Recy Taylor, whose bold testimony in 1944 helped lay the foundation for the civil rights movement, quietly passed away this morning (December 28) She would’ve been 98 on Sunday. She is survived by a number of loving & devoted family members. She inspired me & many to use our voices as weapons
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Recy Taylor (December 31, 1919 – December 28, 2017) was a black woman from Abbeville in Henry County, Alabama, US. On September 3, 1944, she was kidnappedwhile leaving church and gang-raped by six white men. Even though the men admitted the rape to authorities, two grand juries subsequently declined to indict the men, meaning no charges were ever brought against her six assailants.
In 2011, the Alabama House of Representatives apologized on behalf of the state “for its failure to prosecute her attackers.” Taylor’s rape and the subsequent court cases were among the first instances of nationwide protest and activism among the African American community, and ended up providing an early organizational spark for the Civil Rights Movement. from Wikipedia
Dear Friends, We at Brother Wolf wouldn’t normally reach out to you so soon after our year-end campaign, but we recently received some news that poses a real threat to the progress we have made together to build and sustain a true No-Kill community. We just learned from The Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic (which is now a program of the ASPCA) that they have cancelled funding for community cat spay/neuter in Asheville and Buncombe County for groups doing high volume TNR (trap/neuter/return.)
Bounty & Soul is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a health and wellness movement in underserved communities in Buncombe and McDowell Counties. Our fresh, free food markets provide healthy, fresh produce and whole grains along with nutrition education and health and wellness resources for children, families, individuals, and seniors who struggle with food insecurity and poor health. We offer our services at five weekly markets.
Waste reduction and recycling is a major component of our work. Establishing new recycling locations and educating the public about reducing our environmental footprint is one of our core missions. We organize the H2R collections and our Volunteers bring out the muscle for these events. If you would like to volunteer or become an event sponsor, click HERE. For more information call: 828-254-1776
Women PROUTists are working together to create a world in which all people have the opportunity to develop their full potential. We educate and organize our communities to resist oppression, exploitation and discrimination. Women PROUTists support the all-round physical, economic, intellectual and spiritual development of women. For more information visit us Women Proutists of North America
By William Wan – The Washington Post
The list of alleged sexual harassers keeps getting longer and the details of sexual assault and harassment ever more disturbing. The torrent of cases pouring out in news reports and Twitter— tales of men grabbing women, emerging naked from showers uninvited, threatening women’s careers, or worse — raises a horrified question: What makes these men behave this way? Continue reading
Edward Helmore in the Guardian
The actor Minnie Driver has told the Guardian that men “simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level” and should not therefore attempt to differentiate or explain sexual misconduct against women.
Driver was discussing comments by Matt Damon, whom she once dated and with whom she starred in the Oscar-winning 1997 film Good Will Hunting. In an interview with ABC News this week, Damon said alleged sexual misconduct by powerful men involved “a spectrum of behaviour”.
Angry old white men sittin’ on the bench.
Angry old white men clingin’ to your power
But the karma’s gonna come on down.
Lies are lies, not alternative facts.
Lies are lies, and the truth’ll come out.
Lies are lies, you better clean up your act
Cause the karma’s gonna come on down
The karma’s gonna come on down.
The karma’s gonna come on down real soon.
Do unto others what you want done to you,
Cause the karma’s gonna come on down. Oh, yeah.
Recovery, huh? New report explains how and why NC’s economy still leaves so many behind
By Patrick McHugh
[Editor’s note: Despite continuing claims from legislative leaders and conservative think tanks that all is well with the North Carolina economy, our senses and instincts tell us otherwise. Now, thanks to a new and important report from the N.C. Budget & Tax Center (“Ten Years After the Great Recession, N.C. has an Economy that Works for Some”) we have the data and analysis to back up those concerns. As the author, Dr. Patrick McHugh, explains, a decade after the onset of the Great recession, things are anything but rosy for a large segment of North Carolinians whose wages and wellbeing remain stagnant. The report deserves to be read and shared widely.]
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We welcome visitors to come learn more about our music, our village, and our community outreach. During 2018, we’ll be holding auditions for new singers – no previous singing experience required! We ask that visitors attend three times before auditioning – so make sure to mark your calendar today! Womansong.org
By Benjamin Lee at The Guardian
The first major ceremony of the season comes after a tumultuous year in Hollywood, and stars will pay tribute to the women who have spoken out against sexual harassment. Awards season kicks off on Sunday, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will reward the best films and TV shows of the year. But the conversation around the 75th Golden Globes has centred less on the potential winners and more on how the ceremony will be affected by the ever-growing #MeToo movement. Continue reading
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Congress Extends Solar Incentives Through 2017
December 26th 2017
Power companies are fighting an uphill battle they are sure to lose and they’re blaming customers who are taking advantage of massive government savings programs. Specifically, they are blaming South Carolina State Rebates that incentivize homeowners to use clean energy by reducing solar power projects to $0 installations.
by Jie Jenny Zou and Chris Young of the Center for Public Integrity in the Guardian
In early October, 22 state and federal judges hailing from Honolulu to Albany got a crash course in scientific literacy and economics. The three-day symposium was billed as a way to help the judges better scrutinize evidence used to defend government regulations.
Asheville, NC. Organic Growers School is partnering with Food First and Altruvistas to offer “Organic Revolution—A 9-Day Trip to Cuba,” from March 26 to April 3, 2018, with a focus on the country’s intensive sustainable agriculture practices. The tour, to be comprised of community members who are passionate about food and farming, will begin in Havana and travel to destinations such as Pinar del Rio, Artemisa, and Matanzas. The cost of the trip is $2,900 and will serve, in part, as a fundraiser for Organic Growers School (OGS), a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year is a quantitative measure of interest in a particular word. Our online dictionary gives us insight into the collective curiosity of the public, with millions of words looked up every month. When we look back at the past twelve months and combine an analysis of words that have seen a rise over the previous year along with instances of intense spikes of interest because of news events, we see that one word stands out in both categories. Word of the Year 2017: Feminism + 9 more ..Read why feminism is our Word of the Year, plus dotard, syzygy, gaffe, and 6 more top words . Photo credit: Molly Adams and Merriam Webster Continue reading
PARENTS & PARENTING, The Mother Load – Read this before you have a baby (especially if you’re a woman)
By Mona Chalabi in the Guardian Average age of motherhood and fatherhood in America Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016 Illustration: Mona Chalabi
It seems so obvious: having kids affects men and women differently. Sure, emotionally and financially but most clearly in the simple way mothers and fathers spend their time. And when you actually look at how 10,900 Americanscarve up 24 hours, the conclusion is pretty stark: if you’re a woman who enjoys paid work or relaxing activities, having kids will cramp your style. Being married with kids also isn’t looking like a great idea according to the numbers. Continue reading
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