Sunday, August 07, 2016

Upcoming events for the week of August 7, 2016


The WNC Blueprint Training is a hands-on opportunity to learn about the tools available and skills needed to run a successful Get Out The Vote (GOTV) program this year. Training will cover the Voter Activation Network (VAN) database and how to use the VAN to find the voters you want to reach to make sure they have everything they need to register and vote. Training will cover What is the VAN, Targeting Voters, Running a Quality Voter Registration Program and GOTV best practices. Lunch will be provided. This came from a Carolina Jews for Justice email. Time is 10 AM to 3 PM and location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Contact Judy at for more information.

Come and join us at the Vigil for Peace at Vance Monument, Pack Square on Tuesday, August 9 at 5 PM for one hour sponsored by Veterans For Peace, Chapter 099.  WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility will join with Veterans for Peace to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing and show our support for the 128 United Nations members that have voted to enact prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law. Contact Lew at for more information. All are welcome.

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 Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at for more information.

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. Discussion will focus on Justice for Jerry. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at for more information.

Southerners On New Ground (SONG) presents a direct action training with a focus on black and queer liberation movements. SONG is a regional queer liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South. While this event is open to the public, we will be maxing it at 40 participants, so plan to arrive early. This event is for folks who align themselves with queer, POC, QTPOC, black, and/or indigenous identities. Time is 5 to 9 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at for more information.

The Occupy WNC will hold a general assembly at The Sneak E Squirrel Community Room at 1315 West Main Street in Sylva. The Sneak E Squirrel address is on left side of Hwy. 107 when going from Sylva towards Dillsboro. For more information, contact Lucy at (828)743-9747 or

At the town hall meetings, Congressman McHenry will give an update on recent legislative activity in the U.S. Congress and what to expect in the coming months. He will also take questions directly from constituents on the issues of concern to them. Additionally, the Congressman’s staff will be available at the town hall meetings to meet privately with constituents who have issues with federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the Internal Revenue Service. Time is 6 PM and location is the Riceville Volunteer Fire Department at 2251 Riceville Road in Asheville.

This meeting will be at 9:30 AM at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church at 117 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. Contact Suchi at for more information.

Join your neighbors and law enforcement representatives from the Asheville Police Department for coffee and conversation. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Time is 7 to 9:30 AM and location is Vortex Doughnuts at 32 Banks Street in Asheville. [Time to go and ask them some questions.]

Join us for a free and public conversation about human trafficking during the next Carolina Public Press Newsmakers forum, which will be held on Friday, Aug. 12, from 8:30 to 10:30 AM at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. This will be your chance to hear and to discuss the issues surrounding human trafficking in North Carolina, with specific emphasis on sex and labor trafficking. In 2015, a national hotline widely publicized in North Carolina to report suspected human trafficking identified 110 human trafficking cases involving 925 potential victims. At the same time, few arrests were made and few criminal cases prosecuted. Panelists include Karen Arias, bilingual victim advocate and bilingual child forensic interviewer with the 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Alliance, Inc. and Angelica Wind, executive director of Our Voice, a nonprofit which serves survivors of sexual violence in Buncombe County. Other panelists from regional and federal agencies and law enforcement are being confirmed. Please check back for further information. The event, which is sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University, will be moderated by journalists with Carolina Public Press. A light breakfast is included at the event, and RSVPs are required. Carolina Public Press will live stream the forum for those who are unable to attend in person, so RSVP for details on how to connect remotely. Time is 8:30 to 10:30 AM and location is Lenoir-Rhyne University at 36 Montford Avenue in Asheville. For more information, including how to register, please call Carolina Public Press at 828-774-5290 or email us at

August 13th there will be a bus from Asheville to Richmond for the Fight For $15 national rally. The location is no accident, they are taking the fight to Confederate capitol for a reason. The NC labor groups supporting the Fight For $15 are organizing a bus from Asheville for a day trip to their national event in Richmond, VA. If you're interested,  then sign up by following this link: This was posted on Facebook.

This training session will be led by experienced activists/trainers who will explore with us a wide range of diverse methods and roles in peaceful protests from vigils to marches, from sitting in to standing up and speaking out—up to and including non-violent civil disobedience. Sponsored by Asheville SURJ in partnership with UUCA, this training will equip you to work as an individual or together in disciplined, unified groups, taking actions to confront all kinds of injustices, with emphasis on confronting racism. This training will be held from 9:30 AM to 5 PM at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville at Edwin and Charlotte Streets in north Asheville. Cost is $25, includes lunch.  It is hosted by the UUCA and organized by Asheville Showing Up For Racial Justice group. For more information contact 

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

CoThinkk is a “giving circle” that uses our collective time, talent, and treasure towards investment strategies that address education, economic mobility/opportunity, and leadership development towards impacting some of the most critical social issues facing African-American and Latino communities in Asheville and Western NC. We continue to be exited about the recent strategic planning retreat and the deisre to dig in deeper to move to action steps. This meeting will provide an opportunity for us to continue to move our collective agenda, plot out next steps, and finalize key milestones for our upcoming events for September and October. Please RSVP by August 8, 2016. We continue to look forward to having diverse voices and communities in the room to help shape this agenda. If you have any questions or concerns please free to send an e-mail to Tracey at Time is 1 to 4:30 PM and location is the YMI Cultural Center at 47 Eagle Street in downtown Asheville. 

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. 

The meeting will take place at 3:30 - 5:30 PM at the 4th Floor 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:

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.

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  

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 if you plan to attend. For more information, contact City of Asheville Downtown Development Specialist Dana Frankel at or 828-251-4051.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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 for more information, including where the Grail Moviehouse is located.

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.

“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

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 

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 Location is The Block Off Biltmore at Eagle and Market Streets in downtown Asheville and time is 7 to 9:30 PM.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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 or call 828-683-2176.

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 (Please speak to Polly about scholarships.)

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. 

Local LGBTQ activists will host the annual LGBTQ Blue Ridge Pride Festival from 11 AM to 7 PM at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. “Color Our World With Pride And Love” is this year’s theme.  

This meeting will present an Environmental Legislative Update, the good the bad and the ugly by Cassie Gavin. It will cover coal ash, water quality, waste management, clean energy and recycling.  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 or call 828-683-2176.

Affirming the community of Abrahamic faiths, the Peace Conference seeks to work in partnership with Christians, Jews, Muslims, and members of other religious traditions to advance the work of reconciliation and peace. The theme for this year's conference is “The Climate Crisis and Peace” and Dr. Norman Wirzba, Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Agrarian Studies at Duke Divinity School will be among the speakers. This runs from November 10 to November 13, 2016. For program questions contact Tammy McDowell at 828.454.6681 or For registration contact 800.222.4930 or Early registration (before September 1) is $120.

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 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 

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 



Come. Commemorate the 71st anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings with WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility. We will  join the Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 Vigil for  Peace at Vance Monument, Pack Square Tuesday, August 9 at 5 PM.

Support the 128 United Nations members that have voted to enact prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law.

We welcomed Obama’s recent Hiroshima visit, a worldwide reminder about recurring dangers of nuclear weapons and his “... we must ... pursue a world without them”.

US nuclear weapon policy should cancel newly proposed cruise missiles. Former Defense Secretary Perry avowed it is destabilizing, and should be cancelled. It also conflicts with Obama’s latest Nuclear Policy Review; the US will not pursue “new capabilities” for its nuclear weapons.

We mustn’t promote a new nuclear arms race. Any use of nuclear weapons would be catastrophic to human health, perhaps to the survival of all human beings.

Locally, we are striving to stop construction of the globally threatening Uranium Processing Facility in Oak Ridge.

We ask our president to eliminate this provocative buildup of nuclear weapons. And we also ask him to end “hair trigger alert” where hundreds of US and Russian weapons remain aimed at each other, still threatening mutually assured destruction.


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