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Five Myths About Female Veterans

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


HOBEY FORD MASTER PUPPETEER – UNCTV Arts Series

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


Building Community Through Music  – Village Marimba  

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.


FLATIRON WRITERS ROOM GIFT CERTIFICATES

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.


MOUNTAIN TRUE

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.  


The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books

They were known as the “book women.” They would saddle up, usually at dawn, to pick their way along snowy hillsides and through muddy creeks with a simple goal: to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities.

The Pack Horse Library initiative was part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), created to help lift America out of the Great Depression, during which, by 1933, unemployment had risen to 40 percent in Appalachia. Roving horseback libraries weren’t entirely new to Kentucky, but this initiative was an opportunity to boost both employment and literacy at the same time.


Global Eco Watch

~New Staffing Report Highlights Continued Growth in Campus Sustainability Positions
Median salaries increased across virtually all position types 
(September 5, 2017) – The results of a 2017 survey of higher education sustainability staff indicate that campus sustainability positions continue to grow and evolve. The 2017 Salaries & Status of Sustainability Staff in Higher Education report examines the nature of sustainability positions at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and other countries. This report provides insights into salaries, funding, supervision, job satisfaction, challenges, and more.

Nuclear Information Resource Service – Tell Your Reps to VOTE NO to Nuclear Waste on our Roads

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!

Please Call 202-225-3121 to be connected to your Representative’s office and ask if you can count on them to VOTE NO on H.R. 3053. Then let us know via this quick form. 


Economic Security for Survivors

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.


North Carolina State Policy Watch – Experts express concerns about consequences of eliminating judicial primary elections By Melissa Boughton

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[Note: This post has been updated.] North Carolinians will lose their “precious right to vote,” as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg calls it, in at least one election next year if lawmakers override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 656.

“The Electoral Freedom Act” eliminates next year’s primary election for judicial races among other things. 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

 


CONSERVING CAROLINA

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! 


THE FRONT PORCH – a good place to think about things

Trump’s White House froze an equal-pay rule. Women are fighting to save it.

By Danielle Paquette in the Washington Post

A coalition of more than 90 civil rights groups is preparing to challenge the Trump administration’s decision to halt an Obama-era initiative aimed at fighting employer discrimination against women and minorities.

Emily Martin, general counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, said she and attorneys at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law have requested copies of emails, voice mails and other communications among the federal officials who opted in August to freeze a rule that would have required companies to file data broken down by race, ethnicity and gender on what they pay workers. Continue reading

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The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books

By ANIKA BURGESS in Atlas Obscura

They were known as the “book women.” They would saddle up, usually at dawn, to pick their way along snowy hillsides and through muddy creeks with a simple goal: to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities.

The Pack Horse Library initiative was part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), created to help lift America out of the Great Depression, during which, by 1933, unemployment had risen to 40 percent in Appalachia. Roving horseback libraries weren’t entirely new to Kentucky, but this initiative was an opportunity to boost both employment and literacy at the same time.  Continue reading

This article is offered by Ed Raiola

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By Lillian Cunningham in the Washington Post August, 2017

In 1898, the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case that Wong Kim Ark, a child of Chinese parents who was himself born in San Francisco, was indeed an American citizen.

This right to citizenship derived from language in the 14th amendment, stating: All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

And yet, because that amendment had been designed to give former slaves citizenship after the Civil War, Wong Kim Ark’s case marked the first time in U.S. history that the courts confirmed it could also apply to immigrants’ children, born in America, even if the parents weren’t citizens themselves.  Continue reading

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“Women throughout history have traded their very lives for the idea that there is nothing more important than nurturing others. In some ways, I believe that. In other ways, I know that idea, unexamined, threatens my sanity and health.” Courtney Martin

Courtney E. Martin is an American feminist, author, speaker, and social and political activist. She is known for writing books, speaking at universities throughout the nation, and for co-editing the feminist blog, Feministing.com. 

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Flatiron Writers Room West Asheville – 2017 Schedule

Write Here. Write Now.

We host Flatiron Writers workshops and events; in addition, our space is available for rent to writers who want to teach, host a book launch, or hold a writers’ group or book club meeting.Our goal: to nurture a vibrant and supportive writing community–inspired by Asheville’s rich literary history–while providing writers with quiet, affordable space in which to write, and classrooms in which to teach or participate in classes and workshops.


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