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Upcoming events for the week of June 27

Posted by admin on Jun 28, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice

Provided to us by Susan Oehler

06/28/10 AFTER STONEWALL FILM In celebration of the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a monumental turning point in the history of the gay rights movement, we will be showing the film After Stonewall. The film focuses on the outcome of the riots, as well as the way that the movement took off after the events of June 28th.  Time is 7 PM. This is at Firestorm Cafe.

06/29/10 PEACETOWN MEETING Location is Phil Mechanics Studio in River Arts district, time is 6:15. 07/01/10 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING This will start at 6:30 PM and it is held in the Phil Mechanics Building in the River Arts District.

07/01/10 Talk on WHO WILL CONTROL THE INTERNET IN THE 21ST CENTURY? At 7:30 PM at Jubilee on Wall Street, Wally Bowen will be discussing “Who Will Control the Internet in the 21st-Century?” No charge. For more information, go to: http://main.nc.us/spotlights/wwcti.pdf

07/03/10 –  07/05/10 RESISTANCE FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE FUTURE AT MARYVILLE COLLEGE, MARYVILLE & Y-12 NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX, OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE This gathering is for people who advocate, practice and/or support nonviolent direct action, civil resistance and civil disobedience in the struggle to stop nuclear power and abolish nuclear weapons.  At a critical time in the movement for a nuclear-free future, we are coming together to increase awareness and action around nuclear issues, and create an opportunity for new and seasoned activists to meet and strategize for a nuclear-free future!  More information at: http://nukewatch.com/30th/index.htm

07/04/10 – The start of SUMMER CAMP OUT NOW in DC with Cindy Sheehan.

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.” (IMDB summary)  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.

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ONGOING EVENTS

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TUESDAY

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 earthsun2@gmail.com for more information.

WEDNESDAY


Haywood Peace Vigilers
have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood Country Courthouse in Waynesville.

FRIDAY

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 2 – “The Burmese Harp” (1956) – Kon Ichikawa, Japan July 9 – “Ballard 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

SATURDAY

Transylvanians for Peace have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard.

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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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              828-258-1800      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              828-258-1800      end_of_the_skype_highlighting 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.

RESISTANCE FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE FUTURE CONFERENCE
*PLEASE REGISTER TODAY!* *We need to provide Maryville College with a solid number to plan space and meals.*  Don’t miss this summer’s anti-nuclear resistance gathering to mark the 30th anniversaries of the Nuclear Resister, Nukewatch and the Plowshares Eight!  *At a critical time in the movement for a nuclear-free future, we are coming together to increase awareness and action around nuclear issues, and create an opportunity for new and seasoned activists to meet and strategize for a nuclear-free future!* *Yes,* there’s still time to register for the July 3-5* Resistance for a Nuclear-Free Future* gathering at Maryville College and Y-12 nuclear weapons complex, Tennessee, organized by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, Nukewatch and the Nuclear Resister!  *Registration deadline is June 11* to guarantee a dorm room and meals at Maryville College! Go to http://nukewatch.com/30th/index.htm for more information, or call Felice or Jack at 520-323-8697 or Bonnie or John at 715-472-4185.
*NETWORKING**NONVIOLENCE TRAINING**TALKS**STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE**MUSIC** NONVIOLENT PROTEST AND ACTION* * AT THE Y-12 NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX*
*WORKSHOPS ON:* The Plowshares Movement; Blockading; Supporting Activists in Prison; Songs to Sing at Actions and in Jail; International Law, Resistance and Nuclear Weapons; Representing Yourself in Court; Anti-war Resistance; Think Outside the Bomb; War Tax Resistance; Doing Time; Nuclear Power; Nuclear Weapons; Nuclear Waste; Depleted Uranium; New Bombplex; Nukes in Space. *Join us!!* Fr. Carl Kabat, Sr.

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Upcoming Events for the week of June 13, 2010

Posted by admin on Jun 14, 2010 in Actions, Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice

Provided to us by Susan Oehler

06/17/10 PROTEST IN GAFFNEY SC AGAINST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT From Laura:  I am carpooling (this Thursday at 5:15 from EarthFare) to protest at the NRC public hearing concerning the use of water for the proposed William States Lee Nuclear Plant in Gaffney, SC  just 80 miles from Asheville. PLEASE JOIN ME.  47 million gallons of water per day would be used from the Broad River AND the new Cliffside Power Plant will also draw (280 million gallons a day) from the same river just 20 miles north. Nuclear Power is DANGEROUS, DIRTY, AND EXPENSIVE. We need the public to show up! Your presence and voice matter!  Thanks,  Laura S. lsredoak@gmail.com

06/17/10 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE DISCUSSION ON PEAK OIL Just as climate change will affect the stability of our ecosystem, the coming decline in petroleum production will soon affect the stability of our economy and our entire way of life.  Come find out about this and the Transition Town movement, which seeks to pro-actively rebuild local resilience and prepare for these coming crises.  The meeting will consist of a 30-minute movie, followed by discussion. June 17th 7:00 – 8:30 PM North Asheville Library meeting room.  All Transition Asheville events: http://transitionasheville.ning.com/events/event/leistUpcoming

06/18/10 PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING Time is noon, location is 45 Riverside Drive in Asheville.  Please park on the street. 06/22/10  UN ASSOCIATION PANEL ON HAITI This will be held at First Congregational Church at 20 Oak Street, Asheville.  It is titled HAITI: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE, a panel discussion re the earthquake and its sequelae. Time is 7 PM.

06/22/10 to 06/26/10  US SOCIAL FORUM IN DETROIT The US Social Forum is more than a event, more than a networking bonanza, more than a reaction to war and repression. The USSF will provide space to build relationships, learn from each other’s experiences, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, and bring renewed insight and inspiration. It will help develop leadership and consciousness, vision, and strategy needed to realize another world.

06/25/10 BEFORE STONEWALL FILM In celebration of the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, a monumental turning point in the history of the gay rights movement, we’ll be showing the movie “Before Stonewall.” This film shows the history of the gay rights movement up until June 28th, 1969. Come back on June 28th to join us for the showing of the second part of the film, “After Stonewall.”  Time is 7 PM.  This is at Firestorm Cafe.

06/28/10 AFTER STONEWALL FILM In celebration of the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a monumental turning point in the history of the gay rights movement, we will be showing the film After Stonewall. The film focuses on the outcome of the riots, as well as the way that the movement took off after the events of June 28th.  Time is 7 PM. This is at Firestorm Cafe.

07/03/10 –  07/05/10  RESISTANCE FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE FUTURE AT MARYVILLE COLLEGE, MARYVILLE & Y-12 NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX, OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE This gathering is for people who advocate, practice and/or support nonviolent direct action, civil resistance and civil disobedience in the struggle to stop nuclear power and abolish nuclear weapons.  At a critical time in the movement for a nuclear-free future, we are coming together to increase awareness and action around nuclear issues, and create an opportunity for new and seasoned activists to meet and strategize for a nuclear-free future!  More information at:
http://nukewatch.com/30th/index.htm

07/04/10 – The start of SUMMER CAMP OUT NOW in DC with Cindy Sheehan.

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Upcoming Social Action Events

Posted by admin on May 31, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice

Provided to us by Susan Oehler

06/03/10 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING Time is 6:30 PM and this will be at their new location for their headquarters.  Phil Mechanic Studios–109 Roberts Street (the corner of Haywood and Roberts), Asheville, 28801.

06/04/10 BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES Transition Asheville presents Michael Brownlee for an important public event outlining the end of the age of cheap oil, climate change, and the role of Transition Towns.  This is the perfect event to bring family, friends, and neighbors to learn about the Transition Movement in Asheville, America, and the world.  Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 20 Oak Street in Asheville.  Suggested donation is $10.  This money will go to fund scholarships for Training for Transition to help future leaders in Transition Initiatives in our region.

06/04/10 MEETING ON “Think Outside The Bomb” This is aimed at young people but all are invited.  Time is noon, and the place is Firestorm Cafe.

06/11/10 UU CHURCH SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM NIGHT Asheville’s Unitarian Universalist Church next Social Justice Film will be – A SEA CHANGE – June 11th at 7:00 PM.  It is a touching portrait of Sven’s interaction with his grandchild, in which mulls over the world that he is leaving for future generations.  A SEA CHANGE brings home the indisputable fact that our lifestyle is changing the earth, despite our rhetoric or wishful thinking. A Sea Change is the 1st documentary about ocean acidification, by dierector, Barbara Ettinger, and  Sven Huseby of Niijii Films. Chock full of scientific information, the feature-length film also provides a beautiful scenario of the ocean world. This film is suitable for mature young people and offers direction for earth’s future. For more: Lew Patrie 299-1242

06/17/10 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE DISCUSSION ON PEAK OIL Just as climate change will affect the stability of our ecosystem, the coming decline in petroleum production will soon affect the stability of our economy and our entire way of life.  Come find out about this and the Transition Town movement, which seeks to pro-actively rebuild local resilience and prepare for these coming crises.  The meeting will consist of a 30-minute movie, followed by discussion. June 17th 7:00 – 8:30 PM North Asheville Library meeting room All Transition Asheville events: http://transitionasheville.ning.com/events/event/listUpcoming 06/22/10

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Upcoming Social Action Events

Posted by admin on May 24, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice, Uncategorized

UPCOMING EVENTS – courtesy of Susan Oehler
05/25/10 FUNDRAISER FOR HAITI There will be a fund raiser to support Mission Manna’s work with malnourished children in Haiti.    It will be May 25th, 6 to 10 pm at Jack of the Wood.  $10 admission.  There will be music by Kellin Watson band and the Honeycutters as well as a silent auction of Haitian art and local crafts and gift certificates.
05/25/10 ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROGRAM – CANCELED The presentation by Turtle McDermott of West Knoxville Friends Meeting on her work with the Alternatives to Violence Project in Rwanda, originally scheduled to take place on the 25th, has been rescheduled for Monday the 24th at 4 p.m., at the home of Kay Parke at Highland Farms in Swannanoa. Call 669-0932 if you are interested in attending.
06/17/10 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE DISCUSSION ON PEAK OIL Just as climate change will affect the stability of our ecosystem, the coming decline in petroleum production will soon affect the stability of our economy and our entire way of life.  Come find out about this and the Transition Town movement, which seeks to pro-actively rebuild local resilience and prepare for these coming crises.  The meeting will consist of a 30-minute movie, followed by discussion. June 17th 7:00 – 8:30 PM North Asheville Library meeting room All Transition Asheville events: http://transitionasheville.ning.com/events/event/listUpcoming
07/03/10 –  07/05/10  RESISTANCE FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE FUTURE AT MARYVILLE COLLEGE, MARYVILLE & Y-12 NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX, OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE This gathering is for people who advocate, practice and/or support nonviolent direct action, civil resistance and civil disobedience in the struggle to stop nuclear power and abolish nuclear weapons.  At a critical time in the movement for a nuclear-free future, we are coming together to increase awareness and action around nuclear issues, and create an opportunity for new and seasoned activists to meet and strategize for a nuclear-free future!  More information at: http://nukewatch.com/30th/index.htm

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ONGOING EVENTS

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TUESDAY Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square Peacetown meets on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays at the Veterans for Peace Headquarters at the Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut Street, Asheville.  Contact Steve at earthsun2@gmail.com for more information. WEDNESDAY Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood Country Courthouse in Waynesville. FRIDAY 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 SATURDAY Transylvanians for Peace have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard.

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“NO MORE VICTIMS” APPEAL Here is an example of raw footage that we shot with Mustafa and his father while we waited for their visas in Amman. As you watch this brief video, you should know that Mustafa was within a few weeks of an agonizing death from internal injuries caused by an American missile. His life was saved by emergency care in Portland, which he was able to receive thanks to your financial support: are very grateful for your past support, and hope that you can help us continue our mission of Peace. If you can donate 250.00 or more, your name will be listed in the credits. You can make an online donation by clicking here: http://nomorevictims.org/donate.php

REPORT ON HOW THE OIL LEAK IN THE GULF HAPPENED http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klhIFBks_yYWe There are not enough cuss words in the English language to describe this obscenity.  CBS 60 Minutes Video: Broadcast May 16, 2010 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25474.htm

“ASHEVILLIANS AGAINST AFGHANISTAN WAR” PETITION ”We, the people of Asheville, NC urge our City Council to represent our views to our elected representatives in Congress that reflect our desires for a nonviolent and diplomatic solution to end the War in Afghanistan and along its borders with Pakistan. Our millions in tax dollars need to be directed instead to constructive programs at home, such as providing healthcare for all, jobs, housing, improved mass transit, public safety, education, parks and renewable energy. We do not support continued destructive violence that has been inflicted on citizens in Afghanistan since 2001.”  Sign this petition here:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ashevillians-against-afghanistan-war

AND THEN:
Please consider one more action on the resolution: Stop Spending Our Tax Dollars for Hostilities in Afghanistan. Send an email.  Today, at a meeting with a city council member, we learned that council members will act in response to emails from concerned citizens. So please take this next step:  Contact newmanasheville@gmail.com, cecil@braveulysses.com, jandavis@main.nc.us, emanheimer@vwlawfirm.com,gordonsmithasheville@gmail.com, mayorbellamy@gmail.com and ask them to put our resolution http://vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot.com/2010/01/urges-cessation-of-combat-operations-in.html on the city council agenda.

SENATE VOTES SOON ON AFGHANISTAN WAR
You don’t need a crystal ball to know that the Senate will vote next week to approve an additional $33 billion for the U.S. War in Afghanistan. The real question is whether the Senate will continue to feed the monster war, digging the U.S. Deeper into the Afghan quagmire, or come to its senses, stop digging, and find a ladder for climbing out of that hole.  We at FCNL oppose any new funding for the U.S. War in Afghanistan. FCNL lobbyists are on the Hill right now asking senators to insist that the administration set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. Troops. Senator Russ Feingold (WI) will offer this proposal as an amendment to the war supplemental. Take Action: urge your senators to insist that the administration set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan.

PETITION TO CONGRESS TO SUPPORT IRAQI CIVIL SOCIETY
Promoting a just, representative, and accountable Iraqi government-a pillar of the United States policy towards Iraq-means also promoting the work of human rights defenders, women’s rights activists, and independent journalists.  Tell Congress to support Iraqi civil society by signing our petition

REPUBLICANS WANT IDEAS ON HOW TO CUT FEDERAL SPENDING
A congressperson is asking for help figuring out where voters would like to see federal spending cut. Hmm, where to cut, where to cut? Http://republicanwhip.house.gov/YouCut/  Not being all that worried about mohair subsidies I ignored the instructions to vote on the choices offered before submitting my own.  I skipped right to Submit Your Idea and proposed  ”Withdraw our military forces and contractors
from Iraq and Afghanistan immediately.”

PETITION TO TELL OBAMA TO NEGOTIATE WITH IRAN
During the Presidential campaign, Senator Obama repeatedly quoted President Kennedy: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”   But now the Obama Administration appears to be missing a key opportunity to deescalate conflict with Iran through negotiation. This week, Iran agreed to send 2,640 pounds of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey within a month as part of a confidence building measure negotiated by Turkey and Brazil. Ivan Oelrich, vice president of the Strategic Security Program at the Federation of American Scientists, says the technical difference between the deal Iran just agreed to and the deal the Obama administration proposed in October is small and that Iran is offering a key opportunity for engagement.  But, as author Stephen Kinzer notes, the U.S. Seems to be “reflexively dismissing” the deal, appearing to be “unreasonable and petulant.” Help us remind President Obama of his campaign pledge to “negotiate with our enemies” by signing our petition.  Http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/iran

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ACLU Press Release

Posted by admin on May 22, 2010 in Other Events, Our Friends, Peace & Justice

AWARD-WINNER ROBERT G. SMITH & DR. DAN T. CARTER HEADLINE ACLU ANNUAL EVENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2009
What: ACLU Annual Membership Meeting & Award Presentation
When: Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 2 p.m.
Where: Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road
Asheville, NC – Robert G. (Bob) Smith, the long-time executive director of the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council and a citizen extraordinaire by any measure, will receive the 2010 annual Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award from the Western North Carolina Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union at the chapter’s annual meeting on Sunday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m. In the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville. The ACLU annual meeting and award presentation is free and open to the public.  This year alone, Smith’s humble but powerful volunteer efforts included his support for two important causes urged by the local chapter of the ACLU – the historical NC Racial Justice Act, signed into law by Governor Perdue last August; and the Civil Liberties Resolution first drafted by the local ACLU chapter that is now being advanced by City Council Member Cecil Bothwell and several other local organizations.  The keynote speaker for this year’s annual meeting of the ACLU of WNC Chapter is Dr. Dan T. Carter, a widely sought speaker, who has lectured throughout the United States and abroad, author of seven works of history, and the winner of many teaching and writing awards. Former President of the Southern Historical Association, Carter has held a half dozen fellowships and visiting appointments including Fulbright professorships in London and Genoa, Italy. He also held Cambridge University’s distinguished chair in American institutions, the Pitt Professorship as well as NEH, ACLS and NHF Fellowships. Kenan University Professor at Emory University, Dr.Carter was appointed the first Educational Foundation Professor of History at the University of South Carolina in the fall of 2000 and became Emeritus Professor in September of 2007.  Dr Carter won the Bancroft Prize for Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South. (1970). In addition to the Bancroft Prize, Scottsboro  received the Saturday Review Anisfield Wolfe Award, the Lillian Smith Award and a special citation from the Mystery Writers of America for the author’s success at combining “high level scholarship and the prose quality of the best mystery writers.” The book became the basis for a major NBC television docudrama in 1977 (Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys).  After working as an adviser on a number of television documentaries, he joined three-time Emmy winner Paul Stekler as chief historical adviser and principle on-camera commentator for George Wallace: “Settin’ the Woods on Fire,” a three hour biographical documentary on Alabama governor George Wallace and his impact on American politics. The film, based on Carter’s book, The Politics of Rage, aired in the spring of 2000 on PBS’s series, “The American Experience” and was nominated for three Emmys. Carter and Stekler received an Emmy from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their historical research on the Wallace film.  In addition to his involvement with documentaries, Carter is often called upon by the news media for his observations on American politics and history and he has been interviewed on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” as well as “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and “Weekend Edition;” “The News Hour With Jim Lehrer,” ABC’s “Nightline,” and Terry Gross’s “Fresh Air.” In late 2005, he was a featured interviewee on Bill Moyer’s “Now.” Carter is currently at work on several projects, including what he calls a “meditation on American political culture” as seen through the life of Asa Carter, a violent Klansman of the 1950s and 1960s who created a new identity as “Forrest” Carter in 1972 and became a successful novelist, writing such best selling books as The Outlaw Josey Wales, Watch for Me on the Mountain and The Education of Little Tree.  A short business session will be held at which the ACLU members present will vote on proposed new members of the WNC chapter board: Julie Mayfield of Asheville and Connie Nash of Brevard. Refreshments will be served and the meeting is free and open to the public….

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Friends Digest, Vol 75, Issue 4

Dear Friends,
This Saturday, the 22nd of May, at the Common Light Meeting Place, 137 Center Ave. in Black Mountain, occasional Asheville attender Lena Feldman will celebrate her marriage to Ryan Lane. The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. All Asheville Friends are invited. A vegetarian pot luck follows immediately. RSVP’s are appreciated, call 828-242-1954 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              828-242-1954      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
On Sunday, following Meeting for Worship, we will have our monthly “Sandwich Sunday” potluck. Friends are asked to be mindful of food sensitivities in our community and avoid peanuts or peanut products and label the ingredients in your offerings.
Shortly after our potluck has adjourned, at 2 p.m., the WNC Chapter of the ACLU will hold their annual membership meeting at the Meetinghouse. The guest speaker will be renowned historian and author Dr. Dan Carter. There will be a brief business meeting of the WNC Chapter, and the 2010 “Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award” will be bestowed upon Asheville Friend Bob Smith, for his tireless efforts as director of the Asheville Buncombe Community Relations Council and his volunteer work promoting the NC Racial Justice Act and the City of Asheville’s Civil Liberties Resolution. The meeting is free and open to the public. Attenders should expect to be invited to join!
The presentation by Turtle McDermott of West Knoxville Friends Meeting on her work with the Alternatives to Violence Project in Rwanda, originally scheduled to take place at the Meetinghouse next Tuesday, the 25th, has been rescheduled for Monday the 24th at 4 p.m., at the home of Kay Parke at Highland Farms in Swannanoa. Call 669-0932 if you are interested in attending.
On Tuesday the 25th, friends are encouraged to attend a fundraiser for Haiti taking place at the Jack of the Woods pub on Patton Ave. downtown, 6 – 10 p.m. There will be live music and a silent auction of Haitian crafts. Admission is $10.
Finally, Friends who are interested in seeing and reading about Friend Ellen Frerotte’s new community in West Virginia can learn more in this article about the cooperative building of her husband Jim’s shop in their new “neighborhood” on Big Creek, near Alderson. Http://westvirginiaville.com/2010/05/building-stuff-with-a-lot-of-help-from-your-friends/
Best wishes, Steve

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Upcoming events for the week of May 16, 2010

05/21/10 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING This will be held at noon at Mary Olson’s NIRS office, 45 Riverview Dr. in west Asheville.  Please park on the street. Please call Lew at 299-1242 for more information.

05/22/10 GOAT TRAIL WALK The Veterans Quarters is home to about 200 vets.  It’s out on Tunnel Road, about a mile from the VA Hospital. Many of the residents have appointments at the VA during the day, but there are no sidewalks or bus service. So the vets have worn what they call a “Goat Trail” in the grass beside Tunnel Road. If you drive that way, you’ll usually see them dodging cars, trying to get to the hospital.  This is just one small stretch of Asheville that needs sidewalks, but there are many others.  Please join us for the Sidewalks for Safety walk to draw attention to our pressing need for more sidewalks throughout Asheville.  We’ll start walking at Groce Medothist Church, 954 Tunnel Road, and continue to the Veterans Quarters, 1329 Tunnel Road on Saturday, May 22 at 9 AM.  [One small correction:  the Veterans Quarters are technically outside the city of Asheville.]

05/22/10 MAY HOPE CONCERT 2010 The 4th annual May Hope Mental Health Benefit Concert takes place on Saturday, May 22, at 7 p.m. At All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village. Proceeds from the May Hope Concert will be divided among A Hope, a day program for the homeless operated by Homeward Bound; Copestone Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatric Services of Mission Hospitals; All Souls Counseling Center, which provides counseling services for the uninsured; and NAMI of Western Carolina, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness which offers education, support, and advocacy for the mentally ill and their families. The featured entertainer this year is nationally known and locally based composer, performer and producer, Chris Rosser. He has opened for John Mayer and for Nickel Creek and won songwriting contests at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and the Merle Watson Festival. Also performing will be Annie Lalley, Joe Ebel and Aaron Burdette, Richard Sacket and Friends, and Susan Ward. Along with the entertainment, a silent auction and a snack bar will be offered in the Parish Hall. The magnitude of this benefit has never been more critical as vital mental health services in our community have been drastically cut. Asheville is fortunate to have several agencies that are providing essential help and advocacy.  Tickets are $15. Advance tickets available through 5/21/10, at NAMI.org; then link to May Hope Concert. For more information contact Richard Sackett at (828) 777-0783 (828)777-0783
or Rnotesackett@charter.net.

05/23/10 ACLU ANNUAL MEETING The ACLU Western North Carolina chapter will hold an annual meeting at 2 PM at Asheville Friends Meeting at 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville. The Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award will be presented to Bob Smith, Executive Director of the Asheville-Buncombe County Community Relations Council.  This meeting is open to everyone.  For more information call 252-7666.

05/23/10 FINAL EXIT NETWORK PRESENTATION ”What is MOST and Why Do I Need It?”  This question will be answered by Ellen Kaczmarek, M.D. At the meeting of the spring Final Exit Network of the Blue Ridge Mountains, May 23rd, 2:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, corner of North Charlotte Street and Edwin Place.  Dr. Kaczmarek, a board-certified internist with a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics, is medical director at Highland Farms and was recently named medical director of Mission Hospitals new Geriatric Consultation Service.  In addition to your Medical Power of Attorney and Advance Directive Dr. Kaczmarek recommends Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST).    Come learn about this document, when and why it is recommended.  Advance Directive and Medical Power of Attorney forms will be available.  All are welcome.  For information: 828 687-7759

05/25/10 FUNDRAISER FOR HAITI There will be a fund raiser to support Mission Manna’s work with malnourished children in Haiti.    It will be May 25th, 6 to 10 pm at Jack of the Wood.  $10 admission.  There will be music by Kellin Watson band and the Honeycutters as well as a silent auction of Haitian art and local crafts and gift certificates.

06/17/10 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE DISCUSSION ON PEAK OIL Just as climate change will affect the stability of our ecosystem, the coming decline in petroleum production will soon affect the stability of our economy and our entire way of life.  Come find out about this and the Transition Town movement, which seeks to pro-actively rebuild local resilience and prepare for these coming crises.  The meeting will consist of a 30-minute movie, followed by discussion.
June 17th 7:00 – 8:30 PM North Asheville Library meeting room
All Transition Asheville events:
http://transitionasheville.ning.com/events/event/listUpcoming

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This Week’s Social Action Events

Posted by admin on May 11, 2010 in Actions, Other Events, Peace & Justice, Uncategorized

Provided for us by Susan Oehler

05/10/10 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE DISCUSSION ON PEAK OIL
Just as climate change will affect the stability of our ecosystem, the coming decline in petroleum production will soon affect the stability of our economy and our entire way of life. Come find out about this and the Transition Town movement, which seeks to pro-actively rebuild local resilience and prepare for these coming crises. The meeting will consist of a 30-minute movie, followed by discussion.
May 10th 7:00 – 8:30 PM West Asheville Library meeting room
June 17th 7:00 – 8:30 PM North Asheville Library meeting room
All Transition Asheville events:

http://transitionasheville.ning.com/events/event/listUpcoming

05/12/10 COMMUNITY MARCH FOR GLTBQ March starts at 6 PM at Tod’s Tasties at the corner of Montford and Courtland Avenues and goes until 8 PM. There have been attacks on members of the GLTBQ community lately. (I got this from facebook and this is all I know about this event.)

 

05/16/10 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE OPEN SPACE EVENT
The May Open Space is scheduled for Sunday, May 16th, from 2 pm to 5 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, Asheville. Come and help us shape the vision for Transition in our area!

 

05/23/10 ACLU ANNUAL MEETING
The ACLU Western North Carolina chapter will hold an annual meeting at 2 PM at Asheville Friends Meeting at 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville. The Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award will be presented to Bob Smith, Executive Director of the Asheville-Buncombe County Community Relations Council. This meeting is open to everyone. For more information call 252-7666.

 

05/23/10 FINAL EXIT NETWORK
“What is MOST and Why Do I Need It?” This question will be answered by Ellen Kaczmarek, M.D. at the meeting of the spring Final Exit Network of the Blue Ridge Mountains, May 23rd, 2:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, corner of North Charlotte Street and Edwin Place. Dr. Kaczmarek, a board-certified internist with a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics, is medical director at Highland Farms and was recently named medical director of Mission Hospitals new Geriatric Consultation Service. In addition to your Medical Power of Attorney and Advance Directive Dr. Kaczmarek recommends Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST). Come learn about this document, when and why it is recommended. Advance Directive and Medical Power of Attorney forms will be available. All are welcome. For information: 828-687-7759

 

05/25/10 FUNDRAISER FOR HAITI
There will be a fund raiser to support Mission Manna’s work with malnourished children in Haiti. It will be May 25th, 6 to 10 pm at Jack of the Wood. $10 admission. There will be music by Kellin Watson band and the Honeycutters as well as a silent auction of Haitian art and local crafts and gift certificates.

 

05/25/10 ALTERNATIVE TO VIOLENCE PROGRAM
This will be presented by Turtle MacDermott (from Knoxville). It is a workshop developed by Quakers as an alternative to violence in prison, but has found a wider audience and application. Friends Peace Teams has developed AVP-based programs in several areas, including Africa, Indonesia, and Latin America. In Africa, the African Great Lakes Initiative has developed a program they call Healing and Restoring our Communities, to deal with trauma in the wake of the Rwanda genocide and many other situations. Details are available at www.aglifpt.org. This talk will be held at the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville. Time TBD.

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ONGOING EVENTS

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TUESDAY
Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square Peacetown meets weekly at the Veterans for Peace Headquarters at the Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut Street, Asheville. Contact Steve at earthsun2@gmail.com for more information.

WEDNESDAY
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood Country Courthouse in Waynesville.

FRIDAY
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

SATURDAY
Transylvanians for Peace have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard.

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ACTIONS AND READINGS

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Mother’s Day Proclamation – 1870
by Julia Ward Howe

Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies;
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace…
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

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Late Breaking Event

Posted by admin on Apr 21, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice

OBAMA IN ASHEVILLE: FRIDAY PEACETOWN DEMONSTRATION

On Friday, April 23 Peacetown is organizing a demonstration from 4-6 pm welcoming Barack Obama to Peacetown/Asheville (he’s “vacationing” at the Grove Park Inn this weekend), and telling him No More War.

We will be “highway blogging” on the Charlotte Street bridge. You can park in the abandoned Ingles parking lot across from Starbucks on Charlotte Street. Bring your own signs, or we will have signs and banners at the demonstration. Please alert your friends. The more people, the better. There will be international press in Asheville this weekend, and this is a chance to let the world know that Asheville stands for Peace, that we welcome Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama here, and that we say loud and clear No More War.

Demonstrations such as this are legal and have been done in the past without incident.

 
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This Weeks Social Action Events

Posted by admin on Apr 19, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice

Provided to us by Susan Oehler

04/19/10 ASHEVILLE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE TOWN HALL MEETING
The Asheville City Council, Buncombe County Commissioners and Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute are sponsoring a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 19, from 5:30- 7:30 PM about the proposed Asheville Energy Independence Initiative. People want Asheville to be a national leader in developing clean, renewable energy. To that end, on January 12, 2010 the Asheville City Council unanimously voted to support in principle a proposal called the Asheville Energy Independence Initiative. Buncombe County is also considering the concept.

04/21/10 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Weapons in Space? Nukes on Earth?
Physicians for Social Responsibility, UNCA Student Environmental Center and Nuclear Information and Resource Service invite you to two opportunities to have a follow-on discussion from Karl Grossman’s March 25th talk.
2:00 – 4:00 in the home of Leah Karpen – RSVP required, and for
directions – call Mary Olson 828-242-5621
7:00 at UNCA — Swannanoa River Room, Highsmith Student Union room 104
This is an opportunity to reconvene – think together. Mary Olson, veteran activist, radioactive waste specialist, new reactor license intervener and Southeast Regional Coordinator for Nuclear Information and Resource Service will be available to answer questions and facilitate a discussion about the immediate issues / facilities / developments in this area that relate to the possible weaponization of space and the terrestrial expansion of nuclear energy and the nuclear weapons complex.

04/23/10 Cecil Bothwell will talk on the social effects of cheap
energy
at Asheville Green Drinks, BoBo Gallery at 6 PM. No charge.

04/23/10 ASHEVILLE CONNECTS holds an Open Space meeting.
This will be held at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Time is 9 to 2 PM.
Asheville Connects is a series of community meetings designed to strengthen Asheville’s social service networks by reducing duplicated efforts, and discovering untapped resources. More information at this link:
http://ashevilleconnects.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/avlconnects-invite-4-23f.pdf

04/24/10 WNC DOWNTOWN COFFEE PARTY will meet at 2 PM at Asheville Friends Meeting house on Edgewood Road. Please enter by the rear doors and go upstairs. For more information contact Rylin at gammarae55@gmail.com

04/25/10 Mountain Area Interfaith Forum is sponsoring an Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 25th, 3:00 – 5:30 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 219 Chunns Cove Road. See flyer at:
http://graphics.elysiumgates.com/images/edflier2.jpg

04/29/10 Cecil Bothwell will talk about “Swallowing Whales: What Jonah can teach us about faith and other stories” at Malaprop’s Cafe and Books at 7 PM. No charge.

04/29/10 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE PICNIC
Everyone is invited to a picnic at Malvern Hills Park on Thursday, April 29th. We’ll be out there from 5:30 until dark. Bring your own picnic supper and socialize with others interested in Transition.
We’re celebrating the conclusion of our first round of Handbook study groups, the arrival of spring, and our general gratitude! Malvern Hills Park is located at 75 Rumbough Pl., Asheville.
(http://local.yahoo.com/info-23633953-malvern-hills-park)

04/29/10 The Asheville Compassionate Communication Center is offering an 8 week experiential course designed for individuals and couples who want to transform their communication skills. To download a pdf summary: http://www.ashevilleccc.com/Course_Summary.pdf Time is 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Location is 150 East Chestnut.

04/30/10 STAND AGAINST RACISM
Stand Against Racism event at Asheville Friends Meeting will take place from 7 – 8:30 pm on April 30th and will involve the three faith communities of the Friends, Bah’ai and Ethical Society of Asheville. Participants are invited to read aloud quotes on racism, sing two selections together, participate in a Worship Sharing and recite a pledge against racism. There will be other actions at other locations in Asheville.

05/06/10 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE DISCUSSION ON PEAK OIL

Just as climate change will affect the stability of our ecosystem, the coming decline in petroleum production will soon affect the stability of our economy and our entire way of life. Come find out about this and the Transition Town movement, which seeks to pro-actively rebuild local resilience and prepare for these coming crises. The meeting will consist of a 30-minute movie, followed by discussion, This introductory meeting can be attended at the following locations and times:
May 6th 7:00 – 8:30 PM North Asheville Library meeting room
May 10th 7:00 – 8:30 PM West Asheville Library meeting room
June 17th 7:00 – 8:30 PM North Asheville Library meeting room

All Transition Asheville events:
http://transitionasheville.ning.com/events/event/listUpcoming


05/16/10 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE OPEN SPACE EVENT

The May Open Space is scheduled for Sunday, May 16th, from 2 pm to 5 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, Asheville. Come and help us shape the vision for Transition in our area!!!

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ONGOING EVENTS

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TUESDAYS

Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square

Peacetown meets weekly at 6 PM at the Veterans for Peace Headquarters at the Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut Street.

WEDNESDAY

Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood Country Courthouse in Waynesville.

FRIDAY

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 Courthouse in Hendersonville

SATURDAY

Transylvanians for Peace have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard.

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ACTIONS AND READINGS

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GOOGLE FIBER
There is 30 days of voting for which city gets Google fiber installed in the city as a pilot program. Here’s the link:
http://www.googlefiber.com/

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE
This is a petition anticipating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day which is intended to promote our energy independence as it is to be delivered to our NC Senators on April 22. You may check it out at Environment North Carolina’s Web site:
http://www.environmentnorthcarolina.org/action/earth-day?id4=tafsent

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