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 for B.A.B.S. Founded by Chef Gene Ettison and community organizer / filmmaker Nicole Townsend, “B.A.B.S is a community initiative that promotes garden to table, entrepreneurship, environmental justice, education, and sustainable employment. To that end, our goal is to partner with community gardens and create meals with local organic foods. This means that community members can: purchase pre-made meals for themselves and/or their families, purchase seasonal local organic foods, participate in food education classes, and have access to quality foods in spite of living in a food desert.” Find out how you can get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Saturday, November 19, from 1 pm to 4 pm, join the very awesome Asheville Writers in the Schools and Communities for a community write-in, the culminating event for their 4th Annual Mountain of Words Write-A-thon. There is no charge to attend.
From the Facebook invite:
• Come write to fun and inspirational prompts or work on your personal writing. We’ll fill up the cafe with creativity and community.
• We’ll have some fun writing activities and favors for the kids.
• You will get a chance to meet some of our featured writers.”
• We’ll finish off with an open mic for those that want to share their writing.
Find out more about the Mountain of Words Write-a-thon here (and make a pledge even if you can’t attend): mountainofwords.org.
CoThinkk in the News
The Citizen-Times recently ran a story about the CoThinkk launch event. Click here to read it. “The goal of the giving circle is to shift the narrative in a way that lifts up leadership in communities of color and invests in core needs, said Tracey Greene-Washington, one of the organization’s founders.” More about CoThinkk at cothinkk.org.
African American Heritage Commission Receives County Funding
At Tuesday night’s Buncombe County Commissioners meeting the African American Heritage Commission of Asheville & Buncombe County was granted $10,000. Click here to read the funding request letter from the commission’s chair Sasha Mitchell. I am looking forward to what the commission will do with those funds.
Southeast Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN):
¡La lucha sigue! The struggle continues!
There is a new video from SEIRN which is “A message from immigrants in the Southeast to undocumented communities and other communities living in resistance, reminding us that the power is within US and that we must organize. This video was created at the 2016 SEIRN Conference in Black Mountain, NC where grassroots groups and organizations from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida came together to deepen our understanding of how the immigrant rights movement connects to other struggles for justice, and center healing and culture as acts of resistance.” I dare you to watch this video without crying or feeling inspired: VIDEO MESSAGE
Housing Not Handcuffs Rally
A powerful action happened yesterday, led by the awesome folks from BeLoved House. “‘We’re marching because we know that homelessness is not a crime and we want everybody to be safe in our community,’ said the Rev. Amy Cantrell, executive director of BeLoved House, a downtown transitional housing center and homeless outreach provider. BeLoved House partnered with Code for Asheville, a group of ‘civic hackers’ seeking to improve the way local government works, to better understand the relationship between the homeless and the police. Using city and county data obtained through public information requests, the two organizations found that in the last 10 years, nearly 8,800 citations were issued to possibly homeless individuals.” Click here to read the full article.
Related: for her 35th birthday (which was on Sunday) my awesome friend Kim Roney is asking her community to donate the following items to BeLoved House: Backpacks, Blankets, Sleeping bags, Camping gear of any kind, Gloves, Hot hands, and Socks. Reciprocity, located at 732 Haywood Road, will be accepting these items from now until Thanksgiving.
That’s it for today.