Event Date: 08/24/2019   Event Time: 2:30 AM - 4:30 AM

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Recognizing that children hear and see what’s going on in the news and that hearing about the mistreatment of children and families can be upsetting, “Kids Rising” will focus on offering comfort and solace by helping children process this disturbing situation through writing and art, with the goal of empowering them to express their feelings and stand up for families at the border. Card-writing and art stations will be set up for kids to write to the President or draw pictures to share their feelings about border children and families. We will also be creating a large banner of children’s art, for those who’d like to participate in this way. Parents will also have an opportunity to write cards and letters to their senators and representative in Congress, and adults without kids will have a separate space available for letter-writing if they prefer a quieter space. Fact sheets, postcards, stationery and stamps all provided. Sponsored by Indivisible Asheville/WNC, Stronger Together WNC-North, and Madison County Indivisible.

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67 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/05/2019   Event Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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On Sept. 5, the Sierra Cub presents Brownie Newman, chair of the Buncombe County Commission, and Asheville City Councilwoman Julie Mayfield, who will discuss the city and the council’s plans to combat climate change. Buncombe County and the City of Asheville recognize the urgency of fighting climate change. Over the past 18 months, both the City of Asheville and Buncombe County have passed resolutions committing the city and county to power their government operations with 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 and for the entire county to be powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2042. Prior to his election to the County commission, Newman served on the Asheville City Council where he led the efforts to get the city of Asheville to adopt the 80% carbon reduction goal. In 2015, he co-founded Headwaters Solar, a commercial business to partner on solar projects from small roof-top to utility scale. He was a partner of FLS Energy from 2007 to 2015, Elected to Asheville City Council in 2015, Mayfield leads the council’s work on transportation, the environment, and clean energy. She chairs two council committees: Planning and Economic Development and Housing and Community Development. She also is the co-director of MountainTrue, a regional environmental advocacy organization. Prior to moving to Asheville and MountainTrue in 2008, she was the Vice-President and General Counsel for the Georgia Conservancy. For more information, contact Judy Mattox, [email protected], 828-683-2176.

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1 Edwin Place , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/18/2019   Event Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Louisiana had the Longs, Virginia had the Byrds, Georgia had the Talmadges, and North Carolina had the Scotts. In this history of North Carolina’s most influential political family, Rob Christensen tells the story of the Scotts and how they dominated Tar Heel politics. Three generations of Scotts—W. Kerr Scott, Robert Scott, and Meg Scott Phipps—held statewide office. Despite stereotypes about rural white southerners, the Scotts led a populist and progressive movement strongly supported by rural North Carolinians—the so-called Branchhead Boys, the rural grassroots voters who lived at the heads of tributaries throughout the heart of North Carolina. Though the Scotts held power in various government positions in North Carolina for generations, they were instrumental in their own downfall. From Kerr Scott’s regression into reactionary race politics to Meg Scott Phipps’s corruption trial and subsequent prison sentence, the Scott family lost favor in their home state, their influence dimmed and their legacy in question. Weaving together interviews from dozens of political luminaries and deep archival research, Christensen offers an engaging and definitive historical account of not only the Scott family’s legacy but also how race and populism informed North Carolina politics during the twentieth century.

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55 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 09/19/2019   Event Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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International Day of Peace will be celebrated again this year in Asheville.on September 19 and 21. This year’s theme is “Climate Action for Peace.” "Because of the increasing importance of peace in a troubled world that spills over into our local WNC area, this year two special speakers have accepted our invitation to speak of our country's involvement in two volatile countries, Venezuela and Iran, " spokesperson Rachael Bliss notes. Daniel Kovalik, a human and labor rights lawyer living in Pittsburgh, will read from his recent book,The Plot of Overthrow Venezuela, at Malaprop's on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6 PM. . He has been a peace activist throughout his life and has been deeply involved in the movement for peace and social justice in Colombia and Central America. He was an attorney for Colombian Plaintiffs in cases alleging corporate complicity in egregious human rights violations. Kovalik, a 1993 graduate of Columbia Law School, was a co-recipient of the 2003 Project Censored Award for a story he co-wrote on the murder of trade unionists in Colombia. Kathy Kelly has traveled to war zones and lived alongside ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua. She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe the U.S. should end all U.S. military and economic warfare and pay reparations for suffering already caused by U.S. wars. She will speak Saturday, September 21, at Battery Park's Roof Garden at 3 PM about the dangers of war against Iran. She has joined with activists in various regions of the U.S. to protest drone warfare by holding demonstrations outside of U.S. military bases in Nevada, California, Michigan, Wisconsin and Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri. In 2015, for carrying a loaf of bread and a letter across the line at Whiteman AFB she served three months in prison. She has served time in prison numerous times because of her acts of civil disobedience since the 1980s. In addition to these events, participants will gather at 11:30 AM on Saturday, September 21 at the Elder and Sage Community Garden, at Page Street and Battery Square in Asheville. They will hear the 2019 Proclamation of Peace read by elected officials. They will also recognize the Peacemaker of the year. There will be time for meditation, music and dance, as well. In addition to the above events, planners make the following requests for the success of the event: *Sign our Proclamation of Peace (available on request) which will hopefully be accepted by the City of Asheville, Buncombe County and Western North Carolina state legislative delegation. Email Sarah Terwilliger with the City of Asheville at this email address: [email protected] Or you can call her at 828-259-5829. She is Deputy City Clerk. Deadline is August 26. *Nominate a local person to be our Peacemaker for 2019. Just send us an email about that person and how to contact them. Deadline is August 20, 2019. *Donate to VFP Chapter 099. You can send them to WNC 4 Peace at 75 Haywood St., Apt. 704, Asheville, NC 28801. Funds will be used to help defray the costs our speakers will have associated with their trip, promotions and award. *Volunteer to help promote the events. Especially needed are fhose who can help with social media, traditional media, flyers/posters, letters to editor, music, amplification, decorations, logistics and hospitality. Sponsors so far are Vets for Peace, Elder and Sage Community Garden and WNC 4 Peace. All International Day of Peace are open to the public with no admission charge. For more information, contact Bliss at [email protected] or call at 828-505-9425.

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 09/19/2019   Event Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Since 1999 when Hugo Chavez became the elected president of Venezuela, the US has been conniving to overthrow his government and to roll back the Bolivarian Revolution which he ushered into Venezuela. With the untimely death of Hugo Chavez in 2013, and the election of Nicolas Maduro that followed, the US redoubled its efforts to overturn this revolution. The US is now threatening to intervene militarily to bring about the regime change it has wanted for twenty years. While we have been told that the US's efforts to overthrow Chavez and Maduro are motivated by altruistic goals of advancing the interests of democracy and human rights in Venezuela, is this true? The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela answers this question with a resounding "no." The battle for Venezuela which is now being waged will determine the fate of all of Latin America for many years to come. The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela lets readers know what is at stake in this struggle and urges readers to reconsider which side they are on.

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55 Haywood Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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