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Walkout March #ENOUGH to Gun Violence (next one is April 20!)

Read about Roberson High Schools Walkout – The Asheville Citizen-Times

Hundreds of thousands of students walked out of school to protest—many of them engaging in social justice actions for the first time—and to say #ENOUGH to gun violence in America. It may have been many of these students’ first protest, but we know it won’t be their last.

Did you stage a walkout at your school or do you know someone who did? Fill out this form to help us get a full headcount of how many students participated in this incredible day of action!

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.

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

Five myths about domestic violence


February 23 Susan R. Paisner, a Maryland criminologist and writer, formerly trained law enforcement professionals on responding to domestic violence calls and implementing domestic violence policies.

A documented history of domestic abuse, we learned this month in the person of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, does not preclude people from working in the White House. To many, such as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chief of Staff John Kelly, it seemed shocking that a well-educated, highly accomplished professional could be violent. But domestic violence is a complicated and pervasive crime (45 percent more women were slain by a current or former male partner between 2001 and 2012 than there were troops killed in Afghanistan), and it is shrouded in misinformation. Continue reading


REWRITING LIFE STORIES Donate to Help Asheville Children Read To Succeed!

The stories for many children born into poverty share a common outcome: a lifetime cycle of hardship. We believe that a single powerful factor – literacy – can help break that cycle. 

Read To Succeed Asheville wants all children to achieve well-being and lead productive lives. One crucial key is the ability to read proficiently, and we’re making inroads. Students are referred to us because they are unable to read at expected grade level and every year, on average, 66% of R2S students get to grade level in reading (as measured by the state DIBELS test).

This is why Iceland ranks first for gender equality

By Magnea Marinósdóttir Equality Unit, Ministry of Welfare, Iceland  and Rósa Erlingsdóttir Equality Unit, Ministry of Welfare, Iceland

For Icelanders, it is a source of pride to be the frontrunner in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index for the ninth year in a row. Ranking at the top is a confirmation of the successes achieved in recent decades and inspires us to continue to work towards complete equality of status, influence and power of men and women.

The Healing Power of Counseling: Addressing How Racial Inequities Impact Dementia

By Northwestern University’s Online Masters in Counseling program

After her husband died in 1986, Cornelia Moss lived alone in her native Arkansas for 13 years before moving to Wisconsin to live with her daughter. 

As the wife of a cotton farmer who raised 16 children in a segregated small town in the South, Moss, who was Black, had lived a hard life filled as much with stress as joy.


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.


Frances McDormand won the Academy Award for Best Actress and won our hearts when she asked all the female nominees to stand with her and told the Hollywood executives and power brokers to, “Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.  Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight – invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours – whichever suits you best – and we’ll tell you all about them … I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen:  inclusion rider.” 

ELIADA HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS The Lunch of a Lifetime is Right Around the Corner

Why you need to come!
This is your opportunity to learn about Eliada’s continuum of care, our history of service in the community, and meet Eliada’s new CEO, Cindy Davis-Bryant!

This is a FREE event! We do get a full house, so you need to register to ensure your seat.  We’ll provide lunch and a packed hour full of moving stories and inspiration! Register at

North Carolina State POLICY WATCH

Signs of hope amidst the horror
Cracks are forming in the NRA’s death grip on American politics

By Rob Schofield   2/19/18

At some point, it’s going to happen.

At some point in the not-too-distant future, shifting attitudes in the American body politic will reach a tipping point and the death grip that the gun lobby has on our government will begin to ease and, perhaps, even collapse. It’s not likely to happen right away or be pretty or pleasant – thousands more children, women and men will have to die unnecessarily and prematurely – but, it’s definitely going to happen.

To GET THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT PASSED IN 2019 – Here’s something you can do that’s easy


**COPY AND PASTE this into an EMAIL & send to your Reps and Senators over and over again now through 2019

Dear _______________________

Please pledge to co-sponsor and support the Equal Rights Amendment when it comes up in the 2019 legislative session. The ERA will ensure constitutional equality for women and men equally. Thank you for considering my views.

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