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.
Join Creation Care Alliance of WNC from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 5 for an Advocating with Compassion training at the Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville.
In preparation for their trip to Raleigh on March 25 for Advocacy Day, Susannah Tuttle, Director of NC Interfaith Power and Light, and Veronica Shingleton, NCIPL’s Communications and Advocacy Consultant, will lead us in a one-hour training on a compassionate way to speak to our legislators. Join us for this essential skill-building event. Dinner and discussion will follow the training.
Please RSVP so we can have enough food for everyone.
Date: Thursday, March 5
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Ave.
Registration Deadline: March 4 at 5 p.m.
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.”
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.
forwarded to us by Gita:
Thought you might like to read this column by our local peace vigil group, Aiken Women in Black. It was written in response to a letter about us which accused us of being motivated by politics, not by objective opposition to war, and of having stopped our protests when George Bush left office. (We not only didn’t stop, we never lessened the frequently of vigils.) The letter’s author said that protesting war was a slap in the face to members of the military. While that is a view anyone is certainly entitled to hold, it is not one we share.
Fortunately, the newspaper’s staff person in charge of letters to the editor was great to work with. Our piece exceeded the word limit for letters, so when I asked if it could be published as a guest editorial, she got that approved–and suggested we might want to expand even beyond our original submission, if we had more to say! (It should be noted that numerous letters have been published over the past couple of years making exactly those same accusations against us, but we had never responded to any of them.) She also got approval to include all twelve signers (one got dropped from online version), whereas only one name had ever been allowed before. Yippee! This is pretty remarkable, given how archly conservative this area is, a culture faithfully reflected in the newspaper. And it was the letters editor who initiated inclusion of our Women In Black logo, which we designed specifically for Aiken…something I wouldn’t even have thought to ask for! The logo appeared in the print form of the paper but not online, so I’ve attached it.