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Progressives look to 2020 at Netroots Nation conference

 in New Orleans

Netroots activists offer hope for 2020

The largest gathering of progressives in the country got under way in New Orleans on Thursday. It’s the thirteenth Netroots meeting – but the event has taken on a new significance since the 2016 election and the subsequent wave of activism and progressive candidates for office.


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) 


#AskMoreOfHim: 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence

By Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The Representation Project Team

Please help us move the needle this week by sharing the 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence with your community. Together, we will support survivors, condemn sexism, and hold ourselves and others accountable for a more just and equitable world for all. 

Click here for 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence


*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.


The Raleigh Report from Rep. Susan Fisher July 30, 2018

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

July 30,  2018

You may remember that the General Assembly adjourned on June 29, 2018, not to return until after Thanksgiving. Yet on Tuesday of last week (July 24th), North Carolina made national news (again) for passing bills to change the 2018 election rules after the election season had already started.  How did this happen?

**Update: We are now “on call” pending notice that the Republicans schedule an override vote.  That could come as soon as this weekend…..


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.


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


A MUST READ: E. R. A. a short primer for the monstrously long process of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Dear Reader, 

The introduction I’ve added to this text explains some of the analogies I see between Victor Frankenstein’s creature and the legal corpus of laws that apply to women in the United States.  Those analogies occurred to me in this 200th year following the initial publication of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein.

Thank you, SheVille, for the very strong July 20, 2018, article on the reasons we need the Equal Rights Amendment.  I’ve sent the link for the article to several people I know, and I added the reference to the article to this latest draft of my handmade book on the process of ratifying the E.R.A.  I finished making the book before I saw the article, so I didn’t include your article in the resources I used for the book project. 

Happy reading,

Virginia McKinley,  Asheville, N.C.   


A History of the WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS (WASP) 75th Anniversary 2018

In 1942, as the country reeled from the attack on Pearl Harbor, trained male pilots were in short supply. Qualified pilots were needed to fight the war. The Army also was desperate for pilots to deliver newly built trainer aircraft to the flight schools in the South. Twenty-eight experienced civilian women pilots volunteered to take those ferrying jobs. They formed the country’s first female squadron late summer 1942.


A good summary of what happened this week in the NC General Assembly

Sent in by Diane Amos  July, 2018

• North Carolina: It’s truly astonishing how relentless North Carolina Republicans are in their ceaseless zeal to undermine democracy. This week, they called a blitzkrieg legislative session where they swiftly advanced two more measures to entrench their power by unfairly and arbitrarily tilting the playing field to their benefit.


The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus (followed by The New Depressus)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


My Sistah Taught Me That – the girl’s developmental program in Asheville

My Sistah Taught Me That (MSTMT) is a young girl’s developmental program designed to encourage, inspire, educate, and empower young girls ages 11-19 with a special focus on girls growing up in single parent homes without their father.  This program was created so young ladies in Buncombe County and surrounding areas in Western North Carolina may have the chance to be exposed to professional leaders in our community who are dedicated to providing opportunities, open dialogue, and exposure to things they wouldn’t routinely do, with the intent of helping them grow and mature.


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?


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


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