Economic insecurity has devastating consequences on the lives of survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Abuse can impose significant expenses on survivors, including physical and mental health care costs, lost wages, safety planning, and relocation costs. Furthermore, economic abuse can result in life-long consequences due to job loss, debt, damaged credit, or coercion into crime. When combined with today’s high cost of living, shortage of good jobs, and diminished safety net, these impacts of abuse severely limit survivors’ options and ability to achieve safety and justice.
Scientific Opinion Poll: North Carolina Small Business Owners Think LGBT Discrimination is Bad for Business
Small business owners in North Carolina oppose denying goods or services to LGBT customers based on religious beliefs and freedom of speech, and believe state laws allowing for LGBT discrimination are bad for the business climate
Periods happen to half the population – so why are they still treated as something to hide? Meet the activists seeing red.
Jerri Bell, a retired naval officer, is a co-author, with Tracy Crow, of “It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories From the American Revolution to Afghanistan.” – in the Washington Post
Veterans Day is an occasion to recall the service of our troops. But women’s stories have often been absent from those recollections. Works of fiction and nonfiction, memoirs (such as Mary Jennings Hegar’s), documentaries (including “The Invisible War”) and dramas (such as “Blood Stripe”) have helped show this side of the armed forces. Still, myths about female veterans endure. Kayla Williams, who wrote a memoir about serving as an Army linguist in Iraq, remembers an infantryman who was “sure that women troops would be flown by helicopter to shower every three days.” Here are some of the most persistent misconceptions. Continue reading
See the debut episode of MUSE: The Arts Show featuring Weaverville’s master puppeteer Hobey Ford. Join host Laura Ritchie as MUSE: The Arts Show takes you across the country, and all around North Carolina, showcasing the artists, craftspeople and local groups putting their talents to work in their communities. Hobey Ford| Master Puppeteer | UNC-TV Arts | PBS
Contact your US Representatives NOW and tell them to vote NO on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 (H.R. 3053)—a nuclear waste bill that threatens nearly every state with decades of nuclear waste shipments. The vote could be taken as soon as this week!
by Sue Ford
Playing music and singing with other people is a powerful way of creating community. Harmonizing with voices and instruments is a beautiful expression of synergy. Synergy is “the interaction of two or more ingredients to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.” When we make music as a group, we have the potential to tap into an archetypal power of music. I am not talking about engaging in the profession of music, I am referring to making music with others for the love of music and community.
Not sure what to give the writer in your life for the holidays? Gift certificates for Flatiron Writers Room workshops, retreats and events make a wonderful gift. A gift certificate can be for any amount you’d like. You can find a full list of current events on our website at www.flatironwritersroom.com.
Once you purchase a gift certificate, just send the confirmation email to the lucky recipient or print it and put it in a card to be delivered by hand. Once the recipient selects an event to attend, we will instruct them on how to register using their gift certificate.
North Carolina State Policy Watch – Experts express concerns about consequences of eliminating judicial primary elections By Melissa Boughton
“The Electoral Freedom Act” eliminates next year’s primary election for judicial races . It was passed in both chambers last week and Cooper vetoed it earlier this week. His veto will be up for an override vote by January at the latest—though some lawmakers have been told that an override vote could now be scheduled for as early as next Tuesday, October 17.
The only public explanation for the language about eliminating judicial primary elections next year (which was slipped into the bill via a last minute maneuver of the kind that have become commonplace at the General Assembly in recent years) has been to give lawmakers more time to tweak the redrawing of judicial and prosecutorial districts.
That measure, House Bill 717, was passed by House lawmakers and is expected to be taken up by the Senate in January. It was another surprise bill and if implemented will have dramatic effects on the state’s judiciary. Continue reading
OUR MISSION: MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in Western North Carolina.
OUR VISION: MountainTrue envisions Western North Carolina with thriving communities that are connected to and help sustain a healthy natural environment. To achieve this, MountainTrue will foster and empower advocates throughout the region to be engaged in policy and project advocacy, outreach and education, and on the ground projects. MountainTrue will be known as the region’s best respected and highest impact conservation organization and will be seen as a national model.
We are Conserving Carolina, formed by the consolidation of two sister organizations, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy. Our organizations, each with deep roots and strong histories of conserving our lands and natural resources, have united to increase conservation efforts in our area. Combining our expertise, talents and resources under a consolidated banner, we can do more for you!