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  1. Democracy for America

    August 17, 2017 by admin

    Stacey Abrams gave an amazing, stunning speech to kick off Netroots Nation in Atlanta last week — and we want you to see it.

    Abrams is the progressive candidate for governor of Georgia. John Lewis, Nina Turner, NARAL, labor leaders, and progressives across Georgia have joined DFA to support her campaign. If she wins, she would be the first Black woman ever elected governor in the country.

    In a powerful speech that ended in a rousing ovation, she made it clear why she would be a transformative leader that can turn Georgia blue — and make it progressive.

    Take Action!
    Stacey Abrams can win — but she needs our help right now. Click here to watch her fantastic speech and then chip in $3 or more to help elect her as Georgia’s next governor.

    Thank you for helping elect this inspiring leader.

    – Jim

    Jim Dean, Chair
    Democracy for America


  2. Our Revolution

    August 17, 2017 by admin

     

    We have a president who insists on siding with white supremacists. He will not denounce those with hate in their heart who murdered a young woman for supporting equality. For so many of us, we are now living in a nightmare. It is unconscionable to compare those who fight for equality with those who believe that the color of one’s skin determines superiority.

    As I said recently, my heart is skipping beats to think about all that my fore-parents endured to get to this point in time in America’s history. And to have, in the 21st century, the president of the United States not boldly stand up and denounce racial violence is atrocious. Not only does he refuse to condemn the actions of people who would protest the funeral of someone they murdered, but he also dares to try and equivocate the actions of liberal protesters, the so called “alt-left,” with those of Nazis and white supremacists. It is a disgusting false equivalency.

    There is no such thing as the “alt-left.” Those who believe Medicare should be available to all Americans are not the same as Nazis. Those who believe that we must fix a broken criminal justice system that is unfair to black, brown and poor are not the same as Nazis. Those who think we should remove statues that were erected as a reminder of white supremacy are not the same as Nazis.

    What happens next is crucial for the future of our country. We must stand united for a better life for all, regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or class. It has never been more clear what the differences between the two sides are. There is the side of justice and the side of injustice. It is obvious what side Trump is on. There are more of us standing on the side of justice and together we will overcome the forces seeking to regress our nation. Our stories are our strength share yours with us. What motivates you to fight for social justice?

    In solidarity,

    Nina Turner
    President
    Our Revolution


  3. Elect Annette Taddeo

    August 17, 2017 by admin

     

    With Donald Trump’s plummeting popularity and his completely inappropriate behavior as president, it’s never been more important for us to flip this seat, win this special election, and turn the tables on the Trump Presidency.

    This is a special election we can win, but we need your support before a critical deadline.

    Our books close for the first campaign finance report of the general election on Friday at midnight. This will be the first time that we get to show our strength after winning the primary. We can’t afford to fall behind.

    As of last count, we still need to raise $5,000 from grassroots supporters to flip this seat.

    We need to win to stand up to the Trump administration and Trump’s “apprentice.” Chip in $27 and help us reach our goal before the books close at midnight on Friday >>>

    Your friend in the fight,

    Annette Taddeo


  4. August 17, 2017 by admin


  5. A foreign oil company, TransCanada, is trying to build Keystone XL (KXL)

    August 17, 2017 by admin

     

    — a dangerous tar sands oil pipeline — through lands belonging to Indigenous peoples, farmers, ranchers, and communities in the U.S.

    KXL is just one of the four proposed tar sands pipelines in the works that trample human rights, threaten horrific oil spills, and risk locking us into catastrophic climate change. We aren’t about to stand for it.

    We need your help now to stop Keystone XL and other dirty fossil fuel pipelines threatening communities across the United States and Canada. Will you donate to Greenpeace today to support all our work to protect the environment?

    Greenpeace is working on all fronts to prevent these pipelines from being built and to keep tar sands in the ground. Working with our allies, in the last month Greenpeace has:
    Pressured major banks to pull their funding of tar sand pipelines. A few banks have already come out against financing destructive tar sands pipelines. Now we’re calling on JP Morgan Chase to do the same. In fact, more than 60,000 people have signed our petition demanding it.
    Trained hundreds of activists across the U.S. in tactics for organizing and participating in peaceful, non-violent direct action.
    Produced a new report exposing the threats that tar sands pipelines pose to water sources. We must spread this information far and wide.
    But stopping tar sands pipelines like KXL and continuing all our efforts to protect people and the planet will take a powerful coalition of groups and allies and an array tactics. Keeping up our momentum is crucial. So is your support.

    Tar sands oil is one of the dirtiest energy sources on the planet, producing up to 20% more carbon emissions than conventional oil. And history shows that there is simply no 100% safe way to transport fossil fuels. Yet Donald Trump’s pro-fossil fuel agenda means we could face a massive expansion of the U.S. pipeline network, including increased development in the Canadian tar sands. It would be disastrous for the climate and violate the rights of tribes and First Nations across borders. It could also mean a lot more pipeline spills that destroy the environment, wildlife, and people’s way of life.

    Water, the climate, our rights, and the health of our communities and planet are on the line. Please give now to help Greenpeace in this pivotal moment and to support all our work to protect communities, people, and the environment.

    For people and the planet,

    Diana Best,
    Senior Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace USA


  6. Our next Volunteers meeting is Monday, August 21 at 5:30 pm at Trade & Lore coffeehouse

    August 17, 2017 by admin

    37 Wall St. in downtown Asheville 28801.

    In the meantime, here’s Dee’s schedule for this week:

    MONDAY 8/14
    4:30 – 6 pm
    People’s Congress of Resistance Cookout – Carrier Park – 220 Amboy Rd 28806

    6 – 8 pm
    Democratic Precinct 15.1 – W. Asheville Library – Haywood Rd.

    8 pm
    Candidate Interview with Teamsters’ Union – Sardis Rd., Enka.

    WEDNESDAY 8/16
    6 PM – Community Land Trust Steering Committee – Pisgah Legal Services – Charlotte St.

    THURSDAY 8/17
    10 AM – Meeting with Citizens’ Group – Discuss Environmental Issues – City Bakery, Charlotte St.

    SATURDAY 8/19

    10:00 AM
    Canvassing in WEST ASHEVILLE
    We’ll meet at Firestorm Books & Coffee
    610 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
    (You can park across the street – at the Family Dollar.)

     

    11:30 AM
    March for Prisoners’ Human Rights – Pack Square Park – In front of City Hall.
    Dee Williams will speak at this rally.
    Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/721778031363897


  7. Democracy Asheville Coalition meeting one week to Monday, August 28.

    August 17, 2017 by admin

     

    Because so many advocates will be attending eclipse-related events on the 21st, we’re moving our Democracy Asheville Coalition meeting one week to Monday, August 28.

    FYI—Our local coalition meetings are designed to connect you with other peole passionate about voting and voting rights in your local community and to prepare you with the training and opportunities you need to take action.

    Join us for the next meeting of your local Democracy Asheville Coalition on Monday, August 28 at 6 p.m. at the Wesley Grant Center (285 Livingston St, Asheville, NC 28801).

    If you have questions, you can always reply to this email or contact me directly at 828-216-3430 or darlene@democracy-nc.org.

    See you soon!

    Darlene
    Western NC Field Organizer


  8. Bernie Sanders is PLEADING:

    August 17, 2017 by admin

     

    Bernie Sanders is PLEADING:

    The most important thing we can do to fight Trump’s destructive agenda is to elect strong progressive leaders at every level of government. – Sen. Bernie Sanders
    Bernie is 100% right: Democrats MUST start focusing on winning key races that will put real progressives in Washington — and send Republican fanatics like Paul Ryan back home.

    Right now, we’re going all-in to hit our fundraising deadline by tonight to ensure Democrats win in 2017 and 2018.

    Don’t let Bernie down. Chip in a small donation now to get Democrats out to vote in elections across the country:

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    That’s why Progressive Turnout Project is getting to work TODAY to help get more Democrats out to vote.

    We know that if we can reach enough inconsistent Democratic voters, we can jumpstart a blue wave that will win back Congress for Democrats in 2018.

    But unlike the shadowy superPACs that fuel the GOP’s agenda, Progressive Turnout Project is funded entirely by grassroots supporters just like you.

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    Thanks for everything you do,

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  9. To the readers of Ashevilleprogressive.com

    August 16, 2017 by admin

    I’m having a terrible time responding to my website right now. I just feel so wounded, so hurt. Because I worked 28 years in an inner city high school, I believe I know inner city people and the attitude of those people was good They weren’t haters. You get the impression from watching people at the Charlottesville rally, that there is a large group of people in this country who hate America, even though they have control of the House, the Senate, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court.. They seem convinced they know how to run the country better than anybody else, and yet they’re so angry, that one of them has to run his car right through a bunch of people. It really offends me that Trump seems to think these people are OK, that they have a right to this negative behavior. I feel they have that right, but I don’t think they have the right to the Presidency, which they have

    Dick


  10. As if a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia,

    August 16, 2017 by admin

    As if a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend weren’t reprehensible enough, a self-professed “militia group” descended on the city openly carrying handguns and military-style rifles to intimidate and spread fear. Later, the day turned deadly when a white supremacist rammed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

    This was an act of hate, plain and simple. I know all too well how hate becomes deadly when armed with a gun. Two years ago, my mother and two cousins were among the nine black parishioners who were shot and killed by a hate-fueled white supremacist at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina.

    I’m infuriated that in Virginia, white supremacists wearing swastikas and confederate flags openly carried loaded semi-automatic rifles to intimidate and instill terror. Legally.

    Dick, will you stand with me in closing the dangerous “open carry loophole”?

    SIGN THE PLEDGE
    Open carry laws vary from state to state, and Virginia is among the 45 states that currently allow open carry of semi-automatic rifles. These laws enable hate-filled people like the white supremacists in Charlottesville to intimidate peaceful protesters, law enforcement, and local residents on their own terms — until someone pulls the trigger.

    Everytown is fighting for commonsense gun safety policies that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, and we won’t stop until our communities are kept safe from the NRA’s fear-driven, guns-everywhere agenda.

    That’s why I’m counting on you to join us in opposing the open carry loophole to stop this dangerous policy. Add your name today: Sign the pledge and stand with us in solidarity to end open carry and stop the culture of hate-fueled gun violence.

    Thank you for making your voice heard.

    In solidarity,

    Rev. Sharon Risher
    Daughter, Cousin, Friend
    Everytown Survivor Network