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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.

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



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.

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)


CLICK HERE for Top 3 Ways to Help Planned Parenthood Right Now

In October 2016, Planned Parenthood turned 100 years strong. Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits. Learn more about how 100 years of care, education, and activism have changed everything.

An Interesting Definition of Diversity

by  in the Guardian

The Trump administration has an interesting definition of diversity.

Now that the Republicans have passed a bill to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, they’ve got to start the hard work of putting together an Unaffordable Care Act, better known as Trumpcare – and they’ve found just the right men for the job. “Men” being the operative word: 13 men and zero women were initially chosen for the Senate healthcare group.

Why I Chose A Women’s College

Feminism | Posted by Julie Graves 

Smith College

On May 1st, I signed my life away to the college where I will spend the next four years of my life. When I nervously pressed “submit” on the acceptance form a few days ago, I expected a grand display of fireworks, or at least some sign that I had made the “right” choice. Instead, I found my mom was still hovering over my shoulder and little else had changed.

So What’s the Real Hazard…? (I Thought You’d Never Ask!)


by Jane Edwards


A2A:  In reference to the question posted on Facebook, about whether Trump could be impeached for his hiring/appointing practices – K.R.writes:    Appointing UNFIT SUBORDINATES …seems like Betsy DeVos may have been appointed because she gave much money and her brother was brokering a deal for the administration with the Russians also undermining the Constitution and subverting the government by appointing people to destroy agencies??/? any thoughts –

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

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

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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How to Be an Ally to Muslim Women and Truly Embrace Intersectional Feminism


In Donald Trump’s America, few groups are as demonized as Muslims — and women worldwide are always oppressed based on their gender. But given the current president’s past comments about Islam, Muslim women will suffer the double-edged sword of Islamophobia and misogyny, and if they are Black or darker-skinned, they will experience discrimination as well. Intersectional feminists need to show up for Muslim women in the face of these dueling axes of oppression, because we cannot push for the rights of some without working towards the rights of all.  Continue reading

American Civil Liberties Union WOMEN’S RIGHTS PROJECT & Action Events WNC

In 1961 the Supreme Court, under Chief Justice Earl Warren, unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a jury selection system that discriminated against women on the grounds that “women are at the center of home and family life.” The observation reflected dominant social values at the time, but the Court was unable then to see how such values thwarted the promise of equality for women implicit in the Constitution.

Women’s Lives – Worldwide

Women for Women International – We believe strong women build strong nations. Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped more than 462,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. We serve women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Help a woman lift herself out of poverty. Give a woman survivor of war the resources, support, and skills she needs to transform her life—and the lives of her family.  Continue reading


Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission


written by Jane Edwards

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As the result of the (Civil) War, corporations have been enthroned. … An era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people… until wealth is aggregated in a few hands… and the Republic is destroyed.” – Abraham Lincoln, 1864

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