Tag Archives: North Carolina

North Carolina Moral Mondays: Playbook for States Suffering from Extremist Agendas

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Political and social discontent continues to grow in North Carolina as the 10th Moral Monday grew to an estimated 3500 people on July 8th 2013. Moral monday is a movement that is organized by civil rights leaders, faith organizations, education leaders, environmental groups and women’s rights advocacy groups who oppose North Carolina’s new extremist legislation.

Single Moms Take On Local Food Deserts in Asheville North Carolina

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Asheville has recently been in the news for the adoption of its progressive regional Food Action Plan, which addresses food insecurity/security and access issues. It is no surprise that our town is making food security headlines again, this time with the story of two of Asheville’s local residents and inspiring sustainable food leaders, Tema Ayanfe Jamison and Olufemi Lewis.

Asheville City Council Tackles Food Insecurity and Approves Food Action Plan

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North Carolina’s city of Asheville is the most recent town in our nation to create a Food Action Plan. These sensible strategies address difficult issues, such as food deserts, community health, food insecurity, nutrition knowledge deficits, barriers to local food production and distribution, as well as food sovereignty. The plan was approved 6-0 on January 21, 2013 by the city council; this legislation will play an active role in improving healthy food access, and will also help to build a more sustainable local food infrastructure.

Sister Simone Campbell at the DNC: We are All Responsible for One Another

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Sister Simone Campbell, the Executive Director of the social justice lobby NETWORK, was one of many inspiring women who addressed the Democratic National Convention. The exuberant Catholic nun told the packed auditorium how dangerous the proposed Romney/Ryan budget would be for millions of poor and disenfranchised families across our nation who are barely getting by. Sister Simone gave a dynamic speech which reinforced the strong christian belief that everyone has a shared responsibility to all of our fellow humans.

Elizabeth Warren Addresses the DNC: We Build Our Future Together

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The DNC speech given last night by the founder of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Elizabeth Warren, was most inspiring. In addition to explaining how monied corporate interests have rigged our democracy against most hard-working ordinary citizens, the fiercely intelligent Massachusetts senate candidate was the only speaker who highlighted the importance of holding accountable the criminal bankers whose extensive financial fraud nearly brought our nation to ruin.

Asheville North Carolina Promotes Multi-Modal Transit

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Asheville North Carolina is rolling out the next stages of its Multi-Modal transportation initiative at this year’s Strive Not To Drive program. This week-long event will illuminate how the city is planning improvements with pedestrian, cycling, vehicle and public transportation infrastructure. It is also call to the citizens of Asheville to evaluate their transportation choices, and to explore other sustainable mobility options that are becoming available.

Kleiwerks Empowers Global Communities through Natural Building Construction

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Asheville, North Carolina is a melting pot of many diverse ideas and progressive institutions, including everything from sustainable organic farmers to public bicycle repair racks. The city is also home to Kleiworks International, a very successful non-profit organization with an extended network of innovative natural building designers who collaborate with communities across the globe.

Asheville North Carolina Installs New Public Bike Repair Racks

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While walking around the arts district in Asheville, North Carolina last week, I encountered a most ingenius piece of sustainable transportation infrastructure: a free public bicycle repair rack. In the past I have seen public bike air pumps before in other cities, but never one that was also integrated into a rack for hanging your bicycle, along with several accessible commonly used bike maintenance tools.