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.
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.
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.
Beautiful Asheville, North Carolina is famous for many things, including its bountiful array of diverse foraged edibles and medicinal plants; our region is now taking eating wild one step further by opening the first entirely wild crafting public market in the US. The upcoming weekly market will include vendors selling edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants.
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.
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.
One of North Carolina’s most beloved musicians, Doc Watson passed away today from complications related to colon surgery. An American legend and a pioneer of Travis style finger picking, but most of all, a beloved musician who unified people from all walks of life thorugh his heart-felt music and his loving spirit.
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.
With his normal scathingly witty insight, Stephen Colbert has taken on the issue of North Carolina’s Amendment One and marriage equality during a recent episode airing May 9, 2012. In this political cycle, is ironic comedy the only way a poignant message can be delivered? Watch the video and find out.
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.
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.
A list of four funny small town names, and a bit about their history.
Continuing on with things I loved about living and bicycling in the various cities I’ve lived and bicycled in (to wrap up National Bike Month), here are 10 things I loved about living and bicycling in Chapel Hill & Carrboro, North Carolina (which are two small towns that are pretty much merged)….
[Creative Commons photo by House of Sims] Starting October 1st, North Carolinans will no longer be able to dispose of motor oil filters, wooden pallets and plastic bottles in landfills.