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5 Things Travelers Can Do Now to Combat Racism

by Tiana Attride in HERE

Five first steps travelers can take to be an anti-racist ally wherever they go.

As the Black Lives Matter movement gains traction worldwide, industries across the board are gearing up to diversify at last—and the travel and hospitality industries, like most, have plenty of work to do. 

While many changes need to take place on an industry level, individual travelers can still do their part to work against racism on their own personal trips. Although there are countless ways to combat racism in everyday life, these first five steps present a clear path to rearranging the way you—and your fellow travelers—think and act when you go out into the world. CLICK TO CONTINUE

 


A TRUE DAUGHTER OF THE CONFEDERACY has written what should be the last words on monument removal.

By Caroline Randall Williams in Reddit June 26, 2020

I have rape-colored skin. My light-brown-blackness is a living testament to the rules, the practices, the causes of the Old South.

If there are those who want to remember the legacy of the Confederacy, if they want monuments, well, then, my body is a monument. My skin is a monument.


WASTE REDUCTION PARTNERS

Waste Reduction Partners, a team of highly experienced staff and volunteer retired engineers, architects and scientists, provides North Carolina businesses and institutions with waste and energy reduction assessments and technical assistance.

WRP services are typically grant-sponsored or supported through technical service contracts to provide technical assistance to its clients at no cost. All services are nonregulatory and confidential. The WRP mission is to work for a sustainable economy, healthy environment, and better quality of life throughout North Carolina.


Why Ellevest Launched a Money Membership for Women+

At Ellevest, our mission is to get more money in the hands of women+ — because we know that everyone deserves the opportunity to build wealth, and that nothing bad happens when women have more money. Instead, economies grow. Communities thrive.

But gender wealth inequality is real. Women and non-binary people earn less and own less than men do, while carrying more debt. Black and Latinx women have the biggest wealth gaps of all. So in November 2016, we launched a new kind of financial company — one built by women+ for women+, because the finance industry wasn’t. CLICK TO CONTINUE


BLUE RIDGE MUSIC TRAILS: The Trail Ahead: Current Trends and Innovations in the Music Industry

Join us for a series of free online workshops where you’ll find ideas and options for virtual opportunities for the music business. The three workshops will feature expert panelists including International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award-winning artists who will share with participants what they’ve learned during the COVID-19 crisis. The workshops will be offered via Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook @blueridgemusictrails. Please register for the individual workshops below or Learn More Here.


CREATED 150 YEARS AGO, the Justice Department’s First Mission Was to Protect Black Rights

By Bryan Greene in SMITHSONIANMAGAZINE.COM

Amos T. Akerman was an unlikely figure to head the newly formed Department of Justice. In 1870, the United States was still working to bind up the nation’s wounds torn open by the Civil War. During this period of Reconstruction, the federal government committed itself to guaranteeing full citizenship rights to all Americans, regardless of race. At the forefront of that effort was Akerman, a former Democrat and enslaver from Georgia, and a former officer in the Confederate Army.


WHAT’S INTERSECTIONALITY? Let These Scholars Explain the Theory and Its History

BY ARICA L. COLEMAN in Time Magazine

 

UPDATED: MARCH 29, 2019 2:58 PM ET | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: MARCH 28, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

Women’s History Month has been observed in the United States in March for decades, its date unchanging. But as this month draws to a close, it’s worth noting that the women whose stories comprise that history have changed.

The movement to expand feminism beyond the provincialism of mainstream discourse is now in its sixth decade. One place where that change is clear is at the Feminist Freedom Warriors Project (FFW) at Syracuse University, the brainchild of transnational feminist scholars Linda E. Carty and Chandra Talpade Mohanty. Their 2015 survey of transnational feminism was the foundation for FFW, a first-of-its-kind digital video archive focused on the struggles of women of color of the Global South (Africa, India and Latin America) and North (U.S., Canada, Japan). “FFW is a project about cross-generation histories of feminist activism,” its founders, Carty and Mohanty, said in an email, “addressing economic, anti-racist, social justice issues across national borders.”

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Meet Qahera, the Muslim superheroine fighting bigots instead of comic book villains

created by Egyptian illustrator and designer Deena Mohamed, written by Marta Vidal in The Lily

“I can hear it! The sound of … misogynistic trash!” says Qahera. Carrying a sword as sharp as her wit and wearing a veil that is sometimes used to conceal her identity, the Muslim superheroine is out to fight against injustice.

Her “super hearing” helps her detect misogynists, but also racists and Islamophobes. In some comic strips she defends women from harassers, in others she goes after groups that denigrate and try to silence Muslim women. Qahera can be translated as vanquisher or conqueror — and if you add “al” before Qahera, it’s the Arabic name of Egypt’s capital, Cairo. The character was created by Egyptian illustrator and designer Deena Mohamed. CLICK TO CONTINUE

 

 


Debut Novel by Susan Beckman Zurenda – Special Event August 5 at the Lake Lure Inn

Publisher’s Weekly Review

In Zurenda’s beautifully crafted debut, a young woman unexpectedly withdraws from her senior year of college in 1978 and returns to her hometown in South Carolina. The reasons Delia Green has “exiled herself at home” in Green Branch, S.C., come to light through details about her childhood spent growing up across the street from her first cousin, Eli Winfield.


WORKSHOP SERIES FOR MARKET GARDENERS Covers Everything about Common Crop Families

From Living Web Farms

Vegetable gardening and farming concerns itself with the culture of many crops, most of them fitting into one of five or six botanical families. Living Web Farms is producing an educational series that covers these crop families, one by one, delving into the particulars of growing the various species within each family, including tips for cooking and preservation. A virtual Zoom workshop on June 20, 2020 entitled All About Legumes will detail crops such as peas, beans, and other nitrogen fixers.


Watch video recordings of CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY: 2020 Virtual Conference: A Community Stronger Than COVID

Join the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Asheville Chapter

Asheville, North Carolina
We meet every 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville School. See more info on this event with directions and parking info as well as other events on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ashevilleccl


ADVICE FOR THIS STRESSFUL TIME from Dawn Starks in Simple Money

No debate, these are stressful times.  While this pandemic continues to unfold, here are some suggestions I compiled for the clients of my planning firm for how to cope with the stress that all of us are feeling.

I have divided it into three sections: advice for all, advice for those already retired or close to retirement, and those still in their working years.


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