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Friends Digest, Vol 74, Issue 4

Posted by admin on Apr 30, 2010 in Meeting Events, Meeting News

Dear Friends,

Coming up on Friday, April 30, Friends will join with members of other faith communities participating in the “Stand Against Racism” events around Asheville with an event celebrating the richness of diversity, at the Meetinghouse, 7-8:30 p.m.

This Sunday, after rise of meeting, we will welcome Dan Snyder, who will lead our Adult Spiritual Enrichment session on the theme of “Inward Activism, Outward Prayer.” How does God’s nonviolent Presence within empower us for nonviolent relationships with self, others, and the larger political world? We are called to lives of faithful witness. How do we transform the noise and confusion of conflicting ideas, competing spiritual practices, and the overwhelming demands of political action into a harmonious integration of spirituality and social activism? Dan will lead us in an exploration of how non-violence can inform our spirituality and activism. Dan will also be joining us for worship, so there will be an opportunity to chat with him during the fellowship period after rise of meeting.

Finally, Friends, don’t forget that next Tuesday is an election day in
Asheville. Be informed, and be involved – know the candidates and cast a vote!

Best Wishes,
Steve

 
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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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“Inward Activism and Outward Prayer” with Dan Snyder

Posted by admin on Apr 13, 2010 in Meeting Events, Meeting News, Peace & Justice, spiritual enrichment

On May 2 after rise of Meeting our Adult Spiritual Enrichment program will be a forum with Dan Snyder, current clerk of Swannanoa Valley Meeting. Dan will lead us in an exploration of how non-violence can inform our spirituality and activism.

For more information, click here.

 
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Young Friends and Friends of Friends in a Performance This Week!

Posted by admin on Apr 12, 2010 in Other Events, Our Friends

Our young friends Paola and Micala will be in a performance this week:

Bye Bye Birdie
Conrad Birdie (Elvis) is going into the army! He’s going to kiss Kim MacAfee before he leaves! Kim just started going out with Hugo Peabody! And there’s definitely some kind of drama going on with Conrad’s manager…
Performance times:
Thursday, April 15, 7:00 pm
Friday, April 16, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 17, 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 17, 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 18, 2:00 pm
Location:
AHS Theatre

 
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A Meeting for Worship with Attention to Phil Neal

Posted by admin on Apr 12, 2010 in Meeting Events, Our Friends

There will be a Meeting for Worship with Attention to Phil Neal held on Sunday, April 18th following our regular Meeting for Worship. Please bring photos if you have them, mementos, and your special memories of Phil in all his many ways of giving and sharing with us at Asheville Friends Meeting. To sign up to bring a pot luck dish, please call Barbara Esther.

 
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Upcoming Social Action Events

Posted by admin on Apr 12, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice, Uncategorized

provided to us by Susan Oehler

04/12/10 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.
April 12th 7:00 – 8:30 PM West Asheville Library meeting room
April 16th 6:00 – 7:30 PM Firestorm Café, 48 Commerce St
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

04/12/10 CANDIDATE FORUM for the Democratic candidates for US House of Representatives. Time is 7:30 PM and location is Black Mountain Library. This is sponsored by Democrats on the Move.

04/15/10 MOVIE sponsored by War Resisters League.
“Death and Taxes” will be shown at World Cinema building on Walnut Street in Asheville. Pot luck is at 6:30 and film is at 7:30. Free.

04/16/10 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY meeting WNCPSR’s next ‘bring your own lunch’ meeting will be Friday, April 16, from Noon till 2 PM in the office/residence of Nuclear Information & Resource Service (NIRS) at 45 Riverview Dr. in West Asheville. To get there from Patton Ave. in East Asheville, turn south on Clingman Ave., continue across French Broad River on River Link Bridge; then take the 1st left which is Riverview Dr. In a very short distance you reach #43 Riverview on the right followed by the driveway leading to the NIRS house #45, directly behind #43. PLEASE PARK ON RIVERVIEW DR.

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 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 Asheville Connects

04/23/10 DISCUSSION ON THE SOCIAL EFFECTS OF CHEAP OIL
Asheville Green Drinks, BoBo Gallery, Lexington St., Asheville
Cecil Bothwell will discuss the social effects of cheap oil, including
the way in which war costs have not been attributed to the low price of oil. Time is 6 PM.

04/24/10 WNC DOWNTOWN COFFEE PARTY will meet at 2 PM at Asheville Friends Meeting house on Edgewood Road. The Coffee Party is working to explore and develop ways that citizen’s can work to effect positive change in our government, and to facilitate greater control by the citizenry.
Please enter by the rear doors and go upstairs. For more information contact Rylin at gammarae55@gmail.com

04/29/10 BOOK RELEASE
Book release at Malaprop’s Cafe and Books. Cecil Bothwell will talk about the consequences of belief when he introduces his new book, Whale Falls. Time is 7 PM.

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. Click here for more information.

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. The agenda invites participants to read aloud quotes on racism, sing a couple of songs and worship in a short silent meeting with a closing opportunity to recite a pledge against racism. There will be other actions at other locations in Asheville.

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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TUESDAY
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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Call Congress the Week of April 12 Against the War in Afghanistan
Groups are collaborating in generating calls to Congress against the war, urging: opposition to the war supplemental, support for a military withdrawal timetable, support for a public exit strategy and support for peace negotiations. Spread the word. – From Just Foreign Policy

GOOGLE FIBER
There is 30 days of voting for which city gets Google fiber installed
in the city as a pilot program. Link

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.

CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION TO STOP FUNDING WARS
7-1 in favor vote April 5, 2010
BRING OUR WAR $$ HOME
CITY OF PORTLAND, MAINE, Resolution – This is the text of the resolution passed on April 5, 2010.

IN THE CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION ASKING THE U.S. CONGRESS TO END THE EXPENDITURE OF OUR CITIZENS’ TAX DOLLARS FOR EXCESSIVE AND UNAFFORDABLE WAR FUNDING
*WHEREAS, the financial resources available for use by governments at the local, county, state and federal levels in the United States are and must be limited; and
*WHEREAS, the people of Portland, Maine are collectively paying or becoming indebted for approximately 15 million dollars per year of their limited financial resources for warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan and
Pakistan; and
*WHEREAS, such expenditure is inordinate to the identified public benefits to Maine and the nation; and
*WHEREAS, this warfare too often creates great and unnecessary harm to U.S. military personnel and their families, and to the people of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan; and
*WHEREAS, essential public services such as education, infrastructure repair, family and small-business financing, and community policing in Portland and throughout the State of Maine have been substantially reduced while an excessive portion of available financial resources is diverted from the constructive economy to largely unnecessary warfare.
*NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
THAT the City of Portland, Maine respectfully requests that the U.S.
Representative from the First Maine Congressional District and both of Maine’s U.S. Senators oppose all legislation brought before the 111th U.S. Congress that provides further funding of the U.S. warfare and U.S. military occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan; and that the City of Portland, Maine also urges these members of Congress to take strong and forceful action to influence the U.S. Congress to terminate funding of these military operations.

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Pastoral Care Committee

Posted by admin on Apr 6, 2010 in Meeting News

Do you know an Asheville Friend who is in particular need of visitation, support, or prayers? Our Pastoral Care Committee is there to look after Friends with immediate needs or challenges. There is now a Pastoral Care page on our website. You can access it by clicking here.

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First Gary Briggs Memorial Hike

Posted by admin on Apr 6, 2010 in Meeting Events

A dozen Friends journeyed out to the NC Arboretum for a warm, pleasant hike after Meeting last weekend. A good time was had by all! Photos have been posted on our Meeting’s Facebook page.

Asheville Friends on Facebook

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Upcoming Social Action Events

Posted by admin on Apr 5, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

CONFERENCE ON ACCOUNTABILITY – APRIL 8 -10
The conference is entitled “Weaving a Net of Accountability: Taking
on Extraordinary Rendition at the State and Regional Level.” It will
take place April 8-10 at the John Hope Franklin Center, Duke
University, Durham. Here is the conference web site, including a
detailed schedule: http://accountabilityfortorturenc.org/

PROTEST AND RALLY AT OAK RIDGE TN on April 10 at 10 AM.

Join us at the April 2010 Action Event to Stop the Bombs

WNC Coffee Party will hold a meeting at the Asheville Friends Meeting, upstairs, on April 10 at 2 PM. Please enter at back door, as another group will be using the downstairs space. The Coffee advocates a shift in focus, toward grass-roots level action that will be oriented toward creating action that empowers citizens’ in affecting their government, and toward trying to find common ground with others usually seen as adversaries, in order to be able to work together to try to fix what’s broken in government.
WNC Coffee Party, Downtown Asheville group, will hold their meeting April 24 at AFM upstairs, at 2 PM April 24. Again, please enter at the back door.

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.
April 12th 7:00 – 8:30 PM West. Asheville Library meeting room
April 16th 6:00 – 7:30 PM Firestorm Café, 48 Commerce St
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

WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY meeting on April 16 at noon.
WNC PSR’s next ‘bring your own lunch’ meeting will be Friday, April16,
from Noon till 2 PM in the office/residence of Nuclear Information &
Resource Service (NIRS) at 45 Riverview Dr. in West Asheville. To get
there from Patton Ave. in East Asheville, turn south on Clingman Ave.,
continue across French Broad River on River Link Bridge; then take the
1st left which is Riverview Dr. In a very short distance you reach
#43 Riverview on the right followed by the driveway leading to the
NIRS house #45, directly behind #43. PLEASE PARK ON RIVERVIEW DR.

OPENING OF SENATOR HAGAN’S ASHEVILLE OFFICE on April 17 at 10 AM.
Senator Kay Hagan will be at the opening of her Asheville Senate
office on Wednesday April 17 from 10-11am. Address is 82 Patton
Avenue, Suite 635. For more information you can contact Hanna Raskin
at 257-6510 or email hanna_raskin@hagan.senate.gov.

DISCUSSION ON THE SOCIAL EFFECTS OF CHEAP OIL on April 25 at 6 PM
Asheville Green Drinks, BoBo Gallery, Lexington St., Asheville
Cecil Bothwell will discuss the social effects of cheap oil, including
the way in which war costs have not been attributed to the low price
of oil.

BOOK RELEASE on April 29 at 7 PM
Book release, Malaprop’s Cafe and Books
Cecil Bothwell will talk about the consequences of belief when he
introduces his new book, Whale Falls.

TRANSITION ASHEVILLE PICNIC on April 29 at 5:30
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)

STAND AGAINST RACISM – April 30, 2010
More information to come on this event!

TRANSITION ASHEVILLE OPEN SPACE EVENT on May 16 at 2 PM
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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Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square on Tuesdays.

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

Women in Black have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square on Fridays.

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

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

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++ Several on-line petitions concerning peace and nuclear free world:

http://www.peace-action.org/

++ Contact Rep. Shuler and ask that he demand an EXIT STRATEGY from
Afghanistan before voting for any bill that funds the ongoing
occupation in that country. Shuler did vote to implement the Iraq
Study Group recommendations and he says that Iraq was a mistake and it
is time to end our presence in Afghanistan.

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