The City of Asheville is seeking public input on the potential future zoning of properties at/near Kmart (Patton Avenue), Innsbruck Mall (Tunnel Road), Steinmart (Merrimon Avenue) and Walmart (Bleachery Boulevard). The Urban Centers initiative will examine how the properties may be used in the future and what they could look like if redeveloped. The initiative will look at land use, mixed-use higher density residential, and features such as walkability, bikeability and open spaces.
12 excuses for climate inaction and how to refute them
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Using moral clarity to counter defeatism around the climate crisis.
By ACLU Women’s Rights Project
On the 50th anniversary of Selma’s Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest stains in our nation’s civil rights history, President Obama spoke with hope and confidence about Americans who were “unencumbered by what is, because you’re ready to seize what ought to be.” Lenora Lapidus lived her life by this principle.
BBC News by Harvey Day
But a new generation of young activists has proved that many teenagers are, in fact, deeply concerned with social, political and environmental issues – and they’re fully prepared to do something about them.
The 2nd Annual Community Dig Day event will take place on the campus of the Swannanoa Valley Medical Center, 997 Old US Hwy 70 West in Black Mountain, NC on Saturday, May 25 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. The event is organized and conducted by Bounty & Soul, a nonprofit wellness and hunger relief organization connecting people to food, education and each other.
in US News by Jackie Botts
A picture book for second graders about a family with two moms. A lesson for fourth graders about Gold Rush era stagecoach driver Charley Parkhurst, who was born a woman but lived as a man.
A rabbi and parent, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso wants us to think about how we might teach our children’s souls, not just their minds. She says nurturing the spiritual lives of our children is the work of understanding for ourselves “what really matters in life, what’s precious, what’s more important than earning a living and going through our daily routine.” Click here to listen to the podcast
In the past two years, we’ve seen what happens when women mobilize.
- 1 in 5 Americans has participated in a march or protest since 2016. The biggest issue driving these actions is support for women’s rights.
- Women donated $100 million more to campaigns and causes in 2018 than they did in 2016.
- We’ve been the majority of voters in every national election since 1964. In 2018, women helped elect a Congress with a record-breaking 127 women members.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE POLICY WATCH – Burr’s “I can’t remember” explanation of Mueller Report revelation strains credulity
Throughout his long and mostly uninspired political career, Richard Burr has filled the role of a classic, inoffensive, modern day American politician. Burr is reasonably telegenic, has an affinity for platitudes, remains an enigma to his constituents, is a reliable vote for the ruling class and, after a quarter century in Washington, appears to enjoy life in the nation’s capital. One quite believable rumor has it that when Burr retires from the Senate at the end of his current term, the one-time lawnmower salesman will transition to a job as a high-priced K Street lobbyist to “cash in” like so many other politicians of both major parties who’ve preceded him. Continue reading
Many folks know Folkmoot as an international folk festival. We’re proud that the mountains of Western North Carolina welcome the world to our region every July. But we’re more than the festival:
from The Lily Lines published by the Washington Post – Intro by Nneka McGuire and Ery Burns
There is perhaps no relationship as primal, potent and consequential as the mother-daughter bond. In theory, it’s simple: Someone gives birth. In practice, it’s complex. Mothers run the gamut — kind, cold, witty, withdrawn, cautious, ambitious, modest, unafraid — but ultimately, they’re human, with merits and frailties alike. The same goes for their daughters.
This is an experience that touches the heart and soul – not to be missed!
This information and pictures are offered by Ed Raiola
The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
05/30/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
HISTORY is proud to join with Google Earth to present an interactive view of the Freedom Rides. On the first day of May, in 1961, a group of 13 activists gathered to prepare for one of the most harrowing and courageous challenges to segregation in America. Travel along the bus route the Freedom Riders took and learn about the non-violent strategies they used to achieve racial justice for travelers in the Jim Crow South.
By Maria Perez from The North Star through History News Network
A bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced a bill to establish the National Museum of the American Latino in Washington, DC.
Flawed NC House Budget Passes
GUARDIANSHIPS AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY a Series by Mariah D. McKinney, Attorney & Partner of Garlock & McKinney, P.C
What is Guardianship and What Does it Have to Do With Me?
Imagine that every time you went out to eat, someone else decided what you were going to eat without asking your opinion, ordered your food for you, and then directed you to eat the meal once it arrived. Imagine feeling like an observer and an outsider in all matters concerning your own personal preferences. This is what it feels like for many people who have a Guardian appointed by the Court to make decisions on their behalf. Wouldn’t you at least want the peace of mind to know that you were the one who chose the person who is making decisions for you? Those who do not name their choice of decision-makers in legally valid Powers of Attorney give up their freedom to choose.
Offered by Diane Amos, Weaverville, NC
Written by Tyler Dukes, WRAL investigative reporter, & Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter
RALEIGH, N.C. — The future of North Carolina’s congressional district map is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, which last week heard oral arguments in a landmark partisan gerrymandering case.
Energy Innovation Task Force Announces Cancellation of Duke’s Peaker Plant, Honors Community Partners
The Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) is excited to announce that through community collaboration, the gas-fired peaker plant, originally planned for 2023, has been pushed out beyond 2032. “Delaying the need for any additional natural gas-fired generation in Buncombe County beyond 2032 is a big deal. The facility would have cost residential and business ratepayers more than $100 million paid for through higher electricity bills,” notes EITF member and Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Brownie Newman. The peaker plant would have been used to ensure electricity production during peak demand times such as the coldest winter days. Click here to read more
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