“You can call on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners to rescind the $27 million incentive agreement with Pratt & Whitney, and invest in such things as affordable housing, small businesses and schools, along with commitment to transparency on such major decisions.”
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In Photos: Asheville residents rally for People’s Climate March
Asheville residents turned out in scores to show solidarity with the National People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29. The procession marched through downtown, waving banners and signs, and chanting slogans urging government leaders to recognize climate change data. The marchers, which ranged in age from small children to older residents (and a couple dogs), […]
In Photos: Donald Trump rally, protest
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Asheville on Monday, Sept. 12. Xpress captured the scene inside the rally and outside the U.S. Cellular Center. For more on voices from the rally check out Xpress‘ previous coverage.
BeLoved Community members hold affordable housing rally outside City Hall
Members of the Be Loved Community, formerly homeless residents of Asheville and several city council members gathered outside of City Hall prior to City Council’s weekly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, to listen to firsthand accounts of homelessness, voice support for the city’s affordable housing initiatives and encourage members of the Asheville community to stand […]
In photos: Asheville May Day gathering celebrates workers
On May 1, activists rallied in Asheville to celebrate workers and their struggle. The modern International Workers Day, or May Day, was born out of the May 4, 1886, Haymarket riot in Chicago.
American Homebrewers Association rally comes to Wicked Weed Funkatorium, Jan. 17
Part of a national series of American Homebrewers Association Rallies (other upcoming rallies are scheduled at places such as Magnolia Brewing Co. in San Francisco and Saint Arnold Brewing Co. in Houston, Texas), the event is intended to give homebrewers an opportunity to check out local breweries and connect with other beer enthusiasts and brewers in their area.
In photos: Michael Brown justice rally draws hundreds in Asheville
About 200 people gathered in downtown Asheville Nov. 25 in support of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer earlier this year. Unlike protests in Ferguson and some other cities, the Asheville gathering at Vance Monument was peaceful as attendees held signs with phrases such as “Hold Cops Accountable” and “Where is Justice for Black America.”
Asheville’s Green Grannies draw attention to environmental issues
If you were in downtown Asheville last month, dodging rain showers on a Saturday at about 5 p.m. near the Vance Monument, you might have heard an a cappella chorus from Asheville’s Green Grannies. If not, you can hear them again on Saturday, May 17, rain or shine (and any other third Saturday).
Martin Luther King Jr weekend events announced
The Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County has announced several events in celebration Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 20, including a film screening, prayer breakfast and march.
Asheville rally for peace
On Sept. 10, Patriot Day eve, about 15 people gathered in front of the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville to rally for “peace on earth.”
Asheville Middle School students march to commemorate MLK’s ‘Dream’
Asheville Middle School’s boisterous student body took to the streets Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.‘s iconic “I Have Dream” speech.
Education rally draws nearly 200, attendees criticize state budget
With less than a week before the first day of school begins, close to 200 local teachers and education advocates argued that state legislators need to be taught a lesson this November after failing students, teachers and public schools with budget cuts adopted this summer. (Photo by Max Cooper)
Storify: Moral Monday protest comes to the mountains of WNC
The weekly protests that have condemned decisions made by the North Carolina General Assembly for almost three months at the state capital continue today with the arrival of the Moral Monday movement in Asheville. These are the tweets, photos and videos from before, during and after the Mountain Moral Monday event. (Photo courtesy of Twitter user @PlantyHamchuk)
LIVE: Updates from ‘Mountain Moral Monday’ via Twitter
Supporters and opponents of the Aug. 5 Mountain Moral Monday rally are taking to Twitter to report on the event and make their views known. This post features an aggregation of those messages.
Women’s Equality Day: A different kind of protest
A few blocks away from the Go Topless rally at Pack Square, a group of women and men gathered in Pritchard Park to discuss women’s rights and equality issues with their clothes on. About 50 people attended the event that was hosted by the newly formed nonprofit 3WF-Asheville Women for Equality. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
Asheville GoTopless rally set for Aug. 26
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.
Marchers protest immigration arrests at Shogun Buffet
About 100 people braved a cold, windy Sunday afternoon to march in support of those arrested by federal immigration officers earlier this month at the Shogun Restaurant.
Photos: Occupy Asheville Saturday, Oct. 15
Still dedicated and determined after two weeks, more than 100 Occupy Asheville demonstrators sat huddled in Pritchard Park for a “General Assembly” before picketing in front of the Vance Monument at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Once at the Vance Monument, protestors held their signs high and chanted in unison about social injustice, advocating for change while others sat down and mediated around their fellow sign-holding demonstrators.
Occupy Asheville: A roundup of video, photos and reports
On Saturday, Oct. 1, a small gathering of people pulled together to show solidarity for the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations … and put an Asheville focus on a number of issues. photo by Jonathan Welch
Locals rally to support the U.S. Postal Service
About 30 people gathered outside the downtown Asheville Post Office Sept. 27 to rally against possible cuts to the U.S. Postal Service and the local facility. Photo by Jonathan Welch