12/07/15 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MEETING
A panel of Transition Asheville organizers will discuss the Transition Movement and why they chose to participate in it locally. They will tell about the highs and lows they have experienced as well as their hopes for the future of Transition Asheville. Panelists: Dylan Ryals-Hamilton, Cathy Scott, Chas Jansen, and Ron Martin-Adkins. Come early for snacks and socializing. Time is 6:30 to 8 PM and location is Parish Hall at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Park in the lot next to the church off Evelyn Alley. For more information, contact email@example.com.
12/07/15 DINNER WITH PROGRESSIVES
Let's dine with wonderful, like minded people and then enjoy our guest- we will talk with Brownie Newman, County Commissioner. Brownie will discuss commission happenings and field questions from Dinner with Progressive attendees. We ask that all attendees to RSVP so we can give our friends at Green Sage a headcount for dinner, beverage and/or dessert. Contact Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or for more information. Dinner is at 5:30 and speakers are from 6 - 7 PM. Location is Green Sage Cafe in Westgate Plaza.
12/7/15 - ASHEVILLE IN MOTION PUBLIC ROLLOUT
Since May 2014, the City of Asheville has been working on a plan to address and prioritize the City’s transportation needs. The public was encouraged to provide input on the issue in spring 2015 during an intensive multi-day charrette. Now, the final draft of the Asheville in Motion (AIM) Plan is ready to be presented to the public. The City of Asheville will hold an informational open house to provide the public with an update on the plan and an opportunity to view the results from 4:30 - 7:30 PM at the US Cellular Center Banquet Hall in downtown Asheville. The plan will then be presented to the Multimodal Transportation Commission and City Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee before City Council considers its adoption, after a public hearing expected in March.
12/08/15 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
On the second Tuesday of each month, Western North Carolina Veterans for Peace meets to coordinate group activities and programs.Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars. Time is 6:30 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Street in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at email@example.com for more information.
12/08/15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
12/08/15 EDUCATORS FOR EQUITY KICK OFF AND CELEBRATION
Educators for Equity Kick Off and Celebration will be held at The Millroom at 66 Ashland Avenue in Asheville. Time is 6:30 - 9 PM. Purpose is to build a grassroots coalition of people in Asheville/Buncombe County committed to encouraging and supporting equity and social justice in our schools. Equity and social justice in our schools and classrooms is a major portal into the full potential of our community and all of its members. Education is an opportunity for growth and empowerment as well as a pathway out of poverty and into economic security. And students who leave school with a commitment to social justice and equity in whatever life journey they take is a major portal into the full potential of humanity. Join us on December 8 and be part of a grassroots movement to expand social justice in education. This movement is for teachers, parents, students, school administrators, businesses, community members and anyone committed to building a just society. Engage with others, listen to great student music and poetry, and generate opportunities for change: Share and learn about what is working in our local schools and education settings; Participate in conversations to identify key leverage points that could foster broad scale change; Unlock possibilities for moving forward across all schools in Asheville/Buncombe County. This is being organized by four Asheville community members committed to equity and social justice in our schools and society: Talia Winningham of the Franklin School of Innovation, Tyrone Greenlee of Francine Delaney, Amy Weisner of Asheville High School, and Cheri Torres of NextMove. Free, donations accepted. If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.
12/08/15 NC LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING
We've got a new location this year, the Wilma M. Sherrill Center on UNC Asheville's campus. We will present information on North Carolina’s economic recovery and how families are faring, an overview of the state budget decisions and how the state is addressing the areas of Education, Income and Health, regional and local data on the economy and impacts of policy decisions and tools to make an impact on the issues you care most about. Join with others to focus your local advocacy for the greatest result. Sponsored by United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, WNC Nonprofit Pathways, Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, League of Women Voters, Women for Women, Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County, North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness, and UNC Asheville. Time is 9 to 11 AM. Questions and information on how to register, please contact Ron Katz at (828) 239-1045 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12/09/15 GREEN DRINKS
Learn about NC Hemp Textile Fiber Market Development and all the steps, procedures, machinery and systems that have to be put in place before we can make our first tee-shirt, socks and jeans from North Carolina Hemp. 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.
12/09/15 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 email@example.com for more information.
12/10/15 JUST ECONOMICS ANNUAL CELEBRATION
Just Economics Annual Celebration. Free, food and entertainment provided, all are welcome. Time is 6 to 9 PM and location is Jubilee! in downtown Asheville. Just Economics works to educate, advocate, and organize for a just and sustainable local economy that works for all in Western North Carolina. We see ourselves not as people of privilege advocating on behalf of low-income people but rather, people of privilege and low-income people advocating together for a better economic community. We welcome participation in our work from all members of our community. We are currently focused on living wage jobs, accessible transportation, and affordable housing.
12/10/15 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. 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.
12/10/15 AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMISSION
Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 AM in the First Floor North Conference Room of Asheville City Hall. No further information.
12/11/15 SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM AT UU CONGREGATION IN ASHEVILLE
On Friday, December 11th, we are screening the important documentary “Ferguson: A Report From Occupied Territory”. The film screening is at 7 PM. Location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at the corner of Edwin and Charlotte Street in Asheville. The United States is currently in the midst of a national dialogue regarding racial profiling and police brutality; a dialogue triggered by the killing of Michael Brown in August of 2014. Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory goes to the frontline of this discussion, and offers invaluable insights from Ferguson residents for whom the burdens of discrimination and injustice are a daily fact of life. In addition to offering a searing commentary on the contributing factors behind the unrest in Ferguson, the film also pays tribute to the growing movement which is currently sweeping far beyond the city's borders. Protestors from all walks of life are joining together in record numbers, and are seeking to dismantle a system that they believe remains influenced by the residue of slavery. Contact Charles at 612-860-6628 for more information. There is no charge for viewing the film - Donations are welcome.
12/12/15 MOUNTAINTRUE URBAN FOREST WORKDAY
Richmond Hill Park invasive plant removal work days. Sponsored by MountainTrue. Richmond Hill Park is at 280 Richmond Hill Drive in Asheville. Time is 9 AM to 1 PM. Contact Joan at email@example.com for more information.
12/12/15 MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE WALK
Wear Orange Walk. Join us as we walk to honor all victims and survivors of gun violence as we approach the third anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook School. Wear Orange - the color of gun violence prevention. Time is 10:30 AM and location is City County Plaza at 121 College Street in downtown Asheville. It is part of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. No contact information given.
12/14/15 UNITED TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY MEEING
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
12/16/15 REPORT BACK FROM PALESTINE
Recent visitors to Israel/Palestine share reflections on their experience. 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. 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.
12/17/15 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.
12/18/15 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.
12/23/15 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.
01/07/16 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
01/25/16 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.