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City to embark on Urban Centers Project and is asking for community input

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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.


Remembering Lenora Lapidus, the Woman Who Renovated the House that RBG Built

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.


BOUNTY & SOUL Announcing 2nd Annual Community Dig Day Event

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. 


The On Being Project -NURTURING OUR CHILDREN’S SOULS Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

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


WOMEN ARE ALREADY THE MAJORITY. NOW LET’S BUILD A SUPERMAJORITY

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.

HANDS ON! CHILDREN’S MUSEUM The West Gallery features 2,500 square feet of new exhibits

HENDERSONVILLE– A 17-foot-long roaring Dinosaur, a fossil pit, a lego lab, and a model train station are all part of the new West Exhibit Gallery at Hands On! Children’s Museum. The non-profit unveiled the 2,500 square foot exhibit gallery earlier this week, after ten weeks of construction. The addition of the new exhibits is part of the museum’s strategy to become a world-class family destination experience.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE POLICY WATCH – Burr’s “I can’t remember” explanation of Mueller Report revelation strains credulity

By Rob Schofield

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


What 14 women wish they could say to their moms

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.


The National Memorial for Peace and Justice – Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)

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.  


A Digital Way to Follow the Freedom Riders’ Journey

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.


The Raleigh Report from Rep. Susan Fisher May, 2019

Flawed NC House Budget Passes

The most important bill passed each year is the State Budget. It invests around $24 billion of the money we pay in taxes in public education, health, public safety, and other public purposes. The budget is a two-year spending plan and covers fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Typically, legislators will amend the two year budget at its halfway point in next year’s “short” session.

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. 


Supreme Court expert analyzes North Carolina gerrymandering case @NCCapitol

Offered by Diane Amos, Weaverville, NC

Written by Tyler Dukes, WRAL investigative reporter, & Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter

 — 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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