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U.S. House Passes BILL TO PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE from Discrimination

May 17, 2019

Many Southern Congress Members Vote Yes to the Equality Act, Underlining Strong Support for LGBTQ Equality in the South

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the Equality Act, federal legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, public accommodations, federally funded programs, and jury service. It is the first time ever that the House of Representatives has passed a bill to extend nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ people.


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 Mothers run the gamut — kind, cold, witty, withdrawn, cautious, ambitious, modest, unafraid — but ultimately, they’re human, with merits and frailties alike.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.


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.

VETERANS FOR PEACE: Accompanying Honduras

by Ken Jones     February 3, 2018

As the bus was taking our accompaniment delegation to Honduras to the airport for our return home, it stopped by the offices of Radio Progreso. Piling on to the bus came some twenty staff members of the station to bid us goodbye. Each of them greeted us with an embrace, a kiss, or a clasp of hands expressing heartfelt gratitude for our having come to be with them at this dangerous and chaotic time in their country. It was a striking gesture of affection that deeply touched us, the visiting delegates.


ALICE RIVLIN: A memorial reading list

Brookings Now   by Fred Dews  May 15, 2019

“Hope for bipartisan policy on the economy or any other topic depends on stopping the blame game, beginning to listen to each other, and rebuilding trust before working together to solve the problems that beset us,” Alice Rivlin wrote in 2018, encapsulating one of her consistent tenets. As the Brookings Institution community mourns the death of this extraordinary scholar and public servant, we look back at some highlights of her extraordinary career at Brookings. Learn more about the scope and impact of her life and career in this memorial piece.


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.


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. 


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