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A Letter from WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CITIZENS ENDING INSTITUTIONAL BIGOTRY (WNCCEIB)

We have received calls and emails asking us what we can do & how we can be effective allies amidst the pain of George Floyd’s murder and all those that preceded (and have followed) his…and now, in Atlanta, have come after his, as well.  We have also felt the energy, determination, and commitment as we’ve marched with so many others in Asheville. 


THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP in progressive and conservative cities is real

About Brightbeam

Brightbeam is a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and a brighter future for every child. It is the umbrella organization for the flagship platform known as Education Post. Using the power of communications, we shine a light on communities that challenge decision-makers to provide the learning opportunities all children need to thrive.


Broaching the Subject of Beauty

A look at three paintings from the cusp of the 20th century that make a powerful argument for beauty.

When in 2014 the Getty Museum acquired Édouard Manet’s “Jeanne (Spring)” (1881), it commissioned a three-lecture series and invited the art historian Richard Brettell to be the first speaker. He, in turn, has now expanded his published version of those discussions to deal also with two other late 19th-century paintings in the Getty collection, Paul Gauguin’s still life “Arii matamoe (La fin royale)” (1892) and Paul Cézanne’s “Young Italian Woman at a Table” (1895-1900).

As Brettell notes at the start of his book, On Modern Beauty: Three Paintings by Manet, Gauguin and Cézanne, both ‘modern’ and ‘beauty’ have become highly problematic concepts, in part because of the legitimate concerns of feminists and scholars dealing with gender and colonialism.  Click here to continue


Statement of Adrian Dominican Sisters on Cruel Treatment of Children at US-Mexico Border

June 25, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement concerning the treatment of immigrant children at the border between the United States and Mexico.

We denounce in the strongest possible terms the unconscionable mistreatment of children on the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump Administration, and call on our elected leaders to take all measures necessary to provide them with adequate food, shelter, and healthcare – and, most importantly, to reunite them with their families.


DECOLONIZING BC’s Roadside History – in Culturally Modified

By Joanne Hammond 

In September 2016, a sign was unveiled just up the street from my home in Kamloops. It’s the kind of familiar sign that dots Canada’s highways, meant for motorists to pull over, learn a thing or two about local history, and move on with new appreciation for the landscape. The new sign kicked off a campaign by the BC Ministry of Transportation to expand the province’s stock of public history and to invite suggestions about the stories people would like to tell.  


CENTER ACTION LGBTQIA NEWS – June 2019

Last Friday President Donald Trump tweeted about celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month and added an LGBTQ-themed t-shirt to his online store. But he didn’t actually proclaim June as Pride Month. The White House confirmed that no official proclamation recognizing Pride Month had been issued.  The tweet came a week after the administration confirmed it would be dismantlingsome of the last remaining federal protections for LGBTQ people, setting our community up for even more discrimination in health care and in homeless shelters. The administration also confirmed it was overturning a protection that prohibits adoption and foster-care agencies from receiving federal funding if they discriminate against same-sex couples. These are just two of over 110 attacks made on the LGBTQ population since Trump has taken office.


VETERANS FOR PEACE: Educating Our Children for Peace – Our Legacy to Our Children

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 Status of Women in North Carolina: Health and Wellness

Publication Date: June 2019 Click here to view full report 

The health and wellness of women in North Carolina has improved in some ways, yet not all women are equally benefiting from this progress. Wide disparities persist in disease and mortality rates and incidence of sexually transmitted infections by race and ethnicity, as well as by county. Ensuring that women can access the health care services they need – including for mental health and substance abuse – is vital to the health and well-being of women in North Carolina.

Additionally, women’s experiences of intimate partner violence show the detrimental impact this violence has on women in the state. The Status of Women in North Carolina: Health & Wellness is the second in a series of four publications that provide data and policy recommendations to improve North Carolina women’s status in several key areas.  CLICK TO CONTINUE


HOW WE WALKED into This and How We Can Walk Out

In his new book, journalist Ezra Klein turns his attention to a question lingering over so many others in American politics today: Why are we polarized? And he poses a challenge in his conversation with Krista this week: “We need to build a politics where one of our aims is the participation and respect we give to each other,” he says. “That doesn’t mean a politics where the fights aren’t hard-fought or the stakes aren’t high or everything is compromised down for no reason … but we need to be looking to pull people into the process, and we need to be looking to pull people back from the ledge.”


A LIBERAL EXPLANATION OF SOME SIMPLE BELIEFS – I just want to be understood…

by Larry Allen

An open letter to friends and family who are shocked to discover I’m a liberal… I’ve always been a liberal, but that doesn’t mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let’s break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: Not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines:


JUST SAY NO! To Protect Open Greenway Space on the French Broad River

By Karen Cragnolin

What is Jettie Rae’s Seafood Restaurant?

Jettie Rae’s is a proposed new seafood restaurant in the middle of the new greenway and sidewalk project along Riverside Drive, across from the Cotton Mill Studios and directly on the river in the *riparian area.  The proposed new restaurant is 5,500 square feet, has 36 parking spaces, a pavilion and open lawn and a public restroom  that will be only open when the restaurant is open.

Why are concerned citizens raising red flags and voicing concerns about this proposed restaurant? 


How Do We Know Something Is Racist? Historian Ibram X. Kendi Explains

In History News Network

When President Trump tweeted on Sunday that “‘Progressive’ Democratic Congresswomen” — an apparent reference to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, who are all women of color — should “go back” to their countries, the backlash was swift. It also sparked another conversation: What makes something racist? 

Ibram Kendi, a professor and director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, joined “CBS This Morning” to address that question from a historical perspective and discuss whether racist actions or words make someone a racist. Click to continue


GREAT MODELS OF FATHERHOOD ON SCREEN in the Representation Project

Happy Father’s Day from The Representation Project! Fathers in the media are often portrayed in stereotypical and even insulting ways. Since the fathers that we see on screens send powerful messages about this important role, it’s helpful to reflect on how content producers choose to portray dads. Here are our picks for best and worst dad representations in entertainment media.


The Kicker, Show 17 | Food insecurity in Western North Carolina – The Faces of Hunger

Welcome to The Kicker from Carolina Public Press, a North Carolina news show bringing you conversations with journalists, sources and newsmakers from across the state.

In this episode, Kicker host Peter Kent talks with Hannah Randall and Amy Sims of Manna FoodBank, which serves a 16-county region of Western North Carolina, about issues of food insecurity the region they serve. 


CLIMATE HOME NEWS Deadly Japan heatwave ‘essentially impossible’ without global warming

A scientist’s double negative

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Precision demands that scientists present it as a double negative. Last July’s deadly heatwave in Japan could not have happened without human influence on the climate.

To venture a lay approximation, this study is saying decades of fossil fuel burning killed a thousand Japanese people. And this week more died as temperatures broke new records. 

In the burgeoning field of event attribution, this is one of the clearest results yet. Japan has robust historic weather data, unlike most poorer countries vulnerable to weather disaster. The link between global warming and extreme heat is more direct than, for example, with tornado clusters hitting the US.  Continue reading


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.


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