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Visit to Sen. Hagan’s office

Posted by admin on Aug 3, 2012 in Actions, Peace & Justice

On fifth First Day, 7/31, several Friends participated in letter-writing to encourage our U.S. Senators to reduce the Pentagon budget. Then, on 8/2, five Friends visited Sen. Hagan’s office to hand-deliver the letters, and had a very cordial and – we think – fruitful conversation with her staff person Matt Rumley.

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Asheville Friends at Sen. Hagan's office

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Upcoming Events for the week of August 1, 2010

Posted by admin on Aug 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

Provided for us by Susan Oehler

08/05/10 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING, CHAPTER 099 Our next chapter meeting will be Thursday the 5th at 6:30pm at HQ. Among the items of business:  Nominations for chapter officers. Contact Kim Carlyle  at kcarlyle@main.nc.us for more information.

08/06/10 Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima – 65 years ago.

08/09/10 Anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki – 65 years ago. Nuclear weapons are still with us.

08/11/10 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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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 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

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. 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.

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LEGACY OF OUR ATTACKS ON FALLUJAH IN 2004
Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’

Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study. Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents. Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s.
Infant mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/toxic-legacy-of-us-assault-on-fallujah-worse-than-hiroshima-2034065.html

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Why Do We Gather at the Trident Base On This Day

“Lest We Forget’… that sixty-five years ago 150,000 people, mostly non-combatants, were instantaneously killed by atomic bombs dropped on the cities of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki ( August 9). Subsequently, many additional thousands of Japanese citizens died of radiation poisoning from these two US nuclear weapons. that there are more Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on the 5 Tridents and in the bunker area at Kings Bay than at any other place on the Planet.that the US will commit a staggering $ 170,200,000,000 ( billion that is) to the Trident system through the year 2032 yet leave its citizens without adequate health coverage, education, housing, jobs, etc …
(www.nationalpriorities.org/sources/tradeoffsources.html) that while the Deep Water Horizon accident threatens all sea-life in the Gulf, a Trident accident threatens all life on the planet. that the 14 U.S. Trident submarines have the real capability to kill more than 14,300,160,000 (14 billion) people, which is 2 & 1/3 times the Planet’s population.
We come on this day to stand for a few hours at the main gate of this site of ultimate destruction lest we forget the awful and awesome reality of the nuclear age. Trident is the end of the world. Come stand with us and begin to build a new world before it is too late.
Join us.
Sponsored by: The FROM TRIDENT TO LIFE CAMPAIGN in the Southeast and
Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice.

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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 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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Upcoming Social Action Events

Posted by admin on Jun 6, 2010 in Actions, Other Events

Provided to us by Susan Oehler

06/07/10 EMERGENCY DEMO TO END US AID TO ISRAEL Meet in front of the federal building on Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville.  Time is 6 PM.  UNC-Asheville SDS is calling for an emergency demonstration to demand and end to U.S. Aid to Israel, and to condemn the Israeli massacre of at least 9 pro- Palestinian activists aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla trying to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza.
06/07/10  TRANSITION TOWN MEETING 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.” This starts at 7 PM and happens at Firestorm Cafe & Books.
06/08/10 ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING Please come to the Asheville City Council meeting on June 8 at 5 PM to ask that the Resolution calling for withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan be placed on the Council’s agenda. If there are four people there, they constitute a “group” and are entitled to 10 minutes to speak to the issue.
06/08/10 OIL SPILL VIGIL FOR THE GULF Move On is organizing a candle light vigil on Pack Square at 7 PM. At the Oil Spill Vigils, we will:   Demand real solutions from Washington, including a plan to end our addiction to oil by transitioning to clean energy. Show the people of the Gulf region that we’re behind them in this terrible time.   Help raise money to meet the needs of the immediate crisis.
06/11/10 UU CHURCH SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM NIGHT Asheville’s Unitarian Universalist Church next Social Justice Film will be – A SEA CHANGE – 7:00 PM.  It is a touching portrait of Sven’s interaction with his grandchild, in which mulls over the world that he is leaving for future generations.  A SEA CHANGE brings home the indisputable fact that our lifestyle is changing the earth, despite our rhetoric or wishful thinking. A Sea Change is the 1st documentary about ocean acidification, by dierector, Barbara Ettinger, and  Sven Huseby of Niijii Films. Chock full of scientific information, the feature-length film also provides a beautiful scenario of the ocean world. This film is suitable for mature young people and offers direction for earth’s future. For more info: Lew Patrie 299-1242
06/12/10 “THE PEOPLE’S JOURNEY” The People’s Journey is coming to Asheville on June 12, 2010 to speak at AB Tech, Simpson Lecture Room, Simpson Hall at 6:30 PM. Josh Stieber, Conor Curran and Salam Hassan, two Iraq War veterans and their Iraqi refugee friend, have joined forces to spread a message of peace.  The People’s Journey, is a continuation of a 3,000 mile biking and walking journey from Washington, DC to San Francisco. Each member of the group offers important perspectives regarding the state of our world today.  Joining them from halfway across the world via Skype, will be Our Journey to Smile, a group of Afghan youth campaigning for peace.  The group will begin their journey in San Francisco beginning in June, circling the country and speaking at major cities into the month of July.  This event is sponsored by WNC Veterans for Peace, Chapter 099, centered in Asheville NC.  No charge, donations gratefully accepted.  Please come out for this important event.
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. 7:00 – 8:30 PM North Asheville Library meeting room All Transition Asheville events: http://transitionasheville.ning.com/events/event/listUpcoming
06/22/10  UN ASSOCIATION PANEL ON HAITI This will be held at First Congregational Church at 20 Oak Street, Asheville.  It is titled HAITI: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE, a panel discussion re the earthquake and its sequelae. Time is 7 PM.
06/22/10 to 06/26/10  US SOCIAL FORUM IN DETROIT
The US Social Forum is more than a event, more than a networking bonanza, more than a reaction to war and repression. The USSF will provide space to build relationships, learn from each other’s experiences, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, and bring renewed insight and inspiration. It will help develop leadership and consciousness, vision, and strategy needed to realize another world.
06/25/10 BEFORE STONEWALL FILM
In celebration of the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, a monumental turning point in the history of the gay rights movement, we’ll be showing the movie Before Stonewall. This film shows the history of the gay rights movement up until June 28th, 1969. Come back on June 28th to join us for the showing of the second part of the film, After Stonewall.  Time is 7 PM.  This is at Firestorm Cafe.
06/28/10 AFTER STONEWALL FILM
In celebration of the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a monumental turning point in the history of the gay rights movement, we will be showing the film After Stonewall. The film focuses on the outcome of the riots, as well as the way that the movement took off after the events of June 28th.  Time is 7 PM. This is at Firestorm Cafe.
07/03/10 –  07/05/10
RESISTANCE FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE FUTURE AT MARYVILLE COLLEGE, MARYVILLE & Y-12 NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX, OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE

This gathering is for people who advocate, practice and/or support nonviolent direct action, civil resistance and civil disobedience in the struggle to stop nuclear power and abolish nuclear weapons.  At a critical time in the movement for a nuclear-free future, we are coming together to increase awareness and action around nuclear issues, and create an opportunity for new and seasoned activists to meet and strategize for a nuclear-free future!  More information at: http://nukewatch.com/30th/index.htm
07/04/10 – The start of SUMMER CAMP OUT NOW in DC with Cindy Sheehan.
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TUESDAYS
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.
WEDNESDAYS
Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood Country Courthouse in Waynesville.
FRIDAYS
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
SATURDAYS
Transylvanians for Peace have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard.

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THE PEOPLE’S JOURNEY How Many Times Can A Man Turn His Head, Pretending He Just Doesn’t See?  Bob Dylan asked this question decades ago. Heads have continued to turn away from seeing what is being done in our name around the world. So we present to you an experience that will bring the conversation to you, people to people…  THE PEOPLE’S JOURNEY.  This presentation brings together citizens from IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN (via Skype), and US VETERANS to share their stories and move beyond the political rhetoric as they seek to converse with people of the USA. Saturday, June 12, 2010 Simpson Lecture Room, Simpson Hall, A-B Tech 6:30 PM Josh Stieber and Conor Curran, Iraq War Veterans, will join with Salam Talib, an Iraqi refugee, and will talk about war, peace and transformation.  They will be joined with young Afghans via Skype, who will share their first hand accounts of war, all sharing a shining hope for humanity.  No charge, but donations gratefully accepted. Event hosted by Veterans For Peace Chapter 099 Salam Talib… is a journalist and computer engineer from Iraq and has also been active in designing databases for numerous NGOs which work with disabled Iraqis. Our Journey To Smile… will join us through Skype, live in Afghanistan! This group of inspiring young Afghans share their firsthand accounts of war while maintaining a shining hope for humanity despite decades of turmoil. Conor Curran… completed two tours in Iraq as a Marine. His compelling story of transformation has been heard all across the country as he bicycled last year on a speaking tour with Josh Stieber – also an Iraq Veteran. Stieber has recently been speaking to international media about his former company’s role in the “collateral murder” tape and the letter of reconciliation that followed.
RESISTANCE FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE FUTURE CONFERENCE *PLEASE REGISTER TODAY!*
*We need to provide Maryville College with a solid number to plan space and meals.*  
Don’t miss this summer’s anti-nuclear resistance gathering to mark the 30th anniversaries of the Nuclear Resister, Nukewatch and the Plowshares Eight!  *At a critical time in the movement for a nuclear-free future, we are coming together to increase awareness and action around nuclear issues, and create an opportunity for new and seasoned activists to meet and strategize for a nuclear-free future!* *Yes,* there’s still time to register for the July 3-5* Resistance for a Nuclear-Free Future* gathering at Maryville College and Y-12 nuclear weapons complex, Tennessee, organized by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, Nukewatch and the Nuclear Resister!  *Registration deadline is June 11* to guarantee a dorm room and meals at Maryville College! Go to http://nukewatch.com/30th/index.htm for more information, or call Felice or Jack at 520-323-8697 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              520-323-8697      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Bonnie or John at 715-472-4185.

*NETWORKING**NONVIOLENCE TRAINING* *TALKS* *STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE* *MUSIC* *NONVIOLENT PROTEST AND ACTION* * AT THE Y-12 NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX*
*WORKSHOPS ON:*
The Plowshares Movement; Blockading; Supporting Activists in Prison; Songs to Sing at Actions and in Jail; International Law, Resistance and Nuclear Weapons; Representing Yourself in Court; Anti-war Resistance; Think Outside the Bomb; War Tax Resistance; Doing Time; Nuclear Power; Nuclear Weapons; Nuclear Waste; Depleted Uranium; New Bombplex; Nukes in Space. *Join us!!* Fr. Carl Kabat, Sr.

PINE RIDGE RESERVATION
The suffering of indigenous people in the USA:  Pine Ridge – American Prisoner of War camp #334 This post will give you information on what is happening there, and who to contact to help this situation in Pine Ridge.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/6/4/872263/-Pine-Ridge:-American-Prisoner-of-War-Camp-#334

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Upcoming Social Action Events

Posted by admin on May 24, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice, Uncategorized

UPCOMING EVENTS – courtesy of Susan Oehler
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 ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROGRAM – CANCELED 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 on 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.
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
07/03/10 –  07/05/10  RESISTANCE FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE FUTURE AT MARYVILLE COLLEGE, MARYVILLE & Y-12 NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX, OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE This gathering is for people who advocate, practice and/or support nonviolent direct action, civil resistance and civil disobedience in the struggle to stop nuclear power and abolish nuclear weapons.  At a critical time in the movement for a nuclear-free future, we are coming together to increase awareness and action around nuclear issues, and create an opportunity for new and seasoned activists to meet and strategize for a nuclear-free future!  More information at: http://nukewatch.com/30th/index.htm

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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 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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“NO MORE VICTIMS” APPEAL Here is an example of raw footage that we shot with Mustafa and his father while we waited for their visas in Amman. As you watch this brief video, you should know that Mustafa was within a few weeks of an agonizing death from internal injuries caused by an American missile. His life was saved by emergency care in Portland, which he was able to receive thanks to your financial support: are very grateful for your past support, and hope that you can help us continue our mission of Peace. If you can donate 250.00 or more, your name will be listed in the credits. You can make an online donation by clicking here: http://nomorevictims.org/donate.php

REPORT ON HOW THE OIL LEAK IN THE GULF HAPPENED http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klhIFBks_yYWe There are not enough cuss words in the English language to describe this obscenity.  CBS 60 Minutes Video: Broadcast May 16, 2010 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25474.htm

“ASHEVILLIANS AGAINST AFGHANISTAN WAR” PETITION ”We, the people of Asheville, NC urge our City Council to represent our views to our elected representatives in Congress that reflect our desires for a nonviolent and diplomatic solution to end the War in Afghanistan and along its borders with Pakistan. Our millions in tax dollars need to be directed instead to constructive programs at home, such as providing healthcare for all, jobs, housing, improved mass transit, public safety, education, parks and renewable energy. We do not support continued destructive violence that has been inflicted on citizens in Afghanistan since 2001.”  Sign this petition here:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ashevillians-against-afghanistan-war

AND THEN:
Please consider one more action on the resolution: Stop Spending Our Tax Dollars for Hostilities in Afghanistan. Send an email.  Today, at a meeting with a city council member, we learned that council members will act in response to emails from concerned citizens. So please take this next step:  Contact newmanasheville@gmail.com, cecil@braveulysses.com, jandavis@main.nc.us, emanheimer@vwlawfirm.com,gordonsmithasheville@gmail.com, mayorbellamy@gmail.com and ask them to put our resolution http://vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot.com/2010/01/urges-cessation-of-combat-operations-in.html on the city council agenda.

SENATE VOTES SOON ON AFGHANISTAN WAR
You don’t need a crystal ball to know that the Senate will vote next week to approve an additional $33 billion for the U.S. War in Afghanistan. The real question is whether the Senate will continue to feed the monster war, digging the U.S. Deeper into the Afghan quagmire, or come to its senses, stop digging, and find a ladder for climbing out of that hole.  We at FCNL oppose any new funding for the U.S. War in Afghanistan. FCNL lobbyists are on the Hill right now asking senators to insist that the administration set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. Troops. Senator Russ Feingold (WI) will offer this proposal as an amendment to the war supplemental. Take Action: urge your senators to insist that the administration set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan.

PETITION TO CONGRESS TO SUPPORT IRAQI CIVIL SOCIETY
Promoting a just, representative, and accountable Iraqi government-a pillar of the United States policy towards Iraq-means also promoting the work of human rights defenders, women’s rights activists, and independent journalists.  Tell Congress to support Iraqi civil society by signing our petition

REPUBLICANS WANT IDEAS ON HOW TO CUT FEDERAL SPENDING
A congressperson is asking for help figuring out where voters would like to see federal spending cut. Hmm, where to cut, where to cut? Http://republicanwhip.house.gov/YouCut/  Not being all that worried about mohair subsidies I ignored the instructions to vote on the choices offered before submitting my own.  I skipped right to Submit Your Idea and proposed  ”Withdraw our military forces and contractors
from Iraq and Afghanistan immediately.”

PETITION TO TELL OBAMA TO NEGOTIATE WITH IRAN
During the Presidential campaign, Senator Obama repeatedly quoted President Kennedy: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”   But now the Obama Administration appears to be missing a key opportunity to deescalate conflict with Iran through negotiation. This week, Iran agreed to send 2,640 pounds of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey within a month as part of a confidence building measure negotiated by Turkey and Brazil. Ivan Oelrich, vice president of the Strategic Security Program at the Federation of American Scientists, says the technical difference between the deal Iran just agreed to and the deal the Obama administration proposed in October is small and that Iran is offering a key opportunity for engagement.  But, as author Stephen Kinzer notes, the U.S. Seems to be “reflexively dismissing” the deal, appearing to be “unreasonable and petulant.” Help us remind President Obama of his campaign pledge to “negotiate with our enemies” by signing our petition.  Http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/iran

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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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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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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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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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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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