Lauren Gambino in New Orleans
Netroots activists offer hope for 2020
The largest gathering of progressives in the country got under way in New Orleans on Thursday. It’s the thirteenth Netroots meeting – but the event has taken on a new significance since the 2016 election and the subsequent wave of activism and progressive candidates for office.
The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, may appear to safeguard women against discrimination, but Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia went on record insisting this isn’t the case.
“Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex, the only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t. Nobody ever voted for that,” he said. (In an interview for the January 2011 issue of California Lawyer)
Sent in by Diane Amos July, 2018
• North Carolina: It’s truly astonishing how relentless North Carolina Republicans are in their ceaseless zeal to undermine democracy. This week, they called a blitzkrieg legislative session where they swiftly advanced two more measures to entrench their power by unfairly and arbitrarily tilting the playing field to their benefit.
Did you know the North Carolina Writers’ Network offers an ongoing critiquing and editing service for its members? Through this program, Network writers have the opportunity to open a dialogue about their work with established writers and editors of varying backgrounds and areas of expertise.
Whether you write fiction or essays, poetry or travelogues, there is a critiquer waiting to help you and your writing take that next step.
Women PROUTists are working together to create a world in which all people have the opportunity to develop their full potential. We educate and organize our communities to resist oppression, exploitation and discrimination.
Our wine focus is on smaller productions and family run vineyards where craft and tradition result in wines full of heart and soul. Wines that communicate not only a grape(s), but also speak deeply of place, the winemakers passion, care for the land, tradition, and kinship. Taste place and passion in the glass while gathering in good company.
By Ed Sacco, Veterans forPeace, Asheville Chapter 099 July 4, 2018
Have we have become a fearful country “measured” by our relationship to weapons and guns? There is a connection between our reliance on wars abroad and guns at home. This is reflected in our active or passive support of the militarization of our youth and violence at home. The war mentality has not and will not secure our happiness. It blinds us to the common good of humanity. Is this our legacy for children?
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Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the broken budget bill that would kill light rail and jeopardize clean drinking water.
In his news conference announcing the veto, Cooper zeroed in on the bill’s shortcomings in education, health care, and the environment. Two of its environmental problems received particular attention.
I went to a dinner party at a friend’s home last weekend, and met her five-year-old daughter for the first time. Little Maya was all curly brown hair, doe-like dark eyes, and adorable in her shiny pink nightgown. I wanted to squeal, “Maya, you’re so cute! Look at you! Turn around and model that pretty ruffled gown, you gorgeous thing!”
A MUST READ: E. R. A. a short primer for the monstrously long process of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
The introduction I’ve added to this text explains some of the analogies I see between Victor Frankenstein’s creature and the legal corpus of laws that apply to women in the United States. Those analogies occurred to me in this 200th year following the initial publication of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein.
Thank you, SheVille, for the very strong July 20, 2018, article on the reasons we need the Equal Rights Amendment. I’ve sent the link for the article to several people I know, and I added the reference to the article to this latest draft of my handmade book on the process of ratifying the E.R.A. I finished making the book before I saw the article, so I didn’t include your article in the resources I used for the book project.
Virginia McKinley, Asheville, N.C.
The Community Foundation of WNC Women for Women Giving Circle Makes Historic Commitment to Prevent Violence
Helpmate, Our VOICE, Mountain Child Advocacy Center and Pisgah Legal are launching a long term plan to prevent domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse in our community!
WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is pleased to present a wide range of exhibitions and programs, including gallery talks related to the exhibition Rodarte and monthly installments of the much raved about and in demand “Fierce Women” tour. In addition, the fourth season of the museum’s Women, Arts and Social Change initiative begins with a two-day MakeHER Summit to empower and celebrate creative women entrepreneurs.
MAGNETIC THEATRE is a not-for-profit production company that gives original works and the people who make them a home to share with enthusiastic audiences. We are proud to be the only professional theatre in the southeast (that we know of) dedicated to world premieres, and one of the few in the country. Click here: See what’s going on at the Magnetic Theatre!
Click here for Events Listing: Blue Ridge Music Trails Events and places of interest.
|Wednesday night bluegrass at the Ugly Dog Pub in Highlands
Monday night music at the Tasty Weasel Taproom in Brevard
and…need a holiday gift idea??? How about the Beautiful Blue Ridge Calendar? It WILL fit in a stocking! All proceeds support the work of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, including The Blue Ridge Music Trails.
Terri helps you create life-affirming, ever-evolving happier relationships with those you love.
Journalists Need to Keep in Mind that Donald Trump Didn’t Win a Mandate for Anything
by Robert Brent Toplin
Commentators in the print and video media often complain about President Donald Trump’s aggressive actions regarding immigration, tariffs, health care, climate change, guns, the Iran nuclear agreement, and other controversial topics, but they recognize that he won the election. Reluctantly, they acknowledge that Trump has a mandate to take strong positions on the issues. But they are wrong. Donald Trump does not possess impressive authority to move the nation dramatically in new directions. Pundits and politicians should refrain from treating the 2016 election as evidence of public approval for extraordinary exercises in presidential power.
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Publisher’s Weekly – February 26, 2018 – starred review
In this courageous, personal book, Peters, a Presbyterian minister and religious studies professor at Elon University, argues that abortion is used to shame women, control their bodies, and manipulate their choices.
Campaign for Southern Equality Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Masterpiece Cake v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
Asheville, N.C. (June 4, 2018) – Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cake v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission represents a narrow response to the facts of this Colorado case and departs from longstanding precedent by granting a single Colorado business the right to discriminate. The Court did not rule that there is a right to discriminate: this ruling does not apply to businesses in other states and does not invalidate non-discrimination laws that protect LGBTQ people.
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