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What if plastic never became waste?

In communities all over the world, circular recycling solutions provide a path to keeping plastic products out of our natural environments for good.

In the center of the Pacific Ocean, weighing more than 87,000 tons, is an amorphous vortex of trash known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. First discovered in the mid-1990s, it expands each year, collecting new pieces and particles. It’s just one striking example of how the world is experiencing a direct threat from excess consumer waste, demonstrating the urgent need for sustainable solutions.  from The Washington Post January, 2019

 


American Psychological Association issues first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys

By Stephanie Pappas

For the first time ever, APA is releasing guidelines to help psychologists work with men and boys.

At first blush, this may seem unnecessary. For decades, psychology focused on men (particularly white men), to the exclusion of all others. And men still dominate professionally and politically: As of 2018, 95.2 percent of chief operating officers at Fortune 500 companies were men. According to a 2017 analysis by Fortune, in 16 of the top companies, 80 percent of all high-ranking executives were male. Meanwhile, the 115th Congress, which began in 2017, was 81 percent male.


THE COLLIDER’S CLIMATE CITY EXPO April 2-3, 2019! 

Putting Climate City on the Map

recent article from U.S. News and World Report highlights how Asheville, North Carolina, has become an important hub of climate expertise. “But perhaps nothing has put Asheville on the map from a climate solutions and economic development standpoint quite like The Collider,” the article notes. Check out the article to learn more about the integral role we’ve played in earning Asheville, North Carolina, the moniker of “Climate City.”

Whether it’s Business, NextGen, Luminaries, Arts, Eats, Learn, or Faith, there’s an opportunity to engage in climate resilience and adaptation for you. 

My Daddy Taught Me That – a youth development program

A youth development program designed to support young men through advocacy, education, and mentoring.

Discover the inspiration behind MDTMT, from how the organization was founded to its future plans to expand services to reach young men in Western NC. 

Apply for your child or student to join our Men’s Development Program, where we mentor young men in our community and participate in educational advocacy.

Are you ready to take a stand and support male youth in our area? Find out how you can make a difference in a young person’s life.

 


Asheville Greenworks of Buncombe County – Program Spotlight: Urban Forestry

Here at GreenWorks, we know that trees contribute to a better quality of life. Trees provide oxygen, improve air and water quality, reduce stormwater management costs, and offer important habitat to urban wildlife. In addition, studies show that they promote greater physical activity, reduce stress and improve mental health, and even lead to reduced crime rates.


Gloria Steinem says these are the best guidelines for difficult conversations

By Leah Fessler 

Gloria Steinem is one of the most legendary social-justice organizers and writers in American history. Having fought at the forefront of the women’s movement since the 1960s, Steinem, now 84, has hardly slowed down. She’s been an advocate for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and this month, her life’s work became the subject of an off-Broadway play.


MARTIN LUTHER KING Prayer Breakfast Jan. 19 and Peace March Jan 21., Asheville

For many years the special events to honor Dr. King on the weekend of his birthday have been the primary focus of the MLK Association. Our Prayer Breakfast, Youth Awards Celebration, Candlelight Service, and March & Rally for justice have drawn huge crowds, positive press coverage, and important support in the community for Dr. King’s vision and our shared dreams.


Food Connection and Flori Pate, WNC Person of the Year 2018

Food Connection – Making a Difference in Western North Carolina

Sarah Nowicki Nicholson in WNC Woman Magazine

I think we can all agree that no fresh food should ever end up in the trash while people are going hungry. I hadn’t been at my current job for more than one week as the Marketing Manager for UNC Asheville’s dining program before I heard about Food Connection and Flori Pate, the co-founder and creative director of Dig Local and co-founder and executive director of Food Connection. My limited understanding, at that time, can be summed up as, “okay – so, we wrap up any unused extra food from back of house, call this lady, and she’ll just come get it and donate it?” It sounded a little too good to be true. Click here to continue reading

Click here for the Food Connection and Flori Pate website

 

 

 


2019 WOMEN’S MARCH ASHEVILLE – January 20, 11:00 – South Pack Square – Be a Sponsor or Contributor!

Mark your calendars! The annual Women’s March on Asheville will take place on January 20, 2019. We will once again be the progressive March heard across the Western North Carolina region uniting people of all ages regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. We will march in support of our rights and for justice.


A MUST READ: E. R. A. a short primer for the monstrously long process of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Dear Reader, 

The introduction I’ve added to this text explains some of the analogies I see between Victor Frankenstein’s creature and the legal corpus of laws that apply to women in the United States.  Those analogies occurred to me in this 200th year following the initial publication of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein.

Thank you, SheVille, for the very strong July 20, 2018, article on the reasons we need the Equal Rights Amendment.  I’ve sent the link for the article to several people I know, and I added the reference to the article to this latest draft of my handmade book on the process of ratifying the E.R.A.  I finished making the book before I saw the article, so I didn’t include your article in the resources I used for the book project. 

Happy reading,

Virginia McKinley,  Asheville, N.C.   


Monday numbers: A closer look at the impact of gerrymandering on the 2018 election Inbox

Monday numbers: A closer look at the impact of gerrymandering on the 2018 election

By Billy Ball

When North Carolina Democrats and Common Cause N.C. filed a suit in Wake County Superior Court last week, it was the culmination of roughly two decades of claims that the state’s top lawmakers had manipulated district lines for partisan advantage.


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