UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR BY DANCEWATER
08/15/16 ASHEVILLE TOWN HALL - CANCELED
08/15/16 VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING
Learn more about how to register voters for the upcoming election in November. Contact Thalia Lopez at 828-424-2116 or email@example.com. This is from 6 to 8 PM and will be held at 185 South French Broad Avenue in downtown Asheville. This is organized by Democracy NC and Asheville-Buncombe NAACP.
08/16/16 WNC 4 PEACE MEETING
Meeting will be at North Asheville Center at 37 East Larchmont Drive in Asheville at 6 PM. Message us firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-378-0125 if you have questions.
08/16/16 ASHEVILLE TRANSIT COMMITTEE MEETING
The meeting will take place at 4 - 5:30 PM at the 4th Floor Police/Fire Training Room at the Municipal Building at 100 Court Plaza Asheville. If you have any questions please contact Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) at (828) 232-4531 or via email at: email@example.com.
08/16/16 ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH ACTION MEETING
In our monthly Accountability Through Action meeting, we learn about a people of color effort in Asheville, ways to support that work and take up a collection to help fund it. This month we welcome Sheneika Smith of Date My City to share with us about her work and ways to support it. Please join us at 6:30 PM for a potluck and we'll get the program rolling at 7 PM. Location is Kairos West Community Center on Haywood Road in west Asheville.
08/16/16 SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
Asheville SURJ (ASURJ) hosts a weekly Do!scussion Group every Tuesday at 10:00AM for white racial justice activists and their friends to think and feel about doing racial justice activism -- so we can keep doing! This week we will be talking about how to support the #justice4jerry campaign. 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 Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
08/17/16 WHAT’S UP WITH WHITENESS WEDNESDAYS?
What's Up with Whiteness Wednesdays (WUWW!?! ) is an ongoing ASURJ (Asheville Showing Up For Racial Justice) series endeavoring to dismantle white supremacy. Our first offering is the “Title Track” for the series and will repeat monthly. What's Up with Whiteness functions to explore what "white" means, and how it was created as a racial group to implement a white supremacy culture in the United States. This group is for anyone who is willing and able to explore their whiteness or whiteness as a race with a racial justice lens. We aim to dismantle white supremacy's power by exploring it from the inside. We will Educate ourselves and each other about the political and social origins of “whiteness”; educate ourselves and each other on white supremacy culture functions; hold our personal experiences and benefits from whiteness accountable and responsible for change; build skills to address internalized dominance and make change; build relationships with others to further imbue these lessons and build accountability. Contact Holly at 505-554-7133 for more information, or contact Firestorm Books directly. Time is 6:30 to 9 PM. Firestorm is at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville.
08/17/16 GREEN DRINKS
Asheville Green Drinks is a networking party and part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement to connect communities with environmental ideas, media and action. People who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet up for a drink and occasionally listen to an expert in environment, ecology, and social justice. The location of Green Drinks has been changing a lot lately, contact them for more information. Time is 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Call 855-232-4723 for more information.
08/17/16 ASHEVILLE TIMEBANK FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY
Asheville TimeBank's first birthday party is from 5:30 to 8 PM and all are invited. Potluck supper at the picnic shelter in West Asheville Park, at the end of Vermont Street. People who are just curious are invited to come, as well as those who are members. For more information, contact Cathy at email@example.com.
08/17/16 PUBLIC INPUT ON DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE SHUTTLE
The City of Asheville is working with Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates on a study to examine downtown parking conditions and identify strategies for improvement. One strategy to consider as part of this effort is the introduction of a circulator or shuttle system. A circulator or shuttle system is a short and frequent transit route that provides access to destinations that are just a bit too far to walk to. Circulator and shuttle routes have carefully chosen stops at centers of activity, memorable, frequent schedules, and a brand identity consistent with the areas they serve. Time is 5 to 8 PM and location is US Cellular Center ind downtown Asheville. Please RSVP to the facebook event or to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. For more information, contact City of Asheville Downtown Development Specialist Dana Frankel at email@example.com or 828-251-4051.
08/18/16 VOTER REGISTRATION AND AWARENESS AT AB TECH
Ice cream social and voter registration and awareness from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Beech Tree Deck at AB Tech. Stop by for a scoop of ice cream at this non-partisan voter awareness event where you can register to vote, update your registration (new address or name change), and learn about voter rights. This year you can also vote right here on campus during the Early Voting period of October 27 – November 5. This program is sponsored by the Student Government Association. Contact AB Tech for more information.
08/18/16 JUVENILE JUSTICE ISSUES
North Carolina is one of only two states in the country that still charges 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in our criminal justice system, without exception. This outdated policy harms our state and our young people in countless ways, and it must change. The North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, a group formed by N.C. Chief Justice Mark Martin, is recommending that North Carolina joins the rest of the country and instead send youthful offenders to the juvenile justice system, where they can avoid a lifelong criminal record and access programs that can help turn their life around. The commission will hold the first in a series of public hearings where you can show your support for this policy change. Time is 6 to 7:30 PM and location is the Jury Assembly Suite at Buncombe County Judicial Complex, on the 2nd Floor, Room 272, at 60 Court Plaza in Asheville. Open to all, no contact information. Register at this link: https://action.aclu.org/secure/nc-raise-the-age-asheville?ms=oth_160725_aff_NC_criminal_justice_reform
08/18/16 AUTHOR EVENT AT MALAPROP’S
Clare Hanrahan’s memoir is “The Half-Life of a Free Radical: Growing Up Irish Catholic in Jim Crow Memphis”. The book charts her childhood in the predominantly Baptist and segregated Memphis of the 1950s and 60s, and later as she moves off the grid in the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops in downtown Asheville. Contact Malaprops for more information.
08/19/16 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING
Physicians, health personnel and everyone; all are welcomed at our monthly meetings held on the third Friday of each month. Bring a brown bag lunch around noon. This will be held at The First Congregational United Church of Christ, Room E205, at 20 Oak Street (just off College St. in downtown Asheville). Time is noon to 2 PM. Meeting starts at 12:30. 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.
08/20/16 DOCUMENTARY AT GRAIL MOVIEHOUSE
The “Inside Peace” documentary follows a group of inmates doing hard time in a Texas prison as they embark on a journey of personal discovery while struggling with society’s roadblocks and dangers as they prepare to re-enter a world that has labeled them as permanent problems despite having served their sentences. Time is noon and location is the Grail Moviehouse. Tickets are $7. Peace is Possible NC is the sponsoring group. Contact Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, including where the Grail Moviehouse is located.
08/20/16 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE SKILL SHARE
Learn a skill, bring a skill, share a skill. Make new friends and help us make our community more resilient. A Skill-Sharing brings together a wide mix of people from our vibrant community to share simple, practical, and useful practices for resilience. Throughout the day, there will be talks, stands with pick-up information, and demos from local people who are passionate about traditional and modern crafts or skills. This event focuses on building personal and community resilience, local heritage, sustainable living, and a greater sense of community in the Asheville area. Everyone can expect to have fun, be inspired, and perhaps find new passions. Topics and teachers for this Skill-Sharing include Home Energy Efficiency, Sociocratic (consent-based) elections, Nonviolent Communication, Designing for Human Comfort and Conserving Resources, How to Communicate on Issues Across Differences, Permaculture Principles, Composting, Basic Leather-Working, Humanure, Wildcrafting, Keeping Chickens, and more. Transition Asheville is officially the 88th Transition initiative in the USA which seeks to engage people in the far-reaching local actions needed to mitigate the mounting effects of climate change, resource depletion and economic instability. Focused on re-localizing efforts, the Transition Movement also envisions patterns of life that are more fulfilling, more socially connected, and more equitable. Time is 9 AM to 3 PM and location is Francine Delany New Schoold for Children at 119 Brevard Road in Asheville. This is a Facebook event.
08/20/16 WNC HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION LECTURE
“Cherokee Nation of WNC: The Removal Era” is the title of a lecture by Dr. Riggs. Please join accomplished archeologist Dr. Brett H. Riggs (Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies, Western Carolina University) as he explores the crisis that Cherokee families faced during the WNC removal era of the 1830s and the resulting Trail of Tears. In addition Dr. Riggs will develop Western Carolina University's current initiatives in Native health, as well as Cherokee language, history, archeology and public heritage. Dr. Riggs serves as an executive board member for the National Trail of Tears Association and was chair of the Native Affairs Liaison Committee for the Southeastern Archaeological Conference. Tickets sold at the door. General Public - $5.00 donation requested. Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) members free. The program is sponsored by the WNCHA and OLLI. Time is 2 to 4 PM and location is Reuter Center 102, Manheimer Room, at UNCA.
08/20/16 RACIAL HEALING: MOVEMENT AND STORY MEDICINE
Join Meta Commerse and Virginia Rosenberg in an experience dedicated to healing through the natural medicines of movement and story. All of us have suffered from racism as a tool of the global oligarchy used to oppress the masses. And within each one of us lies the power to confront, heal, and neutralize the effects of racism in ourselves and our communities. Together, we set our intention to deal with what is. To tell stories of how race has influenced our experience. To hear from each other. To acknowledge and feel together. And to move our bodies together, allowing our bodies to unfurl us to wherever it is we're all going. This is an opportunity to build and strengthen a community dedicated to moving beyond racism. We may come in separate, but we will leave this experience together. Time is 9 AM to 6 PM, and location is in Leicester, and more information will be given with registration. Cost is $99, and this is a Facebook event, so please go there to register.
08/21/16 ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY OF ASHEVILLE
“The Thirteenth Juror” is journalist Nelda Holder’s investigative report on the contents of more than 6,466 pages of transcripts and documents released in the Missouri grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown, Jr. “The Thirteenth Juror” will be presented by Nelda Holder at the Sunday, August 21 meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, from 2 - 3:30 PM at Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, in Asheville. All are welcome. Holder will describe how her involvement in this project came about, and the import of her months of investigation. The book’s title is symbolic of her approach to the material, which was to slip into the role of a grand juror as she read the testimonies and the attorney narratives, and looked at the evidence presented in the transcripts. The book invites its readers to be present as well, offering anecdotes and descriptions that present a candid sense of many aspects of the 24 days of grand jury hearings. In addition to a synopsis of “facts” and a discussion of their import, Holder will share research regarding the grand jury process in this country and the potential and need for its reform. She will also discuss the widely disparate eyewitness testimony in the case and the striking documentation of unreliability for such testimony. The author will share personal stories from witnesses who knew Michael Brown, and stories about their individual lives in the neighborhood they shared, particularly involving police interactions. She will discuss two troubling aspects regarding Darren Wilson’s own testimony (the young police officer on trial) that she discovered in going through these records. She will also discuss the ultimate revelation inherent in the release of these documents, which she feels reveals a sobering ethical dilemma. Questions and discussion will be welcome. Refreshments will follow the presentation. For more information call (828) 687-7759 or email EHSAsheville@gmail.com.
08/21/16 DRUM, CHANT AND PRAY FOR PEACE
Synchronized with the 22nd annual Drums Around the World, which started with the Navajo Nation at the Grand Canyon, we will join with people worldwide to raise our voices and drums for peace and justice for all. Community leaders will invoke prayer for peace for all and justice for our planet starting at 2:45. From 3 to 4 PM, we will drum, chant and seek harmony with each other, sending our love and need for justice to join with others doing the same. After a brief moment to call an end to our prayer circle....y'all can go wild... we have the park. This will be at Pritchard Park. This is a Facebook event, and was created by Asheville Drum Circle.
08/21/16 POLLINATOR ART PARTY AND TALK
Local artists and activists inspire WNC on the importance of pollinator communities. This is a free event and open to all. This is a collaboration among Central United Methodist Church, Creation Care Alliance and local artists. Time is 5:30-7:30PM and will be held at Central United Methodist Church at 297 Haywood Street in Asheville. This event is free to the public and will be a great way to participate in a community dialog and showcase environmentally conscious local artists. For more information on this event, please email Rachel Harris at email@example.com.
08/22/16 NARAL PRO-CHOICE FILM SCREENING
Join NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Asheville reproductive rights activists for a screening of “Trapped” at The Block Off Biltmore. U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) laws have been passed by conservative state legislatures. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary measures, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. As the U.S. Supreme Court decides in 2016 whether individual states may essentially outlaw abortion (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt), Trapped follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. Following the film, staff from NARAL Pro-Choice NC and the ACLU of NC will give a short talk about current anti-abortion laws in North Carolina and lead attendees in a discussion about what they can do to promote pro-choice policies in their own communities. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail sarah@ProChoiceNC.org. Location is The Block Off Biltmore at Eagle and Market Streets in downtown Asheville and time is 7 to 9:30 PM.
08/24/16 ASHEVILLE WORKPLACE CHALLENGE MEETING
Want an easy way to make a positive difference in Asheville and Buncombe County? Here is one way businesses/organizations can help. The City of Asheville and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to launch the Asheville Workplace Challenge, a self-assessment tool that gives local businesses ways to save money and reduce their environmental impact. Through the Asheville Workplace Challenge, businesses can increase awareness of environmental issues and reduce energy use, water consumption and waste. Businesses that join the Challenge can improve their operations and reduce costs and have an opportunity to become part of a larger network with similar sustainability goals that will provide support and recognition along the way. The Workplace Challenge will track a company’s progress and provide resources to guide them through their sustainability journey. Optional programs such as lunch-and-learns geared toward specific challenging areas will be offered throughout the process. Participating businesses will have the opportunity to win prizes and awards and be recognized for efforts as a leader in sustainability. Time is 5:30 PM and location is The Block Off Biltmore at Eagle and Market Streets in downtown Asheville. Contact Haley at HMahoney@ashevillenc.gov for more information.
08/25/16 A SERVICE OF LAMENTATION, HEALING, AND HOPE
In response to the repeated episodes of violence in our nation and community, you are invited to a time of prayer and comfort as we open our hearts to God and to each other. All are invited to remain for a fellowship gathering after the service. On site childcare will be provided. Location is WNC Baptist Fellowship Church at 240 Haywood Street in Asheville. Time is 6 PM. Contact Tyrone Greenly at 828.254-4994 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
8/25/16 SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVIE AT UUSCV IN BLACK MOUNTAIN
“The Trials of Muhammad Ali” will be shown at this event. The Social Action Committee is sponsoring a social justice movie on Thursday, August 25, at 7 PM at UUCSV, 500 Montreat Rd., Black Mountain. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America's controversies over race, religion, and war. The discussion after the movie will be led by Maria Santelli, Executive Director, Center on Conscience and War. For more information call Suzanne at 581-0564.
08/25/16 CREATION CARE ALLIANCE GENERAL MEETING
Creation Care Alliance General Meeting - All are welcome. Time is 5:30-7 PM and location is the First Baptist Church of Asheville, Room MB306 (upstairs), at 5 Oak Street in downtown Asheville. Join us as we inspire one another to good work, hear about summer opportunities and our work empowering care for creation. We will connect with one another, explore ways to care for creation. For more information, contact Rev. Scott Hardin-Nieri at 828-258-8737 or email@example.com.
08/27/16 WOMEN’S AGENDA ASSEMBLY
The Buncombe County Commission on Women and the YWCA of Asheville invite women from throughout Buncombe County to the Women's Agenda Assembly on Saturday, August 27th. By sharing their views and learning about public policy issues of importance to women, participants will have an opportunity to guide the Buncombe County Commission on Women as it identifies ways the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners can improve the social and economic conditions of women in Buncombe County and to set priorities for proposed action by the North Carolina General Assembly. Women's Agenda Assemblies will take place through the state under the coordination of North Carolina Women United. Out of these assemblies will come a Women's Agenda to be presented to the state legislature in 2017. Free childcare will be provided for children between the age of 1 and 12, but space is limited. Please leave a comment in your RSVP that includes the ages of your children. RSVP as soon as possible. Time is 9 AM to 1 PM and location is the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 20 Oak Street in downtown Asheville. This is a Facebook event, so look up “2016 Women’s Agenda Assembly or call the local YWCA for more information.
08/28/16 STAND AGAINST HB2
This is a major musical event by North Carolina Musicians United for Equality NC. Time is 3 PM and location is The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. $15 advance tickets from The Orange Peel.
08/29/16 ASHEVILLE TOWN HALL
N.C. Senator Terry Van Duyn will host a town hall along with N.C. Representative Susan Fisher. This is part of Sen. Van Duyn’s town hall series. At this town hall Sen. Van Duyn and Rep. Fisher are planning on talking about the North Carolina General Assembly’s short session and how their constituents will be impacted as well as listening to any concerns constituents might have. The event is free and open to the public. Time is 6 to 7:30 PM and location is the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design at 67 Broadway in Asheville. Call Anna at 828-768-3321 for more information.
09/06/16 CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB
They will be discussing “Code Red: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century” by Jonathan Simon. This is at Malaprop’s in downtown Asheville and time is 7 PM. All are welcome.
09/07/16 SIERRA CLUB MEETING/GREEN DRINKS
Discussion at this meeting will be around how we can prevent a third gas powered plant by Duke here in Asheville. Brownie Newman, Buncombe County Commissioner, Julie Mayfield, Asheville City Council, Amber Weaver of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability and Jason Walls of Duke Energy will provide an update on the work the Energy Innovation Task Force. This event is free and open to the public. Time is 7 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 1 Edwin Place (corner of Charlotte and Edwin) in Asheville. For more information, contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-683-2176.
09/08/16 COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION TRAINING SERIES
What makes it so hard to let go of anger? Can forgiveness lead us to authentic, empowered and effective action? This question is so timely now, as streets from Asheville to St. Paul to Dallas, Baton Rouge to Istanbul, Baghdad and Nice, flow with blood and tears. Turning the fire of anger into forgiveness and meaningful action is a four week series in Nonviolent Communication on Thursday evenings in Asheville. Dates are September 8, 15, 22, and 29, and time is 6:30-8:30 PM. Facilitator is Roberta Wall. In Nonviolent Communication, we say that anger has a surprising purpose, and that its energy can be harnessed and transformed into self-understanding, authentic action, and forgiveness. Location is the Asheville Jewish Community Center at 236 Charlotte Street in north Asheville. Cost is $100. Please consider adding an extra amount for scholarships for those with more limited resources. To register or for more information, call or email Polly at (828) 775-6333 or email@example.com. (Please speak to Polly about scholarships.)
09/10/16 CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING
Citizens Climate Lobby meets the second Saturday of each month at Kairos West Community Center, 742 Haywood Road in west Asheville. We are advocating for a Carbon Fee & Dividend, which would impose a fee on fossil fuels at point entry; this fee will be refunded to individuals and families. There is bipartisan support in Congress as this will create jobs and help grow the economy, boosting renewables. Time is 12:30 to 3 PM. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
09/12/16 BUILDING A CHILDREN’S OPPORTUNITY AGENDA
Join us for a community meeting to discuss creating opportunity for children! The future of North Carolina is as strong as its people. That’s why we’re at our best when all children to grow up in financially secure families and communities where they have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Unfortunately, many children and families face systemic barriers to prosperity that have a wide-ranging impact on children’s current well-being and future success. As part of our overall effort to build a stronger, more organized voice for children, NC Child is convening a series of community discussions aimed at building opportunity for children across North Carolina. Time is 5 to 8 PM and location is MAHEC at 119 Hendersonville Road in Asheville. Co-sponsors are Children First / Communities in Schools Buncombe County, The Success Equation, Asheville Children's Economic Opportunity Forum, NC Child, Children First / CIS Buncombe County, and The Success Equation. Both the event and dinner are free. Dinner will be provided by NC Child beginning at 5 PM. Please contact Adam Sotak at email@example.com for more information, including how to register.
09/13/16 BUILDING BRIDGES FALL SESSION
Registration for the 2016 fall session of Building Bridges is now open! 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. The program will be held at Rainbow Community School in West Asheville on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM starting on September 13th and running through November 8th. Please go to buildingbridges-ashevillenc dot org to get to the registration page and for more information. Help us spread the word by telling your friends and colleagues. We anticipate filling fast, so be sure to register early to reserve your spot. Hope to see you there! Cost is $35. Go to their webpage to see payment instructions. A celebratory pot luck 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.
09/18/16 WNC 4 PEACE EVENT
“Authors Speak Peace” at The Block off Biltmore at the corner of Eagle and Market Streets in downtown Asheville. Featuring authors DeWayne Barton, Cecil Bothwell, Clare Hanrahan and Jeff Messer. Time is 2 PM. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-378-0125 if you have questions.
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 4:30 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument
Showing Up for Racial Justice is from noon to 2 PM at Firestorm Cafe and Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Educating and organizing white people for racial justice. Free.
Orientation session for Asheville Timebank. 4 PM at Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Email email@example.com for information and to register.
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Cafe & Books at 6 PM on first Thursday of the month. Materials provided.
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.
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at email@example.com.
ACTIONS AND READINGS
I have been deeply concerned about the refugee crisis going on, most of it due to US government policies, so I am taking some action!
I have been working with Peace & Earth Committee of Asheville Friends Meeting to raise funds to help refugees via the Mennonite Central Committee, specifically Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Veterans for Peace, Chapter 099, is also contributing. We are also putting together hygiene and school supplies kits, but we are mostly focusing on raising funds since the Mennonite Central Committee can buy things in bulk and thereby getting a better price. Here is a link to the information about the kits: http://mcc.org/get-involved/kits
I will be taking the items up to Hinton,Virginia in September.
In an effort to raise more funds, I have made multiple jars of pickles (bread & butter, dill and spicy) and some sweet pickle relish and giving them to people for donations. I also have some hand woven coasters (called "mug rugs") that I am giving for donations. You can pick the amount. Let me know if you want to help out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Rachael Bliss
WNC 4 Peace: A Partnership of Peace Makers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Students in WNC invited to be creative about peace
4 Peace, a Partnership of Peace Makers in Western North Carolina, announces a contest in which students across Buncombe County, NC, can enter via their school’s creative works that promote the importance of peacemaking. There will be four "Winners" for Best Poem, Best Video, Best Artwork, and Best Essay on Peace.
Students’s creations will be featured on our website, wnc4peace.com. Additionally the winning video and a video of the winning poem and essay being read plus winning artwork will be shown on International Peace Day at key websites throughout the world.
The School from which winning students submit their poem, video, artwork or essay will be given $100 checks from WNC 4 Peace. The $100 prizes will be presented to schools (or homeschooling associations) to encourage students there to enter, as well as helping schools provide resources for them to teach peace related skills.
WNC 4 Peace and our peacemaker partner groups will raise funds to support this important youth project.
We will invite Mountain Xpress and other local media to announce the competition and to also print the names of winning entries and their schools.
We are naming awards in honor of recently deceased local peace heroes:
● Isaac Coleman, who died recently, and was founder of Read to Succeed and
former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s;
● Judith Hallock, cofounder
of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance
and leader of previous local International Days of Peace;
● Tony Bing, former leader of the Palestinian/Jewish Egalitarian Team (formerly
called Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East), and
● Ron Harayda, former chairman of Veterans of Peace Chapter 099 and host of
their weekly WPVM radio program for years.
Deadline for submissions will be September 7, 2016. All entries should be sent to WNC 4 Peace email@example.com . In the case of videos, send an email to the address above and give the name of the video, which has been uploaded to YouTube by the entrant. Artwork should be uploaded as a PDF attachment and sent in an email to WNC 4 Peace. All students from elementary through high school are eligible to participate. Be sure all entries include entrant's name, school, grade level, and contact information. Winners will be announced in September for International Day of Peace. Details about the date and place to honor all entrants and winners will be announced at a later date.For more information, contact WNC 4 Peace firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 828-378-0125.
To sign Peace Day Proclamation > Peace organizations contact Tom Downing via email TDowning@ashevillenc.gov or phone (259-5600) to tell Tom that they want to be included and if it’s a new group it’s really helpful to have their full official name so we can get it right on the document. For details on this, please call at 828-378-0125.