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SOME WAYS TO GET TRACTION On This Journey Back to Who We Really Are

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS believes that in each child there is a special spark that, when provided with inspiration and encouragement, will lead them to become a positive, productive citizen of our community and the world.

With just a few hours each month as a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister, you’ll become a role model and a friend and provide your Little with the support they need to reach their full potential.

And … it’s rewarding and fun!


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CLIMATE, CLIMATE, CLIMATE and What’s Affected By It

in AVL Today a part of The City Council’s making moves

Building upon their Climate Emergency Resolution from January of this year, City Council also approved a decision establishing a zero-net loss tree canopy policy. Its goal? To establish tree canopy coverage of 50% by 2040 in order to fight canopy loss and ensuing “heat islands,” which can disproportionately affect minority communities. This resolution supports the establishment of a Comprehensive Urban Forestry Program in the future.

Want to dig in further? Check out the video of the meeting here.


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GUIDE: How to repair a family rift

by Pam Weintraub In PSYCHE

Healing an estrangement can be deeply rewarding. Acknowledge your role in what happened, then look ahead to brighter days.

Family estrangements are fundamental to the human story, starting the day that God tossed Adam and Eve from the garden. Likewise, in Greek mythology, there’s Electra, who murdered her mother to avenge her father, and Tantalus, who cooked his son and fed him to Olympian gods. The trope continues: just look at the brutal enemies Tywin and Tyrion Lannister, father and son power players in the TV series Game of ThronesCLICK TO CONTINUE


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IN MEMORY of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) from the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice who first rose to national prominence as an ACLU lawyer fighting for equal rights for women, has died at 87 years old.
 
She began Harvard Law School as a young mother and one of only nine women in her class, and became the architect of a legal strategy to eradicate gender discrimination in the United States. She modeled her approach after that of Thurgood Marshall on race discrimination, planning for a series of cases at the Supreme Court, each precedent paving the way for the next that would further expand rights and protections. In 1993, she joined the court as an associate justice, and over the decades became a cultural icon beloved for her vision and passion in defending the rights of women.


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Teaching kids to read during the coronavirus pandemic: 5 questions answered

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Keisha McIntosh Allen and Kindel Turner Nash research how kids learn to read and prepare future teachers at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. They are also raising children of their own. Here, they answer five questions many families and teachers may have about what they are seeing with virtual learning for early childhood education.

1. How do most kids learn to read?

Nash: Long before they enter kindergarten, most kids can “read” the words they encounter in their favorite books or around their home, on street signs and anywhere else they go.

Allen: Establishing routines that involve reading can help, such as reading them books – whether they are printed on paper or accessed through digital devices – and letting them watch others read. For example, my 1-year-old pretends that she can read because she often sees her 6-year-old brother reading.  CLICK TO CONTINUE


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SHE THE PEOPLE – Creating a Politics We Have Not Seen

We believe in a politics grounded in love, justice, and belonging. Our aim is to inspire the hearts and minds of everyday people, and turn non-voters into voters. We invite women of color to come together in person and online to tell our stories, host our people, and build community. Our network will continue to grow and live well beyond any one election and ensure that women of color will never be taken for granted again in elections.


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A DAY TO REFLECT ON STOLEN LANDS

This Indigenous Peoples’ Day Couldn’t Be More Important in Native Organizers Alliance

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day – October 12
 
It is a day to reflect on the history of Native peoples in the U.S. and the world. It is also a day to remind everyone that in the 21st Century Native peoples remain a vibrant part of political and cultural life.


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CREATED 150 YEARS AGO, the Justice Department’s First Mission Was to Protect Black Rights

By Bryan Greene in SMITHSONIANMAGAZINE.COM

Amos T. Akerman was an unlikely figure to head the newly formed Department of Justice. In 1870, the United States was still working to bind up the nation’s wounds torn open by the Civil War. During this period of Reconstruction, the federal government committed itself to guaranteeing full citizenship rights to all Americans, regardless of race. At the forefront of that effort was Akerman, a former Democrat and enslaver from Georgia, and a former officer in the Confederate Army.


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Letter: Mission nurses’ victory will ripple across the South

by Jim Stokely in Mountain Xpress, Asheville, N C

As a former labor negotiator for Sylvania, I would like to share my thoughts regarding the recent union vote by Mission nurses. Ever since the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, which defined the playing field for collective bargaining, the conventional wisdom for corporate management has been to do whatever can be done to stretch out the time between (a) the date many of the workers petition for a union and (b) the date all workers vote for or against a union. The thinking is that the initial burst of energy from workers will dissipate and that management has more time to hire anti-union consultants, plan anti-union communications and control the message throughout the union campaign. CLICK TO CONTINUE


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ANIMAL HAVEN of ASHEVILLE

WE ARE A 501(C)3 ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATION AND TEN-ACRE SANCTUARY IN EAST ASHEVILLE

Founded in May of 2000 by Barbara Bellows and Trina Hudson, Animal Haven of Asheville rescues and rehabilitates not only domestic animals but farm animals as well. In addition to providing food, shelter and veterinary care to homeless and abused animals, we are also a lifetime home for those not adopted.


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THE STATE OF THINGS | Blue Ridge Public Radio

WUNC’s flagship program, “The State of Things” covers many diverse issues and topics in North Carolina. Host Frank Stasio talks with authors, musicians, politicians, policymakers and everyday citizens about subjects that matter to North Carolinians. The program can now be heard in Western North Carolina, M – F from noon to 1, and a rebroadcast at 8 on BPR News, thanks to an ongoing partnership between Blue Ridge Public Radio and WUNC, headquartered in Chapel Hill.

The State of Things is a live show that welcomes comments, feedback and questions from listeners. Call 1.877.962.9862, email [email protected], or tweet @state_of_things. Follow The State of Things on Facebook.


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TREE CANOPY PROTECTION ORDINANCE: September Events and Updates – City of Asheville

On September 8th, the Asheville City Council will vote on approval of an amendment to a city ordinance called, “Tree Canopy Protection Ordinance.” Thanks in part to community support for the ordinance amendment in the shape of hundreds of emails and phone calls to City Council members, it looks like passage of the ordinance amendment is likely.


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