and/or “radical: theme. We'll read a book each month and discuss both the vision presented by the author and how the book contributes to our understanding of our present moment. The book for December is “Stone Mattress” by Margaret Atwood. Time is 7 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Street in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at email@example.com for more information.
01/06/16 OPENING THE HEART OF COMMUNICATION - INTEGRATING JUDAISM AND NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION
Join Roberta Wall, Nonviolent Communication Trainer and student of Jewish thought and observance, for an exploration of communication principles and practices woven into Judaism. This four class series (6:30 to 8:30 PM on January 6, 13, 20, 27) will explore guiding principles at the core of Judaism such as “gratitude” and “forgiveness.” Roberta has taught and co-facilitated classes and trainings in religious and secular communities throughout Israel, Europe and the US. She draws on years of study of Torah, Hassidism, Rabbinic thought and Jewish Renewal to bring Jewish thought and principles alive through the concrete practices of Nonviolent Communication. Location will be the JCC on Charlotte Street in Asheville. Register for the four classes by December 30th for $100, the cost will be $120 for registrations after December 30. Register by contacting Rochelle Reich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-0701 ext. 111.
01/06/16 SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Drew Jones of Climate Interactive will analyze the Paris UN climate negotiations of December 2015 in his simulator to show what work remains to address climate change. Drew led a hands-on interactive session for our Sierra Club meeting on May 6 on climate change. Location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl (corner of Charlotte & Edwin). Contact Judy for more information at email@example.com or 828-683-2176.
01/07/16 COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION CLASSES
This series of classes will be on ‘Compassionate Communication Within Our Families’. This workshop will focus on developing and practicing skills and consciousness for creating and deepening honest, compassionate and effective communication within your family and will be lead by Roberta Wall. When we learn these skills for communication with our children, partners, parents and other family members, we are less likely to end up feeling anger, frustration, hopelessness and fear in difficult situations. We are more likely to communicate what is really important to us; to hear what is really important to the other person; to be empowered to create solutions and strategies that really meet our needs and the needs of the rest of the family. Workshop is open to the public. Costs are $100 for all four sessions if paid in full by December 30 and $120 after December 30 or at the door. Rainbow School community cost is $80 if confirmed by December 30. Childcare ($12) for people over 5 yrs available, but preregistration by December 18 necessary for childcare. For more information and to register, call Kristin at Rainbow School 828-258-9264 extension 155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. These workshops will be held on January 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 4 to 6 PM. Location is the Rainbow School in west Asheville.
01/11/16 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE SOCIAL AND FILM
The movie ‘A Convenient Truth’ will be shown at this Transition Asheville social. It will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church at 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Time is 6:30 to 8 PM. For more information, contact email@example.com.
01/13/16 JUST PEACE FOR ISRAEL/PALESTINE MEETING
This meeting will be at 9:30 AM at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church at 117 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. Contact Suchi at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
01/16/16 HARD TO RECYCLE COLLECTION
Free to the public, recycling event, accepting items of all sorts. Now with two locations! Founded in 2011 by Rainbow Recycling, Hard 2 Recycle events are free to the public collections geared to bring awareness to other modes of recycling to our area. Four quarterly held collections to cover the four corners of the County and one central event in Downtown Asheville.Our goal is to educate, collect and divert items that would normally end up in the landfill: styrofoam, electronics, books, batteries, cooking oil and much more. Not accepting the following items: paints, stains, sealers, CFL or fluorescent or incandescent bulbs; chip & snack bags; petroleum products; hard plastics; vinyl / PVC / VHS / cassette tapes; plate glass, foam; wooden items or cement. Main collection from 10 AM to 2 PM at 1298 Patton Avenue in Asheville and satellite collection from 10 AM to 1 PM at 1461 Sand Hill Road in Candler.
01/18/16 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MEETING
This will be a Common Table Meeting and an open invitation to all who are interested in TA. This will be held at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 20 Oak Street in downtown Asheville. Time is 5:30 to 7 PM. For more information, contact email@example.com.
01/19/16 CLIMATE JUSTICE AND THE CALL TO HOPE EVENT AT UNCA
Wake Forest Divinity School Presents: Our Common Home: Reflections on the Pope's Encyclical, Climate Justice, and the Call to Hope. This panel event is sponsored by the Wake Forest University School of Divinity's Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative, and co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability at the University of North Carolina Asheville and Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina. This will be held at Alumni Hall at UNCA. Time is 7 to 8:30 PM. Learn more at this link including how to register: http://events.wfu.edu/event/our_common_home_asheville#.Vm3ttDZlmiL
01/20/16 JUST PEACE FOR ISRAEL/PALESTINE MEETING
This meeting will be at noon at Brooks-Howell Community Room on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Bring a bag lunch. This is for for sharing possible JPIP initiatives, sharing good reads, discussing issues. Contact Suchi at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
01/21/16 MLK WEEK KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT UNCA
Asheville native Terry Bellamy was elected to the Asheville City Council in 1999 and, in 2005, became Asheville’s first African American mayor. During her eight-year tenure as mayor, she shared her vision for a unified community that worked together to address challenges and took advantage of opportunities for the future. While she was in office, Asheville received accolades and recognitions too numerous to mention. Bellamy currently serves as the Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator/Communication Specialist for the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville. Free and open to the public. Time is 7 PM and location is Lipinsky Auditorium.
01/25/16 BUILDING BRIDGES
Our next session start date is January 25, 2015 and runs through March 21, 2015. Time is 7 - 9 PM each night. Location is MAHEC, 123 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC. Cost is $35. Please go to their website and fill out the application and pay $35 either through the paypal link or send a check for $35 to Building Bridges, PO Box 63, Asheville, NC 28802. This seminar is an introduction to the dynamics of racism and is an opportunity to explore how race has impacted our relationships, communities and institutions. Past participants are welcome. Encourage and recommend individuals as well as organizations that you know to participate in Building Bridges. If you are an alumni of the Building Bridges Seminars, you may apply to become a Co-Facilitator. To apply for a Co-Facilitator position, send an email to email@example.com for more information about Co-Facilitator Trainings. A celebratory potluck supper will be held for all participants at the ninth meeting. Families are welcome to attend the potluck. You may call (828) 777-4585 for more information, including how to register.
01/29/16 COMMUNITY DEBATES
Asheville and area residents are invited to attend a community debate in which four prominent citizens will debate against, and in support of, the different resolutions. The three-part debate series will take place on Friday evenings at 5:30 PM in the Asheville High School auditorium, November 13, January 29, and April 8, 2016. Two-person teams will debate substantive issues including race relations, and the organic food/eat-local movements.
01/29/16 JUST PEACE FOR ISRAEL/PALESTINE MEETING
This meeting will be at 3:15 PM at Brooks-Howell Home on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Meet in the media room. Contact Suchi at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 4:30 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument
Standing up for Racial Justice at Firestorm Cafe & Books at 10 AM
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville
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. Call 884-3435 to confirm.
Third Saturdays – Asheville’s Green Grannies invites the public to “sing for the climate” at Pritchard Park 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.