In 1942, as the country reeled from the attack on Pearl Harbor, trained male pilots were in short supply. Qualified pilots were needed to fight the war. The Army also was desperate for pilots to deliver newly built trainer aircraft to the flight schools in the South. Twenty-eight experienced civilian women pilots volunteered to take those ferrying jobs. They formed the country’s first female squadron late summer 1942.
Sent in by Diane Amos July, 2018
• North Carolina: It’s truly astonishing how relentless North Carolina Republicans are in their ceaseless zeal to undermine democracy. This week, they called a blitzkrieg legislative session where they swiftly advanced two more measures to entrench their power by unfairly and arbitrarily tilting the playing field to their benefit.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
My Sistah Taught Me That (MSTMT) is a young girl’s developmental program designed to encourage, inspire, educate, and empower young girls ages 11-19 with a special focus on girls growing up in single parent homes without their father. This program was created so young ladies in Buncombe County and surrounding areas in Western North Carolina may have the chance to be exposed to professional leaders in our community who are dedicated to providing opportunities, open dialogue, and exposure to things they wouldn’t routinely do, with the intent of helping them grow and mature.
By Ed Sacco, Veterans forPeace, Asheville Chapter 099 July 4, 2018
Have we have become a fearful country “measured” by our relationship to weapons and guns? There is a connection between our reliance on wars abroad and guns at home. This is reflected in our active or passive support of the militarization of our youth and violence at home. The war mentality has not and will not secure our happiness. It blinds us to the common good of humanity. Is this our legacy for children?
The United States has exported a third of its recyclables to China for many years without any issues. It worked well. Americans like to recycle and China wanted the materials to feed their manufacturing base. However, beginning in 2013, China began to make a series of policies shifts to reduce the amount and types of recyclable materials into their country.
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The Washington Post’s New Series
With Overlooked, our new collection of obituaries for people who never got them, The Times is recalling the lives of those who were passed over for generations, for whatever reasons. Some were famous, like the poet Sylvia Plath, while others were more obscure, like the first American woman to win an Olympic championship (without ever knowing it).
The Women’s Media Center works to make women visible and powerful in the media. We do so by promoting women as decision-makers and as subjects in media; training women to be media-ready and media-savvy; researching and exposing sexism, racism, and fakery in media; and creating original online and on air journalism.
College Degrees Bring Significant Benefits to Single Mothers and Society
Single mothers who complete an associate or bachelor’s degree earn hundreds of thousands of dollars more over their lifetimes and have significantly lower rates of poverty than single mothers with only high school diplomas, according to a new analysis recently released by IWPR. The analysis, which is the first of its kind, finds that public or institutional investments in services, such as child care and case management, boost graduation rates and more than pay for themselves through graduates’ increased tax contributions and reduced public benefits. But access to these benefits must be improved; currently, only 8 percent of single mothers who enroll in two- or four-year programs graduate with a degree.
I went to a dinner party at a friend’s home last weekend, and met her five-year-old daughter for the first time. Little Maya was all curly brown hair, doe-like dark eyes, and adorable in her shiny pink nightgown. I wanted to squeal, “Maya, you’re so cute! Look at you! Turn around and model that pretty ruffled gown, you gorgeous thing!”
The Community Foundation of WNC Women for Women Giving Circle Makes Historic Commitment to Prevent Violence
Helpmate, Our VOICE, Mountain Child Advocacy Center and Pisgah Legal are launching a long term plan to prevent domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse in our community!
Rep. Susan Fisher Buncombe County District 114 email@example.com
July 30, 2018
You may remember that the General Assembly adjourned on June 29, 2018, not to return until after Thanksgiving. Yet on Tuesday of last week (July 24th), North Carolina made national news (again) for passing bills to change the 2018 election rules after the election season had already started. How did this happen?
**Update: We are now “on call” pending notice that the Republicans schedule an override vote. That could come as soon as this weekend…..
Women PROUTists are working together to create a world in which all people have the opportunity to develop their full potential. We educate and organize our communities to resist oppression, exploitation and discrimination.
SO, WHAT DO WE DO? We Keep on RESISTING! sent in from Jane Edwards, (our local political analyst) PLEASE SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS
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.
The Illinois House of Delegates voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment! ONLY ONE MORE STATE TO GO, NORTH CAROLINA!
We did it. Tonight the Illinois House of Delegates voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The vote was 72 – 45.
Journalists Need to Keep in Mind that Donald Trump Didn’t Win a Mandate for Anything
by Robert Brent Toplin
Commentators in the print and video media often complain about President Donald Trump’s aggressive actions regarding immigration, tariffs, health care, climate change, guns, the Iran nuclear agreement, and other controversial topics, but they recognize that he won the election. Reluctantly, they acknowledge that Trump has a mandate to take strong positions on the issues. But they are wrong. Donald Trump does not possess impressive authority to move the nation dramatically in new directions. Pundits and politicians should refrain from treating the 2016 election as evidence of public approval for extraordinary exercises in presidential power.
Immigrant toddlers ordered to appear in court alone
BY CHRISTINA JEWETT AND SHEFALI LUTHRA, KAISER HEALTH NEWS
As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the border, immigrant children as young as 3 years old are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings, according to attorneys in Texas, California and Washington, D.C. The Texas Tribune
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by Tae Yun Kim, syndicated from Parabola in The Daily Good
At age seven, Tae Yun Kim gazed upon her uncles practicing an ancient martial art. She was awestruck. Never before had she seen something so beautiful and exciting, their movements both natural and mystical. She decided right then and there she had to learn. There was only one problem: She was a girl in 1950s South Korea, and this was a five-thousand-year-old culture and tradition. When Kim asked to train with them, she was told, “You’re supposed to learn how to cook and sew. And if you’re lucky, someone will find you a husband. . . . ” Continue reading
Campaign for Southern Equality Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Masterpiece Cake v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
Asheville, N.C. (June 4, 2018) – Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cake v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission represents a narrow response to the facts of this Colorado case and departs from longstanding precedent by granting a single Colorado business the right to discriminate. The Court did not rule that there is a right to discriminate: this ruling does not apply to businesses in other states and does not invalidate non-discrimination laws that protect LGBTQ people.
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