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friends Digest, Vol 81, Issue 2

Posted by admin on Nov 13, 2010 in Peace & Justice

Dear Friends,

The following is a message from Elizabeth Eames Roebling, a member of
Asheville Meeting sojourning in the Dominican Republic:

I ask for your Light once again for our island of Hispanola and the 20
million people who live on it. Agence France Presse now reports one
death from cholera in Cite Soleil. The UN Heath organization reports
that cholera is now in the rivers. They estimate that there could be as
many as 300,000 cases of this disease in Haiti. Although the global rate
of survival is quite high, at about 75%, Haiti is in an extremely
fragile state. Since our water systems are conjoint, the Dominican
Republic, where 52% of the people are below the global poverty line, is
now also at risk.

There are reports that United States pledge of $1.2 billion to Haiti for
the reconstruction after the Earthquake is being held up in Congress
until they are assured that the money will not be”misspent”. Might there
be Friends who are active with FCNL who are capable of finding
out exactly what committee or authorizing agency is in charge of this
distribution?

Might Friends also consider taking this issue to their repsective Peace
and Earth Committees for review with the aim of moving it to the top of
the list of FCNLs Legislative agenda?

I appreciate your attention, concern and Light.

I am much upheld by your collective strength.

Abrazos,
Elizabeth Roebling
Asheville Monthly Meeting
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
www.elizabetheames.blogspot.com

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Friends Digest, Vol 75, Issue 4

Dear Friends,
This Saturday, the 22nd of May, at the Common Light Meeting Place, 137 Center Ave. in Black Mountain, occasional Asheville attender Lena Feldman will celebrate her marriage to Ryan Lane. The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. All Asheville Friends are invited. A vegetarian pot luck follows immediately. RSVP’s are appreciated, call 828-242-1954 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              828-242-1954      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
On Sunday, following Meeting for Worship, we will have our monthly “Sandwich Sunday” potluck. Friends are asked to be mindful of food sensitivities in our community and avoid peanuts or peanut products and label the ingredients in your offerings.
Shortly after our potluck has adjourned, at 2 p.m., the WNC Chapter of the ACLU will hold their annual membership meeting at the Meetinghouse. The guest speaker will be renowned historian and author Dr. Dan Carter. There will be a brief business meeting of the WNC Chapter, and the 2010 “Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award” will be bestowed upon Asheville Friend Bob Smith, for his tireless efforts as director of the Asheville Buncombe Community Relations Council and his volunteer work promoting the NC Racial Justice Act and the City of Asheville’s Civil Liberties Resolution. The meeting is free and open to the public. Attenders should expect to be invited to join!
The presentation by Turtle McDermott of West Knoxville Friends Meeting on her work with the Alternatives to Violence Project in Rwanda, originally scheduled to take place at the Meetinghouse next Tuesday, the 25th, has been rescheduled for Monday the 24th at 4 p.m., at the home of Kay Parke at Highland Farms in Swannanoa. Call 669-0932 if you are interested in attending.
On Tuesday the 25th, friends are encouraged to attend a fundraiser for Haiti taking place at the Jack of the Woods pub on Patton Ave. downtown, 6 – 10 p.m. There will be live music and a silent auction of Haitian crafts. Admission is $10.
Finally, Friends who are interested in seeing and reading about Friend Ellen Frerotte’s new community in West Virginia can learn more in this article about the cooperative building of her husband Jim’s shop in their new “neighborhood” on Big Creek, near Alderson. Http://westvirginiaville.com/2010/05/building-stuff-with-a-lot-of-help-from-your-friends/
Best wishes, Steve

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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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This Week’s Social Action Events

Posted by admin on May 11, 2010 in Actions, Other Events, Peace & Justice, Uncategorized

Provided for us by Susan Oehler

05/10/10 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.
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

05/12/10 COMMUNITY MARCH FOR GLTBQ March starts at 6 PM at Tod’s Tasties at the corner of Montford and Courtland Avenues and goes until 8 PM. There have been attacks on members of the GLTBQ community lately. (I got this from facebook and this is all I know about this event.)

 

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!

 

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
“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.

 

05/25/10 ALTERNATIVE TO VIOLENCE PROGRAM
This will be presented by Turtle MacDermott (from Knoxville). It is a workshop developed by Quakers as an alternative to violence in prison, but has found a wider audience and application. Friends Peace Teams has developed AVP-based programs in several areas, including Africa, Indonesia, and Latin America. In Africa, the African Great Lakes Initiative has developed a program they call Healing and Restoring our Communities, to deal with trauma in the wake of the Rwanda genocide and many other situations. Details are available at www.aglifpt.org. This talk will be held at the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville. Time TBD.

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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 the Veterans for Peace Headquarters at the Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut Street, Asheville. Contact Steve at earthsun2@gmail.com for more information.

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 Old 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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Mother’s Day Proclamation – 1870
by Julia Ward Howe

Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies;
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace…
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

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Update from Hispaniola: a project for Haitian development

Posted by admin on May 2, 2009 in Meeting News

Friend Elizabeth Eames Roebling writes that her project to uplift the island and its peoples has “morphed fairly radically”. You can read more about the project at Elizabeth’s blog “Changing Perspectives”.

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