Around a dozen people protested the deportation hearings of Francisco Hernandez of Marion, asking Sen. Kay Hagan to intervene in the case. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
Opponents of the state legislature forcing Asheville’s water system into a merger with the Metropolitan Sewerage District are rallying downtown this evening.
Around 70 people in a variety of oar-powered boats took to the waters of Lake Julian to protest the continued use of coal at the Arden power plant. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
Like much of the U.S., the Asheville area shows sharp political divides, with deep blue and deep red in the same county. The meeting of a crowd of Mitt Romney supporters with a smattering of protesters during the Thursday, Oct. 11, rally was one of those moments when the two sides bumped shoulders. (Photos by Max Cooper)
Three people arrested as part of the Campaign for Southern Equality’s WE DO protest in May were found not guilty on trespassing charges yesterday. (photo by Max Cooper)
It wasn’t just delegates, politicians and party supporters making the trip down the mountain to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention this week. Activists and protesters for a variety of causes also showed up.
A protest by Asheville Mutual Aid over working conditions at Eddie Spaghetti resulted in confrontation today when cook Sasha Jenkinson grabbed the demonstrators’ signs and called them idiots, recorded in a short YouTube video by one of the protesters.
Organizers have announced that once again Asheville will be the site of a “GoTopless” rally on Sunday, Aug. 26, which is also national Women’s Equality Day.
Yesterday, 20 Occupy Asheville activists faced charges related to civil disobedience actions last year. After a judge refused to dismiss the charges on constitutional grounds, 17 plead guilty. Another three contested the charges, but were found guilty. All were given no further penalty besides time they’d already served. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
A debate over the future of downtown dominated the June 12 Asheville City Council meeting. Concerned about oversight, finances, Council delayed a vote on the controversial BID proposal till Fall.
Follow live Twitter dispatches from tonight’s Asheville City Council meeting, with controversial topics like the Business Improvement District and the budget deadlock on the agenda.
At tonight’s Asheville City Council meeting, two extremely controversial topics — a vote on a Business Improvement District and breaking a budget deadlock — are before the city’s elected leaders. If that wasn’t enough, there are also votes on incentives for a south Asheville housing development and New Belgium’s brewery.
Tonight, Asheville City Council is set to tackle the issue of a Business Improvement District — a services nonprofit funded by a special tax district in downtown. Here’s a roundup of information and perspectives on this controversial topic.
About 40 people showed up to a June 5 community forum organized by opponents of the proposed downtown Business Improvement District. Some proponents showed up, too, resulting in a lively but civil discussion. On June 12, Asheville City Council will discuss the proposal and likely vote the BID up or down. (photo by Max Cooper)
Around 100 friends and supporters of LBGT issues marched from Montford to Pack Square this afternoon. Photos by Bill Rhodes
The local group Just Us For All is holding a fundraiser tomorrow, and the third annual We Are Not Bashful march on Friday, to protest harassment and bullying.
Friday, same-sex couples went into the Buncombe County Register of Deeds office to request marriage licenses — knowing they would be denied — as part of the WE DO campaign. Eight people were arrested in the ensuing sit-in. The protests originated in Asheville last year and have since spread to other cities throughout the Southeast, garnering national and international media attention. Images of WE DO’s return to its home city. Photos by Max Cooper.
March remained peaceful, but vocal, no damage to property. Organizers say this is not the end, only the beginning.
Around 100 people showed up for a May Day rally this afternoon in Pack Square. Protesters focused better rights for workers, free education and opposed deportation of undocumented immigrants, among other issues. Police presence was light and the event remained peaceful. Photos by Max Cooper.
The budget, the water system, neighborhoods, food security, legislative goals, electronic gaming, and skateboards. Yes, all those topics (and more!) are on the agenda for tonight’s Asheville City Council meeting. There’s also two protests beforehand.
Despite Occupy Asheville’s undeniable impact on the local protest scene, perhaps the movement’s biggest difficulties concerned just that: its attempts at an actual occupation.
(Photo by Bill Rhodes)