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WOMEN ARE NOT PROTECTED in the U. S. Constitution – Here Are the Ramifications

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) 


SO, WHAT DO WE DO? We Keep on RESISTING! sent in from Jane Edwards, (our local political analyst) PLEASE SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS

Treason against the United States is defined in Article III of the Constitution as “levying war against [the United States], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Cleaving to, or joining an enemy, as President Donald J. Trump did today, and in the past, is treason. Pure and simple.


VETERANS FOR PEACE: Educating Our Children for Peace – Our Legacy to Our Children

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?


THE COLLIDER EVENTS – Check it out ! July Lunch & Learns and Lots More!

Lunch & Learns
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12 – 1pm | The Collider

We invite the Asheville business, entrepreneurial, and science community at large to join us and participate in trainings delivered by world-class business, start-up, and climate science experts on topics ranging from how to pitch investors to how climate change is a factor in the increased prevalence of mosquito and tick-borne diseases.


The Raleigh Report from Rep. Susan Fisher July 5, 2018

Rep. Susan Fisher  Buncombe County  District 114  susanf@ncleg.net

Last week’s adjournment of the General Assembly was dominated by debate over constitutional amendments and appointments to key government positions.  Now we enter a long break where the focus will shift away from legislative activity to campaigns and the November elections.

After the election, the General Assembly will return on November 27 for an additional session.  Any issue may be taken up during this session.  If the elections result in enough Democrats winning to sustain the Governor’s veto, the November 27 session allows the Republicans one more opportunity to pass bills while having enough votes to override a veto.


Time to Recycle Smarter

The United States has exported a third of its recyclables to China for many years without any issues. It worked well. Americans like to recycle and China wanted the materials to feed their manufacturing base.   However, beginning in 2013, China began to make a series of policies shifts to reduce the amount and types of recyclable materials into their country. 


HISTORY NEWS NETWORK: Because the past is the present and the future too

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.


TEDDY BEAR BLAST! and Immigrant toddlers ordered to appear in court alone

Immigrant toddlers ordered to appear in court alone

BY CHRISTINA JEWETT AND SHEFALI LUTHRA, KAISER HEALTH NEWS

As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the border, immigrant children as young as 3 years old are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings, according to attorneys in Texas, California and Washington, D.C.  The Texas Tribune


WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS: HIGHER ED & THE FUTURE OF WORK

College Degrees Bring Significant Benefits to Single Mothers and Society

Single mothers who complete an associate or bachelor’s degree earn hundreds of thousands of dollars more over their lifetimes and have significantly lower rates of poverty than single mothers with only high school diplomas, according to a new analysis recently released by IWPR. The analysis, which is the first of its kind, finds that public or institutional investments in services, such as child care and case management, boost graduation rates and more than pay for themselves through graduates’ increased tax contributions and reduced public benefits. But access to these benefits must be improved; currently, only 8 percent of single mothers who enroll in two- or four-year programs graduate with a degree.


ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL 5th ANNUAL HARVEST CONFERENCE for Do-It-Yourself Enthusiasts Sept. 7-8

The Harvest Conference is an educational event that offers affordable classes on organic growing and sustainable living. This year, we’re changing things up—instead of one day of many short classes, we’re offering a small selection of 2-day workshops taught by outstanding guest speakers. You may register for the first day (Friday only) of any workshop—or—both days (Friday and Saturday) for a more in-depth experience.


YOUTH UN-CONFERENCE Building a Local Economy for Everyone, July 28, 8:30 – 4:30

Presented by Self-Help Credit Union

Features:  Workshops on “Making a Way out of No Way,” and on “Marketing Your Business,” Panels on “Resources for Youth” and “Building Wealth”/  Youth Entrepreneurs Giving Pitches for their Businesses / Youth Business Expo / Performances by youth, including dancing, marching, singing, spoken word/ hands-on activities, etc.


*Women AdvaNCe – 2018 NC WOMEN’S SUMMIT MOVING MOUNTAINS

The North Carolina Women’s Summit: Women Moving Mountains is November 10, 2018 at The Collider in Downtown Asheville. This is the first time in four years we’ve gone west and we’re very excited about the journey.

More details will be announced this spring, but the Summit will be in late October/early November and we hope you’ll make plans to join us.


NORTH CAROLINA STATE POLICY WATCH – Q&A with state Court of Appeals candidates – the Calabria seat

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week alongside those of their challengers.


More NC cities adopting bike-sharing programs

By David Francis 

Bicycles for people who don’t have their own are coming to North Carolina cities and have already arrived in some locations.

Across the state, cities have launched bike-sharing programs — schemes in which customers can use a bike when needed by checking it out and paying per ride. Additional cities are considering implementing programs of their own.  Click here to Continue Reading

 


OVERLOOKED NO MORE: Emma Gatewood, First Woman to Conquer the Appalachian Trail Alone

Offered by Andrea Davis

The Washington Post’s New Series   

With Overlooked, our new collection of obituaries for people who never got them, The Times is recalling the lives of those who were passed over for generations, for whatever reasons. Some were famous, like the poet Sylvia Plath, while others were more obscure, like the first American woman to win an Olympic championship (without ever knowing it).

Have a Suggestion for an Overlooked Obit? We Want to Hear From You


Good News for Fourth Graders: They Can Keep Their Park Passes, for Now

FOURTH GRADERS RECEIVED THEIR EVERY KID IN A PARK PASSES DURING A SPECIAL CANOEMOBILE EVENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C., HOSTED BY WILDERNESS INQUIRY AND NATIONAL PARK TRUST IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NORTH FACE, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, AND THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO CELEBRATE THE EVERY KID IN A PARK PROGRAM AND KICK OFF OAK’S ANNUAL GATHERING. | PHOTO COURTESY OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS


OUR BODIES OUR BLOG – Call for Women Who Experience Pain with Sex

A Call for Women Who Experience Pain with Sex and for Health Care Providers Who Treat Them

By Guest Writer Marta Milkowska

My name is Marta Milkowska and I am a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I am working on a project aimed to better understand the problem of pain during sex – something experienced by many women. This summer, with support from Our Bodies Ourselves and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women in Public Policy Program, I am seeking interviews with individuals who fall into one of the following three categories:

  • Women ages 16 to 35 who experience pain during sex
  • Women who have successfully reduced or eliminated pain during sex
  • Physical therapists and medical clinicians (such as ob/gyns, family practice physicians, and internists) with experience diagnosing and treating pain during sex 

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