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Women's Lives & Education

Why study women, minorities, or other controversial subjects at all? The answer is: a good liberal education (liberal as in “freedom”) teaches people to think both “inside the box” and “outside the box”.  Gender studies programs can encourage students to creatively examine their surroundings and learn to identify both the empowering and dis-empowering properties of words and deeds and to consider the relationship of race, gender, class and ethnicity as well as the manifestation and effects of gender bias in society.   Your suggestions and submissions are welcomed.
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ICE Raids Continue Across Buncombe County Today – Coalition of Clergy Groups Issue Statement Opposing ICE Raids in WNC

Jasmine Beach Ferrara just posted a link that doesn’t require going through Facebook to make a donation.
ICE raids continue across Buncombe County this morning. This is the 4th day they’ve been in our community after a week of raids across our state. These raids are separating families, terrorizing the Latinx community, and forcing people to hide in their homes. Our community is responding with unity, strength, and support for impacted families. But still, the arrests continue. What can you do? First, donate to CIMA, which is leading our community’s response: http://cimawnc.org/donations/.  Next, join us by sharing this graphic to say you stand with immigrant families. Make your voice heard.

Contact: Aaron Sarver, Communications Director, Campaign for Southern Equality, 773.960.2857 (c), aaron@southernequality.org

 

Coalition of Clergy Groups Issue Statement Opposing ICE raids in WNC

Asheville, NC (April 17, 2018) – The following statement is signed on to by these faith leaders in WNC:

 

Rev. Tami Forte Logan, Faith 4 Justice Asheville

Rev. Amy Cantrell, Beloved Asheville

Very Reverend Todd Donatelli, Cathedral of All Souls Episcopal Church

Rev. Nancy Shested and Rev. Missy Harris, Circle of Mercy Congregation UCC

Rabbi Justin Goldstein, Congregation Beth Israel

Rabbi Batsheva Meiri, Congregation Beth HaTephila

Rev. Dr. Marcia Shoop, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Rev. Sara Wilcox, Land of Sky UCC

Holly Roach Knight, Transform Network                                                                                                                                               

Lead Minister Rev. Mark Ward and Associate Minister Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Unitarian Universalist Congregation Asheville

 

“As people of faith, our teachings warn us not to ‘… oppress the widow, the orphan, the immigrant, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’ (Zechariah 7:10)”

“Faith 4 Justice Asheville vehemently opposes the ongoing use of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) by the federal government. These actions are devastating communities across Buncombe County,Western North Carolina, the State and the Country. We are calling on the City of Asheville and Buncombe County to publicly condemn ICE presence and their use of manipulative tactics against residents in our county.

“Portraying immigrants and refugees as criminals and threats rather than seeing them as God’s beloved children is immoral and un-American. We are called to love our ‘neighbors as ourselves’ and the criminalization and dehumanization of our immigrant siblings through ICE tactics and actions prevent us all from seeing their humanity, and we risk losing our own. It is immoral to track human beings down like animals in their places of residence, on their jobs, in their neighborhoods, while at the grocery store, and at their children’s schools. Most of these community members are only deemed illegal because this country changed laws and policies to prevent them from remaining hereafter we used them for our own purposes. Many have been here for generations, like many of us.  

“The reality of our history in the U.S. is that this country’s prosperity has been built on the backs of poor and disenfranchised immigrants who either sojourned here by choice or by force. As people of faith, we are called to care for those in need and love one another, and as leaders of this City and County, you are called to serve and protect all residents. We call on you to create sanctuary in Asheville and Buncombe County and stop allowing our immigrant neighbors to live in a constant state of fear and panic. We implore you to continue to model the very best of our values and our common humanity.”

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WOMANSONG’S SPRING CONCERT “We Are One” – June 1 & 2 Get your tickets now!

Womansong, Asheville’s largest and longest-running women’s community chorus, invites you to its spring concert,  “We Are One,” at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 2nd at 3 p.m.  

This is the inaugural concert of Womansong’s new directors, Althea Gonzalez (Artistic Director) and Amanda Carroll (Assistant Artistic Director).


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’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.” 


Five myths about domestic violence

 

February 23 Susan R. Paisner, a Maryland criminologist and writer, formerly trained law enforcement professionals on responding to domestic violence calls and implementing domestic violence policies.

A documented history of domestic abuse, we learned this month in the person of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, does not preclude people from working in the White House. To many, such as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chief of Staff John Kelly, it seemed shocking that a well-educated, highly accomplished professional could be violent. But domestic violence is a complicated and pervasive crime (45 percent more women were slain by a current or former male partner between 2001 and 2012 than there were troops killed in Afghanistan), and it is shrouded in misinformation. Continue reading

 


A BRIEF HISTORY OF FEMINISM

By Mirra Price in THE NEOHUMANIST

What is feminism? Simply put, ‘feminism’ is “the theory of political and social equality of the sexes”. Many scholars look to Sappho, a prolific and esteemed lyric poet in Ancient Greece, as the first feminist.

The 1792 publication of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by the English writer, Mary Wollstonecraft, is seen as a precursor to the modern feminist movement. She argued that women were not inferior, merely uneducated, which accounted for their lesser status in society. Continue reading


This is why Iceland ranks first for gender equality

By Magnea Marinósdóttir Equality Unit, Ministry of Welfare, Iceland  and Rósa Erlingsdóttir Equality Unit, Ministry of Welfare, Iceland

For Icelanders, it is a source of pride to be the frontrunner in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index for the ninth year in a row. Ranking at the top is a confirmation of the successes achieved in recent decades and inspires us to continue to work towards complete equality of status, influence and power of men and women.


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


#AskMoreOfHim: 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence

By Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The Representation Project Team

Please help us move the needle this week by sharing the 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence with your community. Together, we will support survivors, condemn sexism, and hold ourselves and others accountable for a more just and equitable world for all. 

Click here for 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence


REMINDER: The EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT for Women has STILL NOT PASSED! Forward this link to everyone ASAP

There is nothing in the Constitution of the United States that protects U.S. women from discrimination. Ironically, we have insisted that other countries, such as Afghanistan, include such a provision!  Equal Means Equal 

The Equal Rights Amendment will guarantee equal status under the law and provide bedrock legal protection when women or men face sex discrimination. Protection would cover:

  • Lack of equal pay for equal work
  • Pregnancy discrimination
  • Violence against women
  • Other forms of sex discrimination

THE FRONT PORCH – a good place to think about things

After the latest school massacre in South Florida Feb. 14, 2018…we’re asking “what was his motive?” Please STOP! Let’s talk about the causes instead, and we’ve known for a long, long time what those things are that cause feelings of RAGE AND HOPELESSNESS the need for REVENGE, especially in male teens and young adults.  Please read:  Violence Does Not Occur in a Vacuum  


The Healing Power of Counseling: Addressing How Racial Inequities Impact Dementia

By Northwestern University’s Online Masters in Counseling program

After her husband died in 1986, Cornelia Moss lived alone in her native Arkansas for 13 years before moving to Wisconsin to live with her daughter. 

As the wife of a cotton farmer who raised 16 children in a segregated small town in the South, Moss, who was Black, had lived a hard life filled as much with stress as joy.


Portraits of Nineteenth Century AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN ACTIVISTS

The following is a guest post by Beverly Brannan, Curator of Photography, Prints & Photographs Division.

African American women as well as men assumed civic responsibilities in the decades after the Civil War. William Henry Richards (1856-1941) was active in several organizations that promoted civil rights and civil liberties for African Americans at the end of the nineteenth century. (this info sent in by Lyte)  Continue reading…


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