STAND UP FOR FAMILIES AT THE BORDER – Saturday, Aug 24
Recognizing that children hear and see what’s going on in the news and that learning about the mistreatment of children and families can be upsetting, “Kids Rising” will focus on offering comfort and solace by helping children process this disturbing situation through writing and art, with the goal of empowering them to express their feelings and stand up for families at the border.
On Saturday afternoon, August 24, the Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library downtown will be transformed into a big play space, with four different stations for kids of all ages:CARD-WRITING – Write messages or draw pictures to send to the PresidentART STATION – Make and take home your own Mexican paper flowersCOOPERATIVE GAMES – Structured play stations for small groupsREADING CIRCLE – A comfy space for looking at books that celebrate our diversityParents will also have an opportunity to write cards and letters to their reps, and adults without kids will have a separate space available for letter-writing if they prefer. As always, we’ll provide fact sheets, postcards, stationery and stamps.We will also be collecting donations for a family-focused program helping immigrants in our community.
“Kids Rising” is sponsored by Indivisible Asheville/WNC, Stronger Together WNC-North, and Madison County Indivisible. The event is free and open to the public.
Kids Rising: Standing Up For Families At the BorderA Family-Friendly Event
Saturday, August 24, 2:30-4:30 pm
Pack Library Auditorium (downstairs)
67 Haywood St, Asheville 28801 TAKE ACTION ON GUN SAFETYJust a little over a week ago, a domestic terrorist using a military-style assault weapon killed 22 people and wounded 26 in El Paso, and less than 24 hours later another domestic terrorist using an assault rifle with a 100 round magazine killed nine people and injured 27 in Dayton, Ohio. The same weekend, 7 people were killed and another 52 injured in multiple shooting incidents in Chicago.This is not the America we want to live in. Congress needs to get back to work NOW and do their jobs to address the bloodshed on our streets and in our communities. At this point, “thoughts and prayers” are an insult. Tell our reps to finally stand up and do the right thing!Make These Calls:Call your Senators and Congressman and tell the staffer that you expect your representative to SUPPORT:A Ban on Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines (H.R. 1296/S. 66) (H.R. 1186/S. 447)Prohibiting people convicted of violent hate crimes from acquiring or possessing firearms (Disarm Hate Act H.R. 2708/S. 1462)The Extreme Risk Protection Order Act (ERPO), a law to enable family members and law enforcement to petition a court for a temporary order prohibiting a person from purchasing or possessing firearms (H.R.1236/S. 506)National Licensing & Registration of Handguns (S. 1884)
Sen. Richard Burr — (202) 224-3154Sen. Thom Tillis — (202) 224-6342.
Rep. Mark Meadows (if you’re in District 11) — (202) 225-6401
— or ––Rep. Patrick McHenry (if you’re in US District 10)
Tell them to TAKE ACTION NOW!
PROTECT OUR PUBLIC LANDSOn June 13, the U.S. Forest Service released a proposed rule amending the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that would eliminate public participation in decisions about logging, prescribed burning, road and pipeline building, and other forest operations on public land.
Why? In order to speed up the “pace and scale of work accomplished on the ground” by removing the public review process. NEPA was enacted into law in 1970 in order to require federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions before making decisions, with public input. This rule change would effectively nullify the law.
Protest the NEPA Rule Change:
Go to the government Public Comment site and demand that the proposed rule weakening the NEPA be REJECTED. Public comment on this rule change has been extended through Aug. 26.
For background, read this informative article from the Sierra Club. REMEMBERING TONI MORRISON”Our past is bleak. Our future dim. But I am not reasonable. A reasonable man adjusts to his environment. An unreasonable man does not. All progress, therefore, depends on the unreasonable man. I prefer not to adjust to my environment. I refuse the prison of ‘I’ and choose the open spaces of ‘we.'”—Toni Morrison (1931-2019)
MARK YOUR CALENDARFriday, August 16, 4:00-4:30 pm — Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform(Progressive Alliance of Henderson County), Historic Courthouse, downtown Hendersonville.Friday, August 16, 23 & 30, 4:30-6:00 pm — Weekly Postcard Party(Progressive Alliance of Henderson County). Sanctuary Brewing, Hendersonville.Saturday, August 17, 10:00-11:30 am — Madison County Indivisible Monthly Meeting, NC Cooperative Extension, Marshall.Wednesday, August 21, 8:45-9:45 am: “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” Book Club (Pisgah Legal Services), United Way, Asheville.Saturday, August 24, 2:30-4:30 pm – Kids Rising: Standing Up for Families at the Border (Indivisible AVL, Stronger Together WNC-North, Madison County Indivisible), Pack Library Auditorium, Asheville.Tuesday, August 27, 5:30-7:00 pm — Reproductive Rights Update & Reception (Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic), Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville.For details on these and other upcoming events, check out the Indivisible AshevilleWNC Events Calendar. If you have upcoming actions or events we should share with our members, please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Kids Rising is sponsored by Indivisible Asheville/WNC, Stronger Together WNC-North, and Madison County Indivisible. The event is free an For the latest Action Alerts, be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter and check the website for Action Updates.Thank you for standing Indivisible.ShareTweetForwardIndivisible Asheville/WNC is a non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to protecting democracy through informed community action in Western North Carolina. The group was voted #1 Activist Group for Civic/Political Action in the 2017 and 2018 Mountain Xpress “Best of WNC” Awards. To learn more, visit IndivisibleAVL.org, follow @IndivisibleAVL on Facebook and Twitter, or email email@example.com.
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