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Upcoming events for the week of July 25, 2010

Posted by admin on Jul 27, 2010 in Local Social Action, Peace & Justice

Provided for us by Susan Oehler

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.

09/27/10 to 10/1/10
Be Peace
Foundations Course This is in Charlotte at Unity of Charlotte , and is a multi-day event.  BePeace is a practice of coherence through appreciation, and connection to universal needs through empathy and honesty.  Lectures and experiential small group exercises will be used.  Registration fee.  For more information, go to  www.rasurinternational.org.

11/20/10
STAND UP, STAND DOWN
BY VETERANS FOR PEACE More information to come!

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With your support we are able to send a message to Congress demanding an end to the Afghanistan war.  Please help us build the numbers by forwarding this to five of your friends and encouraging them to visit this page and sign the petition – http://www.facebook.com/rethinkafghanistan?v=app_11007063052 Sincerely, Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe from Rethink Afghanistan

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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!

FYI:

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 11, 2010

Posted by admin on Jul 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

Provided for us by Susan Oehler

07/13/10 PEACETOWN MEETING Ty Hallock said that we could meet at the Top Floor Studio office http://www.topfloorstudio.com/index.php?/directions.html  at 58 ½ North Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC this Tuesday, July 13, for our peacetown meeting at 6:30p. 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.

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 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.

11/20/10 STAND UP, STAND DOWN BY VETERANS FOR PEACE
More information to come!

 
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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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