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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.


How Reconstruction Still Shapes American Racism

by Henry Lewis Gates, Jr. in Time and offered by History News Network

Henry Lewis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher university professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

During an interview with Chris Rock for my PBS series ­African American Lives 2, we traced the ancestry of several well-known African Americans. When I told Rock that his great-great-­grandfather Julius Caesar Tingman had served in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War — enrolling on March 7, 1865, a little more than a month after the Confederates evacuated from Charleston, S.C. — he was brought to tears.


The Top-Secret Feminist History of Tea Rooms

By: Cara Strickland in JSTOR Daily

When you hear the words “tea room,” it’s likely that you immediately think of a Victorian-inspired establishment best suited to special occasions, a place for women in pearls. If you’d lived at the turn of the 20th century in Scotland, or the early 1900s in America, however, it’s likely that you would have a different picture entirely.


News from The Center for Art & Inspiration

THE CENTER FOR ART & INSPIRATION TO ANCHOR DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE’S SOUTH MAIN ST.

Hendersonville, NC –  A new destination for theatre and the arts will anchor South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville when The Center for Art & Inspiration opens its doors at 125 S. Main on February 23, 2019.

A vision of theatrical writer and producer Jeanie Linders, the project also brings to the area a pop-up Malaprop’s Books, the renowned independent bookstore in downtown Asheville, and The Artful Cup Coffee Bar featuring the gourmet roasts of Independent Beans of Hendersonville’s 7th Avenue Historic District.


THE WOMEN’S HISTORY TRAIL Folk Heritage Association of Macon County, N C

Women’s History Trail: Walk in Their Steps

The Women’s History Trail…Small Steps… a project sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC), is taking small steps that will hopefully lead to big strides for women’s history by celebrating the lives of Macon County women, honoring their accomplishments and creating a trail to “walk in her steps.” This project aims to weave together the disparate elements of our history: Native American, White, Black; those of all levels of society; those of pioneer stock and those more recently arrived, telling their stories through various art mediums/exhibits and markers along a designated path.


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.


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


THE NEW COLUSSUS by Emma Lazarus (followed by Readers’ Poems for 2017)

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!”


Community Public Input Session April 11, 3-4 pm

Calling all community members. Do you have ideas about improving access to child care in Buncombe County? We want to hear from you. Buncombe County is facing a shortage of child care and is working to expand access to high quality, affordable child care and pre-k.

Buncombe County is launching a new Early Childhood Fund and plans to invest $3.6 million annually to improve outcomes for young children. Grants made through the fund will focus on access to quality early childhood care and education. This is your chance to talk with members of the funding committee and weigh in on what you think is most important.


Como Tú / Like You / Like Me Richard Blanco

By Richard Blanco   featured in The Academy of Poets

{for the D.A.C.A DREAMers and all our nation’s immigrants}

…my veins don’t end in me
but in the unanimous blood
of those who struggle for life…

…mis venas no se terminan en mí
sino en la sangre unánime
de los que luchan por la vida…

           —Roque Dalton, “Como tú”


Public Lands Bill Provides ‘Lifeline For Migratory Birds’

(Washington, DC, February 25, 2019) Passage of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), expected tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives, will signify a bipartisan win for birds and people, and a step in the right direction toward advancing wildlife conservation and recreation initiatives. The bill passed the Senate with a vote of 98-2.


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.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 


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