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

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:


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.)


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!


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.


“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


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.


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.




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.

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

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

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




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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Faiza speaks in Asheville

Posted by admin on Jun 29, 2009 in Other Events

Susan O writes:

Faiza gave a presentation last night at Asheville Friends Meeting.

We had about 30-35 people show up to hear about what has happened in Iraq and the projects Faiza is working on. One project is a water treatment project, which is funded for Veterans for Peace. This was started in the 1990’s and has recently been revived, since clean and safe drinking water is a problem in many areas of Iraq.

The other project Faiza is working on is the ‘sewing machine project’ which the local Vets for Peace and Peace & Earth Committee of Asheville Friends Meeting have taken up as a cause. This project will get sewing machines and materials to Iraqi widows, so that they can make clothes for their children and families, and then make clothing to sell on a market. The sewing machines are able to be powered by foot treadle.

You can talk to Susan or other members of P&E about supporting this project.

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Upcoming: Transforming ‘Us vs. Them’ Thinking

Posted by admin on Jun 11, 2009 in Other Events

Father Louis Vitale, a Franciscan priest and social activist, will speak on the theme “Love your enemies: Transforming Us vs. Them Thinking” at the lecture hall in the Thomas A. Simpson Administration Building at A-B Tech, on Sunday, June 21st at 6 PM.

Father Louie has been involved in Civil Disobedience in protesting against torture and against the bombing of civilians in Afghanistan. He has served two prison terms for his recent actions.

Our Meeting, along with Veterans for Peace and the Asheville War Resisters League, is sponsoring his talk.

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