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Three black teens are finalists in a NASA competition. Hackers spewing racism tried to ruin their odds.

By Perry Stein in the Washington Post

The three D.C. students couldn’t believe the news. They’d developed a method to purify lead-contaminated water in school drinking fountains, and NASA announced last month that they were finalists in the agency’s prestigious high school competition — the only all-black, female team to make it that far.  Continue reading


A standing ovation for the Starbucks CEO who confronted the truth about racism in America

By Leonard Pitts in the Miami Herald

Racism is a white problem.

I know that many white people will instinctively and emphatically resist that observation. They’ll note the self-evident truth that prejudice is confined to no one culture or color. Having known more than a few African-American bigots, homophobes and anti-Semites, I’ll be happy to concede the point. Continue reading


VETERANS FOR PEACE: Accompanying Honduras

by Ken Jones     February 3, 2018

As the bus was taking our accompaniment delegation to Honduras to the airport for our return home, it stopped by the offices of Radio Progreso. Piling on to the bus came some twenty staff members of the station to bid us goodbye. Each of them greeted us with an embrace, a kiss, or a clasp of hands expressing heartfelt gratitude for our having come to be with them at this dangerous and chaotic time in their country. It was a striking gesture of affection that deeply touched us, the visiting delegates.


Take the Implicit Racial Bias Test on Race – available online from Harvard

Last week, we saw two people, breaking no law or code of conduct, arrested at Starbucks. Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were treated like criminals because of their identity – they are black and male. A white woman manager perceived them to be a threat and called the police. The police took her word for it, handcuffing and escorting the men out. Even though they were just peacefully waiting for a colleague before purchasing their beverages. In some sense, this story is not new.


Immigration arrests spark outrage across North Carolina

, By Frank Taylor

Immigrant advocates and elected officials across North Carolina are speaking out against a series of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests over the last week. Leaders in the Triangle, including several mayors, strongly condemned the arrests of some 25 people in that region of the state, according to the Herald-Sun of Durham. In the mountains, ICE agents confirmed arrests of at least 12 individuals in Buncombe and Henderson counties Saturday, with some activists claiming as many as 14 had been detained.  Continue reading


MOUNTAIN TRUE – Action, Issues & Advocacy

The NC Department of Environmental Quality has extended the deadline for public feedback about North Carolina’s coal combustion residuals (CCR) rules from March 22 to April 6. The DEQ has indicated that they plan to enact their own state CCR rules in addition to the federal rules, which are at risk of being weakened by current EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. If the federal rules are weakened, we need to make sure the state CCR rules can step in to help defend our waters and our communities.


WALKOUT MARCH #ENOUGH to Gun Violence (next one is April 20!)

Read about Roberson High Schools Walkout – The Asheville Citizen-Times

Hundreds of thousands of students walked out of school to protest—many of them engaging in social justice actions for the first time—and to say #ENOUGH to gun violence in America. It may have been many of these students’ first protest, but we know it won’t be their last.

Did you stage a walkout at your school or do you know someone who did? Fill out this form to help us get a full headcount of how many students participated in this incredible day of action!


Women Firefighters in a Predominantly Male Culture

Women Firefighters Say Abuse is Rife but Men Go Unpunished – The Guardian News May, 2018

and an historic perspective…

Fighting Forest Fires is Filthy Work – Lake Chelan, Washington State 1977

By Deidre Duffy – Asheville, North Carolina

Fighting forest fires is filthy work. Grit and grime, soot and smoke get in every nook and cranny, every orifice of your body. It doesn’t bother you much while you are digging fire line, dragging hoses or busting up smoldering logs.


IDA B. WELLS the unsung heroine of the civil rights movement, and the National Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery

The pioneering African American reporter counted, investigated and reported lynchings in America as no one had done before.

‘Lynching is color-line murder’: the blistering speech denouncing America’s shame. The pioneering African American investigative reporter Ida B Wells gave this impassioned speech Lynching Our National Crime Originally published in the 1909 National Negro Conference  The journalist and agitator Ida B Wells dispenses with the notion that the lynching of black men was a means of protecting white women, in a furious, lucid diatribe against the practice – and the federal government’s reluctance to put a halt to it.

 


This Patriot’s Day, It Was Women Waging Revolutionary War

By Lauren Sandler at the Huffington Post

In Massachusetts, Patriot’s Day is celebrated annually with the mother of all marathons. Growing up, I assumed that every American schoolkid had Patriot’s Day off, to commemorate the first battles of the Revolutionary War; later, I learned that it’s about as common as calling a water fountain a “bubbler.” Regardless, this Patriot’s Day was a fine one for American women, and days later, I am still glowing from the gynophoria.


The Cheater’s Guide to Beating Alzheimers: New Research and Prevention Breakthroughs

By Paula Spencer Scott in Parade

Sometimes I walk into a room and can’t remember why. I lose my keys. I blank on names. So I wonder: Could I be heading for Alzheimer’s, the way my dad and my grandmother did? Or is there a way I can beat such a fate?

That’s how I found myself in a New York City doctor’s office one recent winter afternoon, playing computer card-matching games and identifying smells like lemon and Play-Doh. These brain tests were part of my extensive workup at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, the first of its kind in the U.S. and one of only a handful of centers to focus on the emerging science of dementia risk assessment and prevention strategies.  Continue reading


WNC HISTORY: We Remember – Saving Madison County’s Rosenwald School

 
 The Friends of the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School aim to preserve a bit of Madison County’s history. Rosenwald was an African-American school where generations of first through eighth graders gathered and studied. (Pictured: Fatimah Shabazz, right, and Omar McClain)

Cover Photography Credit:  Pat Barcas     Cover Design Credit:  Kathleen Soriano Taylor    Click for the  ONLINE VERSION


WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER: YES Inclusion Riders!

Frances McDormand won the Academy Award for Best Actress and won our hearts when she asked all the female nominees to stand with her and told the Hollywood executives and power brokers to, “Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.  Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight – invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours – whichever suits you best – and we’ll tell you all about them … I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen:  inclusion rider.” 


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