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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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How Queer Women Powered the Suffrage Movement

By  in the New York Times

For many suffragists, scholars have found, the freedom to choose whom and how they loved was tied deeply to the idea of voting rights.

In 1920, the suffragist Molly Dewson sat down to write a letter of congratulations to Maud Wood Park, who had just been chosen as the first president of the League of Women Voters, formed in anticipation of the passage of the 19th Amendment to help millions of women carry out their newfound right as voters.

“Partner and I have been bursting with pride and satisfaction,” she wrote. Dewson didn’t need to specify who “partner” was. Park already knew that Dewson was in a committed relationship with Polly Porter, whom she had met a decade earlier. The couple then settled down at a farm in Massachusetts (where they named their bulls after men they disliked).

this article was offered by Jennifer Langton

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ERA-NC Alliance releases 2020 Candidates Survey, urges voters to “Vote Equality”

Raleigh — The ERA-NC Alliance is commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with the release of its biennial North Carolina Candidates Survey, a comprehensive look at candidates for the North Carolina General Assembly, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate and their support — or lack of support — of the Equal Rights Amendment.


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ELIJAH’S VIOLIN   A poem in memory of Elijah McClain, February 25, 1996 – August 24, 2019

This afternoon I’m taking a break from making lists of what I think needs to be done in order to fix what’s wrong with the world.

I wish Elijah were still alive, toting his violin to the animal shelter as he often did, to soothe the kittens—when he saw their fear, this was his simple, kind gesture.

Had Elijah been read to as a child, he likely knew the story of the Jewish fairy tale, about children who learned to overcome fear through the power of music?

He would have known of his namesake, the ancient prophet Elijah and his magical violin that had the power to calm, and to release the secret melodies of the heart.

Had he taken his violin with him that evening on his walk to the corner store, it might have saved his life. 

It might have signaled to those men who murdered him that he was not a rapist, marauder, or thief.

They might then, have taken a minute to understand that he had simply walked to the corner store to buy some iced tea.

 

Jean Cassidy,  August 6, 2020  Asheville, North Carolina   

(August 2020 is the 75th anniversary month of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki – We remember)


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A NOTE FROM JUSTIN, Malaprop’s Senior Buyer and General Manager

The senseless death of George Floyd and so many others has saddened us at Malaprop’s. We are also saddened, angered, disgusted, and disappointed in the behavior of police and our government, both nationally and locally. We feel the sorrow created by our nation’s collective grief and the disappointment in the way local law enforcement and leadership have treated those in our community who wish to have their voices heard.


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REPRISE – 62 Million Reasons I’m Not the Same Anymore

by John Pavlovitz

Some people tell me that I’ve changed, that I’ve become more confrontational and irritable, that I am less tolerant of disagreement now. They say that I seem angrier, that I’m more political. They tell me that I’m not the gentle, loving soul I once was and they regularly click their tongues against the roof of their mouths in judgment, lamenting the person they say I used to be.


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Resources for White Parents Raising Anti-Racist Kids

Kriya Lendzion – Evergreen Community Charter School,  Last edit: 7/15/20

Research shows that kids as young as toddlers are actively learning about race and ethnicity, forming stereotypes and biases based on the toxic images and messages that we are all soaking in. When parents ignore the topic of race, children learn that racial diversity and inequities are too scary to talk about, don’t truly exist, or aren’t important enough to address. Therefore, it is critical that parents learn to intentionally talk about race and racism and not leave children on their own to learn about it from the media or others. As parents, we have the greatest power to disassemble harmful messages, and shape kids that not only live in awareness, acceptance and kindness, but as active change agents in dismantling racism for our next generation. Here are some resources to help! 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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Emerging Black voices demand change

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At recent local protests for racial justice, young people have led chants taken up by thousands of demonstrators protesting the May 25 killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer. Some have engaged their colleges’ administrations in discussions about redressing campus inequities, while others joined forces with a multigenerational effort, Black AVL Demands, to advocate for dramatic changes in city policy and spending. Many have been involved in all of those efforts and more.

“Our youth are the energy of the movement,” says Libby Kyles, CEO of the YWCA of Asheville and a Black Lives Matter leader and mentor. “They felt very much like things have not been happening fast enough.” CLICK TO CONTINUE


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When children’s stores reopen, let’s leave boys’ and girls’ sections behind

Lisa Selin Davis in The Guardian

Back in February, when people still went into stores to buy things for their kids, a California state assembly member, Evan Low, introduced AB 2826. The bill would require retailers with 500 or more employees to stop dividing toys, clothes and childcare items into boys’ and girls’ sections; those who didn’t would face a $1,000 fine.


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NEW RELEASE: Spanish Influenza: Nineteen Days in 1919 – from the diaries of Hilda Dorothea Zapf

Denise D’Angelo Jones Releases Her Book “Spanish Influenza: Nineteen Days In 1919” During COVID-19 Pandemic

Readers are taken on a journey through the accounts of a young lady that survived the Spanish Flu. There are details of hand washing, lockdowns, wearing of facemasks, and care for the sick!


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REPRISE from 2017: So, What Do We Do? We Keep on RESISTING!

By Jane Edwards-Spence (SheVille’s personal political analyst…aren’t we lucky?)

Treason against the United States is defined in Article III of the Constitution as “levying war against [the United States], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Cleaving to, or joining an enemy, as President Donald J. Trump did today, and in the past, is treason. Pure and simple.


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A Letter from WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CITIZENS ENDING INSTITUTIONAL BIGOTRY (WNCCEIB)

We have received calls and emails asking us what we can do & how we can be effective allies amidst the pain of George Floyd’s murder and all those that preceded (and have followed) his…and now, in Atlanta, have come after his, as well.  We have also felt the energy, determination, and commitment as we’ve marched with so many others in Asheville. 


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THE ENDURING GRACE OF JOHN LEWIS An interview in On Being by Krista Tippett

The legendary late civil rights elder and congressman, with lived wisdom for the culture of protest and common life today.

An extraordinary conversation with the late congressman John Lewis, taped in Montgomery, Alabama, during a pilgrimage 50 years after the March on Washington. It offers a special look inside his wisdom, the civil rights leaders’ spiritual confrontation within themselves, and the intricate art of nonviolence as “love in action.”   CLICK HERE  TO LISTEN


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