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ICE Raids Continue Across Buncombe County Today – Coalition of Clergy Groups Issue Statement Opposing ICE Raids in WNC

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ICE raids continue across Buncombe County this morning. This is the 4th day they’ve been in our community after a week of raids across our state. These raids are separating families, terrorizing the Latinx community, and forcing people to hide in their homes. Our community is responding with unity, strength, and support for impacted families. But still, the arrests continue. What can you do? First, donate to CIMA, which is leading our community’s response: http://cimawnc.org/donations/.  Next, join us by sharing this graphic to say you stand with immigrant families. Make your voice heard.

Contact: Aaron Sarver, Communications Director, Campaign for Southern Equality, 773.960.2857 (c), aaron@southernequality.org

 

Coalition of Clergy Groups Issue Statement Opposing ICE raids in WNC

Asheville, NC (April 17, 2018) – The following statement is signed on to by these faith leaders in WNC:

 

Rev. Tami Forte Logan, Faith 4 Justice Asheville

Rev. Amy Cantrell, Beloved Asheville

Very Reverend Todd Donatelli, Cathedral of All Souls Episcopal Church

Rev. Nancy Shested and Rev. Missy Harris, Circle of Mercy Congregation UCC

Rabbi Justin Goldstein, Congregation Beth Israel

Rabbi Batsheva Meiri, Congregation Beth HaTephila

Rev. Dr. Marcia Shoop, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Rev. Sara Wilcox, Land of Sky UCC

Holly Roach Knight, Transform Network                                                                                                                                               

Lead Minister Rev. Mark Ward and Associate Minister Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Unitarian Universalist Congregation Asheville

 

“As people of faith, our teachings warn us not to ‘… oppress the widow, the orphan, the immigrant, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’ (Zechariah 7:10)”

“Faith 4 Justice Asheville vehemently opposes the ongoing use of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) by the federal government. These actions are devastating communities across Buncombe County,Western North Carolina, the State and the Country. We are calling on the City of Asheville and Buncombe County to publicly condemn ICE presence and their use of manipulative tactics against residents in our county.

“Portraying immigrants and refugees as criminals and threats rather than seeing them as God’s beloved children is immoral and un-American. We are called to love our ‘neighbors as ourselves’ and the criminalization and dehumanization of our immigrant siblings through ICE tactics and actions prevent us all from seeing their humanity, and we risk losing our own. It is immoral to track human beings down like animals in their places of residence, on their jobs, in their neighborhoods, while at the grocery store, and at their children’s schools. Most of these community members are only deemed illegal because this country changed laws and policies to prevent them from remaining hereafter we used them for our own purposes. Many have been here for generations, like many of us.  

“The reality of our history in the U.S. is that this country’s prosperity has been built on the backs of poor and disenfranchised immigrants who either sojourned here by choice or by force. As people of faith, we are called to care for those in need and love one another, and as leaders of this City and County, you are called to serve and protect all residents. We call on you to create sanctuary in Asheville and Buncombe County and stop allowing our immigrant neighbors to live in a constant state of fear and panic. We implore you to continue to model the very best of our values and our common humanity.”

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Data and Trust – 4 Painful Lessons from Facebook By Frank Grillo and Mark Blessington

If there was ever a doubt about the strategic nature of data, it should be long gone now. Facebook has made a public spectacle of what happens when you get your data strategy wrong. An early read on four macro-level lessons Facebook teaches us about data strategy is provided below.  An article is sent in by Mark Blessington


The 11-year-old who galvanised a global movement at the March for Our Lives

By  Chitra Ramaswamy in The Guardian

We are living in a dizzying culture of powerful individual moments, as well as wider movements. The most compelling moment at March for Our Lives – the biggest gun-control protest in a generation – was thanks to an 11-year-old girl from Virginia called Naomi Wadler. In just three minutes and 30 seconds, a child born under George W Bush’s presidency managed to galvanise a global movement, and quote Toni Morrison to boot.


NEW REPORT: School segregation is on the rise in NC and it’s harming our kids

By Staff

A new and important report by veteran education policy analyst Kris Nordstrom of the North Carolina Justice Center’s Education and Law Project provides a sobering, in-depth look at racial segregation in the North Carolina’s public schools. In Stymied by Segregation: How Integration Can Transform North Carolina Schools and the Lives of Its Students,” Nordstrom reviews the history of school integration, what the science shows about its benefits, how North Carolina has been reversing past progress in recent years, and how better policies can put the state back on the right track.  


This Parkland student quickly amassed more Twitter followers than the NRA. Here’s what she’s been writing.

Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post

@Emma4Change is high school senior Emma González, 18, who has quickly become a national figure since she became a vocal proponent of gun control after surviving the Feb. 14 killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

She joined Twitter this month and already has 1.15 million followers. The National Rifle Association, which she opposes and which has long opposed gun-control measures,  joined the social media platform in February 2009. It has 606,000 Twitter followers.  Continue reading


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


What makes some men sexual harassers? Science tries to explain the creeps of the world.

By William Wan – The Washington Post

The list of alleged sexual harassers keeps getting longer and the details of sexual assault and harassment ever more disturbing. The torrent of cases pouring out in news reports and Twitter— tales of men grabbing women, emerging naked from showers uninvited, threatening women’s careers, or worse — raises a horrified question: What makes these men behave this way? Continue reading

 

 


Immigration arrests spark outrage across North Carolina

, By Frank Taylor

Immigrant advocates and elected officials across North Carolina are speaking out against a series of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests over the last week. Leaders in the Triangle, including several mayors, strongly condemned the arrests of some 25 people in that region of the state, according to the Herald-Sun of Durham. In the mountains, ICE agents confirmed arrests of at least 12 individuals in Buncombe and Henderson counties Saturday, with some activists claiming as many as 14 had been detained.  Continue reading


EQUAL PAY DAY: What You Need to Know about the Gender Wage Gap in 2017 and into 2018 !

 

Equal Pay Day 2017 is Tuesday, April 4, marking how far into the year that women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Women make up almost half of the workforce, are the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children, and are graduating from college at higher rates than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2015, women working full-time, year-round made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.


CHOOSING RACIAL EQUITY : Asheville City Schools Events spring 2018

At the Asheville City Schools Foundation, we believe that strong public schools are an essential part of breaking the cycle of poverty, dismantling structural racism, and sustaining our democracy. We uphold the value of each student and believe that we have a specific responsibility to increase racial equity in our schools.

We envision a day when all children in the Asheville City Schools discover their unique talents and dreams, fulfill their potential, and our district shines as a national model of excellence with equity.


THE FRONT PORCH – a good place to think about things

After the latest school massacre in South Florida Feb. 14, 2018…we’re asking “what was his motive?” Please STOP! Let’s talk about the causes instead, and we’ve known for a long, long time what those things are that cause feelings of RAGE AND HOPELESSNESS the need for REVENGE, especially in male teens and young adults.  Please read:  Violence Does Not Occur in a Vacuum  


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


Why Corporations Need Permanent Tax Cuts (Spoiler Alert:They Don’t)

By Jane Edwards

Corporations are people. This is so, because Chief Justice John Roberts, in 2010, hijacked a case that the court was hearing so that he could eliminate any law that prevented money from being used to influence legislation. Chief Justice Roberts, in his divine wisdom, joined by four other elitists on his court, conspired to breathe the breath of life into Corporation’s nostrils, and Corporation became a living person. OK. So, Corporations don’t actually have nostrils. Devil’s in the details.


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


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