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HOISTED by THEIR OWN PETARDS – The U.S. Congressional Majority That Is







“To hoist with one’s own petard is to be injured by the device that you intended to use to injure others.  It is also to be harmed or disadvantaged by an action of one’s own which was meant to harm someone else. (From a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.) She intended to murder her brother but was hoist with her own petard when she ate the poisoned food intended for him. The vandals were hoist with their own petard when they tried to make an emergency call from the pay phone they had broken.” ( This is a combined definition taken from Wikipedia and The Free Dictionary.)

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Now’s the Time by Jane Edwards

To begin with the obvious: the Honorable Judge Neil McGill Gorsuch is going to be the next Associate Justice of the United State Supreme Court. No amount of senatorial bloviation is going to alter that fact. Two reasons: One, the 115th Congress is controlled by Republicans, and, two, Mike Pence is the Vice President.

The House Democrats should be encouraged to not waste time and energy “tilting at windmills,” so to speak. Let it go.

Get Your Tickets for Planned Parenthood’s Condom Couture! It’s all about YOU!

This year’s CONDOM COUTURE is all about YOU!

For the first time, you will get to vote on your favorite design for a chance to win Audience Favorite. We will also honor 1st, 2nd, and 3rd runners up. The prizes will be followed by a silent auction where you have a chance to purchase the designs!

ELIMINATING RACISM: Black History Month: Celebrating our YW History

1913 — A group of black women, called the Employment Club, begin meeting, setting the stage for a black YWCA of Asheville branch.

Phyllis Wheatley Branch YWCA - College St.
1921 — A black YWCA branch, named for Phyllis Wheatley, formally opens at 272 College Street, with its primary service to young black women in need of employment.
1943 — The Public Affairs Committees of the Phyllis Wheatley Branch and the Central YWCA hold discussions. The newly formed Race Relations Committee meets with them and whenever possible tries to foster better race relations.

Seven Stories of Street Harassment – Our Bodies Ourselves by Dylan Campbell





“It’s like that sick, sinking feeling you get when you’re walking down the street minding your own business and some guy yells out vulgar words about your body. Or when you see that guy at work that stands just a little too close, stares a little too long, and makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin.” – Michelle Obama         

Explore Historic Western North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains 

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is dotted with small towns and cities with downtowns and neighborhoods that have been officially designated as Historic Districts in North Carolina.  Some of these quaint small Appalachian towns began as post-Revolutionary War settlements.  Others evolved from 19th-century farm communities or as a direct result of the coming of the railroad to Western North Carolina after the Civil War.

Now is the time to help our immigrant neighbors – from Pisgah Legal Services

Fear, uncertainty and isolation. Many of our immigrant neighbors face extraordinary fear, uncertainty and isolation in the midst of a changing approach to immigration policy in our country. Parents are anxious. Children are terrified.

Pisgah Legal Services assists immigrants in WNC through our “Justice For All Project,”– helping eligible immigrants secure work authorization and legal status. We also help immigrants secure food, housing, and safety from abuse.

Turn South: Southern Women for Change

Supporting rural Southern women as human rights leaders to end poverty 

Women uniting for change  ~  Women combating sexism, racism, classism  ~ Women tackling inequality

The work is guided by the belief that to truly empower women and end poverty we must build a political culture in the U.S. that promotes and protects human rights.   Visit Turn South: Southern Women for Change

#GrabYourWallet – Shop These Companies

The #GrabYourWallet boycott on Twitter is one example of an anti-Trump protest that appears to have had significant results. Founded last fall by Shannon Coulter and Sue Atencio, Grab Your Wallet seeks to convince companies to stop selling Trump-branded products through organized boycotts.

Here’s  the list of Trump-free companies to shop.

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