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Inaugural WOMEN’S CONVENTION – Detroit October 27- 29, We are the leaders we have been waiting for

The Women’s Convention is the beginning of a political groundswell, showing that the rise of the woman IS the rise of the nation.
 
​The Women’s Convention will bring thousands of women, femmes and our allies of all backgrounds to Detroit from October 27 – 29, 2017, for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building to continue the preparation going into the 2018 midterm elections.

Tapping into the power of women in leadership as the fundamental, grassroots force for change, the Women’s Convention will bring together first time activists and movement leaders, rising political stars that reflect our nation’s changing demographics, and thousands of women who’ve organized sister marches, huddles, rallies and resistance actions, large and small, since January 2017.

Participants will leave inspired and motivated, with new connections, skills and strategies for working towards collective liberation for women of all races, ethnicities, ages, disabilities, sexual identities, gender expressions, immigration statuses, religious faiths, and economic statuses.

 

 

 

The Women’s Convention is the beginning of a political groundswell, showing that the rise of the woman IS the rise of the nation.  More Info & Register for the Convention 

 

The Women’s Convention is the next wave in a political groundswell dedicated to the collective liberation of women and femmes of all races, ethnicities, ages, disabilities, sexual identities, gender expressions, immigration statuses, religious faiths, and economic statuses. The rise of the woman IS the rise of the nation.

In community,
Women’s March

Photo credit: The Chicago Tribune


WOMANSONG’S 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT  Saturday & Sunday, October 7 and 8

Womansong is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Saturday, October 7th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 8th at 3 pm, with performances at the Diana Wortham Theater in downtown Asheville. 

The title of the October concert, STILL WE RISE, refers to a high-energy gospel piece inspired by a Maya Angelou poem. The concert celebrates the many ways music enriches lives. 

This gala concert is Debbie Nordeen’s final one before she retires as Artistic Director after 23 years. Through her beauty, warmth, and inspiring leadership, she has built a 75-voice choir that practices what it preaches:  unity through music. 

Graphic Artist:  Ellen Schon 

Womansong’s concerts help fund the choir’s New Start Program, which has distributed over $157,000 in college scholarships and emergency funds to women in need. 

Tickets will be available starting August 29 from Womansong members and the Diana Wortham Theater box office.  Click here for the Diana Wortham Box Office.

The early bird ticket price is $22 from August 29 through September 25, and $25 thereafter. More information will be posted on www.womansong.org

Photo credit: Scott Lessing in Our State Magazine

 

30th Anniversary Concert at Diana us on your calendar:                                                                                                      October 14 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 15               

 


How to Start a Garden – The Ultimate Guide by Jenn

What are the most important lessons I have learned over the years? How would I advise someone to begin for guaranteed success? People garden with different objectives in mind.


Featured Artist: DAVID LA MOTTE

LaMotte’s first album in a decade offers twelve new songs played by three dozen musicians from six continents. A fusion of cultural influences, from blues to bluegrass and from Latin to African, are mixed together by LaMotte and his two co-producers, Chris Rosser and Tom Prasada-Rao, to create an aural travelogue that mirrors LaMotte’s own geographical journey in the last ten years. The songs are also informed by his personal journey—becoming a father, living and working around the world, and exploring his own capacity for positive impact in questions of justice and peace.  


THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY presents A DANCE THROUGH TIME, September 23, 2017

Saving Places in Asheville & Buncombe County that are important to you.

Special Event to Kick Off at the YMI Cultural Center

The soul of Asheville is in our rich cultural diversity and community. To honor that diversity, The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County’s annual gala on September 23, 2017 will feature locations that represent not only different eras, but the variety of different people who have made this historic city what it is today. Asheville’s foundation was built by immigrant artisans, inspired entrepreneurs, farmsteaders and scholars. This year’s gala will kick off at the YMI Cultural Center followed by visits to Zealandia Castle and Sondley Estate. Buildings like these epitomize PSABC’s 41 year long mission of protecting, preserving and promoting the historic resources of our region that contribute to Buncombe County’s unique heritage.  www.PSABC.org


This woman’s name appears on the Declaration of Independence. So why don’t we know her story?

By Petula Dvorak in the Washington Post 

The Declaration of Independence printed with the names of the signers. Mary Katharine Goddard’s name is at the bottom. (Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Continental Congress & Constitutional Convention Broadsides Collection)    Continue reading

 

 


[NukeWasteWNC] History today 07/07/2017 – 122 countries voted for nuclear ban

BIG NEWS TODAY—world is moving towards NUCLEAR-FREE on weapons!  This is the treaty the United Nations voted to adopt http://www.undocs.org/en/a/conf.229/2017/L.3/Rev.1

“The Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”  and here is the vote: 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/unoda-web/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/A.Conf_.229.2017.L.3.Rev_.1.pdf

There will be a long process as nations decide (or not) to ratify this new agreement—don’t hold your breath on our fine nation adopting this—but let’s sing and dance and PARTY for a strong move in the world in the right direction!


The Fitzsimon File: Monday Numbers: Summing up the Senate healthcare debate

By Chris Fitzsimon

July 3, 2017

22 million—number of people the Congressional Budget Office says would lose health insurance coverage under the health care plan currently being considered by the U.S. Senate (“CBO: Senate Bill Would Raise Premiums, Deductibles, or Both for Most Marketplace Consumers, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 26, 2017)

1,300—amount in dollars more that a 40-year-old with an income of $26,000 would pay in premiums for a silver level health care plan under the Senate health care plan (Ibid)


The Good (the Bad The Ugly) by Jane Edwards

Really.  It is high time we acknowledge the tremendous things Donald J. Trump has done as our president. I can think of eight things right off the bat:
 
1. Spared us from both constant Republican stonewalling and nonstop vitriol from the GOP’s Perpetual Senate Investigative Committee to Impeach Hillary.
 
2. Dramatically increased public awareness of and interest in the Constitution. Including such concepts as the Emoluments clause, Article 25, and the 25thAmendment.


Mountain BizWorks : Think Outside the Boss with Molly Hemstreet and Franzi Charen August 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Think Outside The Boss

Join The Industrial Commons co-directors’ Molly Hemstreet and Franzi Charen as they lead an exploration into the variety of ways businesses can democratize ownership. Whether you’re interested in starting a cooperative business, joining a coop, or transitioning your business into a cooperative workplace, this lab is a great place to start. Gain an understanding of the power that cooperatives have to transform communities and build better businesses. $15.00

For more information or to register go to: Mountain BizWorks Cooperatives


LGBTQ Health Initiative Launches in Asheville with $10,000 grant

LGBTQ Health Initiative Launches in Asheville to Promote Innovation

Asheville, NC (August 8, 2017) – The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) is providing a grant of $10,000 to Western NC Community Health Services (WNCCHS) to support its leadership and innovation in LGBTQ health, including its Transgender Health Program and HIV/AIDS services. 


Lisa Unger Baskin Collection – Duke University Libraries “The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”

Collection Overview

The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection arrived at Rubenstein Library in April 2015. Carefully assembled over forty-five years by noted bibliophile, activist, and collector Lisa Unger Baskin, the collection is a transformative body of material documenting women at work. In Baskin’s own words,

“The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”

The collection includes many well-known monuments of women’s history and arts, as well as lesser-known works produced by female scholars, printers, publishers, laborers, scientists, authors, artists, and political activists. Taken together, they comprise a mosaic of the ways that women have been productive, creative, and socially engaged over more than five hundred years.   Continue reading


WNC Solidarity Concert Series: Fundraiser for Youth Outright Sunday July 30, 3 – 5 pm

Concert to Benefit Youth OUTright WNC, Inc
Tickets:  $10.00 per person at the door

THE BLOCK off Biltmore
39 S. Market St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Two acts will be performing:

  • Michael Jefry Stevens/Jason DeCristofaro, and the
  • Wendy Jones Quintet

100% of all proceeds from the door will be donated to Youth Outright.  
All musicians are donating their time.  

Your support is very important to area LGBTQ youth.


Is North Carolina stuck in an abusive relationship?

By Rob Schofield 

Behavior of state leaders, state policy community raise warning flags

The last seven years in North Carolina politics and policy have been extraordinary. In a very short period of time, a once moderate state has been transformed into a kind of laboratory for far right policies and a testing ground for what we are coming to know now as Trumpism. On issue after issue, state legislative leaders have aggressively pursued an ultra-conservative agenda that seeks to radically remake the state’s social contract.


Tales, Tips, and Love from Women Caregivers – Our Bodies Ourselves

by Elayne Clift

Women have always been caregivers. Whether looking after small children, elders, other family members or friends in small communities, tending to others in urban settings with limited support systems, or acting as professional caregivers in institutional settings, we have been the primary providers of physical care and emotional support in a variety of settings and circumstances throughout the ages.  Continue reading


THEATRE TOUR: My Grandfather’s Prayers – Lisa Sturz and Red Herring Puppets

 

 

 

 

 

MY GRANDFATHER’S PRAYERS premiered this past Sunday, June 18th to a full crowd. The feedback has been very moving and encouraging. We have a few more bookings over the Summer and will begin marketing the show to other locations. If you have connections within the community that would help us, please send them along. If you know people in the Cleveland, Boston, or Mpls. area, please let them know about our upcoming performances.   Ticket price is $15.


EVENTS at THE BLOCK off biltmore – Asheville’s First Eco-Vegan, Social Justice, Solidarity Bar

Click to see our monthly events: THE BLOCK ONGOING EVENTS 

We believe Asheville is ready to support a unique, multicultural, progressive, vegan gathering spot for activists, artists, educators, community organizers, and others. Here we can come together to socialize, dream, and to create positive social change in Western North Carolina and beyond – over reasonably-priced sustainable wines, artisan beers, classioc craft cocktails, and light, vegan, organic fare. THE BLOCK off biltmore functions as a local melting pot for people who thirst for a more just, inclusive, and peaceful world.

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