Sunday, November 20, 2016

Upcoming events for the week of November 20, 2016

This photo came from an article about privately run prisons in the USA. Those prisons include prisons for undocumented immigrants and their children. It was reportedly a child who drew this picture of our flag. It is shameful the way we are treating people who only want to work and support their families, and send their children to school.  Mainly because of US government policies, they cannot do that in their birth country. Of course, some of the children being deported were born right here in the USA. A couple of adults born here in the USA were also deported - and that was reportedly a mistake. Obama has deported over 2 1/2 million immigrants while he was in office. This is shameful.



LGBTQ people and allies of all ages are invited to join us for an Asheville Family Dinner. If you can, please bring a favorite dish or drink to share. We're gathering to support each other as a community and CSE staff will be on hand to talk and answer questions about how we will move forward. There will be a kids corner and Spanish/English simultaneous interpretation provided. There will be a kids corner and Spanish/English simultaneous interpretation provided.  Time is 5:30 PM and location is First Congregational UCC Asheville at 20 Oak Street in downtown Asheville. Questions: or 828.242.1559.  

“All My Relations” exhibit by Shan Goshorn will be at Ramsey Library, Blowers Gallery from November 8 to December 16. There will be an opening reception on November 15 - see listing below for more information. This exhibit includes forty black and white photographs of contemporary Cherokee people. They were  taken over a 25 year period by Eastern Band artist Shan Goshorn. Goshorn is perhaps better known for her painted photographs (many of which address stereotypes and racism) which she weaves into baskets that now reside in many prestigious collections around the world. 

“Nature, Spirituality and Turtles- A TV Release Party” Come celebrate the PBS Debut of “Call of the Ancient Mariner” by David Weintraub , enjoy the music of Tom Fisch, taste the latest offering from Bold Rock Cidery and baked good from local bakers, participate in a forum among local spiritual leaders on strengthening our connections to nature and watch the film with friends and neighbors! $10 suggested donation, to benefit the Center for Cultural Preservation. dTime is 7 to 10 PM and location is Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville at 2021 Kanuga Road. Contact Scott of Creation Care Alliance for more information at

Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit Opening Reception. The project began in the June 1987 when a small group gathered in San Francisco to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic and consists of more than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — We honor all of those impacted by HIV/ AIDS by bringing 20 blocks of the Quilt panels to Asheville for a week of commemoration and awareness. Join us for the Opening Reception, which will include an induction ceremony for new Quilt panels, local speakers, and a memorial candle lighting ceremony. Time is 6 to 8 PM and location is Asheville Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville. This exhibit will stay up until November 26, 2016. Quilt exhibit open daily during the week, 10 AM to 7 PM (Closed Thanksgiving Day). Please contact the WNCAP office to request a special tour our educational session or for more information at 828.252.7489.

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 for more information.

Come join Jordan Okrend and BeLoved Asheville Superstars Ponkho Bermejo, James Gambrell, and Amy Cantrell who will share original songs and some of your favorites. We will also be telling stories from our life and work with people living on the streets and margins of Asheville. Donations are welcome at the door but no one will be turned away. 10 % of the bar will be donated to BeLoved. Folks are also encouraged to bring a blanket or sleeping bag for us to share with friends on the streets. Time is 7:30 to 10:30 PM and location is The Block Off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street in downtown Asheville.

Founded in 2012, the Green Grannies are a group of women who are willing to make a ruckus about the need for action on climate change. This is their reading group and it is open to all! Time is noon to 1 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at for more information.

What's Up with Whiteness Wednesdays is an ongoing ASURJ series endeavoring to dismantle white supremacy.The "Title Track" part of the WUWW series will generally repeat on the first Wednesday of the month. 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. Time is 6:30 PM and location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at for more information.

This is a monthly discussion group of Michelle Alexander's book “The New Jim Crow.” This is on Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Firestorm Bookstore & Cafe at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. This monthly discussion group of Michelle Alexander's book the "The New Jim Crow" will discuss a chapter a month. In September we will cover Chapter One. This group will meet September 28, October 26, November 23, December 28, and January 25, 2017 and maybe one more in February. Anyone is welcome to jump in anytime. Led by Eryka Lynn Peskin. Contact Firestorm for more information.

Just Peace Israel/Palestine will be on South Tunnel Road in front of Best Buy from 11:30 AM to 1 PM to hand out flyers about Hewlett Packard. Contact Suchi at for more information.

A weekly group focused on Standing Up For Racial Justice core values for people beginning to wake up to the impact of white supremacy on our culture and seeking a safe place to begin to talk about it. Time is 10 AM and location is 23 Edwin Place, next to Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Contact Elizabeth at for more information.

Silent Auction and Rock 'n Roll by Death & the Reverend. The evening will begin at 8pm with a short but thorough multi-media presentation that explains the events starting from the Treaty in 1851 to present day. We will have time for Q&A before taking a break to peruse arts and listen to some good old Rock n Roll. The auction will close at midnight. Proceeds will go to the indigenous led non-profit All Nations Indigenous Center, who we are partnered with to support the Sicangu Oyate/ Rosebud Lakota camp at Standing Rock. The funds will be allocated accordingly as the camp priority needs can change on a dime as donations and resources come and go. We are proud to be working closely with this native organization to help keep our brave Water Protectors warm and safe this winter. Time is 8 PM to 1 PM and location is the PULP at 103 Hillard Avenue in Asheville. This is a facebook event, no contact information.

“Impressions From Germany: Immigrant Women and the Legacy of National Socialism, A Welcoming Culture for Refugees and the Anti-Refugee Movement PEGIDA” will be addressed by Christine Nugent, director of the college’s Pew Learning Center and Elisson Library. Admission is free and open to the public. Time is 7 PM and location is Jensen Humanities and Social Science Building, in the third floor lecture hall.  

“International Human Rights: At What Cost to the Rest of International Law?” will be addressed by Ingrid Wuerth, the Helen Strong Curry Chair in international law and director of the International Legal Studies Program at Vanderbilt Law School. Wuerth will discuss the impact of “responsibility to protect” - the global commitment endorsed by all United Nations members. Admission is $10 for the public and free for members of the WNC World Affairs Council and UNCA Students. Time is 7:30 PM and location is the Reuter Center at UNCA. 

This year’s Annual Celebration is the eve of our 10th year working together for a more just and sustainable local economic community.  Join us in celebrating the past 10 years and looking forward to our next 10! #10for10. Free. Raffle, music, food, candle lighting ceremony, and celebration. Time is 6 to 9 PM ad location is Jubilee at 46 Wall Street in downtown Asheville.

Citizens Climate Lobby meets the second Saturday of each month at Kairos West Community Center (behind Firestorm) at 610 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

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


Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument during most of the year, but after DST kicks in, they meet at 4:30 PM. 
Showing Up for Racial Justice at Firestorm Cafe and Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. 10 AM. Educating and organizing white people for racial justice. Free.

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 
Green Grannies Book Club meets at noon at Firestorm at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. 
“What’s Up With Whiteness” discussion group at 6 PM at Firestorm at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville.
Green Drinks meets at 7 PM at The Block Off Biltmore on the third Wednesday of the month.
Sierra Club meets at 7 PM at Unitarian Universalist in Asheville on the first Wednesday of the month.

Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Cafe & Books at 6 PM on fourth Thursday of the month. Materials provided.
Political documentary film and discussion at Firestorm Cafe 6:30 PM on the third Thursday of the month. Sponsored by Asheville Citizens Accountability Project. 
Welcome Home Tour by Homeward Bound on the third Thursday of the month at 11 AM. Call 258-1695 for more information.

Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville.

French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at 
MountainTrue holds urban forest workdays on the second Saturday of the month at Richmond Hill Park from 9 AM to 1 PM. Call 258-8737 for more information.
Citizen’s Climate Lobby meeting at 12:30 PM at Kairos West Community Center on second Saturday of the month.

Asheville National Organization for Women meeting at 2:30 PM at YWCA of Asheville on second Sunday of the month.


Hood Tour Tickets

An interactive tour focusing on Asheville’s African American resilient history and future in the arts, environmentalism and entrepreneurship. The tour visits neighborhoods with existing and active green spaces, art, and grassroots initiatives. Tours run most Thursdays at 1 PM and Saturdays at 3 PM, and by appointment for groups by emailing Tours last approximately 1.5 hours. Cost is $25 per person. Tours begin at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Hood Huggers International, LLC offers sustainable strategies for building support pillars for resilient historically African American neighborhoods, providing a framework for community capacity building while increasing the effectiveness of existing service programs. These strategies incorporate the arts, environmental education and social enterprise.

DeWayne Barton is the founder/CEO of Hood Huggers. A sculptor and poet, Barton has been involved in community improvement and youth development for over 20 years. He serves on the African American Heritage Commission, CoThinkk, and the City of Asheville Neighborhood Advisory Board. 

Please call (828) 275-5305 or email for more information including how to register for these tours. 


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