HUNGER IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY
The Hunger Committee collects healthy food donations to supplement Manna Foods provision for needed families of students at Issac Dickson Elementary School 2x a month. This involves drivers going to Manna to pick up the bags and bringing them to Edwin where we are supplementing with juice, fruit and a protein when space allows. The Committee will meet in early March to talk about whether to add on days for Dickson, add another school or another project all together. Our biggest need are some folks to be a part of the committee. Contact Susan Steffe/ email@example.com
CAMPAIGN FOR SOUTHERN EQUALITY
will host the 1st LGBT in the South Conference FRIDAY, 2/28 & SATURDAY, 3/1. The Saturday portion of the conference will feature 14 separate trainings and interactive panels designed to build skills and allows organizers working in the South to learn from each other and connect. While the conference is LGBT focused, the workshops are of relevance to all activists & organizers who are working in areas of voting rights, social and economic justice, and other critical issues. SATURDAY TRAININGS ARE OFFERED FREE TO ALL. Pre-registration is closed, but if you wish to attend on Saturday, you can register on Saturday morning starting at 8:15 a.m. More information here.
MOUNTAIN JUSTICE SPRING BREAK – VA
The Mountain Justice team in Appalachia, VA is hosting college students and people of all ages March 1st-9th to learn about Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining (MTR) and its effects on our environment. There will be workshops on related extractive industries, like fracking and nuclear power, Non-violent direct action organizing trainings, and discussions of current events like the West Virginia water crisis and Duke Energy’s recent Coal Ash spill into North Carolina’s Dan River. You are welcome to attend all or part of this event. Contact Elizabeth Mount/ 720-560-5680 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CIW PRESENTATION AND ACTION
On Friday, March 7, a bus full of Florida farmworkers will be arriving in Asheville as part their 10-day, 10-city “Now is the Time” Tour. Join them for an afternoon of education and action!
• 12:30 PM: Community Lunch and Presentation
First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St
• 2:30 PM: Protest at Publix for Farmworker Justice
1830 Hendersonville Rd
(Site of old KMart across from Rush Fitness)
For the past two decades, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has led a struggle to transform poverty wages and abusive working conditions in the fields. For four years, Florida’s hometown grocer, Publix, has stonewalled farmworkers’ requests for dialogue, claiming no responsibility for conditions in the company’s supply chain. Now, Publix is expanding into North Carolina, planning to open its first Asheville store in 2015. Come stand with farmworkers as they take their message of truth and hope on the road! For more information, contact: email@example.com
MOVE TO AMEND
The MABCO Executive Committee Meeting is Monday, March 10 at 7pm at the North Asheville, Library. contact Ruth Christie/ firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVIE NIGHT
Friday, March 14 at 7pm in Sandburg Hall, “Speciesism: The MovieModern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners. FMI about Movie Night, contact Charles Wussow/ 828-505-0839.
WOMEN’S BRUNCH BUNCH
March 15, 10am 23 Edwin Place. Women may also bring their own place settings, if desired. For further information, please call Melinda Elkins/ 828-275-4811
“HOW TO DESTROY A DEMOCRACY STEP BY STEP”
will be presented by Dan Carter of Pisgah Forest, NC at the March meeting of the Ethical Society of Asheville, on March 16th from 2-3:30 pm at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Rd., Asheville (off Merrimon Avenue near UNCA). What is a democracy? How has it functioned over our 138 year history as a nation? Dan will explore the forces that are undermining an always imperfect system to the point that it ceases to represent the great majority of Americans in any meaningful way. Discussion time and informal conversation with light refreshments will follow Carter’s talk.
HAYWOOD RESPITE CARE CENTER
Please donate through the middle of March, any of the following items for the Haywood Respite Care Center for homeless, recovering patients: look for the bin as you enter Sandburg Hall. Needs: toiletries, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, toilet paper, powder, cleaning supplies like Clorox wipes, furniture polish, etc. For more info on how to help, contact Barbara Kruszewski/ email@example.com
ROOM IN THE INN
If you are able to help, please email Martha Shepard.
HABITAT FOR THE HOMELESS
Build Dates to be selected (offsite) For all those Habitat for Humanity supporters, begin signing up for build dates. To sign up, come to the Social Justice table on any Sunday morning or call Tom Dessereau/ 828-225-3786.
PRITCHARD PARK BREAKFAST
Next date in Spring, 2014. Meet in Pritchard Park to prepare breakfast for those in need. Contact Gene Zimbalkin/ Krestrel3@gmail.com
REPEAL THE DEATH PENALTY
Contact Gene Zimbalkin/ Krestrel3@gmail.com
ADVOCACY TRAINING: Attention Letter Writers, Emailers, and Armchair Activists!
Join the effort to facilitate UUer’s advocacy to their elected and appointed government officials. Our goal is to provide the tools to write a quick and effective message. Please contact Jane Kniffin/ Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org
Get involved in our second Hope-to-Home team happening this fall to support a formerly homeless person recently placed in housing. We will be joined by 3-5 Quakers. Contact Gene Zimbalkin/ Kestrel3@gmail.com