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Upcoming Social Action Events

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

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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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