Climate rally at Vance Monument set for April 29

Press release:

Asheville People’s Climate Rally

Asheville, NC –– The Asheville chapter of the national Indivisible movement is holding a rally and march at Vance Monument in Pack Square on April 29, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:30pm to call attention to the perils of ignoring climate change and to steps that ordinary citizens can take to hold their members of Congress accountable. Across the nation, over 5,800 local Indivisible groups (at least 2 in every congressional district) arose in the wake of the new federal administration and are holding 280 sister marches on the same day as the People’s Climate March in Washington DC.

The Asheville People’s Climate Rally will kick off with a Native American Healing Ceremony, followed by short speeches from Brownie Newman, Chair of Buncombe County Commission, environmental and local justice activists, Middle School students, and clergy. Drew Jones of Climate Interactive will MC the rally. Following the rally, 3 routes of “sidewalk marching” will proceed throughout the downtown area, ending at 12:30 at THE BLOCK off Biltmore with music and food.

This event is held in partnership with two other local groups’ pre-events. The Sierra Club will sponsor a screening of the documentary Before the Flood narrated and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, examining the effects of climate change, Friday 4/21 at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church. THE BLOCK off Biltmore is hosting a screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, also from DiCaprio, about the effects of animal agriculture on the planet, Sunday 4/23 at 4pm.

About Dan Hesse
I grew up outside of Atlanta and moved to WNC in 2001 to attend Montreat College. After college, I worked at NewsRadio 570 WWNC as an anchor/reporter and covered Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners starting in 2004. During that time I also completed WCU's Master of Public Administration program. You can reach me at

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