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Here’s a compilation of some of the fabulous, year-round fairs, festival offerings and stuff to do that the Western North Carolina region has to offer. Festival organizers: please contact: info@sheville.org if you wish to be considered for inclusion into SheVille of WNC.
Outdoor Adventures     Hot Springs Natural Hot Mineral Waters     Chimney Rock Park     History at Hand     North Carolina Festivals     Explore Asheville Events Calendar     Asheville Herb Festival

 

North Carolina State POLICY WATCH Weekly Briefing

Strange bedfellows? Polluters, environmental groups form new coalition to lobby state government

By Lisa Sorg

On a cozy autumn evening at the luxurious Umstead Hotel in Cary, a medley of corporate luminaries, state lawmakers and environmentalists made small talk and mingled over drinks. The occasion: the formation of a new “unconventional partnership” with a “bold mission.”  North Carolina Forever, said Kathy Higgins, vice president of corporate affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield, “will bring together diverse interests” to encourage  “reasonable and necessary investments” in land conservation and water protection. Read more


The Air Force expelled her in 1955 for being a lesbian. Now, at 90, she is fighting back.

By Kyle Swenson in The Washington Post

The barracks were thick with anxious whispers and rumors, but she figured there was nothing incriminating about leaving the air base for a sandwich. 

On a Friday night in 1955, Airman Second Class Helen Grace James and another female service member left the field after work for dinner in a nearby town. The place was too crowded to sit down, so after getting food the two drove the wooded area south of where Hempstead Harbor stabs into Long Island. Read more


California in revolt: how the progressive state plans to foil the Trump agenda

By Sam Levin in the Guardian

California prides itself on being first with progressive laws on climate change, labor rights and marijuana. In 2018, the Golden State’s “firsts” are defensive – bold proposals and legal maneuvers to protect citizens from Donald Trump. State leaders have pushed legislation and lawsuits to circumvent and undo Trump’s agenda on immigration, the environment, internet freedom and other liberal causes. One of the most consequential victories came Tuesday when a judge in San Francisco blocked the Trump administration’s plan to end a program that allows 800,000 undocumented people to study and work in the US.  Continue reading


Global Eco Watch – Eye on the Planet

New York City sues Shell, ExxonMobil and other oil companies over climate change

The New York City government is suing the world’s five largest publicly traded oil companies, seeking to hold them responsible for present and future damage to the city from climate change. The suit, filed Tuesday against BP, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell, claims the companies together produced 11 percent of all of global-warming gases through the oil and gas products they have sold over the years. Continue reading


Recy Taylor, Civil Rights Heroine dies at 97

Recy Taylor, whose bold testimony in 1944 helped lay the foundation for the civil rights movement, quietly passed away this morning (December 28) She would’ve been 98 on Sunday. She is survived by a number of loving & devoted family members. She inspired me & many to use our voices as weapons

Photo Credit: Danielle L. McGuire

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Recy Taylor (December 31, 1919 – December 28, 2017was a black woman from Abbeville in Henry County, Alabama, US. On September 3, 1944, she was kidnappedwhile leaving church and gang-raped by six white men.  Even though the men admitted the rape to authorities, two grand juries subsequently declined to indict the men, meaning no charges were ever brought against her six assailants.

In 2011, the Alabama House of Representatives apologized on behalf of the state “for its failure to prosecute her attackers.” Taylor’s rape and the subsequent court cases were among the first instances of nationwide protest and activism among the African American community, and ended up providing an early organizational spark for the Civil Rights Movement. from Wikipedia


FUNDING CANCELLED for HUMANE ALLIANCE Trap, Spay Return Program for Community Cats

Dear Friends, We at Brother Wolf wouldn’t normally reach out to you so soon after our year-end campaign, but we recently received some news that poses a real threat to the progress we have made together to build and sustain a true No-Kill community.  We just learned from The Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic (which is now a program of the ASPCA) that they have cancelled funding for community cat spay/neuter in Asheville and Buncombe County for groups doing high volume TNR (trap/neuter/return.)


Bounty & Soul – creating a health and wellness movement

Bounty & Soul is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a health and wellness movement in underserved communities in Buncombe and McDowell Counties. Our fresh, free food markets provide healthy, fresh produce and whole grains along with nutrition education and health and wellness resources for children, families, individuals, and seniors who struggle with food insecurity and poor health. We offer our services at five weekly markets.


THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT: Unfinished Business for the Constitution – PLEASE JOIN THE EFFORT!

In 2017, it is impossible to argue that the amendment is inappropriate, since one who does so implies that women should be legally subjugated.

It’s equally impossible to claim that the amendment is unnecessary, given the continuing inequality we see.

So the remaining argument against the ERA boils down to coded variations of “it would upset the balance of power” — in other words, it would give women a fair chanceContinue reading


THE COLLIDER invites you to ClimateCon 2018 to Explore CLIMATE SOLUTIONS & BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

A New Conference Where We Explore Innovative Climate Solutions & Business Opportunities.

Held March 16-25 in “Climate City,” Asheville, North CarolinaClimateCon 2018 includes The Business of Climate Forum, a summit for students and young professionals, an innovation showcase demonstrating climate solutions and products, and 10 days of climate-focused community events.


SHEVILLE.ORG SHOP LOCAL – WNC Business Directory

SheVille proudly presents those who support our Western North Carolina communities and enhance the economic viability of our region. We are committed to local shopping,because it’s the greener way to go and it bolsters the economy of Western North Carolina.  Our individual sponsors contribute their resources to our local non-profit programs as well, that help all of us live better, more fulfilled lives. WNC is home to a fantastic network of small businesses and we’re proud to support the great products and services they offer. Please note: all of our business advertisers support SheVille’s mission.


WOMANSONG of Asheville

WOMANSONG WELCOMES YOU!

We are women of diverse ages, musical abilities, backgrounds and perspectives who sing together to nurture and uplift ourselves and our community.  ​​
Come Visit With Us!
We welcome visitors to come learn more about our music, our village, and our community outreach. During 2018, we’ll be holding auditions for new singers – no previous singing experience required! We ask that visitors attend three times before auditioning – so make sure to mark your calendar today!  Womansong.org


Golden Globes: #MeToo

By Benjamin Lee at The Guardian

The first major ceremony of the season comes after a tumultuous year in Hollywood, and stars will pay tribute to the women who have spoken out against sexual harassment. Awards season kicks off on Sunday, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will reward the best films and TV shows of the year. But the conversation around the 75th Golden Globes has centred less on the potential winners and more on how the ceremony will be affected by the ever-growing #MeToo movement. Continue reading


COME SING WITH WOMANSONG 2018! Auditions January 29th

Come sing with Womansong, Asheville’s largest women’s community choir! We are actively inviting women of color and women under 50 to join us for the 2018 season. We believe that accepting and respecting individual differences enriches us, our music and our community, thus we actively embrace and encourage a diverse membership within Womansong. Childcare provided for members.  For more information go to:   www.womansong.org

Visit us in January to see what we’re about.  Auditions are being held January 29th.  
(photo credit: Scott Lessing)

 


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