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SHEVILLAGE

Here’s a compilation of some of the fabulous, year-round fairs, festival offerings and stuff to do that the Western North Carolina region has to offer. Festival organizers: please contact: info@sheville.org if you wish to be considered for inclusion into SheVille of WNC.
Outdoor Adventures     Hot Springs Natural Hot Mineral Waters     Chimney Rock Park     History at Hand     North Carolina Festivals     Explore Asheville Events Calendar     Asheville Herb Festival

 

“Femicide”—The Power of a Name

Sociologist Diana Russell has organized for decades to end violence against women. Here she argues that labeling the most extreme form of such violence is essential to combating it.

Public awareness about violence against women has increased dramatically over the last four decades in the United States, thanks to women’s multi-faceted activism. Click here to read the entire article


Information and Links on Nuclear Waste Policy

Here are useful resources:

Mt Protectors Campaign: www.nonuclearwasteinwnc.com

On Facebook: a group – Mountain Protectors Action Alliance

Nuclear Information and Resource Service – www.nirs.org

Join the NIRS “ACTION ALERT LIST” –

see recent Alerts here: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5502/blastContent.jsp

Join the list here: http://www.nirs.org/about/list.htm

 Limited messages – each with an ACTION (email link to press, or call to make with the phone number and talking points)

 

Radiation – why this waste matters to you!

http://www.nirs.org/radiation/radiationhome.htm

FACT SHEETS — http://www.nirs.org/factsheets/fctsht.htm/#radiation  (radioactive waste, radiation, nuclear reactors)

 

National Nuclear Waste Policy

The Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future: www.brc.gov

Grassroots activist response to BRC research questions: http://www.nirs.org/radwaste/policy/policyhome.htm

KEEP IT WHERE IT IS FOR NOW POLICY: http://www.psr.org/nuclear-bailout/resources/principles-for-safeguarding.pdf

 

Info on Nuclear Transports in WNC

Reports by formerly active group “Common Sense at the Nuclear Crossroads” – www.nuclearcrossroads.com

Series of articles on so-called “low-level” waste transports: http://www.michaelhopping.com/features/featuresindex.html

Recent CLEAR CHANNEL Radio interview on the issue: http://www.wwnc.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=Changes

Our Southern Community radio archive of Green drinks presentation on both Fukushima accident (this event was in March) and also waste policy — http://oursoutherncommunity.org/media/2011/AshevilleGreenDrink.mp3

Terrific graphic comparing new nuke to energy upgrades for houses – 90 TIMES more jobs and ½ the cash outlay to save as much as the nuke would make!

http://theenergycollective.com/petertroast/61269/infographic-nuclear-power-vs-energy-efficient-homes?utm_source=tec_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

 

Mary Olson

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Southeast Office  *  PO Box 7586  Asheville, NC  28802

maryo@nirs.org     www.nirs.org

828-252-8409     cell 828-242-5621

 

“Until we know how to safely dispose of the radioactive materials generated by nuclear plants, we should postpone these activities so as not to cause further harm to future generations. To do otherwise is simply an immoral act, and that is my belief, both as a scientist and as a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing.”

— Dr Shoji Sawada


Saudi Women to Subaru: Stop Selling Cars Where Women Can’t Drive Them

***PRESS RELEASE***

Saudi Women to Subaru: Stop Selling Cars Where Women Can’t Drive Them

Saudi activists call on Subaru, which markets heavily to women, to pull out of Saudi Arabia until women get the right to drive; Change.org campaign already attracting 1,000 signatures an hour.
 
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – More than 1,000 people an hour are signing a new viral Change.org campaign created by a coalition of leading Saudi Arabian women’s rights activists calling on Subaru to stop selling cars in the oil-rich kingdom until a ban on women driving is lifted.

Saudi Women for Driving, a coalition of leading Saudi women’s rights activists, bloggers and academics campaigning for the right to drive, sent an open letter today to the senior management of the Japanese transportation conglomerate Fuji Heavy Industries, which owns Subaru.

“While Subaru is marketed heavily at women, your company is simultaneously making hundreds of millions selling your cars in the only country on earth where women aren’t allowed to drive,” the Saudi women’s coalition wrote to the car manufacturer. “We write to you with a simple request: that Subaru publicly pledge to pull out of Saudi Arabia until such time as women are allowed to drive.”

Saudi Women for Driving plans to launch similar campaigns against a number of other car companies, but decided to target Subaru first due to the company’s heavy marketing of the Subaru brand to women.

Within hours of the campaign’s launch, Saudi Women for Driving had recruited more than 5,000 supporters on Change.org, the world’s fastest growing platform for social change.

“It’s still early, but recruiting 1,000 supporters an hour while the U.S. is sleeping is an unprecedented level of growth for a campaign,” said Change.org’s Human Rights Editor Benjamin Joffe-Walt. “The amount of momentum these Saudi women have managed to build in one month is incredible: first they successfully mobilized more than 70,000 people to help a Saudi mother arrested for driving her own car, then they successfully led a month-long campaign to get the United States’ top diplomat to publicly stand with them, and now they are taking on their most ambitious campaign yet. I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

The Saudi women’s Subaru campaign follows a significant victory for Saudi women’s rights’ activists. Saudi Women for Driving recently called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to publicly support their right to drive. Her spokesperson responded, and said Clinton was doing so through “quiet diplomacy.” But Saudi women pushed back on that approach, launching a massive Change.org campaign to convince Clinton to reconsider and telling the secretary of state yesterday that “quiet diplomacy is not what we need right now.” At a press conference two hours later, the top U.S. diplomat publicly declared her support for the Saudi women’s right to drive campaigns, calling them “brave”.

Saudi Women for Driving is an informal consortium of Saudi women’s rights activists pulled together after the arrest of Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi mother jailed for driving her car. The group seeks to use online campaigning to build international support for Saudi women’s right to drive. More than 100,000 people in 156 countries have joined Saudi Women for Driving campaigns on Change.org.


Fatimah’ Shabazz

Our solar eclipse and summer solstice…Eclipses wash away the past to start a whole new cycle of energy. Powerful doorways to create major shifts and creative cycles of energy. The Solar & Lunar Eclipse generally come in pairs. The Solar Eclipse opens the heart for the lunar eclipse to wash away the old. Freedom is one of the themes of this eclipse…receiving and envisioning.


The GIRL EFFECT Data – Why Pay Attention to Girls?

When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. (United Nations Population Fund, State of World Population 1990.)

An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent.(George Psacharopoulos and Harry Anthony Patrinos, “Returns to Investment in Education: A Further Update,” Policy Research Working Paper 2881[Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 2002].)

The Nike and NoVo foundations have announced a combined $100 million investment in the Girl Effect initiative, which works to help adolescent girls in developing countries bring social and economic change to their families, communities, and countries.

More about Jennifer Buffett, President and Co-Chair of Novo


What It Will Take to Get to Equal Pay

Have you heard the one about the CEO who sits down to eat with two workers, one male and one female? The table holds a plate with twelve cookies. After scooping eleven onto his own plate, the CEO turns to the male worker and says, “Watch out for that woman. She’s going to try to take a bite of your cookie.”


More and more women are demanding their fair share—not through a drop in pay for men, but through changes in how work and family time are valued. The result will be a boon for everyone, except those whose pockets bulge as a result of discrimination.  Click to read the article


SheVille Values & Mission

Our Values

We value and have as our guiding principles the feminist ideals of diversity, creativity, balance, collaboration, compassion, sustainability, and environmental preservation that challenge greed, exploitation, disrespect and domination.

Our Mission 

  • to counter attitudes and actions that support racism, sexism, misogyny and xenophobia
  • to counter information that encourages or disregards environmental abuse and waste
  • to feature those elements of community that energize, inspire and encourage diversity and  collaboration
  • to provide a safe and supportive web environment for our readers, advertisers and contributors
  • to provide our readers with a current resource about local and regional people and events,  women’s lives, education and health, the arts and arts education, sustainability and the environment 
  • to promote and give affordable visibility to local and regional entrepreneurs, educators, farmers, artists and writers

We provide local, regional, national and international information about women’s lives and education, regional performing and visual arts and writing, the environment, green living and sustainability and regional Western North Carolina businesses, people and events.

SheVille.org of Western North Carolina is a one-of-a-kind women’s online, community magazine for EVERYONE.  Contact Jean or Rain at (828)215-2915 or info@sheville.org


Women/Family Volunteer Opportunities

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    emalenchak@girlscoutsp2p.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/

 


Saudi Women’s Right to Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2011

Saudi Women Call on Sec. Hillary Clinton to Publicly Support Their Right to Drive
Saudi women’s rights activists inspired by the Arab Spring call on Secretary of State Clinton to make a public statement supporting Saudi women’s right to drive
 
WASHINGTON, DC – More than 10,000 people from all 50 US states have endorsed a an open letter by a coalition of leading Saudi Arabian women’s rights activists calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to issue a public statement supporting their right to drive.

The initiative follows the success of a series of campaigns by the women’s coalition to free and acquit Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi mother dubbed the ‘Saudi Rosa Parks’ after she was arrested for driving her car. Campaigns led by Saudi women on Manal’s behalf were joined by more than 60,000 people in 156 countries through Change.org, the world’s fastest growing advocacy platform.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world in which women are not allowed to drive a car or even ride a bicycle. With no public transportation system, getting to work, school and medical appointments is complicated, expensive and dangerous for Saudi women. The dependence of Saudi women on men for transportation is repeatedly exploited by abusive fathers, brothers, husbands and hired drivers, and earlier this week a Saudi woman reported she had been raped at gunpoint by her hired driver.

“We were encouraged to see media reports that US diplomats have quietly pressured the Saudi government to give women the right to drive,” reads the open letter from leading Saudi women’s rights activists to Secretary Clinton. “But given the recent arrests of women trying to drive, now is the time for the US to show its muscle and make that pressure public… We believe that you making a public statement of support for Saudi Arabia opening the country’s roads to women would be a game changing moment.”

“Secretary Clinton, you are a friend. Indeed, some of us have met you personally during your decades-long journey as a champion of women’s rights all over the world,” the letter continues. “Now, as we build the largest Saudi women’s protest movement in decades, we need your help.”

Saudi women plan to take the streets en masse on June 17.

Change.org said that Saudi Women for Driving, the consortium of Saudi women’s rights activists, has seen unprecedented success in their online campaigns.  www.Change.org

 


Women in Business – Information and Resources

American Business Women’s Association

To bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership; education, networking support and national recognition. One of the biggest and best benefits of membership is getting together with friends at “regional” conferences where the atmosphere is more intimate and the schedule allows for a full day of ABWA Leadership Training along with professional development and networking opportunities. That won’t change. You’ll still be able to take advantage of all that and more. Website 

Office of Women’s Business Ownership – SBA U.S. Small Business Administration

The Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s mission is to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories.  Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.  Website

The Asheville Branch of the American Association of University Women

The Asheville Branch of the AAUW traces its history from 1915 when sixteen local women college graduates organized what would locally become AAUW Asheville.  Its work in Asheville has been ongoing and influential in the community, nation, and world, assisting women through such related projects as refugee relief and improvement of public schools. Its history is replete with names of local women who made significant inroads for women and girls.  Website

WomanOwned.com – Business Networks for Women

WomanOwned was formed in 1998, and since then we have provided the information, tools, networking opportunities and advice that have helped hundreds of thousands of women. Women just like you – starting or growing their business. Website

Womencorp

Womencorp is an international company that provides high quality experiential learning programs and leadership development for women in business. We are made up of a team of corporate business leaders and entreprenenurs who have achieved success in the business world. We joined forces for the purpose of helping women in business succeed.Our mission is to help women executives and women business owners to successfully lead profitable businesses that offer valuable products and services that employ more people, positively impact communities and change the world for the better.
The “experiential training” for women managers is done through teleseminars, learning workshops, mentoring and coaching. We also offer CDs, books and DVDs as an additional resource.  Website


Women and Work—A Tapestry of Our Lives

 Women’s History Month is over for this year. But I confess I haven’t been in much of a celebratory mood. March 8th (2011)was the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.  The UN theme for the celebration was “Equal Access to Education, Training and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women.”  Ironically, this March was also the 100th year commemoration of the tragedy of the Shirtwaist Triangle Factory Fire in New York City.  On March 25, 1911, 146 people died from a fire caused by unsafe workplace conditions.  

 

 


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