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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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ONGOING EVENTS
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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 31, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice

Provided to us by Susan Oehler

06/03/10 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING Time is 6:30 PM and this will be at their new location for their headquarters.  Phil Mechanic Studios–109 Roberts Street (the corner of Haywood and Roberts), Asheville, 28801.

06/04/10 BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES Transition Asheville presents Michael Brownlee for an important public event outlining the end of the age of cheap oil, climate change, and the role of Transition Towns.  This is the perfect event to bring family, friends, and neighbors to learn about the Transition Movement in Asheville, America, and the world.  Time is 7 to 9 PM and location is at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 20 Oak Street in Asheville.  Suggested donation is $10.  This money will go to fund scholarships for Training for Transition to help future leaders in Transition Initiatives in our region.

06/04/10 MEETING ON “Think Outside The Bomb” This is aimed at young people but all are invited.  Time is noon, and the place is Firestorm Cafe.

06/11/10 UU CHURCH SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM NIGHT Asheville’s Unitarian Universalist Church next Social Justice Film will be – A SEA CHANGE – June 11th at 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: Lew Patrie 299-1242

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 06/22/10

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ACLU Press Release

Posted by admin on May 22, 2010 in Other Events, Our Friends, Peace & Justice

AWARD-WINNER ROBERT G. SMITH & DR. DAN T. CARTER HEADLINE ACLU ANNUAL EVENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2009
What: ACLU Annual Membership Meeting & Award Presentation
When: Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 2 p.m.
Where: Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road
Asheville, NC – Robert G. (Bob) Smith, the long-time executive director of the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council and a citizen extraordinaire by any measure, will receive the 2010 annual Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award from the Western North Carolina Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union at the chapter’s annual meeting on Sunday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m. In the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville. The ACLU annual meeting and award presentation is free and open to the public.  This year alone, Smith’s humble but powerful volunteer efforts included his support for two important causes urged by the local chapter of the ACLU – the historical NC Racial Justice Act, signed into law by Governor Perdue last August; and the Civil Liberties Resolution first drafted by the local ACLU chapter that is now being advanced by City Council Member Cecil Bothwell and several other local organizations.  The keynote speaker for this year’s annual meeting of the ACLU of WNC Chapter is Dr. Dan T. Carter, a widely sought speaker, who has lectured throughout the United States and abroad, author of seven works of history, and the winner of many teaching and writing awards. Former President of the Southern Historical Association, Carter has held a half dozen fellowships and visiting appointments including Fulbright professorships in London and Genoa, Italy. He also held Cambridge University’s distinguished chair in American institutions, the Pitt Professorship as well as NEH, ACLS and NHF Fellowships. Kenan University Professor at Emory University, Dr.Carter was appointed the first Educational Foundation Professor of History at the University of South Carolina in the fall of 2000 and became Emeritus Professor in September of 2007.  Dr Carter won the Bancroft Prize for Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South. (1970). In addition to the Bancroft Prize, Scottsboro  received the Saturday Review Anisfield Wolfe Award, the Lillian Smith Award and a special citation from the Mystery Writers of America for the author’s success at combining “high level scholarship and the prose quality of the best mystery writers.” The book became the basis for a major NBC television docudrama in 1977 (Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys).  After working as an adviser on a number of television documentaries, he joined three-time Emmy winner Paul Stekler as chief historical adviser and principle on-camera commentator for George Wallace: “Settin’ the Woods on Fire,” a three hour biographical documentary on Alabama governor George Wallace and his impact on American politics. The film, based on Carter’s book, The Politics of Rage, aired in the spring of 2000 on PBS’s series, “The American Experience” and was nominated for three Emmys. Carter and Stekler received an Emmy from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their historical research on the Wallace film.  In addition to his involvement with documentaries, Carter is often called upon by the news media for his observations on American politics and history and he has been interviewed on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” as well as “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and “Weekend Edition;” “The News Hour With Jim Lehrer,” ABC’s “Nightline,” and Terry Gross’s “Fresh Air.” In late 2005, he was a featured interviewee on Bill Moyer’s “Now.” Carter is currently at work on several projects, including what he calls a “meditation on American political culture” as seen through the life of Asa Carter, a violent Klansman of the 1950s and 1960s who created a new identity as “Forrest” Carter in 1972 and became a successful novelist, writing such best selling books as The Outlaw Josey Wales, Watch for Me on the Mountain and The Education of Little Tree.  A short business session will be held at which the ACLU members present will vote on proposed new members of the WNC chapter board: Julie Mayfield of Asheville and Connie Nash of Brevard. Refreshments will be served and the meeting is free and open to the public….

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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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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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Up date on People of Faith for Just Relationships

Posted by admin on Mar 6, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events

From Jim Cavener:

Friends:
The following is a listing of some media reports on our recent
press conference where 29 local religious leaders endorsed the
Asheville City Council’s decision to offer domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couple city employees. Of course there is vocal
opposition, but when the Blabtists held their opposition event, only
four pastors attended, so….
The second listing (below) — WSPA, Channel 7 (CBS) —
misquotes me twice, but shows nice images of Alan and me in our signature striped scarves (it was COLD that morning!) and shows Alan standing with the clergy, representing AVL Friends Meeting Clerk Katherine Kowal who is in Ohio. He’s in back row on the top step, in his jaunty black leather cap. As a member of Ministry and Counsel he qualifies. Others featured are Rabbi Rob Cavelli of Beth Israel Synagogue, Byron Ballard a Wiccan Priestess, and other good folks.
Watch with interest…We are making strides.
Jim
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Coverage of Faith Leaders’ News Conference, March 4, 2010
Sponsored by People of Faith for Just Relationships (PFJR)
pfaithjr@gmail.com
Asheville, North Carolina

Following is an update letter from Monroe Gilmour:

Good morning Coalition/PFJR friends,

Attached are the News Release and the Statement of Support thatmwent out from People of Faith for Just Relationships including the names of 29 faith leaders who had signed the Statement.

Below are links to radio, TV, and newspaper coverage of the News Conference:

WLOS Channel 13 (ABC) Asheville “City of Asheville debates domestic partner benefits” March 4, 2010
http://www.wlos.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/wlos_vid_1885.shtml

WSPA Channel 7 (CBS) Spartanburg, SC “Religious leaders support benefits for gay couples in Asheville” March 4, 2010
http://www2.wspa.com/news/2010/mar/04/8/religious-leaders-support-benefits-gay-couples-ash-ar-50125/

Asheville Citizen-Times “Asheville-area faith leaders speak out for
gay partner benefits” by Joel Burgess March 4, 2010 Front Page Story
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20100305/NEWS01/303050038

WWNC-570 AM Asheville, NC “Same-sex benefits getting show of
support” (includes video)
http://www.wwnc.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=122546&article=6841675

MountainXpress Asheville, NC “Faith leaders thank Asheville City
Council for gay-benefits vote” by Jon Elliston, March 4, 2010
http://www.mountainx.com/news/2010/faith_leaders_thank_asheville_city_council_for_gay_benefits_vote1

Scrutiny Hooligans blog “Have Faith” by Michael Muller March 4, 2010
http://scrutinyhooligans.us/

Thanks to First Congregational United Church of Christ for hosting PFJR and the event and to the church’s staff and congregation for organizing coffee, tea, good snacks, and a warm hearth for everyone.
It was truly an uplifting morning!
Best
Monroe

Monroe Gilmour
Coalition for Equality
www.equalityasheville.org
828-669-6677
info@equalityasheville.org
pfaithjr@gmail.com

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First Congregational UCC performance and call to artists

Posted by admin on Feb 22, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice

The First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Asheville at20 Oak Street is pleased to invite you to Execute Art Not People on Monday, March 1, from 7 to 9pm, a free event featuring visual and performance art to commemorate Amnesty International’s Death Penalty Awareness Week. The exhibit has also issued a call for art from local artists, students and activists — all proceeds from work offered for sale will go directly to the artists. Please forward this invitation to others who may be interested in attending or contributing art. The exhibit features a quilt made by the families of murder victims and death row inmates in western North Carolina, work by Asheville artists John Mac Kah, Anna Jensen and Linda Larsen as well as by death row inmate Wiley Dobbs. The program includes poetry by former North Carolina death row inmate Edward Chapman, music by Asheville musician James Richards, City Council member Cecil Bothwell and prison chaplain Rev. Mark Siler, as well as a presentation by mediator and restorative justice advocate Melanie Snyder, author of Grace Goes to Prison, entitled Restorative Justice in a Tough-on-Crime World. Event co-sponsors include the UNC-Asheville student chapter of Amnesty International as well as Amnesty USA, the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters, Asheville Friends Meeting, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Human Rights Team, the WNC Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the WNC Ethical Society. Additional co-sponsors are also welcome. Please contact Alex Cury at (828)253-5088 or acury@ncmoratorium.org for more information.

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