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Women's Lives & Education

Why study women, minorities, or other controversial subjects at all? The answer is: a good liberal education (liberal as in “freedom”) teaches people to think both “inside the box” and “outside the box”.  Gender studies programs can encourage students to creatively examine their surroundings and learn to identify both the empowering and dis-empowering properties of words and deeds and to consider the relationship of race, gender, class and ethnicity as well as the manifestation and effects of gender bias in society.   Your suggestions and submissions are welcomed.
Research on Women and Education     Women’s Media Center     OnTrack Women’s Financial Empowerment Center     The Community Foundation of WNC – Women for Women grants     Western Women’s Business Center     Womansong of Asheville Women’s Chorus & New Start Program

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ELIADA HOME STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY, YOUTH OUTright WNC, and ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM for FAMILIES

This month we are featuring Sophie, who has excelled in our 100cameras program (one of her photos featured above)!
100cameras is a nonprofit organization that works with kids around the world who have had challenging experiences, and teaches them how to process and tell their stories through photography in a way that impacts how they view themselves and their role in their community. 100cameras then provides a platform to sell their photographs and gives 100% of the proceeds back to fund the most pressing needs in their communities, enabling them to see the impact of their contribution.

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WOMEN’S WORK: Louise Gluck, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna

by Ron Charles in the Washington Post BOOK Club

Poetic justice: Louise Glück won the Nobel Prize in literature yesterday (story and video). The Swedish Academy cited the “austere beauty” of her poetry. Glück, already one of the most celebrated writers in America, is the 16th woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature since it was first awarded in 1901. The chair of the prize committee, Anders Olsson, said, “Glück’s voice is unmistakable. It is candid and uncompromising, and it signals that this poet wants to be understood — but it is also a voice full of humor and biting wit.”


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EMBRACING THE WILD BEASTS OF THE MIND excerpt from A Brief History of Yoga, by Ramesh Bjonnes ​

Offered by the Prama Institute

During my monastic training in India the 1980s, I became intimately familiar with Pashupati—the Lord of the Beasts. It happened while I spent time alone as a sadhu, meditating and begging for my food near Pashupatinat, a Shiva temple located in the small town of Deopatan, to the east of Kathmandu.


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Asheville nurses union vote unprecedented in NC

Carolina Public Press by Kate Martin 

In what the union hailed as a “landslide vote,” nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville voted this week to approve a union — the first in North Carolina to do so and the largest hospital union win in the South since 1975.

National Nurses United, the labor group that now represents about 1,800 nurses at two addresses in Asheville, said in a statement Thursday morning it believes this is “the largest union election win in the South in a dozen years” for a union of any type.  CLICK TO CONTINUE


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DAWN STARKS and THE SIMPLE MONEY CLUB, a monthly membership to encourage people to increase their financial literacy

 The SimpleMoney Club, will help and encourage you to increase your financial literacy.

Are You. . .

. . . intimidated by money?  (You’re not alone, most of my clients were.) . . . someone who wants to simplify your financial life?  (Don’t we all??) . . . someone who likes to DIY with your money, but wants a professional to point you in the right direction?  (I see this more and more.) . . . pretty savvy with your money, but want to reach your full potential?  (There is always room for improvement!)


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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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Practices You/We Have Found Helpful These Past Few Months

The Fetzer Institute

In June we invited people to answer, What practice have you found particularly helpful during these past months? We received so many thoughtful and helpful replies and have been appreciating the peace that simply reading them brings. Together, the selections below represent many traditions, practices, and voices that will be helpful to our planning a coming year of monthly practices. Thank you!


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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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THE ARTS: Face Masks, The Flute, Virtual Concerts and Simone Leigh

Simone Leigh’s practice incorporates sculpture, video, and installation; all are informed by her ongoing exploration of black female-identified subjectivity. Leigh works in a mode she describes as auto-ethnographic. Her objects often employ materials and forms traditionally associated with African art; her performance-influenced installations create spaces where historical precedent and self-determination commingle.

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From Plaster to Plastic, Artists Take Inventive Approaches to Face Masks

In Denver, an exhibition of artist-designed masks shows that face coverings are not only crucial to our health but can also offer unique means of self-expression.

by Hakim Bishara in Hyperallergic

Face masks in all forms and colors have become an essential part of our lives due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with no end in sight. And it’s partly because of the refusal of some to wear them that we continue to see a rise in COVID-19 infections in the United States and around the world. A new exhibition at the Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver comes to remind the nonbelievers and the COVID-fatigued among us that face masks are not only crucial to our health but that they can also be delightful means of self-expression. CLICK FOR MORE

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PanHarmoniaKatePAN HARMONIA  One more time! Porch Music Live, Tuesday Oct 27 @ 5 pm

Kate Steinbeck performs music for flute alone

The weather should be beautiful, so come on out to a historic Asheville neighborhood for some LIVE MUSIC!! Chairs will be provided and spaced apart per health guidelines. Masks required.

You are welcome to bring your own beverages and glasses and arrive anytime after 4:30.

Seating is limited to 25, so you must preregister. RESERVE HERE  AND THANK YOU!

Pan Harmonia  www.PanHarmonia.org    PO Box 18342   Asheville, NC 28814


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WHAT’S UP: Women’s Lives and Education

WOMANSONG PRESENTS TWO NEW VIDEOS: “MY VOTE, MY VOICE, MY RIGHT” AND “59 CENTS”

This spring, Womansong had planned a concert entitled  “Ain’t I A Woman? – Celebrating Women’s Lives and the Right to Vote!”      The concert theme highlighted the facets of a woman’s life, including advocating for equal rights in the workplace and in the voting booth.  A pandemic may have prevented the performance but it cannot stop our choir from sharing this important message.  So to our fans and our village around the country we offer two new recordings: 59 Cents and My Vote, My Voice, My Right.  You can watch them both below!


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IDEA OF THE DAY: Libraries for democracy

The sociologist Eric Klinenberg published a book in 2018 called “Palaces for the People,” about the importance of shared public spaces in American life. Libraries, child care centers, churches and parks had all been crucial to the country’s historical success, he wrote, and he argued that they remained crucial to helping the country function better and overcome its deep divisions today.


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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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