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Citizens’ Hearing On Carbon Pollution Rule

Posted by admin on Oct 19, 2013 in Actions, Other Events, Other Social Action

In September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) from new fossil fuel power plants and is now collecting comments from the public. Limiting pollution from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas will reduce the threat of climate disruption that is causing extreme weather events, droughts and wildfires.

Unfortunately, the EPA’s only public listening session in the Southeast is in Atlanta. As an alternative to attending an official EPA hearing, communities across the country will hold “Citizens’ Hearings” and all comments will be recorded and sent to the agency as an official public record.

Local and national environmental organizations have joined together to host a Citizens’ Climate Hearing at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 to give North Carolinians and other Southeastern residents the opportunity to speak to the EPA in support of carbon limits on new power plants.

Click HERE for more information about the rule.

Click HERE for more details on this event.

 
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Asheville Friends Give $8000 To Dig Water Well in Vietnam

Posted by admin on Jun 19, 2013 in Actions, Meeting News

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 at Swannanoa Valley Meeting last year.

 
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Asheville Friends Give $8000 To Build Water Well In Vietnam

Posted by admin on Mar 11, 2013 in Actions, Meeting News, Peace & Justice
    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.


 
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Visit to Sen. Hagan’s office

Posted by admin on Aug 3, 2012 in Actions, Peace & Justice

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.

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Asheville Friends at Sen. Hagan's office

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BP Spill Funeral 9/4/10 Addendum to Events Calendar

Posted by admin on Sep 1, 2010 in Actions, Local Social Action

Forwarded by War Resister’s League: this Saturday September 4th, a local activist has planned a public funeral dirge on the sidewalks of downtown Asheville. This procession is to honor the loss of human and animal life caused by the BP Oil Spill. The devastation of truth in media, the devastation caused to our environment from oil corporations, and the horrible reality of the diminishing wetlands, are all impetus for this funeral to exist. This event is open to the public. It is asked that you dress in black. Black veils along with black armbands will be provided if you want them. They have made cardboard coffins painted black with stenciled images of pelicans, dolphins, and sea turtles. The hope for inviting the Western North Carolina community to participate in this funeral is to create solidarity amongst one another and to be given an opportunity to acknowledge the death and damage delivered to our Gulf coast.
Meet at the Sean Pace Gallery, 5 Walnut Street, suite 102, (four doors up from Scully’s) 11:30 am, plan to walk at Noon. A simple route through and around downtown is planned. Should not take longer then an hour. Pets are welcome.

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Upcoming events for the week of July 18, 2010

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

Provided for us by Susan Oehler

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!

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Event organizers:  Be sure to enter your events on our community calendars – MAIN, Mountain Express, and Asheville Citizen Times
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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!

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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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Upcoming events for the week of July 4, 2010

Posted by admin on Jul 5, 2010 in Actions, Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice

Provided for us by Susan Oehler

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.

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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 County 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 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

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

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.

Http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=14450&ICID=E1006A02&tr=y&auid=6549948

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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 Jun 6, 2010 in Actions, Other Events

Provided to us by Susan Oehler

06/07/10 EMERGENCY DEMO TO END US AID TO ISRAEL Meet in front of the federal building on Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville.  Time is 6 PM.  UNC-Asheville SDS is calling for an emergency demonstration to demand and end to U.S. Aid to Israel, and to condemn the Israeli massacre of at least 9 pro- Palestinian activists aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla trying to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza.
06/07/10  TRANSITION TOWN MEETING 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.” This starts at 7 PM and happens at Firestorm Cafe & Books.
06/08/10 ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING Please come to the Asheville City Council meeting on June 8 at 5 PM to ask that the Resolution calling for withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan be placed on the Council’s agenda. If there are four people there, they constitute a “group” and are entitled to 10 minutes to speak to the issue.
06/08/10 OIL SPILL VIGIL FOR THE GULF Move On is organizing a candle light vigil on Pack Square at 7 PM. At the Oil Spill Vigils, we will:   Demand real solutions from Washington, including a plan to end our addiction to oil by transitioning to clean energy. Show the people of the Gulf region that we’re behind them in this terrible time.   Help raise money to meet the needs of the immediate crisis.
06/11/10 UU CHURCH SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM NIGHT Asheville’s Unitarian Universalist Church next Social Justice Film will be – A SEA CHANGE – 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 info: Lew Patrie 299-1242
06/12/10 “THE PEOPLE’S JOURNEY” The People’s Journey is coming to Asheville on June 12, 2010 to speak at AB Tech, Simpson Lecture Room, Simpson Hall at 6:30 PM. Josh Stieber, Conor Curran and Salam Hassan, two Iraq War veterans and their Iraqi refugee friend, have joined forces to spread a message of peace.  The People’s Journey, is a continuation of a 3,000 mile biking and walking journey from Washington, DC to San Francisco. Each member of the group offers important perspectives regarding the state of our world today.  Joining them from halfway across the world via Skype, will be Our Journey to Smile, a group of Afghan youth campaigning for peace.  The group will begin their journey in San Francisco beginning in June, circling the country and speaking at major cities into the month of July.  This event is sponsored by WNC Veterans for Peace, Chapter 099, centered in Asheville NC.  No charge, donations gratefully accepted.  Please come out for this important event.
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. 7:00 – 8:30 PM North Asheville Library meeting room All Transition Asheville events: http://transitionasheville.ning.com/events/event/listUpcoming
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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TUESDAYS
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.
WEDNESDAYS
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood Country Courthouse in Waynesville.
FRIDAYS
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
SATURDAYS
Transylvanians for Peace have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard.

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THE PEOPLE’S JOURNEY How Many Times Can A Man Turn His Head, Pretending He Just Doesn’t See?  Bob Dylan asked this question decades ago. Heads have continued to turn away from seeing what is being done in our name around the world. So we present to you an experience that will bring the conversation to you, people to people…  THE PEOPLE’S JOURNEY.  This presentation brings together citizens from IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN (via Skype), and US VETERANS to share their stories and move beyond the political rhetoric as they seek to converse with people of the USA. Saturday, June 12, 2010 Simpson Lecture Room, Simpson Hall, A-B Tech 6:30 PM Josh Stieber and Conor Curran, Iraq War Veterans, will join with Salam Talib, an Iraqi refugee, and will talk about war, peace and transformation.  They will be joined with young Afghans via Skype, who will share their first hand accounts of war, all sharing a shining hope for humanity.  No charge, but donations gratefully accepted. Event hosted by Veterans For Peace Chapter 099 Salam Talib… is a journalist and computer engineer from Iraq and has also been active in designing databases for numerous NGOs which work with disabled Iraqis. Our Journey To Smile… will join us through Skype, live in Afghanistan! This group of inspiring young Afghans share their firsthand accounts of war while maintaining a shining hope for humanity despite decades of turmoil. Conor Curran… completed two tours in Iraq as a Marine. His compelling story of transformation has been heard all across the country as he bicycled last year on a speaking tour with Josh Stieber – also an Iraq Veteran. Stieber has recently been speaking to international media about his former company’s role in the “collateral murder” tape and the letter of reconciliation that followed.
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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              520-323-8697      end_of_the_skype_highlighting 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.

PINE RIDGE RESERVATION
The suffering of indigenous people in the USA:  Pine Ridge – American Prisoner of War camp #334 This post will give you information on what is happening there, and who to contact to help this situation in Pine Ridge.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/6/4/872263/-Pine-Ridge:-American-Prisoner-of-War-Camp-#334

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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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