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01/15/18 MLK CELEBRATION IN ASHEVILLE

8th Annual Kenilworth Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Potluck from 5:30-6:30pm in Kenilworth Center 4 Chiles Ave. (directly behind church) and the program will begin at 6:30pm in the church sanctuary. “Standing Up by Sitting Down: How Asheville Activists Sparked a Revolution.” We are honored to host Lewis Brandon as this years speaker. Mr. Brandon is a native of Asheville and was a key participant in desegregating the lunch counters and movie theaters in Greensboro from 1960-1963. Mr. Brandon will discuss the Asheville/Greensboro Civil Rights Connection and his legacy of activism that continues to this day. DJ Profe$$ah G. will be spinning great tunes, there will be craft projects for children and lots more! Join us as we learn about the brave men and women who stood up by sitting down! For more information contact Katie Adams 828-273-3747 or email kenilworthpresbyterianchurch@gmail.com.

01/15/18 MLK DAY OF SERVICE

Don’t have plans for Monday yet? Looking for a way to give back? Join us in the Burton Street Community for our annual Day of Service! Food & warm drink provided! the community gardens. We’ll be working on cleaning up, redesigns, building beds, etc. Wear warm layers and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring work/garden gloves if you have them. Time is 10 AM to 4 PM. Register via Facebook event. 

01/15/18 “HUMAN FLOW” MOVIE AT GRAIL MOVIEHOUSE

More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, in the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe. Showtimes 1/15 through 1/18. Daily at 1:30 & 6:30 PM. Located in downtown Asheville.

01/15/18 DEMOCRACY ASHEVILLE COALITION MEETING – CANCELED

2018 is officially underway, and we are already taking action to protect our courts and fight for fair votes. Join us to celebrate our successes of 2017 by coming together with a potluck. Join us for updates and discussion on the latest in voting rights, the fight for fair courts, and the actions we are taking around these issues. Please bring a dish to share as we’ll be having a potluck to celebrate our successes from 2017. Prepare for action with us as we look forward to what to expect in 2018 and plan our response to it. Join us for the first Democracy Asheville Coalition Meeting of 2018 on Monday, January 15 at 6 PM at the Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Center (285 Livingston St., Asheville 28801). If you have questions, you can contact Darlene Azarmi at 828-216-3430 or darlene@democracy-nc.org.

01/15/18 PEACE MARCH AND RALLY

Peace March & Rally. The MLK Association holds several events during the national holiday weekend to commemorate Dr. King and build upon his legacy of peace and justice. On Monday, Jan. 15, the official King Holiday (which would have been Dr. King’s 78th birthday), a Peace March and Rally will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. at St. James AME Church at Martin Luther King Drive and Hildebrand Street, followed at noon by a march to City-County Plaza to hear speakers on justice and peace.

01/15/18 CANDLELIGHT SERVICE 

On January 15 at 6 p.m. a Candlelight Service at Central United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall honors area citizens and organizations that have dedicated themselves to the cause of social justice. Call The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County (who are the hosts) at 828-335-6896 for information on how to register or any questions.

01/15/18 ASHEVILLE SURJ WEEKLY MEETING

Asheville SURJ weekly evening meeting: Monday, 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville Unitarian Universalist Congregation (downstairs main building). Accountability group for folks seeking to focus on anti-racism work. Meetings include opportunities such as discussion, educational opportunities, or role-playing difficult conversations, and building connections. For more info email avlsurj@gmail.com

01/15/18 MLK DAY OF EVENTS IN HENDERSONVILLE

Black Star Line Brewing, an African-American-owned brewery in Hendersonville, will host a full day of events, service, education and conversations about the life and legacy of King. The lineup includes films, music, poetry, service opportunities and a vegan community dinner. The event, called Beloved Community, Justice & Action, takes place from 9 AM to 9 PM at 131 West Third Avenue in Hendersonville. For more information, call (828) 708-7010 or email brew@blackstarlinebrewing.com

01/15/18 TO 2/27/18 EXHIBIT AT UNCA RAMSEY LIBRARY

The Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library will host the touring exhibit, “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future” from Jan. 12-Feb. 27. The exhibition is free and open to everyone and will be on view during regular library hours. The exhibit focuses on Cherokee language and culture, using sound recordings as the basis for presenting a coherent story in words and text. The exhibit was developed with the assumption that language shapes thinking. In creating the exhibit storyline, the project team foregrounded the Cherokee language, believed to reflect inherent community values. “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future” was conceived of and designed to include community input as a way to develop its content. Rather than present historical outcomes, the team favored a thematic approach. Major themes include Cherokee Homeland, Heritage Sites, Tourism, Family, and Community Celebrations.  The result is an exhibit that tells a more personal story and provides insight into Cherokee identity. Rather than translating from English into Cherokee, as is often done, much of the exhibit text was excerpted from conversations originally recorded in Cherokee. A Cherokee speakers group, organized in cooperation with the Cherokee Language Program at Western Carolina University, met weekly at the Kituwah Academy, the language immersion school on the Qualla Boundary. There, members were shown historic photographs and asked to comment on them. Their conversations were transcribed, translated, and included on the fifteen panels that make up the exhibit. Re-recorded by language instructor Tom Belt, these conversations are digitally archived.  The exhibit panels use smart phone technology and QR codes to link to conversations in the archive.  By hitting the on-screen play button, a visitor can listen to the Cherokee syllabary as it is spoken. The touring exhibit was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Eastern Band of Cherokee in partnership with the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center at Cherokee Central Schools. The exhibition is presented at UNC Asheville by its Center for Diversity Education and Ramsey Library. For more information, contact the Center for Diversity Education at dmiles@unca.edu or 828.232.5024.

01/16/18 TOWN HALL FOR THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN

I, Richard Fireman, am part of an ad hoc local steering committee that is putting on a Town Hall to kick off the Poor People’s Campaign in Western NC. This will be the 50th anniversary of MLK’s vision of a Poor People’s Campaign. The National Campaign will launch on Mother’s Day, May 13th, 2018 and end 40 days later on the Summer Solstice, June 21, 2018. The campaign will include educational events, protests, and non violent direct actions across NC and the Nation. Others on the local organizing committee are Leslie Boyd  who is on the State Organizing Committee of the PPC and has been very active with Rev Barber in the Moral Monday Movement as a health care advocate, Rev Amy Cantrell  the founder of Beloved Asheville, and Carmen Ramos Kennedy, President of the Asheville Buncombe NAACP. I am the local activist with links to the environmental, eco-justice community and also to the faith community, as one of the founders of the Creation Care Alliance of WNC. I am representing both the Alliance for Energy Democracy and Community Roots. The event will have local speakers who have been impacted by their poverty in the main areas of policy concerns in the PPC: Poverty (jobs, low wages, health care); Racism (including immigration); Militarism; Ecological Devastation. The Town Hall event will also include music and local organizing. The Poor People’s Campaign Town Hall Kick Off will be at Hill Street Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, from 7-9 pm. Free, open to the public. Contact Richard Fireman at richard.fireman1@gmail.com or (828) 645-0469h or (828) 206-8877c for more information.

01/16/18 ASURJ DO!SCUSSION

The Do!scussion is a weekly safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville while working to dismantle white supremacy. Feel like you’re struggling with the how? Come on over and we’ll talk about it. Then, we’ll get to do!ing. Do!scussion presently runs on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 AM followed by Do!session from 11:30-1:30 PM during which we working with accountability partners on a particular project or issue. The seven organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) accountability through action, 2) mutual interest, 3) take risks and keep going, 4) calling in more, 5) enough for everyone, 6) growth is good, and 7) centering class. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

01/16/18 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL – BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON

Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 4:30 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. 

01/16/18 TOWN HEARING ON PROPOSED DUKE ENERGY RATE HIKES IN FRANKLIN

The North Carolina Utilities Commission is taking public comment on Duke Energy Carolinas’ residential rate increase of 16.7%. This impacts DEC customers statewide, including in Cherokee, Graham, Swain, Macon and Transylvania Counties (hearings have already taken place for the rate hike proposal by Duke Energy Progress). Duke Energy Carolinas wants its customers to pay for coal ash cleanup, the construction of dirty fracked gas plants, and an abandoned nuclear power project in SC. Next Tuesday, customers will have an opportunity to weigh in on this decision. Duke Energy has proposed an average rate hike of 13.6 percent utility rate hike that would include higher mandatory fees for customers. The rate hike would discourage energy savings initiatives and pass coal ash cleanup costs onto the public. This public hearing is at 7 PM at the Macon County Courthouse, Courtroom A, at 5 West Main Street in Franklin. Sign up to speak at 6:30 PM. Contact Mountain True dot org for more information.

01/16/18 CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING

Next Meeting: Thursday, January 18th, 6:30-8pm. Location: Kairos West Community Center (behind Firestorm Books & Cafe). Address: 610 Haywood Rd, West Asheville, NC.

01/16/18 FILM SHOWING AT PACK MEMORIAL LIBRARY

“Selma” will be shown at 4 PM at Pack Library at 67 Haywood Street in Asheville. Free. Contact Pack Library for more details.

01/16/18 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING

On the third Tuesday of each month, Western North Carolina Veterans for Peace meets to coordinate group activities and programs.Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars. Time is 5:45 PM and location is the Block Off Biltmore at Eagle and Market Streets in downtown Asheville. For more information, contact Gerry at gwerhan@gmail.com.

01/17/18 ASHEVILLE GREEN DRINKS

Informal networking focused on the science of sustainability. Free to attend. Held at The Block off biltmore at 39 South Market Street. Time is 6 PM. No contact information. 

01/17/18 TRANSITION ASHEVILLE SOCIAL

Transition Asheville Monthly Social: Energy Savers Network. Looking for a way to do something tangible to help the climate and help people? Come learn about the Energy Savers Network at the January 17th Transition Asheville social. We’ll meet at 6:30pm at The Block off Biltmore (39 S. Market Street in Asheville). You might become a volunteer to help lower the energy burden of some of our most vulnerable communities and make a dent in our national energy footprint. Time is 6:30 PM. Contact: Rebecca Mahan 812-334-0176or palmtree747@gmail.com for more information.

01/17/18 DRAMATIC READING IN ASHEVILLE

Wednesday, January 17th. “Dramatic Reading – On The Row” from the Northwest Arkansas Prison Project, features the writing of death row inmates in Arkansas. The reading will be presented by Asheville-area actors including three UNC-Asheville students. This event is co-produced by UNC Asheville faculty members Patrick Bahls and Jessica Pisano, with support from the university’s Department of English. Director David Joliffe, professor of English at the University of Arkansas, will lead an audience Q&A after the presentation. The event, which will take place at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street in Asheville. It is free and open to the public. Time is 7 PM. Contact the Events & Conferences Office at UNCA at events@unca.edu or 828.251.6853 for more information.

01/17/18 ASHEVILLE SOCIALIST MEETING AT UNCA

Jan 17 Women’s march sign and banner making from 6:30-8 PM at UNCA Rhoades Robinson room 103. Contact Jacob at asheville.socialist@gmail.com for more information.

01/17/18 FILM SCREENING IN HENDERSONVILLE

Dinner & A Movie “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” Come have dinner and learn about Bayard Rustin, often called ‘the unknown hero’ of the civil rights movement. A tireless crusader for justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Rustin also dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The film and potluck dinner will begin promptly at 5:30pm, and a discussion on the film will follow at 7:00pm. Providence Baptist Church at 1201 Oakland St, Hendersonville, North Carolina. No contact information.

01/18/18 MLK WEEK KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT UNCA

Michelle Alexander: MLK Week Keynote Address on January 18, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Michelle Alexander will deliver the keynote talk for UNC Asheville’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Week on January 18 at 7 p.m. in the Sherrill Center Kimmel Arena. The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arena doors open at 6 pm. No tickets required. Doors open at 6 pm. Michelle Alexander’s best-selling book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” both crystalized and amplified public discussion about racism and civil rights, the war on drugs and the prison system. As an attorney, Alexander clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun at the U.S. Supreme Court, directed the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, and brought discrimination suits in private practice. She now is a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary and a forceful public speaker who argues that mass incarceration is today’s version of Jim Crow segregation. This event is presented by UNC Asheville with support from the Blue Ridge District of the United Methodist Church. UNC Asheville’s Cultural Events Series is sponsored by Blue Ridge Public Radio, Biltmore Farms Communities, and Our State Magazine. Backpacks are not allowed in Kimmel Arena and bags will be checked at the door. No outside food and drink are allowed. For more information, contact UNC Asheville Events & Conferences Office at 828-251-6853

01/19/18 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING

Physicians, health personnel and everyone; all are welcomed at our monthly meetings held on the third Friday of each month. Bring a brown bag lunch around noon. This will be held at The First Congregational United Church of Christ, Room E205, at 20 Oak Street (just off College St. in downtown Asheville). Time is noon to 2 PM. Meeting starts at 12:30. Parking is available behind the church. Enter the church or ring doorbell at the glass doors on Oak Street. For more information contact Dr. Terry Clark, Chair, 633-0892 or Dr. Lew Patrie, 285-2599.

01/19/18 LECTURE AT UNCA

Fab Friday Lecture 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM Friday, January 19, 2018, at Reuter Center Room 102. January 19 “Film is Like a Battleground” by Marsha Gordon. American director Samuel Fuller famously declared that a film is like a battleground during his cameo in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film, “Pierrot Le Fou.” These words aptly describe the career of this World War II veteran who began directing movies in 1949. Whether about World War II, the Korean War, or the cold-war, war and its consequences were the subjects Fuller obsessively returned to throughout his long career. Drawing from her extensive archival and historical research, Dr. Marsha Gordon will discuss how war films really got made during the Studio Era. Her talk will be illustrated with film clips from Fuller’s films as well as with behind-the-scenes documents from the Departments of Defense and the Army, the FBI, and the Production Code Administration. Attendees will learn what a real battle it was to make war films in Hollywood. Marsha Gordon is Professor of Film Studies at North Carolina State University and the author, most recently, of “Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies” (Oxford University Press, 2017). Gordon has a monthly show, ‘Movies on the Radio,’ with Laura Boyes & Frank Stasio, on WUNC’s The State of Things, which airs locally on Asheville’s NPR affiliate station. No contact information.

01/19/18 AUTHORS CONVERSATION EVENT IN ASHEVILLE

Sponsored by Malaprops. Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors coming to Asheville. I am writing to share the news that Malaprop’s is bringing #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and her new book, “When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” to Asheville. We are hosting her at Rainbow Community Center (60 State St in West Asheville) on January 19th in conversation with Warren Wilson professor Dr. Rima Vessely-Flad, author of “Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice.” Time is 6 PM. The tickets are $10 and can be used as a coupon toward the purchase of either author’s book. We will be giving away some seats for students and for people in the community who could not attend otherwise. Please contact me with requests. Contact Melanie McNair with Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe at (828) 254-6734or melanie@malaprops.com for more information or to obtain tickets. 

01/19/18 LIVE STAKING WITH FRENCH BROAD RIVERKEEPER

The French Broad Riverkeeper and Mountain True are combating sediment pollution by planting live-stakes along eroding river banks. Time and location TBD. Sign up at Mountain True dot org for updates or to register.

01/20/18 HARD TO RECYCLE EVENT IN ASHEVILLE

West Buncombe Hard-2-Recycle Event is on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10am-2pm. Location is Aaron’s, 1298 Patton Avenue in Asheville. Sampling of items accepted: Books, cardboard, electronics (TV’s & CRT Monitors – $10 fee), computers, batteries, appliances (no refrigerators), printer cartridges, personal care & beauty item containers, building supplies, hardware, furniture, cabinets, sporting goods, used cooking oil, animal sanctuary items. Organized by: Asheville GreenWorks, 254-1776.

01/20/18 WOMEN’S MARCH IN ASHEVILLE AND BLACK MOUNTAIN

Join the January 20th Women’s March Asheville at 11 AM at Memorial Stadium and Women’s March Black Mountain at 9:30 AM at the Town Square in Black Mountain. The Anniversary Women’s March on Asheville is being held in solidarity with sister marches across the nation. The march will take place downtown Asheville on January 20, 2018 at 11 a.m. The peaceful sidewalk march will start at Memorial Stadium, then proceed up Biltmore Avenue, and end at the Vance Monument. The route is about 0.9 miles. See you there. We are selling anniversary march t-shirts to benefit Planned Parenthood, as we did last year.  Host Contact Info: marchonavl@gmail.com

01/20/18 OUR GLOBAL TABLE: BENEFIT TO HELP OUR IMMIGRANT NEIGHBORS

Join us as we transform Habitat Tavern and Commons in Asheville to an international food court for an afternoon. Sample a passport’s worth of international flavor, made lovingly by our talented community neighbors. All proceeds benefit Pisgah Legal’s Justice For All Project which provides legal help to low-income immigrants and refugees in our community. Time is 11 AM to 4 PM. Location is 174 Broadway Street in Asheville. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 or in advance online for $20. At Our Global Table you will travel around the world by tasting plates created by the many local chefs and restaurants. Contact Pisgah Legal at betsy@pisgahlegal.org for more information, including how to get tickets.

01/20/18 J20 BLOCK PARTY AT FIRESTORM IN ASHEVILLE

Saturday, Jan 20th @ 3:00pm – J20 Block Party: Build and Fight 2018. On the one year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, communities around the country will gather to reconnect to the roots from which their movements draw strength, discuss the path ahead, and gather resources for prisoners, relief efforts, and ongoing struggles. In Asheville, we’re kicking off a week of rebellious activities with a Haywood Road block party to share food, fun, and knowledge. This is a free event open to everyone so bring your friends and let’s talk about where we want to go from here! Schedule of Events: 3pm-6pm : Workshops, including “Uprooting White Supremacy in Appalachia,” an interactive presentation by Holler Network (@ Firestorm); 6pm-7pm : Community vegetarian potluck (@ Firestorm); 7pm-9pm : Workshops, including a presentation by The Callisto Collective (@ Firestorm); 9pm-Late : DJ dance party (@ Local 604 Bottle Shop). Throughout the Week: Sunday, J21 : Documentary Film Night (@ Static Age-Records); Tuesday, J23 : Karaoke Fundraiser (@ The Lazy Diamond);Friday, J26 : “Trouble” Screening (@ Firestorm). Contact Firestorm for more information.

01/21/18 ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY MEETING

“Observations on Arab Culture and Politics” will be presented by Larry Wilson at the Sunday, January 21, 2018 meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, 2:00-3:30 PM, at Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC.  All are welcome to attend. Join Larry Wilson for a wide-ranging conversation of such topics as the rise of the “Arab Spring,” rise of various extremist movements, the impact of the refugee crisis upon Arab/ Muslim societies and the rest of the world, and the fracturing of Arab alliances and social structures.  Larry will present from an Arab viewpoint as understood by an American who has worked in the Heart of Arabia for nearly 20 years and lived there for more than a decade. To provide context to the conversation, Larry will briefly discuss the rise of Islam, some of its fundamental principles, and discuss a few of its many sects or branches (Sunnis, Shi’as, and several offshoots such as Wahhabi and Sufi). Larry Wilson was one of the founders of Zayed University, a university for women in the United Arab Emirates, and served as its Deputy Vice President/Provost from 2001-2013.  Larry also designed and directed a project to reform the entire national public school system for the UAE and now serves as an advisor to the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development in the UAE. He has also worked with the educational systems in Qatar, Oman, and Egypt.  Before being recruited to advance the educational systems in the UAE, Larry was the Vice Chancellor/ Provost and Interim Chancellor at UNC Asheville and former president of Marietta College in Ohio. Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation. For more information, please call 828 687-7759 or email EHSAsheville@gmail.com.

01/22/18 BUILDING BRIDGES WINTER/SPRING SESSION

This 9-week program will be held at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Asheville, on Monday evenings from 7 – 9 pm, starting on January 22nd and running through March 19th. We anticipate Session 51 filling up fast, so be sure to register early to reserve your spot. We hope to see you there. Where: Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801. When: Monday evenings, 7 – 9 pm, January 22nd – March 19th, 2018. Cost: $35.00. About Building Bridges – The mission of Building Bridges is to dismantle racism by fostering relationships that respect diversity, seek understanding and encourage action. We provide educational programming paired with a safe place to learn, reflect and discuss. Since 1993, Building Bridges has profoundly impacted people and institutions throughout Western North Carolina. To date, more than 1500 participants have attended the program. For more information, including how to register, contact Building Bridges of Asheville at info@buildingbridges-ashevillenc.org.

01/22/18 ASHEVILLE SURJ WEEKLY MEETING

Asheville SURJ weekly evening meeting: Monday, 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville Unitarian Universalist Congregation (downstairs main building). Accountability group for folks seeking to focus on anti-racism work. Meetings include opportunities such as discussion, educational opportunities, or role-playing difficult conversations, and building connections. For more info email avlsurj@gmail.com

01/22/18 LUNCH & LEARN FOR FAIR REDISTRICTING

Lunch & Learn – The Need for Fair and Independent redistricting. Dr. Jennifer Bremer, the League of Women Voters NC’s state coordinator for Fair Elections Action Team (FEAT), will provide an update and overview on gerrymandering and the need for fair and independent redistricting. She will also speak to the General Assembly’s decision to redistrict the current judicial districts. The General Assembly goes back into session on January 10, and these items are on their agenda. We need to educate ourselves and then act to support the League’s position on these issues. For questions or further information, about the League of Women Voters of Henderson County email communications.lwvhc.com@gmail.com. Time is 11:30 AM. Support the co-op by buying your lunch and joining us in the community room. Location is the Hendersonville Community Co-op 60 South Charleston Lane Hendersonville, NC.

01/22/18 “BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY” MOVIE AT GRAIL MOVIEHOUSE

Join the Grail Moviehouse with Planned Parenthood South Atlantic on January 22nd at 6:30 PM as we mark the 45th Anniversary of the landmark decision Roe v. Wade and examine how much more still needs to be done. Film and Discussion. Location is the Grail MovieHouse. Half of all ticket sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood South Atlantic.  

01/23/18 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING

On the third Tuesday of each month, Western North Carolina Veterans for Peace meets to coordinate group activities and programs.Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars. Time is 5:45 PM and location is the Block Off Biltmore at Eagle and Market Streets in downtown Asheville. For more information, contact Gerry at gwerhan@gmail.com.

01/23/18 OCCUPY WNC MEETING IN SYLVA

OccupyWNC’s new meeting location is The Sylva Market and Signature Brew Coffee, 552 W Main St, Sylva, NC 28779. The next meeting is January 23rd, 7:00 pm (Supper beforehand @6:00pm at the Mad Batter restaurant.) They typically meet every 2nd and  4th Tuesday. OccupyWNC, a non-partisan group, has worked for economic and social justice in WNC since 2011. Newcomers and visitors welcome! Submitted by Lucy Christopher (828)743-9747

01/23/18 ASURJ DO!SCUSSION

The Do!scussion is a weekly safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville while working to dismantle white supremacy. Feel like you’re struggling with the how? Come on over and we’ll talk about it. Then, we’ll get to do!ing. Do!scussion presently runs on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 AM followed by Do!session from 11:30-1:30 PM during which we working with accountability partners on a particular project or issue. The seven organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) accountability through action, 2) mutual interest, 3) take risks and keep going, 4) calling in more, 5) enough for everyone, 6) growth is good, and 7) centering class. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

01/23/18 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL – BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON

Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 4:30 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. 

01/24/18 ASHEVILLE BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RELATIONS

The task force committee will serve for approximately three months in an advisory capacity to define the mission, scope and duties concerning a newly formed Human Relations Commission. They are calling for community input. Discussions will focus on marginalized communities in Asheville, their needs, and how the new Human Relations Committee can best engage these communities and strengthen relationships citywide. Wednesday January 24th at 6:30 pm – Shiloh Rec Center, 121 Shiloh Road, Asheville, NC. Light dinner, child care and Spanish interpreters will be available for attendees. For more information, contact 828-232-4541 or JMatthews@ashevillenc.gov

01/25/18 AUTHOR EVENT AT MALAPROPS

David Collins presents “Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality.” “Accidental Activists” is the deeply moving story of two men who struggled to achieve the dignity of which Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke in a series of Supreme Court decisions that recognized the ‘personhood,’ the essential humanity, of gays and lesbians. Author David Collins tells Mark and Vic’s story in the context of legal and social history, and explains the complex legal issues and developments surrounding same-sex marriage in layperson’s terms. Thursday, January 25, 2018 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Location is Malaprops at 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. Contact Malaprops for more information.

01/25/18 ERA NORTH CAROLINA PLANNING MEETING

ERA-NC Alliance Action Teams 10 and 11 invite you to attend the first planning meeting of the new year. Date is Thursday, January 25, at 5:30 pm. Location is Grail MovieHouse in downtown Asheville. Join the fight for women’s equality and inclusion in the U.S. Constitution. We will discuss the momentum of the #MeToo movement and its connection to ERA, specific action steps we can take, and a timeline for 2018. Join the fight for women’s equality and inclusion in the U.S. Constitution. For more information please contact: Action Team 10 Leader Jimmie Cochran-Pratt at jimmie.cochranpratt@gmail.com or Action Team 11 Leader Ellen Perry at ellenjperry@gmail.com

01/26/18 JUST PEACE FOR ISRAEL/PALESTINE MEETING

This meeting will be at 3:15 PM at Brooks-Howell Home on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Meet in the media room. Contact Beth at elizakeiser@aol.com or 828-707-4271 for more information.   

01/26/18 PANEL DISCUSSION AT UNCA REUTER CENTER

“Confederate Monuments: Their History and Their Future” – a panel discussion. Date is 01/26 and time is 2:00 pm-3:30 pm. Location is the Reuter Center. As 21st century America continues to reconsider monuments, building and street names, and memorials of all kinds in public spaces in light of contemporary ideas about slavery and racism, OLLI at UNC Asheville will present a distinguished panel to discuss the history and the issues. “Confederate Monuments – Their History and Their Future” will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26 at the Reuter Center on campus. This event is free and everyone is welcome. The panel will be moderated by UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of History and BPR radio host Darin Waters, and the panelists will include: Deborah Miles, director, UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education; Sasha Mitchell, chair, African American Heritage Commission for Asheville and Buncombe County; creator/editor of the Color of Asheville; Steven E. Nash, associate professor of history, East Tennessee State University; author, Reconstruction’s Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains; Dan Pierce, professor of history and NEH Distinguished Professor at UNC Asheville; author of numerous books on Southern and Appalachian history; and Sheneika Smith, newly elected member of Asheville City Council; founder of Date My City. This panel discussion is part of the More Than A Month series created by members of OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, who have come together to promote and celebrate inclusivity at OLLI, develop partnerships with people of all backgrounds, and raise awareness among fellow OLLI members and the greater Asheville community of issues of concern to minority communities. For more information, call 828.251.6140 or email olli@unca.edu.

01/27/18 TROLLEY TOUR BY MOUNTAIN TRUE

Learn how MountainTrue promotes healthy communities by joining us for the Community Planning for All trolley tour led by Asheville Design Center’s Chris Joyell on January 27 from 11am-1pm. We will be visiting several community led design projects that have made Asheville the unique and wonderful city it is, like the outdoor classroom at the Burton St Peace Garden, the mural at Triangle Park, and the 13 Bones pedestrian bridge in the River Arts District. We will also discuss how MountainTrue has influenced the redesign of the I-26 connector and open a dialogue about how community planning affects lower income neighborhoods. Members $20, non-members $30. Contact Devon Hathaway at 828-258-8737 ext 214or outings@mountaintrue.org for more information (including location and how to register). 

01/28/18 AUTHOR EVENT AT MALAPROPS

Time is 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm and location is Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe in downtown Asheville. On January 28, 2018 my husband, Dennis, and I will be appearing at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café in Asheville to talk about our new book “We Fought the Road,” released by Epicenter Press in October. Local authors, we live in Weaverville, NC.  Our cause, though, is the forgotten black soldiers who helped build the Alaska Highway in 1942. After Pearl Harbor, America’s leaders panicked.  Alaska and the Aleutian Island chain offered a direct path from Japan to North America, and defending Alaska meant getting men, weapons and material there in quantities well beyond the capabilities of air transport or the Navy. Desperate for a land route from Montana to Fairbanks, America’s leaders threw a ‘hail mary pass’.  They launched the Corps of Engineers to Canada and Alaska and demanded the impossible–1600 miles of road through some of the most difficult territory in the world. And, by the way, they needed it in 8 months.  The result was the Alaska Highway–the Alcan. The Corps wanted no part of black soldiers in Canada and Alaska, but they simply didn’t have enough white regiments. Three of the four regiments launched into the North Country were segregated black regiments. “Hidden Figures” living under the Army’s version of Jim Crow, approximately 3600 young black men, most from southern states, wound up in deep wilderness, isolated from contact with the local population, living in tents with temperatures 30, 40, 60 even 70 below zero. Today people in the lower 48 think of the Alaska Highway as a tourist destination. And, God knows, it is a stunning experience. But very few people know of its origins, of the heroes who suffered and died to build it, and, especially the black heroes. Contact Dennis McClure at 828-713-1628 for more information.

01/29/18 ASHEVILLE SURJ WEEKLY MEETING

Asheville SURJ weekly evening meeting: Monday, 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville Unitarian Universalist Congregation (downstairs main building). Accountability group for folks seeking to focus on anti-racism work. Meetings include opportunities such as discussion, educational opportunities, or role-playing difficult conversations, and building connections. For more info email avlsurj@gmail.com

01/30/18 ASURJ DO!SCUSSION

The Do!scussion is a weekly safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville while working to dismantle white supremacy. Feel like you’re struggling with the how? Come on over and we’ll talk about it. Then, we’ll get to do!ing. Do!scussion presently runs on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 AM followed by Do!session from 11:30-1:30 PM during which we working with accountability partners on a particular project or issue. The seven organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) accountability through action, 2) mutual interest, 3) take risks and keep going, 4) calling in more, 5) enough for everyone, 6) growth is good, and 7) centering class. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

01/30/18 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL – BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON

Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 4:30 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. 

01/30/18 MEDICARE FOR ALL EVENT

Jan 30 Medicare for all: a tool for health justice from 7:00-9 PM. Location is the West Asheville Library at 942 Haywood Road. Come hear the renowned and nationally published ‘heavy metal healthcare’ expert Tim Faust speak about the necessary cause that is Single Payer in America. There will be a speech and then Q&A session following. $5-$10 sliding scale donation. Information came from Asheville Socialists. Contact Jacob at asheville.socialist@gmail.com for more information.

01/31/18 ASHEVILLE BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RELATIONS

The task force committee will serve for approximately three months in an advisory capacity to define the mission, scope and duties concerning a newly formed Human Relations Commission. They are calling for community input. Discussions will focus on marginalized communities in Asheville, their needs, and how the new Human Relations Committee can best engage these communities and strengthen relationships citywide.  Wednesday January 31st at 5:30 pm – Public Works, 161 S. Charlotte Street,  1st Floor, A 109. For more information, contact 828-232-4541 or JMatthews@ashevillenc.gov

02/01/18 SIERRA CLUB MEETING

Sierra Club Feb. 1: “Skywalker” Shares Hiking in Nepal and the World. On Thursday, February 1, the Sierra Club presents Bill Walker who will share his latest adventure – hiking the world’s greatest mountain range, the Himalayas. Known as “Skywalker” because of his seven-foot height, he has left his boot prints on the length of both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, as well as countless other trails in Europe and Asia. His experiences will both awe and inspire you. This event is free and open to the public. Important Note: Effective with this February meeting, all Sierra Club meetings will be on the first Thursday of the month. Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place (corner of Charlotte and Edwin). Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net(828) 683-2176

02/02/18 LECTURE AT UNCA

Fab Friday Lecture 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM Friday, February 2, 2018, at Reuter Center Room102. Asheville Race Relations, Black-White, Past and Present. Panelist include Al Whitesides, Marvin Chambers, Keynon Lake and Tracy Green-Washington. This panel presentation will focus on black and white race relations in Asheville from the days when desegregation happened in the schools to what is happening today. The speakers include activists who were a significant part of the effort to desegregate Asheville City Schools. These activists are still civic leaders today continuing their part in improving race relations in the twenty-first century. ASCORE (Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality) exists because of them. There are younger panelists too who have another perspective and know that the task is on-going and they are leading actions and movements to improve the lives of African-Americans in the Western North Carolina. The task is not done. Come listen and learn what these movers and shakers have to say. Panelists include Al Whitesides, Buncombe Country Commissioner, and Marvin Chambers, both instrumental in the desegregation of Asheville public schools in the 1960s and 1970s, and still making strides for change. Panelists Keynon Lake, founder of ‘My Daddy Taught Me That’ works for the Buncombe County Health and Human Services Dept. Tracy Green-Washington is the founder of the CoThink Foundation; she formerly worked for the Z Smith Reynolds. All are continuing the of social activism for race relations in the Asheville area. No contact information.

02/02/18 LIVE STAKING WITH FRENCH BROAD RIVERKEEPER

The French Broad Riverkeeper and Mountain True are combating sediment pollution by planting live-stakes along eroding river banks. Time and location TBD. Sign up at mountaintrue dot org for updates or to register.

02/03/18 SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENT AT PACK LIBRARY IN ASHEVILLE

Mark your calendar: On Saturday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m., we’re hosting a tell-all history event on Buncombe County’s Confederate monuments, courtesy of the North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library: Monumental Decisions: The Legacy and Future of Civil War Markers in Our Public Spaces. Speakers: The program will begin with two brief presentations by local historians. Roy Harris will survey Buncombe County’s Confederate monuments—when and how they came into existence. Jon Elliston will review the history of the local white supremacy movement that undergirded the introduction of the monuments. Special quest speaker: Professor Fitzhugh Brundage, Chair of UNC Chapel Hill’s History Department, will headline a program on interpreting and dealing with Civil War monuments. The title of Professor Brundage’s talk will be, “A Vexing and Awkward Debate: The Legacy of a Confederate Landscape?” The focus of this program is to present when and where monuments were placed, who placed them, who paid for them, and a look at how they were presented to the public when they were placed. We also hope to shed light on the social and political times of Asheville, Buncombe County and North Carolina, during the time that they were erected.

02/06/18 CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB

Join host Bruce Roth for a lively discussion on topics of current interest including war and peace, the economy, the environment, and other hot political topics. This month’s selection is “Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything” by Becky Bond and Zack Exley. Time is 7 PM. 

02/07/18 ASHEVILLE SOCIALIST MEETING AT UNCA

Feb 7 Year One of Trump: Building a Socialist Left and Fighting Back from 6:30-8 PM at UNCA Rhoades Robinson, room 103. Contact Jacob at asheville.socialist@gmail.com for more information.

02/07/18 LIVE STAKING WITH FRENCH BROAD RIVERKEEPER

The French Broad Riverkeeper and Mountain True are combating sediment pollution by planing live-stakes along eroding river banks. Time and location TBD. Sign up at mountaintrue dot org for updates or to register.

02/08/18 HENDERSONVILLE GREEN DRINKS

Learn about current environmental issues with regional guest speakers and like-minded people. This is a monthly event and everyone is welcome. You don’t have to drink at Green Drinks. Guest speakers TBD. This is from 5:30 to 7 PM and held at the Black Bear Coffee in Hendersonville. Contact mountaintrue dot org for more information.

02/08/18 PLAY AT BEBE THEATRE IN ASHEVILLE

Censorship, Racism, and “Sepia Toned” Leadership. Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective presents A North Carolina Premiere of “Alabama Story” by Kenneth Jones. Directed by Stephanie Hickling Beckman. Runs from February 8 – 24, 2018 (Thurs – Sat) at 7:30PM. Online tickets are $18 in advance, and $21 at the door. Location is the BeBe Theatre at 20 Commerce Street in downtown Asheville. Features: John Mendenhall, David Mycoff, Molly Graves, Daniel Henry, Sonia D’Andrea, and Bjorn Goller. “Alabama Story” is based on a true event from 1959, in Montgomery, AL. When Alabama Senator E.O Eddins Sr. (renamed E.W. Higgins in the play) learns that a children’s book called “The Rabbits’ Wedding” featuring the marriage of two rabbits – one white, one black, is among the books available for check-out in Alabama libraries, he determines to have it banned. Calling it subliminal propaganda for interracial marriage, Eddins engages Emily Wheelock Reed, the director of Alabama’s Public Library Service, in a conflict that becomes known as the “bunny book crusade.” A secondary story-line involves the chance meeting of two childhood friends separated by a traumatic incident. Their role in the play is best described by Jones, himself – “Lily and Joshua, a black man and a white woman who were once childhood friends in that small town, reunite in Montgomery the same year that the library battle is being waged. They are meant to suggest the private heart of the public controversy… the quality of their character will be challenged in their 30 exchanges.” Contact BeBe Theatre for more information.

02/09/18 ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM SCREENING AT UU IN ASHEVILLE

Our next film, “Whose Streets” a film about the killing of Michael Brown and the subsequent Ferguson uprising will be screened Friday, February 9th. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance film festival. This will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Edwin and Charlotte Streets in Asheville. Time is 7 PM.  By the way, most of you missed the December film, “The Hunting Ground” rescheduled from 12/8 to 12/15 due to the winter storm. I wanted you to know that this outstanding film about college campus sexual assault can be streamed online on Netflix. (Also available at the public library.) All high school and college students, and their parents should see this film. For more information, contact Charlie Wussow at 612-860-6628.   

02/10/18 RIDE TO MORAL MARCH ON RALEIGH – H.K. ON J. 

Need a ride to the February 10th Moral March on Raleigh? We will meet in Asheville and take a bus to Raleigh for the event from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM and then return to Asheville. Thank you to our local NAACP for sponsoring this ride. Please note that bus transportation does have a fee, but if you are unable to pay or need a discounted rate, there are different price options available. What is the Moral March on Raleigh? The Historic Thousands on Jones St (HKonJ) Coalition holds an annual mobilization called the Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People’s Assembly. It grew to approximately 80,000 in 2017. Each year, on the 2nd Saturday in February, thousands of HKonJ marchers from many partner organizations flood downtown Raleigh, NC where the HKonJ People’s Assembly convenes and ultimately marches to the North Carolina State Capitol. In 2007, the HKoJ Coalition sanctioned and signed a 14-Point People’s Agenda and then worked to transform this agenda into comprehensive reform bills that have been introduced in legislative sessions. What: Moral March on Raleigh. When: Saturday, February 10, 2018. Where: Bus departs from Asheville (exact meeting location TBA). Contact Edward Peters with questions (including how to register) at 336-601-9534 or edwardpeters@democracync.org  

02/10/18 SWANNANOA VALLEY MLK PRAYER BREAKFAST

28th Annual Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Prayer Breakfast. This is on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Location is Camp Dorothy Walls on Cragmont Road in Black Mountain, N.C. This years speaker is George Logan, a native of Black Mountain, NC, and son of Wayne Logan and lifelong Black Mountain resident Lillian Logan. Logan graduated from Owen High School in 1982 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986. He was commissioned as a United States Army Officer shortly after his graduation from UNC. Upon completion of his military training, he sensed God’s call to ministry and attended a school in Los Angeles at Crenshaw Christian Center Ministry Training Institute. Fulfilling his theological and ministerial studies and graduating from the program in 1992 he ministered with New Life for Old Prison Ministry, serving in jails, prisons, and youth camps in California and Nevada. Pastor Logan now resides in Morganton, NC where he pastors the church he founded in 1994 – New Day Christian Church. He has continued much involvement in the prisons and community serving on a variety of boards as well as coaching, mentoring youth, and volunteering for NC Dept. of Corrections. Adult tickets are $15. For more information, including how to get tickets, go to svmlk dot org. 

02/13/18 DISCUSSION BOUND BOOK CLUB

Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas that relate to artworks and the art world. Bring your book and a brown-bag lunch to make the most of your midday break! This month’s pick is Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Mark Godfrey. Time is 12 PM. Call Malaprop’s for more information.

02/14/18 MOUNTAIN TRUE AND SIERRA CLUB ISSUES & ACTIONS MEETING

Join Mountain True and the Sierra Club to discuss concrete action for environmental issues at the state, local and national levels on the second Wednesday of every month. Time is 6 PM and location is The Wedge at Foundation. Contact Mountain True dot org for more information.

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ONGOING EVENTS

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MONDAY

Asheville SURJ weekly meeting at 6:30 pm at UU Congregation in Asheville, downstairs

TUESDAY

Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 4:30 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument 

SURJ Discussion at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. 10 AM-11:30 AM. Followed by Do!sessions from 11:30-1:30 PM.

Rally at historic Courthouse in Hendersonville at 5 PM on the first Tuesday of the month. Organized by the Progressive Organized Women. 

Gathering of people who like to stitch and otherwise puncture the status quo at 68 Haywood Street Outdoor Space at 9 AM. 

WEDNESDAY

Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville

French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org

Green Drinks meets at 6 PM at The Block Off Biltmore on the third Wednesday of the month.

Sierra Club meets at 7 PM at Unitarian Universalist in Asheville on the first Wednesday of the month.

Indivisible Asheville does political letter writing at 5:30 every Wednesday at The Block Off Biltmore. 

THURSDAY

Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 6 PM on first Thursday of the month. Materials provided.

Welcome Home Tour by Homeward Bound on the third Thursday of the month at 11 AM. Call 258-1695 for more information.

Asheville Prison Books Program is held at Downtown Books & News from 4 to 7 PM. 

FRIDAY

Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville.

Progressive Women of Hendersonville hold a letter/postcard writing to government representatives from 4 to 7 PM at Sanctuary Brewing Company at 147 First Avenue in Hendersonville.

SATURDAY

French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org

Mountain True holds urban forest workdays on the second Saturday of the month at Richmond Hill Park from 9 AM to 1 PM. Call 258-8737 for more information.

Citizen’s Climate Lobby meeting at 12:30 PM at Kairos West Community Center on second Saturday of the month.

Food Not Bombs serves free vegan/vegetarian food every Saturday at noon at Pritchard Park.

Dances of Universal Peace on the third Saturdays at 7:30 at 1 School Road in Asheville. 

SUNDAY

Asheville National Organization for Women meeting at 2:30 PM at YWCA of Asheville on second Sunday of the month.

The French Broad Riverkeeper and Mountain True are combating sediment pollution by planting live-stakes along eroding river banks. Time and location TBD. Sign up at mountaintrue dot org for updates or to register.

02/03/18 SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENT AT PACK LIBRARY IN ASHEVILLE

Mark your calendar: On Saturday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m., we’re hosting a tell-all history event on Buncombe County’s Confederate monuments, courtesy of the North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library: Monumental Decisions: The Legacy and Future of Civil War Markers in Our Public Spaces. Speakers: The program will begin with two brief presentations by local historians. Roy Harris will survey Buncombe County’s Confederate monuments—when and how they came into existence. Jon Elliston will review the history of the local white supremacy movement that undergirded the introduction of the monuments. Special quest speaker: Professor Fitzhugh Brundage, Chair of UNC Chapel Hill’s History Department, will headline a program on interpreting and dealing with Civil War monuments. The title of Professor Brundage’s talk will be, “A Vexing and Awkward Debate: The Legacy of a Confederate Landscape?” The focus of this program is to present when and where monuments were placed, who placed them, who paid for them, and a look at how they were presented to the public when they were placed. We also hope to shed light on the social and political times of Asheville, Buncombe County and North Carolina, during the time that they were erected.

02/07/18 LIVE STAKING WITH FRENCH BROAD RIVERKEEPER

The French Broad Riverkeeper and Mountain True are combating sediment pollution by planing live-stakes along eroding river banks. Time and location TBD. Sign up at mountaintrue dot org for updates or to register.

02/08/18 HENDERSONVILLE GREEN DRINKS

Learn about current environmental issues with regional guest speakers and like-minded people. This is a monthly event and everyone is welcome. You don’t have to drink at Green Drinks. Guest speakers TBD. This is from 5:30 to 7 PM and held at the Black Bear Coffee in Hendersonville. Contact mountaintrue dot org for more information.

02/09/18 ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM SCREENING AT UU IN ASHEVILLE

Our next film, “Whose Streets” a film about the killing of Michael Brown and the subsequent Ferguson uprising will be screened Friday, February 9th. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance film festival. This will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Edwin and Charlotte Streets in Asheville. Time is 7 PM.  By the way, most of you missed the December film, “The Hunting Ground” rescheduled from 12/8 to 12/15 due to the winter storm. I wanted you to know that this outstanding film about college campus sexual assault can be streamed online on Netflix. (Also available at the public library.) All high school and college students, and their parents should see this film. For more information, contact Charlie Wussow at 612-860-6628.   

02/10/18 RIDE TO MORAL MARCH ON RALEIGH – H.K. ON J. 

Need a ride to the February 10th Moral March on Raleigh? We will meet in Asheville and take a bus to Raleigh for the event from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM and then return to Asheville. Thank you to our local NAACP for sponsoring this ride. Please note that bus transportation does have a fee, but if you are unable to pay or need a discounted rate, there are different price options available. What is the Moral March on Raleigh? The Historic Thousands on Jones St (HKonJ) Coalition holds an annual mobilization called the Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People’s Assembly. It grew to approximately 80,000 in 2017. Each year, on the 2nd Saturday in February, thousands of HKonJ marchers from many partner organizations flood downtown Raleigh, NC where the HKonJ People’s Assembly convenes and ultimately marches to the North Carolina State Capitol. In 2007, the HKoJ Coalition sanctioned and signed a 14-Point People’s Agenda and then worked to transform this agenda into comprehensive reform bills that have been introduced in legislative sessions. What: Moral March on Raleigh. When: Saturday, February 10, 2018. Where: Bus departs from Asheville (exact meeting location TBA). Contact Edward Peters with questions (including how to register) at 336-601-9534 or edwardpeters@democracync.org  

02/10/18 SWANNANOA VALLEY MLK PRAYER BREAKFAST

28th Annual Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Prayer Breakfast. This is on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Location is Camp Dorothy Walls on Cragmont Road in Black Mountain, N.C. This years speaker is George Logan, a native of Black Mountain, NC, and son of Wayne Logan and lifelong Black Mountain resident Lillian Logan. Logan graduated from Owen High School in 1982 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986. He was commissioned as a United States Army Officer shortly after his graduation from UNC. Upon completion of his military training, he sensed God’s call to ministry and attended a school in Los Angeles at Crenshaw Christian Center Ministry Training Institute. Fulfilling his theological and ministerial studies and graduating from the program in 1992 he ministered with New Life for Old Prison Ministry, serving in jails, prisons, and youth camps in California and Nevada. Pastor Logan now resides in Morganton, NC where he pastors the church he founded in 1994 – New Day Christian Church. He has continued much involvement in the prisons and community serving on a variety of boards as well as coaching, mentoring youth, and volunteering for NC Dept. of Corrections. Adult tickets are $15. For more information, including how to get tickets, go to svmlk dot org. 

02/14/18 MOUNTAIN TRUE AND SIERRA CLUB ISSUES & ACTIONS MEETING

Join Mountain True and the Sierra Club to discuss concrete action for environmental issues at the state, local and national levels on the second Wednesday of every month. Time is 6 PM and location is The Wedge at Foundation. Contact Mountain True dot org for more information.

 

02/13/18 DISCUSSION BOUND BOOK CLUB

Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas that relate to artworks and the art world. Bring your book and a brown-bag lunch to make the most of your midday break! This month’s pick is Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Mark Godfrey. Time is 12 PM. Call Malaprop’s for more information.

02/14/18 MOUNTAIN TRUE AND SIERRA CLUB ISSUES & ACTIONS MEETING

Join Mountain True and the Sierra Club to discuss concrete action for environmental issues at the state, local and national levels on the second Wednesday of every month. Time is 6 PM and location is The Wedge at Foundation. Contact Mountain True dot org for more information.

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ONGOING EVENTS

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MONDAY

Asheville SURJ weekly meeting at 6:30 pm at UU Congregation in Asheville, downstairs

TUESDAY

Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 4:30 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument 

SURJ Discussion at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. 10 AM-11:30 AM. Followed by Do!sessions from 11:30-1:30 PM.

Rally at historic Courthouse in Hendersonville at 5 PM on the first Tuesday of the month. Organized by the Progressive Organized Women. 

Gathering of people who like to stitch and otherwise puncture the status quo at 68 Haywood Street Outdoor Space at 9 AM. 

WEDNESDAY

Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville

French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org

Green Drinks meets at 6 PM at The Block Off Biltmore on the third Wednesday of the month.

Sierra Club meets at 7 PM at Unitarian Universalist in Asheville on the first Wednesday of the month.

Indivisible Asheville does political letter writing at 5:30 every Wednesday at The Block Off Biltmore. 

THURSDAY

Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 6 PM on first Thursday of the month. Materials provided.

Welcome Home Tour by Homeward Bound on the third Thursday of the month at 11 AM. Call 258-1695 for more information.

Asheville Prison Books Program is held at Downtown Books & News from 4 to 7 PM. 

FRIDAY

Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville.

Progressive Women of Hendersonville hold a letter/postcard writing to government representatives from 4 to 7 PM at Sanctuary Brewing Company at 147 First Avenue in Hendersonville.

SATURDAY

French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org

Mountain True holds urban forest workdays on the second Saturday of the month at Richmond Hill Park from 9 AM to 1 PM. Call 258-8737 for more information.

Citizen’s Climate Lobby meeting at 12:30 PM at Kairos West Community Center on second Saturday of the month.

Food Not Bombs serves free vegan/vegetarian food every Saturday at noon at Pritchard Park.

Dances of Universal Peace on the third Saturdays at 7:30 at 1 School Road in Asheville. 

SUNDAY

Asheville National Organization for Women meeting at 2:30 PM at YWCA of Asheville on second Sunday of the month.

02/13/18 DISCUSSION BOUND BOOK CLUB

Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas that relate to artworks and the art world. Bring your book and a brown-bag lunch to make the most of your midday break! This month’s pick is Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Mark Godfrey. Time is 12 PM. Call Malaprop’s for more information.

02/14/18 MOUNTAIN TRUE AND SIERRA CLUB ISSUES & ACTIONS MEETING

Join Mountain True and the Sierra Club to discuss concrete action for environmental issues at the state, local and national levels on the second Wednesday of every month. Time is 6 PM and location is The Wedge at Foundation. Contact Mountain True dot org for more information.

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ONGOING EVENTS

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MONDAY

Asheville SURJ weekly meeting at 6:30 pm at UU Congregation in Asheville, downstairs

TUESDAY

Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 4:30 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument 

SURJ Discussion at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. 10 AM-11:30 AM. Followed by Do!sessions from 11:30-1:30 PM.

Rally at historic Courthouse in Hendersonville at 5 PM on the first Tuesday of the month. Organized by the Progressive Organized Women. 

Gathering of people who like to stitch and otherwise puncture the status quo at 68 Haywood Street Outdoor Space at 9 AM. 

WEDNESDAY

Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville

French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org

Green Drinks meets at 6 PM at The Block Off Biltmore on the third Wednesday of the month.

Sierra Club meets at 7 PM at Unitarian Universalist in Asheville on the first Wednesday of the month.

Indivisible Asheville does political letter writing at 5:30 every Wednesday at The Block Off Biltmore. 

THURSDAY

Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 6 PM on first Thursday of the month. Materials provided.

Welcome Home Tour by Homeward Bound on the third Thursday of the month at 11 AM. Call 258-1695 for more information.

Asheville Prison Books Program is held at Downtown Books & News from 4 to 7 PM. 

FRIDAY

Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville.

Progressive Women of Hendersonville hold a letter/postcard writing to government representatives from 4 to 7 PM at Sanctuary Brewing Company at 147 First Avenue in Hendersonville.

SATURDAY

French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org

Mountain True holds urban forest workdays on the second Saturday of the month at Richmond Hill Park from 9 AM to 1 PM. Call 258-8737 for more information.

Citizen’s Climate Lobby meeting at 12:30 PM at Kairos West Community Center on second Saturday of the month.

Food Not Bombs serves free vegan/vegetarian food every Saturday at noon at Pritchard Park.

Dances of Universal Peace on the third Saturdays at 7:30 at 1 School Road in Asheville. 

SUNDAY

Asheville National Organization for Women meeting at 2:30 PM at YWCA of Asheville on second Sunday of the month.

 


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