At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don’t “act like a man.” Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the “man box.” Continue reading
A new documentary, “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” chronicles the history of the women’s movement from 1966 to 1972, including the genesis of Our Bodies Ourselves, the founding of NOW, and other historical milestones.
The filmmakers are running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish the project, and have a little more than a month to go. Check it out to learn more about the project and consider supporting their efforts. Click here for the entire article
Now that summer is here, I am already tired of mowing. Instead of mowing, I have decided to make a wildflower meadow. I have ½ to ¾ acre to work with. Can I just sow the wildflower seed on top of the grass? ~Derrick in Candler (June 25, 2012) Click here to read more…
VAWA INTEGRAL PART OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEEDS TO PASS, SAYS American Bar Association
Good Work of Local Providers Needs Reauthorization to Continue
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2012 — Calling the bill the single most effective federal effort to respond to domestic violence and sexual assault, American Bar Association President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III urged senators to support S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011, in a letter sent to Capitol Hill today.
“S. 1925 was carefully crafted to reflect discussions with more than 2,000 advocates and experts around the country,” noted Robinson. He further explained that the association adopted policy in February 2010 urging for adoption of legislation that provides services, protections and justice to vulnerable victims “including children and youth who are victims or are witnesses to family violence, and victims who are disabled, elderly, immigrant, trafficked, LGBT and/or Indian.”
Robinson urged senators to oppose amendments that would weaken the bill, including a substitute version being offered by Sens. Charles Grassley and Kay Bailey Hutchison. The letter also emphasized the ABA’s opposition to mandatory minimum sentencing proposals either to accompany new federal crimes or to augment existing offenses.
“VAWA has become an integral part of our public safety strategy that has empirical support for its effectiveness,” summed Robinson. “The good work being done by thousands of local providers and public servants cannot continue without its reauthorization.”
The letter in its entirety can be found online.
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Statute 115C-407.5 (2009) defines bullying or harassing behavior and requires each local school administrative unit to adopt a policy prohibiting bullying or harassing behavior.
In Ordinary Time
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost
Year after year I await forsythia, thrilled
to see the tiny fireworks.
I spy the peony’s purple velvet
fronds in quiet explosion.
But since I’ve been alive
there has been a backstory that competes
with each emergent spring.
It’s a black story that drains color from the sky.
Do you know the story
about the accidents, the nuclear accidents?
Soon I expect to see daylily, lilac,
viburnum’s miniature and burgeoning bouquets
waiting to flourish.
Life goes on…
The story begins
in New Mexico, nineteen forty-five
the Soviet Union and Japan,
then Baneberry at Yucca Flat
and Three Mile Island
and Zaragosa, Spain
and Tokaimura, Japan
Ordinarily it’s true that crocus, jonquil and quince quietly
arrive live flourish
no accident life
goes on…ordinarily that’s true.
©Jean Cassidy Asheville, NC March 29, 2011
A poem of thanks to all those folks at www.NoNuclearWasteinWNC.com who are working to disseminate the word throughout our regional community about the proposed dumping of nuclear waste in WNC and what we can do about it.
The inference is that those of us in the communications business should not toss the tools of our trade around carelessly; that we should respect their meaning and nuances, and use them precisely to express what we want to say.
That’s why we have copy editors, who serve as the last line of defense against muddled meanings. And it’s why we have stylebooks, which, among other things, delineate the consistency in how certain words and phrases should be employed.
I give you this background as a way of preparing the ground for some familiar words that you will shortly begin seeing used in unfamiliar ways.
The words are “husband” and “wife.” Click here to read the entire article
The evidence is clear: The best predictor of a state’s stability is how its women are treated.
In the academic field of security studies, realpolitik dominates. Those who adhere to this worldview are committed to accepting empirical evidence when it is placed before their eyes, to see the world as it “really” is and not as it ideally should be. As Walter Lippmann wrote, “We must not substitute for the world as it is an imaginary world.” Click here to read the entire article (This article was suggested by Edward O. Raiola, Ph.D., Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC)
Wednesday, May 30 Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM
Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
If you live in WNC, you have probably seen a bear in the wild while hiking and you might have encountered one in you own backyard. Bear have even been spotted in downtown Asheville!
Asheville Green Drinks will team up with the Bear Education and Resources Task Force (B.E.A.R) of the Western North Carolina Alliance for a bear preparedness program. Come out to learn more about how to keep bear out of your trashcans and how to stay safe in the wild.
Presenter Debbie Lassiter will host this free program to share practical advice on living responsibly in bear country and reducing human/bear conflicts.
Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM
Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 (directions)
Thank you to our weekly host and sponsor Posana Cafe, a 3-star certified Green Restaurant! We encourage you to support their efforts by ordering drinks and/or food at Green Drinks’ programs. Just make sure to tip your server or bartender and come a little early if ordering food.
Join Posana for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11am – 3 pm, Weekend Brunch, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 3pm and Dinner Tuesday through Sunday 5 pm – 9 pm. You can visit their menu online and view lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and dessert offerings.
The Women’s Rights Movement would not have been what it was — and still is — without Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. During an era in which women were thought to be their husband’s property, Stanton and Anthony challenged the notion that women were not equal. America saw drastic change in civil rights in the 19th century, when freed slaves had been given the right to vote. Women, on the other hand, did not have the right to vote, or rights in a divorce, or the right to have custody of their children, or a fair share of their property. Click here to read the entire article
This article was contributed to SheVille by Alison Fitzpatrick
The Asheville City Schools Foundation is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to educational success for all city schools students.(828)-350-6134 Website
Asheville Youth Rowing Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public corporation dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing among teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 years as a means of instilling discipline, teaching team work, attaining physical fitness, and teaching the sport of rowing in order to help young people gain admission to college and/or other educational efforts, obtain scholarships for educational efforts and/or to succeed in a life endeavor. The Association functions without preference to race, creed, religion, or color in Western North Carolina. 828-337-8109 http://ashevilleyouthrowing.com/home/
Asheville Youth Mission (AYM) is a place where mission, creativity, and transformation are happening with young people. 828 231-4635 http://ashevilleyouthmission.org/
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina serves nearly 700 children and teens in eight western counties. We match adult mentors with kids who need a caring role model in their lives. We match Bigs and Littles based on personality, hobbies and experiences and provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, fruitful friendships. 828.253.1407 http://www.bbbswnc.org/
Children First mission is to improve the lives of children, youth and their families through community collaboration, advocacy and programming. 828-252-4810 Website
Eliada mission is Helping Children Succeed. Eliada’s vision is to provide an optimal learning environment that empowers children and their families to succeed. 828-254-5356 http://www.eliada.org/
Girls on the Run is a national non-profit educational and running program for pre-adolescent girls (3rd-8th grades) that strengthens girls physically, emotionally, and socially in preparation to face the upcoming pressures of adolescence. 828-713-4290 http://www.gotrwnc.org/
Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, Inc.Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. (828) 252-4442 firstname.lastname@example.org
Guardian Ad Litem WNC A Guardian ad Litem is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by the Juvenile Court torepresent the “Best Interests” of a child who is involved in court proceedings as a result of havingbeen abused or neglected. The Guardian ad Litem Volunteer conducts an independent investigationof the facts of the case and makes recommendations to the court. 828.251.6130 http://www.galbuncombe.org/
Hands On Asheville-Buncombe brings people together to strengthen our community through meaningful volunteer action. (828) 255-0696 http://handsonasheville.org/
Hanger Hall provides each girl a superior middle school education in an inclusive and supportive environment that promotes a sense of belonging, creativity, self-confidence, personal motivation and a desire for knowledge. In partnership with parents, Hanger Hall encourages girls to develop the living and learning skills necessary to succeed in life and to contribute to the betterment of the world. (828) 258-3600 http://www.hangerhall.org/
The Health Adventure, Asheville’s Family Health & Science Museum, provides a rich environment for community members to volunteer their time and skills on behalf of health and science education. Volunteer opportunities include everything from committee work, behind-the-scenes administrative tasks and internships to live performances! (828)254-6373 www.thehealthadventure.org
Helpmate serves as Buncombe County’s primary provider of crisis-level services designed specifically for – and offered exclusively to – victims of domestic violence and their children. (828)254-2968 www.helpmateonline.org/
The Hope Chest for Women commits to providing limited financial assistance for Western North Carolina women diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer and who are experiencing economic difficulties due to treatment cost. 828-418-1344 www.hopechestforwomen.org
The “I Have a Dream” Foundation mission is to motivate and empower children from low income communities to reach their education and career goals by providing a long-term program of mentoring, tutoring and enrichment, and tuition assistance for higher education. 828-230-8546 /www.ihadasheville.org
The Junior League of Asheville is a volunteer non-profit women’s organization who have been serving the Asheville area and surrounding communities since 1925. We are part of a larger oraganization, the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. which includes over 295 Leagues throughout the U. S., Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The association of Junior Leagues International consists of approximately 160,000 women around the world, all striving for positive change in their communities. (828) 254-5608 www.juniorleagueasheville.org
Kids Voting Buncombe County is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to securing the future of democracy by educating and involving youth in the election process today.Our objective is to educate students Grades K-12 of the rights and responsibilities associated with voting and to stimulate critical thinking skills necessary for making informed judgments as voters. 828-775-5673 http://www.kidsvotingbc.org
Trips For Kids WNC was founded on November 18, 2010. The goal of Trips For Kids WNC is to provide mountain bike outings and environmental education for kids who would not otherwise be exposed to such activities. 828-777-1022 http://tripsforkidswnc.com
Mountain Area Child and Family Center is an early learning program of distinction where young children thrive, families flourish, and early childhood professionals excel.(828) 298-0808 http://www.macfc.org/
OpenDoors of Asheville Inc. is a new not-for-profit that breaks the cycle of poverty by connecting local children with an active individualized support network and providing them with opportunities for higher level education. (828) 777-1135 www.opendoorsasheville.org/
Our VOICE, Inc. is a non-profit crisis intervention and prevention agency which serves victims of sexual violence, age 13 through adult, in Buncombe County. The agency was founded in 1974 as an all-volunteer grassroots organization. The agency remained underground until 1982 when we received our non-profit status and the first employee was hired. Now, 35 years and considerable growth later, Our VOICE employs seven paid staff and over 50 volunteers, working both to support the healing of survivors of sexual violence and to prevent future acts of sexual violence. http://www.ourvoicenc.org/about/
United Way’s 2-1-1 of WNC is a community service information line that links people to health and human services in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties. 2-1-1 service is free, confidential and available 24/7 to speakers of all languages. Whether you want to find or give help, trained referral specialists are available to answer your call and identify the right resources for you. www.211wnc.org
Women At Risk helps individuals break the cycle of abuse and wrong choices that lead to criminal activity. In particular, Women At Risk gives to women the opportunity, the motivation, and the tools to succeed. With almost 90% of our graduates successfully completing probation and staying out of jail, Women At Risk is a proven treatment alternative to incarceration. (828) 251-1962 http://www.wccj.org/womenatrisk.html
The Women for Women giving circle brings women together in an engaging and meaningful way. By combining financial resources and working with others, Women for Women makes high-impact grants to improve the lives of women and girls in our region. Since January 2005, Women for Women has given more than a $1.2 million dollars to programs helping women and girls in our region. (828) 254-4960 Website
Womansong mission is to sing together for joy and the creation of community, provide a safe, nurturing environment for musical expression and creativity, support local women in need through our New Start Program, and to perform quality music that elicits joy and affirms social justice and unity. http://www.womansong.org/
Women’s Wellbeing and Developement Foundation creates dynamic partnerships with projects that enable women and girls to positively transform their lives and the communities they serve. The foundation supports programs that ensure economic self-sufficiency, social equality and sustainable development, by providing effective technical assistance, targeted funding and by creating model healthcare and educational programs. (828) 255-8777 Website
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Phone: 828-254-7206 www.ywcaofasheville.org/
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