Thursday, November 16, 2017

Up the Creek - by Tori Amos



Lyrics: 


Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise
Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise
Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise

We may just survive
If the Militia of the Mind
Arm against those climate blind

Desert Sister
I'll be breaking in
Desert Sister
To break you out

Knowledge sown in Gaia's bones
Knowledge sown in Gaia's bones

Granite canyon webs of stone
Her uncorrupted soul
Will not be possessed or owned

Gone, when hope is almost gone
You know that's the time we must stand
Strong, every girl in every band
Every cosmic cowboy in the land
To the Earth will you show mercy?

Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise
Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise

We may just survive
If the Militia of the Mind
Arm against those climate blind

Desert Sister
I'll be breaking in
Desert Sister
To break you out

Desert Sister
I'll be breaking in
Desert Sister
To break you out

Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise
Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise

Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

From Senator Burr

November 04, 2017
This week, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence heard testimony from the General Counsels of Facebook, Twitter, and Google regarding Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. It was the Committee’s 12th open hearing touching on Russia’s active measures targeting the United States. Nearly a year after the election, I still don’t believe the social media companies fully grasp the scope of Russian involvement on their platforms, but I look forward to hearing more from them about their efforts to prevent such activity in the future.

Many in the media have tried to reduce this conversation down to one premise: foreign actors conducted a surgically executed covert operation to help Donald Trump become President of the United States. I’m here to tell you: this story does not simplify that easily, and what we actually found was a very scattershot approach. For example, Maryland was targeted with five times more ads than Wisconsin, but Hillary Clinton won Maryland by 26 points. In short, it seems the Russians were more focused on creating societal chaos in America than tactically favoring Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. I understand the urge to make this story simple. It’s human nature to make the complex manageable, find explanations, and interpret things in ways that confirm your conclusions. But that’s bias.


As I’ve said before, this isn’t about relitigating the 2016 election. This is about national security and corporate responsibility.  The bottom line is that agents of a foreign power reached into the United States using our own social media platforms and conducted a misinformation operation intended to divide our society. As we look forward to the 2018 elections, I firmly believe the actions of these companies, with such incredible reach and influence, must catch up to their responsibilities.  We will continue to follow all threads of this investigation until we have a full picture of the scope of what occurred.

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All this Russia-gate nonsense is going to end up being an effort to censor social media. And it is not the right wing nuts that they will censor - nope, not at all. All over $100,000 worth of stupid ads on Facebook. I believe Facebook gets over $20 billion dollars a year in ads. 

Sure wish the USA would limit its interference in foreign elections to buying ads. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Secure and the Dispossessed

The Secure, the Dispossessed, and the Mentally Deranged Dotards
By David Swanson

In The Secure and the Dispossessed, Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes have collected an unflinching survey of a species gone mad. The book’s subtitle is “How the Military and Corporations Are Shaping a Climate-Changed World.” In short, the Authoritarian Exceptionalist Military Corporate Complex is flamboyantly recognizing the hole it is in, and exponentially increasing the rate of digging, while hiring PR firms to redefine “digging” as “robust engagement in advanced resilient green initiatives that save us all by further enriching the rich, militarizing the world, and rendering the earth uninhabitable.”

The contributors to this book confront the idea that surviving in a further climate changed world is unrelated to surviving in the world we have right now. Avoiding the need to reform the most destructive practices now engaged in, they suggest, is not the surest path to useful future innovations. In fact, it exacerbates future crises. Out-of-control corporate crony capitalism and militarism are problems that must be addressed now and ever more so as the natural environment collapses. War and disaster capitalism are not produced by environmental or economic or refugee crises, quite the reverse. Climate crisis could produce greater social unity and sustainable practices if those are what we choose to respond with.

Corporate and military greenwashing should be power washed with facts. Wal-Mart’s renewable energy goal is set to be actually reached in about 300 years. The U.S. military’s supposed greening consists mostly of token moves toward non-green nuclear energy and bio-fuel “alternatives” dwarfed by such leading threats as a massive new investment in nuclear weaponry. Exxon Mobil now possesses more oil that the human-friendly climate can survive, and Exxon Mobil is focused on finding more. The proxy wars of the previous cold war ravaged social cohesion while killing 20 million, injuring 60 millions, and making 15 million people homeless. Rex Tillerson, one of the supposed “adults” keeping Trump under control, has said that climate crises for agriculture are no problem at all, as people can simply change the locations of the farming of various crops. Scientists do not agree with him. Following the BP oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, insurance companies have been offering reputational-risk insurance, meaning the provision of public relations services to sell a false but preferable image of a corporation following its creation of a widely known catastrophe.

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Why do we not hear these pressing arguments everywhere? Here’s part of the answer. The Nature Conservancy lists the U.S. military as a “Partner in Conservation.” The National Resources Defense Council “partners” with the military. Conservation International helps weapons dealers greenwash, and was exposed by journalists posing as representatives of Lockheed Martin who asked purely for dishonest cover of destructive practices. The Sierra Club dropped out of a coalition effort I was part of when it found out that an organization involved in the coalition opposed drone murders. When I invited representatives of environmental organizations to take part in a conference last month on war and the environment, Greenpeace gave me a completely nonsensical refusal, while 350.org reluctantly signed on, then dropped out, then agreed to come, then called in sick.



If US American environmentalist were serious about saving the environment, they would be working to stop the US military and all the wars we are engaged in, and then reduce the military funding to about 10% of it's current level and spend that on saving the environment. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Upcoming events for the week of November 12, 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR BY DANCEWATER

11/13/17 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE SOCIAL
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00pm. Place: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 N. Charlotte Street in Asheville (enter on north side). Presentation Topic: Carolyn Anderson and WNC Renewables Coalition. Frustrated by the lack of coordination and communication across the various environmental groups in Asheville, Anderson organized the WNC Renewable Coalition this past July.  It is now comprised of 18 diverse groups and committed to helping the city and region become carbon neutral. This equates to the Transition idea of an Energy Descent Action Plan. She recently orchestrated a showing of the award-winning film "Tomorrow" that inspired many and brought forth a number of action ideas. In addition to founding WNC Renewable Coalition, Carolyn Anderson is a well-respected interior designer from Asheville.  She is the leader of the Indivisible Environment Action Team as well as being a member of Divest Fossil Fuels and Community Roots. Contact: Rebecca Mahan (812-334-0176) or  palmtree747@gmail.com. 

11/13/17 ASHEVILLE SURJ MEETING
Asheville SURJ weekly evening meeting: Monday, 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville Unitarian Universalist Congregation (downstairs main building). Accountability group for folks seeking to focus on anti-racism work. Meetings include opportunities such as discussion, educational opportunities, or role-playing difficult conversations, and building connections. For more info email avlsurj@gmail.com. 

11/13/17 FAIR VOTE TOWN HALL IN HENDERSONVILLE
The NC Coalition for Lobbying & Government Reform presents Fair Maps Town Hall with Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Hendersonville). A town hall discussion with Rep. McGrady on gerrymandering & how to build a better way of drawing our voting maps. Free & open to the public. Location is Southern Appalachian Brewery at 822 Locust Street in Hendersonville. Monday, Nov. 13th. Doors open 6:30pm • Program starts 7pm. This information came from the League of Women Voters of Asheville - Buncombe County.

11/13/17 ART TRANSIT MASTER PLAN WORKSHOP
The City of Asheville invites everyone to participate in two community workshops as part of its recently announced Transit Master Plan update. A survey will also be available for residents who can’t make it to the workshops. Future public engagement activities will include discussion group workshops with various stakeholder groups, meetings with Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) staff and citizen advisory boards, and final public meetings to receive feedback on the Draft Plan. The Transit Master Plan will shape how and where transit service will be provided by ART service. It’s designed to ensure safe, convenient and accessible public transportation for all residents, workers and visitors to the Asheville area. Last developed in 2009 and adopted in 2010, an updated plan will provide measurable goals and detailed strategies for improving transit throughout the City. The plan will: Assess existing transit services; Review ART’s current operating environment; Evaluate current and future mobility needs; and Determine whether and how existing bus transit services can be adjusted to provide improved service levels throughout the City. The plan is expected to be completed by summer 2018. Two community workshops will be held in November. The format will be charrette style, a collaborative discussion between participants, City staff and the consultant team for the project. Here is the workshop schedule: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Edington Career & Education Center, 133 Livingston Street in Asheville and  6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Kairos West Community Center, 604 Haywood Road in west Asheville.  According to Transit Planning Manager, Elias Mathes, “Asheville has changed significantly since the last Transit Master Plan was developed in 2009 and that has impacted bus service. An updated plan will allow us to improve the efficiency and reliability of current service, and will give us a roadmap for enhancements and potential expansion of future service. These changes will expand mobility options for our citizens and improve their access to employment and location-efficient affordable housing.” For more information, contact: Elias Mathes, Transit Planning Manager for the City of Asheville at 828-232-4522 or EMathes@Ashevillenc.gov.

11/13/17 PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY MEETING
Monday, November 13, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Where: BCDP Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Rd., Asheville. Our goal is to further progressive ideals. We work to get big money out of politics and bring power to the people-not just corporations. We believe higher education needs to be available to anyone willing to do the academic work. We stand for single payer healthcare. Contact: Kris Kramer at pdobpresident@gmail.com. 

11/13/17 WNC RENEWABLES COALITION EVENT
Frustrated by the lack of coordination and communication across the various environmental groups in Asheville, Anderson organized the WNC Renewable Coalition this past July. It is now comprised of 18 diverse groups and committed to helping the city and region become carbon neutral. This equates to the Transition idea of an Energy Descent Action Plan. She recently orchestrated a showing of the award-winning film “Tomorrow” that inspired many and brought forth a number of action ideas. In addition to founding WNC Renewable Coalition, Carolyn Anderson is a well-respected interior designer from Asheville. She is the leader of the Indivisible Environment Action Team as well as being a member of Divest Fossil Fuels and Community Roots. Admission to this event is free. Please Join us on Monday, November 13th from 6:30-8:00 PM (refreshments begin at 6:30) at St. Mary's Episcopal Church at 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Parish Hall is accessed by crossing the bridge walkway from Evelyn Alley. Parking behind church on Evelyn Alley as well as on Charlotte and side streets. Note: Do not park in reserved spots. If you have questions, comments, concerns, or want to know how to get involved in cultivating a more resilient Asheville, please let us know by sending an email to transitionasheville@gmail.com.

11/14/17 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS CONSTITUTIONAL STUDY COURSE 
Join us for "We The People" a six-week study of the history and contemporary role of the Constitution of the United States. Sessions will examine relevant topics such as freedom of speech, the right to assemble, executive power, voting rights, and procedural due process. Organized by the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County the series is being co-sponsored by additional nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations including AAUW - Asheville, NC, YWCA of Asheville, and ACLU of NC - Western NC Chapter. Sessions are FREE and open to the public. They will be held at the YWCA on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 pm on October 3, 10, 17, 24 and November 7, 14. Email we.people.us@gmail.com to reserve your seat.

11/14/17  VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 4:30 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. 

11/14/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING
Our next meeting will be on the second Tuesday of November (as opposed to the most recent change to the third Tuesday of the month) so that it takes place before the parade on the 18th. Our next meeting will be at the VFP WNC HQ at the Center for Art & Spirit in West Asheville so that we have enough room to spread out and get the parade prep work done. The December meeting will resume the schedule of meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, December 19. On the third (or second, in this case) 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 the Center for Art and Spirit at Saint George, address is One School Road in west Asheville. For more information, contact Gerry at gwerhan@gmail.com.

11/14/17 OCCUPY WNC
Occupy WNC's next meeting is Tuesday November 14th in the Community Room at the Sneak E Squirrel at 7:00 PM. The group gathers at 6:00 pm for supper. Typically the non-partisan group meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Visitors and new members are always welcomed. Contact Lucy at lucy.christopher42@gmail.com for more information.

11/14/17 TO 11/19/17 AMERICANS WHO TELL THE TRUTH EXHIBIT
This runs from September 30th to November 19th. Don’t miss it! It is a great exhibit. This exhibit is at the YMI at  39 South Market Street in downtown Asheville. Activate Your Moral Imagination ... Never underestimate the power of art and story to change the world. Three powerful exhibits to encourage bold civic action: Robert Shetterly's Americans Who Tell the Truth Models of Courageous Citizenship/portrait prints; Regional Youth as Citizen Artists/ portraits; Unstoppable Courage in Our Midst/posters of local activists. The exhibits will be on display at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 South Market Street in Asheville through November 19th.  Gallery Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Come and be inspired. The exhibit features portraits of citizens who address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness and will be on display through November 19, 2017. Contact Ellie at elliebhope@gmail.com for more information. There is a need for docents, contact Melody at meljshank@gmail.com. This exhibit is well worth seeing.

11/14/17 ASURJ EVENT
Tuesday ASURJ Do-Session, 10 am in Firestorm's back room. We hold this space so that we can check in with each other about our experiences this past week attempting to do good work in Asheville. There are things we have seen that encourage us to believe that white people are waking up to the impact of racism on everyone, and there are things that knock us flat and make us think racism will forever haunt this mountain town. Bring it all, and we will leave with something concrete we can each do this week to support multi-racial coalition work. All are welcome. Do-Session, 11:30-1pm to follow.

11/14/17 ASHEVILLE BUNCOMBE FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
“Meeting of the whole” community meeting and dinner to discuss the 2017 food policy agenda and action plan. Registration required. Free. Held at Lenoir Rhyne University, 2nd floor boardroom at 36 Montford Avenue. Time is 5:30 PM. Go to abfoodpolicy.org for more information. 

11/14/17 MULL IT OVER BOOK CLUB
They are covering “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander. Free to attend. Held at Wedge Foundation at 5 Foundy Street in Asheville. Time is 7 PM. No contact information.


11/15/17 INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL AT UNCA
Nov. 15 – Rhymes for Young Ghouls – at 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at Humanities Lecture Hall.  Set in 1976 on a Canadian Indian reserve, this film’s teenage protagonist is forced into a residential school and plots revenge. This is the fourth of four films in UNC Asheville's 2017 Indigenous Film Festival. Set in 1976 on a Canadian Indian reserve, this film’s teenage protagonist is forced into a residential school and plots revenge. Through cinema, the series will present the experiences and perspectives of indigenous peoples around the world, not often reflected on American movie screens. The screenings are free and open to everyone and a short Q&A will follow the film. The Indigenous Film Festival is curated and will be hosted by UNC Asheville faculty members Trey Adcock, assistant professor of education and director of American Indian Outreach; Agya Boakye-Boaten, associate professor of Africana studies and director of Interdisciplinary, International and Africana Studies Programs; Juan G. Sánchez Martinez, assistant professor of Spanish; and Jeremias Zunguze, assistant professor of Africana and Lusophone studies. For more information about the Indigenous Film Festival, contact Juan G. Sánchez Martinez at jsanche1@unca.edu or 828.251.6277.

11/15/17 WORKSHOP AT FIRESTORM IN ASHEVILLE
Nov 15- Accounting for Ourselves- Practicing self accountability in an Age of Blame. (led by James and Kat). Workshop runs from 5 to 7pm at Firestorm Coop at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Free. For more information, contact: callistocollective@protonmail.com.

11/15/17 ASHEVILLE GREEN DRINKS
Informal networking focused on the science of sustainability. Free to attend. Held at The Block off biltmore at 39 South Market Street. Time is 6 PM. No contact information. 

11/15/17 STORY MEDICINE FOR RACIAL HEALING
Story Medicine for Racial Healing A Five-Week Class. Presented by Meta Commerse, MFA, CWP. Meta is a certified wellness practitioner, an author, seasoned teacher and healer focused deeply on issues of oppression since the early 1990s. In that timeframe, she worked with groups and individuals using story medicine in numerous formats. She’s a proud graduate of Goddard College in Vermont where she earned her MFA in fiction writing. Seven Learning Tools: 1. An indigenous frame of reference, 2. The power of words, 3. The value and sacredness of story, 4. Memory as raw material and community resource, 5. Heart-centered language for what has happened to us, 6. Creating community study, dialogue, and healing, 7. New self-care skills necessary for working with this subject. When: Wednesdays, November 15 thru December 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $175.00 Where: Heart House, Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington Street, Asheville. Space is limited. To register, email us at Storymedicineworldwide@gmail.com or call 828-407-3367. Class Tuition is $175.00, payable in full by October 30, 2017. Refunds for cancellation will be issued on a pro-rata basis up to the second meeting only. We are trying to close registration for the November class (starting 11/15) by the end of this month (October). 

11/15/17 COMMON CAUSE EVENT IN ASHEVILLE
Join Common Cause NC in honoring Barbara and Tom Coulson, two legendary champions of democracy, and support our work to end gerrymandering! Honorary co-hosts are Sen. Terry Van Duyn, Rep. Susan Fisher, Rep. Brian Turner. Rep. John Ager and Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer. Sponsors are Mack Pearsall, Bill Sederburg, Louise Glickman and Daryl Slaton. When: November 15th, 5:30—7:30pm Where: The home of Carolyn and Tom Fehsenfeld, 208 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville. $25 minimum donation (includes wine/beer and appetizers). Plus, a major donor is matching all gifts up to $5,000! Sponsorships available: Please email Bob Phillips at bphillips@commoncause.org for more info. To RSVP, please email blaurenz@commoncause.org with the number attending. Thanks,The team at Common Cause NC. (This event has been reviewed by the State Ethics Commission and is in compliance with State Ethics laws.)

11/15/17 PROGRESSIVE NATION WNC MEETING IN WAYNESVILLE
Hello, fellow resistors. So, unfortunately, another group has reserved the Armory on Monday the 13th, so we will be moving our next meeting date to Wednesday, November 15th at the same place, same time, the Armory in Waynesville at 6:30 pm. We are doing our very best to bring the resources you need to your doorstep, helping you to be the best activists you can be, and this week is packed with a couple of special treats for you folks. On Wed, we will be hosting a speaker from the group Democracy NC. In their own words, “Democracy NC grew out of Democracy South, which began as a project of the Institute for Southern Studies. For 25 year, we have challenged the corrupting role of money in NC politics and promoted greater voter participation.” As always, please bring a friend. Let's show these speakers that we truly care about the future and fate of our beloved country, and we won't take this invasion of rights sitting down, and that we are NOT interested in setting the country back to it's darkest days of exclusion, racism, and sexism, to name a few of the hot-button issues at the surface of national tension right now. We need to show support for our fellow activists, and stand up for our beliefs. No contact information. 

11/16/17 ASHEVILLE CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING
Nov 16, 6:30 PM: November CCL Asheville Monthly Meeting @ Kairos West Community Center. Citizens Climate Lobby - Asheville Chapter

11/16/17 CLIMATE CITY SOIREE
Proceeds from the “Climate City Soiree” will benefit The Collider. Live music, local foods, wine, craft brews from Catawba Brewing, silent auction and a raffle. $30/$25 advance. At The Collider at 1 Haywood Street, Suite 401, in downtown Asheville. Time is 6 PM. Go to thecollider.org website for more information.

11/16/17 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF HENDERSON COUNTY MEETING
General Meeting - Achieving Home Sweet Home - A Look at Affordable Housing in Henderson County. Presenters: Sarah Grimes - Exec. Director, Housing Assistance Corporation; Autumn Radcliff - Henderson County Director of Planning Department; and John Connet — City Manager, Hendersonville. Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4:00 PM. Location is Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Room 204, Kanuga Road in Hendersonville.

11/16/17 WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL TALK
“Unravelling the Kashmir Knot – World Affairs Council Talk by Aman Hingorani. Aman M. Hingorani will discuss the origins of the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, and some ideas for a pragmatic solution, in a talk at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at UNCA. Location: Reuter Center - Manheimer Room. Free. Aman M. Hingorani will discuss the origins of the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, and some ideas for a pragmatic solution, in a talk at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. His lecture is a special event, free and open to everyone, presented by the WNC chapter of World Affairs Council, OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville) and the university’s Department of Political Science. For more information, contact olli@unca.edu or 828.251.6140.

11/17/17 FUNDRAISER FOR MUDDY SNEAKERS IN ASHEVILLE 
Muddy Sneakers is hosting Mountainfilm on Tour in Asheville for its debut appearance in Western North Carolina. Come join us at 7:00pm on November 17th at the event center at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville for what is sure to be a spectacular night of community and film as we celebrate our shared passion for the outdoors. The featured films are a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held annually in Telluride, Colorado, and are themed around using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Our Mountainfilm presenter will guide you through the program, providing insight on the films, filmmakers, and subjects. All proceeds from the event will benefit Muddy Sneakers’ school programming in WNC and its efforts to introduce a growing number of public elementary students to the joy of learning outside. Muddy Sneakers is an education non-profit that partners with public schools to supplement classroom science instruction with experiential, inquiry-based outdoor learning. Tickets for the event are available for online purchase below through Brown Paper Tickets. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 day-of-show with limited VIP options available. Contact Muddy Sneakers at ruby@muddysneakers.org for more information including how to get tickets.

11/18/17 HARD TO RECYCLE COLLECTION
Time is 10 AM to 2 PM. Location is 2310 Hendersonville Road in Arden. Quick List of accepted items: Books, cardboard, batteries, cartridges, electronics (TV's & CRT monitors - $10 recycling fee), all metals, appliances/white goods (NO refrigerators), packing Styrofoam, select EMPTY personal care & beauty containers, building supplies, hardware, cabinets, furniture, plumbing, sporting goods, animal sanctuary items, used cooking oil.

11/18/17 BENEFIT CONCERT & AUCTION FOR PUERTO RICO
As you are aware, hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving thousands without electricity, food, water, or shelter. You may not be aware that most parts of Puerto Rico are still without electricity, food, water or shelter. Our government seems to believe that Puerto Ricans are not US citizens and are treating the island as if it were a foreign country. The people of Puerto Rico need our help to get back on their feet. Benefit Concert, Auction and Photo Exhibition for Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico. The Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, at 2160 Hwy 70, in Swannanoa between Asheville and Black Mountain, will be hosting a benefit event for hurricane relief to Puerto Rico, on November 18th from 5pm to 9pm. This event will include an auction of donated art and services, a concert featuring Ves Frank, Ash Devine, and Steven Pelland and a Photo Exhibition of historical photos of Puerto Rico from the 1890’s through 1940’s from the Library of Congress Collections. All events are free and open to the public and 100% of all profits from the event will go to the Hispanic Federation’s Unido Fund providing direct aid to Puerto Rican families. Take home something special for helping raise up Puerto Rico. If you are interested in submitting a piece for the auction, or helping out during the events, please contact Jarrett Leone at 828-707-1859. For more information, including the on-line auction, call 828-273-3332. All events are free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available by donation.

11/18/17 BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP AT FIRESTORM
4:00pm – 6:00pm. Birth of a White Nation Discussion Group. When did America become a “White Nation?” This discussion, based on Jacqueline Battalora's “Birth of a White Nation,” is co-sponsored by Asheville Black Lives Matter and the Friends Meeting Racial Justice Committee. Attendees should read Jacqueline Battalora's Birth of a White Nation to prepare for participation. Copies of the book are available from our co-op at a discount. Our discussion will be facilitated by Sharon Smith of Asheville Friends Racial Justice Committee and Asheville Black Lives Matter. “Birth of a White Nation” is a fascinating recent book on race in America that begins with an exploration of the moment in time when “white people,” as a separate and distinct group of humanity, were invented through legislation and the enactment of laws. The book provides a thorough examination of the underlying reasons as well as the ways in which “white people” were created. It also explains how the creation of this distinction divided laborers and ultimately served the interests of the elite. The book goes on to examine how foundational law and policy in the USA was used to institutionalize the practice of “white people” holding positions of power. Finally, the book demonstrates how the social construction and legal enactment of “white people” has ultimately compromised the humanity of those so labeled. Location is Firestorm Cafe & Books at 610 Haywood Street in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm for more information.

11/18/17 JACKSON COUNTY NAACP MEETING
The November Membership Meeting of Jackson NAACP will start at 10:00 am on Saturday, the 18th at Liberty Baptist Church in Sylva. At 11:00am the program topic is Moving Past the Representational Crisis: Rooting the Imagery of our Public Spaces in WNC Histories of Struggle. For more information, contact Lucy at (828)743-974.

11/19/17 BENEFIT FOR PUERTO RICO IN ASHEVILLE
Benefit for Puerto Rico on November 19 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST at THE BLOCK off biltmore at 39 S. Market Street in Asheville. For more information, call 828-254-9277.

11/19/17 DOCUMENTARY FILM IN ASHEVILLE
As a follow-up to our October screening of the French documentary Tomorrow, which highlights concrete steps communities around the world are taking toward a sustainable future, Indivisible Asheville/WNC will host follow-up Idea Incubator sessions on community-led sustainability. The gathering will dig deeper on initiatives proposed in the first idea incubators at the October film screening, clustered around five key areas of sustainability: agriculture, energy, economy, democracy, and education. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in learning more about sustainability or about the work of Indivisible Asheville/WNC is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, email info@indivisibleavl.org. Sunday, November 19, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 20 Oak Street, in downtown Asheville. About The Film: The documentary Tomorrow has won numerous international awards and has been called “required viewing for anyone wondering what they could do to pitch in and save the planet” (The Hollywood Reporter). Unique in its upbeat stance, the documentary focuses on successful solutions created by ordinary citizens in local communities around the world. “There are solutions,” says Tomorrow filmmaker Mélanie Laurent, “and if we give it everything we’ve got, if we join our forces and hearts, we can all start to change the world.”

11/20/17 ASHEVILLE SURJ MEETING
Asheville SURJ weekly evening meeting: Monday, 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville Unitarian Universalist Congregation (downstairs main building). Accountability group for folks seeking to focus on anti-racism work. Meetings include opportunities such as discussion, educational opportunities, or role-playing difficult conversations, and building connections. Mic Collins to lead a conversation about interactions we expect, hope, and/or dread having over Thanksgiving with family and friends regarding racial justice and confronting and naming White Supremacy. For more info email avlsurj@gmail.com. 

11/21/17  VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 4:30 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. 

11/21/17 ASURJ EVENT
Tuesday ASURJ Do-Session, 10 am in Firestorm's back room. We hold this space so that we can check in with each other about our experiences this past week attempting to do good work in Asheville. There are things we have seen that encourage us to believe that white people are waking up to the impact of racism on everyone, and there are things that knock us flat and make us think racism will forever haunt this mountain town. Bring it all, and we will leave with something concrete we can each do this week to support multi-racial coalition work. All are welcome. Do-Session, 11:30-1pm to follow.

11/21/17 ELISHA MITCHELL AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING
The mission of the Elisha Mitchell chapter of the Audubon Society (EMAS) is to promote an awareness and appreciation of nature, to preserve and protect wildlife and natural ecosystems, and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship. The next EMAS general meetings at the Reuter Center is scheduled at 7 PM on November 21, 2017. Meetings are free and open to everyone. Topic of presentation is “Fire and Birds: Forest disturbances and breeding birds in the southern Appalachians.” Over 85 years of research and hundreds of studies have been conducted at Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a research work unit of the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station. Research ecologist Katie Greenberg will present the results of studies addressing how breeding bird communities respond to prescribed fire, fire severity, and both natural and silvicultural disturbances in the Southern Appalachians. For more information contact elishamitchellaudubon@ gmail.com.

11/22/17 FUNDRAISER FOR AFRICA HEALING EXCHANGE
Dance Party for Resiliency and Recovery in the community! Join AHE for this upcoming benefit party. November 22, 2017. Africa Healing Exchange envisions a world where those who experience trauma and chronic stress can heal and thrive in their daily lives, thereby creating healthy communities to promote peace and understanding for all life. AHE provides a platform for people to overcome trauma, manage daily stress and create healthy living habits. The AHE Restoring Resiliency program is delivered to individuals and organizations in the U.S. and Rwanda who are working to help end the cycle of trauma, with particular emphasis on supporting mothers and children in Rwanda. The model is designed for global replication. Isis Music Hall at 743 Haywood Road in west Asheville. $20 entrance ticket. Live music by A Social Function at 8:30, DJ at 10:30 PM. For more information including how to get tickets, call us at 828-333-4960 or email Sara@AfricaHealingExchange.org.

11/26/17 BENEFIT FOR PUERTO RICO IN ASHEVILLE
Buti Yoga, Bubbles & Brunch – Fundraiser for Puerto Rico on November 26 from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm EST at THE BLOCK off biltmore on 39 S. Market Street in Asheville. For more information, call 828-254-9277.

11/26/17 WNC SOLIDARITY CONCERT SERIES 
The final Sunday of each month in 2017, two groups of WNC-based musicians and their ensembles will each perform a benefit concert to raise funding for WNC nonprofits. The music performed each week will fluctuate between jazz, rhythm & blues, soul, jazz funk, jazz fusion, and swing. Each event will host two groups, playing, consecutively between 3 and 5 PM with a brief intermission. All of proceeds go to the nonprofit organization. The nonprofit for today is Quutopia. Act I is Ruth Cooney Quintet (Joni Mitchell Tribute) and Act II is Alina Quu and Friends. Location is The Block Off Biltmore at Eagle and South Market Streets in downtown Asheville. Suggested donation is $10, and are available the day of the event. Please call The Block Off Biltmore for more information.

11/27/17 ASHEVILLE SURJ MEETING
Asheville SURJ weekly evening meeting: Monday, 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville Unitarian Universalist Congregation (downstairs main building). Accountability group for folks seeking to focus on anti-racism work. Meetings include opportunities such as discussion, educational opportunities, or role-playing difficult conversations, and building connections.  David Greenson to lead post Thanksgiving Calling In session about the conversations we had, didn't have, regretted having, wished went differently, etc. Come and process, prepare, and practice for your next encounter! For more info email avlsurj@gmail.com. 

11/28/17  VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 4:30 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. 

11/28/17 CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY MOVIE NIGHT
Nov 28, 6:30 PM: Collider movie night “Before the Flood,” film 7pm at The Collider w. CCL. Citizens Climate Lobby - Asheville Chapter. asheville@citizensclimatelobby.org.

11/28/17 WOMEN UP CELEBRATION AND AWARDS CEREMONY
2017 WomanUP Celebration and Awards Ceremony. The inspiring stories of “Hidden Figures” retired NASA Engineer Dr. Christine Darden, and entrepreneur Troylyn Ball of Asheville Distilling Co. Retired NASA engineer Dr. Christine Darden and entrepreneur Troylyn Ball of Asheville Distilling Co. share stories of overcoming obstacles to achieve success as professional women at the 2017 WomanUP Celebration and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. A 1958 graduate of Asheville’s Allen High School, guest speaker Dr. Christine Darden started her career as a math teacher and became one of NASA’s “human computers,” going on to have a 40-year career as a NASA engineer and international expert in high-speed aerodynamics and sonic boom research. Dr. Darden will share her story and the career formula that she says pushed her to succeed. Her story is sure to be inspiring for women of all ages and careers. Troylyn Ball is the founder and owner of Asheville Distilling Company and the maker of award-winning Troy & Sons Whiskey. Her story is captivating the nation in her newly released book, Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey. Her tale of perseverance to save her family from financial ruin while caring for her two developmentally challenged, special needs children is a lesson in faith and ingenuity. This “Moonshine Mama” (as she’s called) is as down-home as her whiskey and will capture your heart. At the event, awards will be given to honor three outstanding women from Asheville’s business community: The Woman Nonprofit Leader of the Year, presented by TD Bank; Woman Executive of the Year, presented by Mission Health; and Women Entrepreneurs, Best in Business, presented by Webb Investments, Inc. The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Buncombe County Schools Foundation have partnered to host this celebration held at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center. Tickets for the breakfast are $45. Contact the Asheville Chamber of Commerce to obtain tickets. Tuesday, November 28, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00. Location is the Crowne Plaza Resort - Expo Center at 1 Resort Drive in Asheville.

11/28/17 EVENT AT MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
Indigenous Peoples Day Presentation. Tuesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. in Belk Auditorium in Wren Student Center. Amy West, president of the Native American Student Association, and Heather Hawn, political science professor, will discuss the significance of Columbus Day and the grassroots movement to change this to Indigenous Peoples Day celebrating the history and culture of The First Nations. Sponsored by NASA and the Political Science Department.

11/28/17 ASURJ EVENT
Tuesday ASURJ Do-Session, 10 am in Firestorm's back room. We hold this space so that we can check in with each other about our experiences this past week attempting to do good work in Asheville. There are things we have seen that encourage us to believe that white people are waking up to the impact of racism on everyone, and there are things that knock us flat and make us think racism will forever haunt this mountain town. Bring it all, and we will leave with something concrete we can each do this week to support multi-racial coalition work. All are welcome. Do-Session, 11:30-1pm to follow.

11/29/17 WORKSHOP AT FIRESTORM IN ASHEVILLE
Nov 29- Sustainable Call Ins- an introduction to the trifold method on addressing abuse and assault in subcultural communities (led by Kat). Workshop runs from 5 to 7pm at Firestorm Coop at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Free. For more information, contact: callistocollective@protonmail.com.

11/29/17 WORKSHOP AT FIRESTORM IN ASHEVILLE
Nov 29- Sustainable Call Ins- an introduction to the trifold method on addressing abuse and assault in subcultural communities (led by Kat). Workshop runs from 5 to 7pm at Firestorm Coop at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Free. For more information, contact: callistocollective@protonmail.com.

11/30/17 DEMOCRACY NORTH CAROLINA FUNDRAISER
We Are Rebuilding Democracy. Join us for our 2017 Asheville party to support Democracy North Carolina. Get an insider update on our fight against voter suppression and gerrymandering in NC and hear how we train and deploy local advocates and ways you can get involved. Thursday, November 30, 2017. Time is 5:30-7:30 p.m. with drinks and light fare at The Old Wood Company at 99 Riverside Drive, Asheville. Individual tickets are $50. To become a sponsor or get a ticket, contact Meta Nzongola at meta@democracy-nc.org  or (919) 908-7932.

12/02/17 DEMOCRACY NC EVENT
December 2 | We Are Democracy Workshop | Asheville. Join us at at this upcoming We Are Democracy workshop in Asheville on December 2. Democracy North Carolina will equip you and your fellow activists from surrounding counties with the latest updates, tools, and training for building a multi-racial movement to mobilize for redistricting reform, fight back against voter suppression, and set the stage for our collective work in 2018. You’ll also learn some movement history, hear success stories from the field, and get timely training on core organizing skills. Any contribution that you are able to make will help Democracy NC bring this workshop to more participants statewide. When: Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (sign-in begins at 9:15 AM). Where: Jubilee! (01 Patton Ave, Asheville, 28801). Please RSVP.  Contact Darlene Azarmi at 828-216-3430 or darlene@democracy-nc.org with any questions and to RSVP or make a donation.

12/05/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 4:30 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. 

12/05/17 CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB
Join host Bruce Roth for a lively discussion on topics of current interest including war and peace, the economy, the environment, and other hot political topics. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops in downtown Asheville. We meet the first Tuesday of every month. Contact Bruce at brucerothchess@gmail.com for more information. December's book is “Out of the Wreckage” by George Monbiot.

12/05/17 WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
The World Affairs Council lecture series at UNC Asheville will complete its 2017 season on Dec. 5 with The State of the Middle East in the Post-ISIS Era, presented by Ali Demirdas of the College of Charleston faculty. December 5, 7:30 p.m., “Turkey and the Middle East with Erdogan’s New Expansions of Power” by Ali Demirdas, a Turkish citizen who now teaches international politics at the College of Charleston. All lectures are scheduled in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room, free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door.

12/06/17 CITIZENS-POLICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
This meeting is organized by the City of Asheville. This meeting is free and open to the public. This meeting will be at the Recreation Division Offices at 72 Gashes Creek Road in east Asheville. Time is 5 PM. Call 251-1122 for more information.

12/06/17 SIERRA CLUB HOLIDAY PARTY AND RECOGNITION AWARDS
Sierra Club Dec. 6: Holiday Party & Recognition Awards. This annual Holiday Party is a potluck: Please bring a dish to share, as well as your own dishes and silverware. The club will also be recognizing outstanding companies and organizations who have made a difference for the environment in the past year. Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place (corner of Charlotte and Edwin). Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, 828-683-2176

12/07/17 BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP IN ASHEVILLE
New Jim Crow Discussion Group. Join bookseller Stephanie Jones-Byrne for the first of two meetings to discuss The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. The group will meet again on January 4th. Event date: Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Event address: Malaprop’s Bookstore at 55 Haywood Street in Asheville.

12/09/17 BENEFIT FOR BARBUDA IN ASHEVILLE
Proceeds of food sales will be donated to Hurricane Irma victims in Barbuda. Music by DJ Red Iyah, Food by Waddle Dessert Oasis. Time is 7 PM, open to the whole family. There will be a silent auction and craft vendors. Location is THE BLOCK off biltmore at 39 S. Market Street in Asheville. For more information, call 828-254-9277. If you would like to donate to the hurricane victims of Barbuda, email us at chefempressj@wadadlidesserto.com. 

12/12/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 4:30 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. 

12/13/17 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 Beth at elizakeiser@aol.com or 828 707 4271 for more information. 

12/14/17 PARTY TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON OF PEACE
Thursday December 14, PARTY TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON OF PEACE, 5—8 pm at First Congregational Church Friendship Hall, 20 Oak St, Asheville, NC 28801 (look for sign at entrance). Event to commemorate the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to the International Campaign for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICANw) and its work on the new Nuclear Ban Treaty. WNC PSR is a local affiliate to the Campaign. Celebrate all the work that has been done by many in this region, over many years, towards this day. Food, music, friendship, more information: maryo@nirs.org or 828-252-8409

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ONGOING EVENTS
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MONDAY
Asheville SURJ weekly meeting at 6:30 pm at UU Congregation in Asheville, downstairs

TUESDAY
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 4:30 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument 
SURJ Discussion at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. 10 AM-11:30 AM. Followed by Do!sessions from 11:30-1:30 PM.
Rally at historic Courthouse in Hendersonville at 5 PM on the first Tuesday of the month. Organized by the Progressive Organized Women. 
Gathering of people who like to stitch and otherwise puncture the status quo at 68 Haywood Street Outdoor Space at 9 AM. 

WEDNESDAY
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 anna@mountaintrue.org. 
Green Drinks meets at 6 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.
Indivisible Asheville does political letter writing at 5:30 every Wednesday at The Block Off Biltmore. 

THURSDAY
Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 6 PM on first Thursday of the month. Materials provided.
Welcome Home Tour by Homeward Bound on the third Thursday of the month at 11 AM. Call 258-1695 for more information.
Asheville Prison Books Program is held at Downtown Books & News from 4 to 7 PM. 

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

SATURDAY
French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 
Mountain True 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.
Food Not Bombs serves free vegan/vegetarian food every Saturday at noon at Pritchard Park.
Dances of Universal Peace on the third Saturdays at 7:30 at 1 School Road in Asheville. 

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