“If you are a writer in want of dynamite material, it really helps if you grew up in a white bread Midwestern suburb and were taught by nuns (“Each night I pray one Hail Mary for good grades, one for a vocation, and one for miniature golf”), and as a young adult found yourself embedded in a refugee community, trapped in the middle of the culture wars.
This Sunday is Earth Day – the global day to celebrate our planet and support environmental protection. At MountainTrue, we work hard every day to protect the environment here in Western North Carolina. Your support, time and donations are what makes that possible.
The Justice Center’s mission is a simple but daunting one: the elimination of poverty in North Carolina. The strategy is smart and comprehensive, employing a multi-issue, multi-strategy approach to ensure the creation of an economy that works for everyone.
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
, By Frank Taylor
Immigrant advocates and elected officials across North Carolina are speaking out against a series of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests over the last week. Leaders in the Triangle, including several mayors, strongly condemned the arrests of some 25 people in that region of the state, according to the Herald-Sun of Durham. In the mountains, ICE agents confirmed arrests of at least 12 individuals in Buncombe and Henderson counties Saturday, with some activists claiming as many as 14 had been detained. Continue reading
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).
Join local mystery author Adair Sanders as she presents the fourth book in her much-acclaimed series the Allison Parker Mystery Series.
Book four, Suffer the Children, takes the reader into the uncomfortable reality of homegrown terrorism. Book Five, Wolf, is currently being downloaded from the Muse who directs Adair’s writing.
All classes listed are held at OnTrack WNC offices
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If there was ever a doubt about the strategic nature of data, it should be long gone now. Facebook has made a public spectacle of what happens when you get your data strategy wrong. An early read on four macro-level lessons Facebook teaches us about data strategy is provided below. An article is sent in by Mark Blessington
By Bryce Covert, Guest Writer for the Huffington Post
Today (April 10) marks the day when America’s women have finally caught up to men. They had to work full time until today, April 10 — about 20 percent of the way into 2018 — to make, on average, the same amount that men made last year.
By Lauren Sandler at the Huffington Post
In Massachusetts, Patriot’s Day is celebrated annually with the mother of all marathons. Growing up, I assumed that every American schoolkid had Patriot’s Day off, to commemorate the first battles of the Revolutionary War; later, I learned that it’s about as common as calling a water fountain a “bubbler.” Regardless, this Patriot’s Day was a fine one for American women, and days later, I am still glowing from the gynophoria.
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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), firstname.lastname@example.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.”
Could smaller schools mean safer schools? One of the nation’s best teachers believes so
As the North Carolina General Assembly House Select Committee on School Safety meets again on Tuesday, one of the the America’s best public school teachers has several suggestions for improving safety.
Gaston County high school English teacher Bobbie Cavnar believes that smaller schools paired with more nurses and psychologists will enhance the safety of our classrooms.
Illinois Senate voted 43 to 12 to ratify the federal Equal Rights Amendment! COME ON NORTH CAROLINA !!
Yesterday, as the Equal Means Equal team in Illinois (Natalie, Rachel, Jules and Kamala) was checking out of our Chicago Hotel to head back to New York, D.C. and L.A., we found out that the Illinois Senate voted 43 to 12 to ratify the federal Equal Rights Amendment.
I have been a financial planner for over twenty years. During that time, I have read just about every personal finance book under the sun. Why do I torture myself so? In the early days of my practice, I hosted a call-in radio show in Asheville, NC, called Money Matters. For five years I spent an hour each Saturday morning discussing every financial topic imaginable. I didn’t want to become boring, so I would read others’ works on personal finance to find new and different ways to explain the same old concepts. Now I just read them for fun.
And yes, I just said that out loud.
Terri helps you create life-affirming, ever-evolving happier relationships with those you love.
Malaprop’s Café has evolved into the meeting place in our town. Our café boasts a literary menu, with treats from local bakeries and organic, fair-trade, shade-
Equal Pay Day 2017 is Tuesday, April 4, marking how far into the year that women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Women make up almost half of the workforce, are the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children, and are graduating from college at higher rates than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2015, women working full-time, year-round made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.
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