Like a tsunami, the highs and lows of the past rush over visitors to the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. It isn’t so much that the information is news to us, but we aren’t used to being hit with so much of it at once.
As one misty-eyed woman visitor put it, “They told it all”—from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter.
They told the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, but it’s an inspiring kind of sensory overload that makes you want to come back for more. The curators start the story below ground, evoking the feeling of being in the bowels of slave ships that stole our ancestors from Africa. Through a glass wall of a descending elevator, time travels in reverse as the years roll back to the 1400s.
A wind that could tear off shingles
whips over the ridge all night,
leaving a sky clean and blue as an Alpine lake.
The last few leaves cling low to the maple trees,
the newly bare tree tops scraping the sky.
The sound of an ax chopping wood comes up the hollow.
My uncle’s spirit is chopping wood, a chore that’s never done.
The ancient and everyday repetitions of labor-
splitting firewood, canning fruit, patching clothes, knitting hats-
the ancestors nudge us, saying “listen to the wind!”,
reminding us to keep moving, prepare for winter.
No tender admonitions here!
Grossmutter comes flying over the trees in a vision,
braving vast expanses of the sea,
four children, one just a baby, wrapped in her skirts,
my father pushing out from her embrace
to gaze beyond the ship’s deck to the New World.
“Fly!”,she says to me. “What holds you back?
None of us know what that first step will bring.
It is your Grossmutter in the spirit world and I tell you-
the world changes shape with every step you take.
A russet maple leaf lets go, and spins out of sight.
She has thrown off her rose-colored apron
and put down her wooden spoon.
She is twenty-five, pin curled and all brand new,
eyes opened wide.
“Granddaughter, yes, go! With each step,
the world rearranges itself before you,
a Rubik’s Cube, a house of mirrors.
Take that step! As we live and breathe,
other souls live and breathe too,
and arrange their lives to respond to you.
Step into the dance! The music you call,
and the next, and the next under your gaze will fall.”
At this she spit-polishes her new red shoes,
steps on board the trolley car,
smiles wide at the driver,
and spins off into the skies.
Annelinde has three chapbooks of poetry: Isn’t It All of Us? featuring poetry of the world’s peoples; In Love with the Rooted Earth about her relationship with the natural world; and most recently This Most Huge Yes, including poetry of the Goddess and also world topics, written in 2012. Poetry, music, events and items by Annelinde available for sale can be found at her new blog, www.AnnelindesWorld.blogspot.com.
Washington, DC — Today EPA identified five chemicals that will receive “expedited action” under the new Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. The provision of the law requiring this action was a priority for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families during the legislative debate. It applies only to a small number of the chemicals that are known to be Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (“PBT”). These chemicals pose unique threats to public health and the environment because they do not break down in the environment and they build up in the food chain, including in the human body.
Know the Signs
Domestic violence is often more than just physical abuse. It encompasses sexual, emotional, economic and psychological violence. Initially, identifying the signs of an abusive relationship can be difficult, especially if the abuser uses subtle tactics to gain power and control. It is very common for survivors to recognize the beginning of the abuse as the first time the abusers hit them, but really the cycle of violence may have started early on in the relationship. Perpetrators tend to be charming and very convincing when exerting power and control tactics. However, understanding common occurrences or patterns in an unhealthy relationship and being able to begin an informed conversation is a major step to healing and helping others to join in understanding why and how domestic violence occurs.
MISSION of THE BLOCK off biltmore
To be a place for people to converge in order to build community and inclusive friendships between diverse movements, where social justice issues are discussed, actions formulated, and deep, healing magic happens.
Radical magic is created through a compassionate, comfortable, cruelty-free atmosphere, along with music, art, spoken word, film and other conscious, value-driven events. Fun, laughter, friendship, unity, empowerment and action are the ultimate byproducts.
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A Path to Strength, Safety & Hope
THE FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER (FJC) IS A SAFE PLACE WHERE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ELDER ABUSE CAN COME FOR HELP. AT THE BUNCOMBE COUNTY FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER SURVIVORS CAN ACCESS MANY DIFFERENT SERVICES IN ONE LOCATION AND BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY TOWARDS STRENGTH, SAFETY, AND HOPE.
HERE, YOU CAN FIND:
- Help from experts that can help you figure out how find safety and how to move forward
- Law enforcement officials to help you with possible criminal charges, gather evidence and information on how the criminal court process works.
- Legal services with on-site attorneys and legal assistants to help you understand your legal rights and protections and help you navigate the judicial system.
- Forensic medical exams by a specially trained nurse to exam and document the extent of your injuries.
- Assistance with creating a safety plan for you and your family.
- Emotional support, counseling and case managers that can support you in healing from the emotional impacts of violence.
Walk-in Welcomed: 35 Woodfin St. Asheville, NC 28801
Call for an appointment: 828.250.6900 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS click here: https://www.buncombecounty.org/law-safety/family-justice-center/default.aspx
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The NBA recently announced that it was moving its 2017 All-Star Game from North Carolina in protest of a state law requiring people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender listed on their birth certificates. With that decision, the NBA joined several organizations and corporations that have taken action in response to North Carolina’s House Bill 2. Opponents of the law have called for boycotts of the state, urging people not to travel to North Carolina for business or pleasure. And the federal government has threatened to withhold roughly $4.8 billion in federal grants and contracts.
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.
Numerous studies have shown that those giving the most to political campaigns are predominantly white, male, older and wealthy. For example, anInstitute for Southern Studies reportfound that 95 percent of the biggest donors to a number of key federal races in the 2014 and 2016 election cycles were non-Hispanic whites. Other recent studies, such as Demos’ “Stacked Deck” and Every Voice’s “Color of Money“, discovered that most large donations to federal candidates came from wealthy, majority-white areas.
A homogeneous political donor class affects public policy. A 2014 paper by Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page found that the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans — mostly white — were 15 times more likely than the general population to have their policy preferences enacted. Continue reading
Women in the World 2012: Meryl Streep’s Tribute to Hillary Clinton – It launched with the sound of a young girl’s voice, calling a hotline for women forced into marriage, her words spanning across the giant stage at New York’s Lincoln Center. The girl was British, but she’d overheard her parents talking about shipping her off to Pakistan—for a forced marriage. “Put a spoon in your underwear,” we hear a woman tell her. The audience is puzzled. “When you go through airport security,” the woman continues, “the alarm will sound, and you can tell the guard your story.”
Leonard Pitts Jr. won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his twice-weekly syndicated Miami Herald column, which appears in more than 200 newspapers, and has won numerous other journalism awards. Pitts has a readership in the multi-millions across the country, and his columns generate an average of 2,500 email responses per week.
When it comes to wealth and education levels in Western North Carolina, the region is sharply divided in ways that could have substantial political implications.
Morning sickness does not have a stellar reputation. You’d be hard-pressed to find a woman who recalls nausea or vomiting during pregnancy (morning sickness) with fondness. Yet a new study finds that there may be an “upside” to these symptoms: a lower risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.
Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD) studied a group of approximately 800 women, all of whom had experienced at least one or two prior pregnancy losses, and found that those who experienced nausea (with or without vomiting) had fewer pregnancy losses. Continue reading
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Laura Buxenbaum is a registered dietitian and the assistant director of Nutrition Affairs for the Southeast Dairy Association with experience in clinical dietetics and nutrition education. She is responsible for developing and conducting nutrition education programs for health professionals and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs and in print interviews throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Laura received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Guilford College and a master’s degree in public health and nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Greensboro District Dietetic Association board member and an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Group.
“While You’re Away” – pet sitting and home care with Diane Areno
After leaving corporate America I decided to pursue work that brings me joy and great pleasure. I connect well to the pets I’ve cared for and love to treat them as if they were my own. With While You’re Away you no longer have to make the decision to board your dog(s), cat(s), or other of your dear animal companions when you are away from home.
I’ll stay overnight ($55.00 per night within 10 miles of area code 28805 , or $65.00 per night outside 10 miles of area code 28805) I will do day and/or evening visits for $20.00 each visit for up to two pets ($10.00/visit for each additional animal over two). I consider a visit to be 30 – 45 minutes spent walking, playing with and relating to your pets as they are willing.
The pets I’m used to are, of course, dogs and cats, but if you have other critters that are out of the norm let me know and we’ll talk (nothing venomous or dangerous please).
I’m also ready to do housekeeping chores including taking out the trash, collecting your mail and paper or watering your plants and small garden spaces for no additional charge while I’m with your pets! For more time-consuming tasks, again, let’s talk.
References provided upon request.
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Transforming Hate is a project comprised of folded origami cranes, photographs, installations, artist books, other image-text narratives, and workshops with local community organizations. In this work, historical elements are used as a framing device to construct the evolution of our shared identity… Origami cranes were folded from pages of white supremacist books.
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