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Jump Into January

Let’s jump into January! There is a lot going on this month… Upcoming Events: Tips for Teens All month, Firestorm Cafe & Books is giving their tips to Word on the Street. I love Firestorm and I love WOTS! Be sure to stop by 610 Haywood Road and support! Sanctuary: A Partnership Between Immigrant & Faith Communities…

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2016 in Review

As we arrive at the end of 2016, I’m adding my “year in review” to the host of others. Taking time for reflection is valuable, I appreciate the fact that the end of the calendar year is motivating me to think about the projects I have been involved the last 12 months. Feel free to share your 2016 reflections…

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Community Celebrations

On the heels of the Winter Solstice, celebrating the return of the light, I’ll share my December Buncombe County Urban News article (click here for a PDF of the print version). It is all about light. Here’s to you and your light as well.  Community Celebrations Highlight Community Resilience “Bringing people together creates synergy and…

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Weight, Hate, and Wonder

The Weight of White Privilege Asheville-based consultant Desiree Adaway recently posted this quote on twitter and Facebook, “White privilege is like an invisible knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, tools,and blank checks.” – Peggy Mcintosh. She was quoting Mcintosh’s seminal article, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” which I encourage you to read…

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Mark Your Calendars

Today’s post is a list of upcoming events you may be interested in. Connecting with our neighbors in person has power. Peace! “City of Asheville seeks community input prior to expanding equity initiative” Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11:30 am – 1 pm at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. and Tuesday, Dec. 20,…

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Mistakes, Updates

If you are a subscriber, you may notice that “Asheville Action” is now “Ami Worthen.” This is a step towards creating a platform for new services and content. As always, the aim will be to illuminate, amplify, and fortify equity-centric initiatives – both in Asheville and beyond! Mistakes Will Be Made This has been on my…

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Who is seen?

Who is seen? Who is not seen? These are questions I frequently ask myself as I observe Asheville culture as portrayed in local media, tourism marketing, events, etc, etc. Overwhelmingly, the people who are seen are white, and the people who are not seen are black or brown. We must change this. A recent example of this was a…

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Young People and Prayer

Today’s Asheville Action round up… Hillcrest Youth Initiative A fundraiser is currently underway for a new program for teens in Hillcrest. The Hillcrest Youth Initiative is a joint project of the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation and YTL (Youth Transformed for Life), two organizations “committed to the success of disadvantaged youth.” The need for and the…

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Awesome Action

Today I am going to share a round up of some of the awesome action on my radar. Pumping up the positive. There’s way more good going on than I can fit in one post, that’s for sure. Build A Better Salad (B.A.B.S.) Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending a lovely launch party…

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