On Saturday February 28, interested Friends are invited to come to Asheville Meeting at noon for a bag lunch, then a session from 1 till 4 with Deborah First, an Israel-Palestine veteran and Jewish Friend from New York Yearly Meeting. Several members of our Peace and Social Concern Committee will be there, working with Deborah to draft a minute that speaks to the current situation in Israel-Palestine. No cost for this, and no reservation necessary. Just show up and help us if you can.
Once again, Asheville Friends have been led to make a very substantial donation to support fundamental and profound change in quality of life for people living far from our own geographic and economic place in the world. At our twelfth month 2013 meeting for business, Friends approved fully funding the Vusumnotfo reading project in Swaziland, the latest effort of Stephanie Gossett’s Peace Corps career, to provide a home for the several thousands of books that have already been donated to promote a love of reading and learning among Swazi youth.
Over $6000 was donated from the Alice Brown Fund, which Friends thought especially appropriate because of Alice’s connections to Southern Africa and her unflagging support of the leadings of young Friends in our Meeting. Friends were hesitant to make such a large donation without taking the time for deeper seasoning, but in the end were moved by the urgency of the need and influenced by memory of Alice’s frequent advice to “just get on with it”.
One Friend, reflecting more recently on our support of Stephanie’s work in Africa, shared these thoughts:
“To Friends, seeing the photos and reading the reports on teaching reading in Swaziland make me feel delighted to be a member of our Meeting, and glad to be sending support to Stephanie to do this work.”
- Swannanoa Valley Friends, our sister Meeting “up the valley”, have united on a statement regarding the Palestine conflict, and are urging other Meetings in SAYMA (Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association, our regional Quaker affiliation) to consider it and see if it resonates with us.
In our 10th Month 2013 Meeting for Business, we reflected on the Minute and we found that we were not united in our view. Detailed notes of the discussion are included in the account of the business meeting, which may be found by clicking on the “minutes” tab at the top of this page, and then selecting September 2013 from the monthly list that appears in a new tab.
Full text of the Swannanoa minute may be seen here:
Swannanoa Valley Friends, our sister Meeting “up the valley”, have united on a statement regarding gun violence and sent it to our elected representatives.
Here is what they say:
The recent shooting of children in an elementary school classroom with a legal, military-style assault weapon has deeply touched our hearts and awakened us to our obligation to do what we can to prevent the mass murder of our children from ever happening again.
As citizens and Quakers we are asking ourselves how we can help promote a culture of respect and compassion to replace a culture that allows and even encourages the kind of violence that can lead to such tragedies as Sandy Hook, Aurora, and Columbine.
We urge you as our representative to do your part to promote our well-being and safety by making illegal the buying and selling of weapons that make mass murder possible. We urge you to use your influence and your vote to ban military-style assault weapons and the high-capacity magazines that accompany them. We urge you to vote to require universal background checks to help keep guns out of the hands of those who might kill the innocent.
- In many villages in the mountainous regions in Quang Ngai province existing wells were dug only to bedrock. These wells dry up during the hot season. Therefore, the people must walk up to streams in the mountains to carry water on poles and small buckets back to their homes for their use.
This project involves drilling for water through up to 120’ of bedrock, where the water will then be pumped to various locations for community use.
Madison Quakers project coordinator Phan Van Do has been working with village elders and professional well diggers researching the engineering logistics of these projects. This research will allow Madison Quakers to dig these wells deeper once sufficient funds are raised. In addition to the drilling, donations will be used for the pumps, pipes, faucets, and the supplies for the basins.
Asheville Friends have been supporting Madison Quakers’ Vietnam projects for several years with a modest annual donation. Several Asheville Friends heard Phan speak ar Swannanoa Valley Meeting last year.
On fifth First Day, 7/31, several Friends participated in letter-writing to encourage our U.S. Senators to reduce the Pentagon budget. Then, on 8/2, five Friends visited Sen. Hagan’s office to hand-deliver the letters, and had a very cordial and – we think – fruitful conversation with her staff person Matt Rumley.
The following is a message from Elizabeth Eames Roebling, a member of
Asheville Meeting sojourning in the Dominican Republic:
I ask for your Light once again for our island of Hispanola and the 20
million people who live on it. Agence France Presse now reports one
death from cholera in Cite Soleil. The UN Heath organization reports
that cholera is now in the rivers. They estimate that there could be as
many as 300,000 cases of this disease in Haiti. Although the global rate
of survival is quite high, at about 75%, Haiti is in an extremely
fragile state. Since our water systems are conjoint, the Dominican
Republic, where 52% of the people are below the global poverty line, is
now also at risk.
There are reports that United States pledge of $1.2 billion to Haiti for
the reconstruction after the Earthquake is being held up in Congress
until they are assured that the money will not be”misspent”. Might there
be Friends who are active with FCNL who are capable of finding
out exactly what committee or authorizing agency is in charge of this
Might Friends also consider taking this issue to their repsective Peace
and Earth Committees for review with the aim of moving it to the top of
the list of FCNLs Legislative agenda?
I appreciate your attention, concern and Light.
I am much upheld by your collective strength.
Asheville Monthly Meeting
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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PEACETOWN MEETING This will be at the Top Floor Studio office http://www.topfloorstudio.com/index.php?/directions.html at 58 ½ North Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC. Time is 6:30 PM. When you follow the above link for directions, there are parking suggestions given. After 6, street parking is free and Rankin and Civic Center parking decks are also close. There will be a peacetown sign on the door.
GREEN PARTY PICNIC This will be at Riverside Park, time TBA.
09/27/10 to 10/1/10
Be Peace Foundations Course This is in Charlotte at Unity of Charlotte , and is a multi-day event. BePeace is a practice of coherence through appreciation, and connection to universal needs through empathy and honesty. Lectures and experiential small group exercises will be used. Registration fee. For more information, go to www.rasurinternational.org.
STAND UP, STAND DOWN BY VETERANS FOR PEACE More information to come!
With your support we are able to send a message to Congress demanding an end to the Afghanistan war. Please help us build the numbers by forwarding this to five of your friends and encouraging them to visit this page and sign the petition – http://www.facebook.com/rethinkafghanistan?v=app_11007063052 Sincerely, Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe from Rethink Afghanistan
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7/22/10 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MEETING 90-minute orientations consist of a 30-minute video and then some discussion. They are the perfect event to bring friends and family to if you’d like them to know more about the Transition movement. The following orientations are scheduled: Unitarian Universalist Church at Charlotte and Edwin in Asheville, at 7 pm on Thursday, July 22. Also on the first Mondays of the month at Firestorm Cafe at 7 PM.
07/27/10 PEACETOWN MEETING This will be at the Top Floor Studio office http://www.topfloorstudio.com/index.php?/directions.html at 58 ½ North Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC. Time is 6:30 PM. When you follow the above link for directions, there are parking suggestions given. After 6, street parking is free and Rankin and Civic Center parking decks are also close. There will be a peacetown sign on the door.
09/11/10 GREEN PARTY PICNIC This will be at Riverside Park, time TBA. 1
1/20/10 STAND UP, STAND DOWN BY VETERANS FOR PEACE More information to come!
ACTIONS AND READINGS
Event organizers: Be sure to enter your events on our community calendars – MAIN, Mountain Express, and Asheville Citizen Times
The NAACP has a petition against racism and intolerance and hate.
* I believe all Americans have equal rights and equal value.
* I cherish the diverse cultures, beliefs, and values of America.
* I believe we can disagree without being disagreeable.
* I repudiate all acts of racism and hate, both in words and action.
* I have faith in the promise of America – a promise built on mutual respect, common civility, and hope for a better tomorrow.
* I commit to building that better America by participating actively and peacefully in the democratic process. We are one people. We are one nation. I’m an NAACP American. The NAACP is asking the Tea Party to denounce racism clearly and indisputably, and they’re succeeding. Just today the Tea Party Federation kicked out the entire “Tea Party Express” group over its leader’s hateful remarks. But more pressure is needed to make sure it doesn’t stop there. I just signed the pledge to make it known that I support the NAACP’s condemnation of all racist acts committed by members of the Tea Party. You can join me, and the NAACP, to stop the hate. Add your name to the pledge: http://action.naacp.org/AgainstHate As NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous said, “We’ve seen the signs, we’ve heard the slurs, and all we’re asking is for you to act responsibly and say there’s no space for bigots in the Tea Party.” Make sure the NAACP knows they have your support — sign the pledge: http://action.naacp.org/AgainstHate Thanks!
Kabuki Activism: Obama, Axelrod Engage on Unemployment Extension After Outcome Decided
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend of the White House ramping up its rhetorical machinery only after a gain has been secured. Organizing for America is becoming famous for sending out emails on votes where the outcome is pre-ordained; they did it last week with the Wall Street reform vote in the Senate, after enough Senators made their positions known to get to 60 votes. Now it’s happening again on unemployment insurance. President Obama’s weekly address was hard-hitting and actually welcome, slamming Republicans for opting to “filibuster our recovery and obstruct our progress.” David Axelrod followed up with an email to supporters. The White House on Saturday deployed senior advisor David Axelrod to bolster President Barack Obama’s political attack on Senate Republicans for blocking extension of unemployment benefits. Axelrod, echoing Obama’s weekly radio address, circulated an email that calls on Republicans to allow an up-or-down vote: “Unemployment insurance is a vital lifeline for many families struggling to find work in these tough times. Over the past few weeks, that lifeline has disappeared for more than 2 million Americans, and if Congress doesn’t act, that number will grow to 3.2 million people by the end of this month,” Axelrod writes. I’m happy to see the White House enter the playing field on unemployment benefits, but this is a fait accompli. Fifteen minutes after Carte Goodwin gets sworn in on Tuesday as West Virginia’s newest Senator, the Senate will vote to proceed on the unemployment bill, and they will have the votes for passage.
Rest of the article here: http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/07/18/kabuki-activism-obama-axelrod-engage-on-unemployment-extension-after-outcome-decided/
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07/04/10 – The start of SUMMER CAMP OUT NOW in DC with Cindy Sheehan.
This will be ongoing for a few weeks.
07/05/10 TRANSITION TOWN ORIENTATION
Members of the local Transition Town chapter introduce key concepts related to peak oil and community resilience at this 90 minute long orientation featuring video excerpts from “The End of Suburbia.”
07/08/10 Transition Asheville Sustainability Potluck and Potlatch This is at Jubilee Church on Wall Street in downtown Asheville at 6 PM. Bring a dish, your own utensils, and an item to give away that still has useful life in it.
07/16/10 FILM AT UU CHURCH ASHEVILLE
What if all the expectations you have about the future are completely wrong? “Blind Spot” is a documentary film that illustrates the current oil and energy crisis that our world is facing. Whatever measures of ignorance, greed, wishful thinking, we have put ourselves at a crossroad, which offers two paths with dire consequences. If we continue to burn fossil fuels we will choke the life out of the planet and if we don’t our way of life will collapse. Come see a showing of this film Friday, July 16 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place, in Asheville.
07/22/10 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MEETING
These 90-minute orientations consist of a 30-minute video and then some discussion. They are the perfect event to bring friends and family to if you’d like them to know more about the Transition movement. The following orientations are scheduled: Unitarian Universalist Church at Charlotte and Edwin in Asheville, at 7 pm on Thursday, July 22. Also on the first Mondays of the month at Firestorm Cafe at 7 PM.
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square
Peacetown meets on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays. Contact Steve at email@example.com for more information.
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville.
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square in Asheville
Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the Old Courthouse in Hendersonville
WORLD CINEMA EVERY FRIDAY at the Courtyard Gallery at the Phil Mechanic Building at 109 Roberts St in Asheville. Door opens at 7:30 PM and closes at 8 PM. Donations accepted. Film reviews at http://www.mountianx.com/movies. June’s theme is Japanese Cinema and July’s theme is Nationalist Films with a twist.
July 9 – “Ballad of a Soldier” (1959) – Grigori Chukhrai, Russia
July 16 – “King of Hearts” (1966) – Philippe De Broca, France
July 23 – “Johnny Got His Gun” (1971) – Dalton Trumbo, USA
July 30 – “Europa Europa” (1990) – Agnieszka Holland, France
Transylvanians for Peace have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard.
ACTIONS AND READINGS
VETERANS FOR PEACE INFORMATION
Veterans For Peace has a radio program on WPVM-103.5 FM at 5 PM every Wed. They are also on URTV on Wednesday at 7 PM.
VFP CHAPTER 099: http://vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot.com/ WAR CRIMES TIMES:http://www.WarCrimesTimes.org/
RESERVE THE DATE: November 20, 2010 — “Stand Up / Stand Down” Diana Wortham Theater, Asheville, NC
Visit VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios: 109 Roberts Street (the corner of Haywood and Roberts), Asheville, 28801. 828-258-1800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 828-258-1800 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Hours: Tue-Sat 11 to 3 pm
The above is a new location and is in the River Arts District.
FROM AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Abused by the Taliban. Battered by the Pakistani army. Attacked by U.S. Drones.
Protect civilians in northwest Pakistan from suffering in a hellish human rights free zone.
When I saw people putting the dead bodies of my children, parents, and other relatives in bed I couldn’t bear it anymore and fell on the ground. I lost my sense…as if hell fell on me.” This shocking testimony comes from a 25-year old Pakistani man who lost nine family members when two shells, fired by Pakistani security forces, hit his house. Far from an isolated incident, the civilian killings took place in the alarmingly violent and lawless tribal areas of northwest Pakistan. The residents in these regions are subject to horrific abuses by the Pakistani Taliban and have no legal protection by the Pakistani government. Most disturbing is the fact that they are increasingly attacked on three different fronts – by the Taliban, by the Pakistani army and by U.S. Drone strikes. Yet the suffering of the people of this area has been ignored, sacrificed in the name of geopolitical interests. Blow off the veil of silence. Sign our petition urging the U.S. Government to face the human right crisis in northwest Pakistan.