“Promotion of the arms race is a reckless way to create jobs when we need more people in the helping professions, including health care and our schools.”
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Q&A with Ruth Pittard of the ‘LOVE’ Project
UPDATE, 10/13/21: This piece was updated to state that Pittard attended college in the 1960s and has built a net-zero home. On Wednesdays for the last three years, a few friends stand silently on the busiest corner in Black Mountain holding signs that say “LOVE.” They aren’t affiliated with any religion or political organization. They simply […]
Letter: Are activist welcome wagons the solution?
“What activists need to organize is partisan welcome wagons and moving vans to welcome allies to vote for mayors to fund abortions to reduce school tax and housing demand. …”
Letter: Will Asheville citizens close their laptops and take action?
” Asheville is without a doubt a first-class destination for unreconstructed navel gazers. Complacency, though, can be a deadly sin masquerading as good intentions.”
Letter: ‘I believe’ can be the start of advocacy
“Bumper sticker activism may not be proverbial ‘skin in the game’ and may make us feel good selfishly, but can also reflect the beginning of awareness.”
Author Sara Lyons brings ‘Revolutionary Witchcraft’ to Asheville
The author will present her book and give a lecture at Asheville Raven & Crone on Friday, Feb. 7.
Letter: Why no Asheville Women’s March?
“The womensmarch.com website does not indicate that a march is scheduled for Asheville. How is this possible in the most progressive city in Western North Carolina?”
New collective creates art as a spiritual pursuit
Open Coven, a new collective designed to assist fledgling as well as experienced artists in discovering the sacred process of making art, offers indoor and outdoor workshops this fall.
Letter: Asheville deserves those who will treat all equally
“As a multicultural community in which progressive values of inclusion and equality should prevail, Asheville deserves public servants, professionals and citizens who treat all people equally.”
Letter: Antifa story approach backfired
“It is a surefire way to reinforce conservative people’s preconceived notions of ‘the Other’ and delegitimize the valid, broad-based — and mostly mainstream — tranche of citizenry fighting the ‘good fight’ in these troubling times.”
Letter: Allowing thoughtful political discourse
“This is not only informative, but by making such nuanced positions and groups more public, it gives citizens permission to embrace and express nuanced and thoughtful political positions rather than always choosing one of only two mostly illusory and contrived sides.”
Letter: Celebrating local trailblazer Holly Boswell
“‘We need to recognize that each of us, in our own small way, are makers of our culture,'” Boswell wrote then. “‘We can exercise that function best by expressing our true selves, not by simply fulfilling our culture’s expectations. We are all in transition …'”
Yoga and social activism intersect in Asheville
Yoga doesn’t end when you get off the mat, say several local yoga instructors, who broaden their practice to include working for social justice.
Letter: Kudos to the sign vigilante
“Kudos to the vigilante: thanks! We appreciate you. Now if the city will just help out the vigilante, the person(s) can move on to even greater civic involvement.”
SignsUp Asheville aims to pair activists with artists
Part protest-sign-making party, part community art event, SignsUp Asheville held its first pop-up party in the gym of Odyssey School on Saturday, April 15. The gathering of artists and activists provided everything someone attending a political rally, demonstration or march could need to make make a point — artfully.
Smart bets: The Ripple Effect with Mia Birdsong
The discussion, which takes place on Tuesday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at the Diana Wortham Theatre, is free, but attendees must RSVP.
Letter writer: Taking a crash course in democracy
“Seems the only way to rise above the grief and dread I wake to every day is to be active, to be learning how to make change, not just talking about it.”
Series continues: NC Collection hosts Asheville in the ’80s discussion
Editor’s note: The next session, “Social Activism and Social Agencies in the 1980s,” takes place Wednesday, June 29, from 6-7:30 p.m. In the 1980s, Asheville was a smaller community, and that made everything — including social change — seem possible. Dedicated individuals worked together to tackle social problems such as the AIDS epidemic, threats to […]
Duo who removed the Confederate Flag from South Carolina’s capitol tell their story
Students and members of the public packed Warren Wilson College’s Kittredge Community Arts Center this week to quiz activists Bree Newsome and Warren Wilson alumnus Jimmy Tyson about why they took down a Confederate Battle flag flying on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds this past June.
Kids contribution: Learning community, monarch activism in Black Mountain
A student contribution from the Kids Issue.
Kids’ contributions: I am an activist with bullying
A student contribution from the Kids Issue.