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  • September 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm
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    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the movie column in the September 2nd issue. I love reading about film and each mini review did its project justice. I particularly like the bit about It Follows and how the visuals and score are the stuff of dreams and fairy tales. Never looked at it like that, but tis true.

    Keep up the good work guys!

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  • September 21, 2015 at 12:17 am
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    Question: Please direct me to guidelines for unsolicited submissions of articles. I am in the MLAS course Documentary Photograph Workshop; the instructor has asked that we submit an article for publication using photos and editorial copy conforming with Blue Banner’s guidelines for submissions. Thanks! Bill O’Connell

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    • September 30, 2015 at 6:50 pm
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      Hi Bill! You can submit articles directly to our Editor-in-Chief, Timbi Shepherd at jshephe3@unca.edu. Thank you!

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  • October 24, 2015 at 6:45 pm
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    It Is Time to Change the Name
    Governor Brown of California passed a law to ban the use of the word Redskin. It is time for us to join him and have the FCC ban the offensive word used by the Washington Football team in our area.
    DICTIONARY.COM
    REDSKIN – [Red-skin] Noun, A disparaging and offensive contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian. (This is the dictionary definition of the word Redskin)
    N-WORD – [nig-er] Noun, A disparaging and offensive contemptuous term used to refer to a black person. (This is the dictionary definition of the word N-WORD)
    How can one be offensive and not the other? You cannot say the N-word on the radio, TV, or even in the newspapers or internet. Yet, the FCC allow the offensive word against Native Americans to be broadcast freely all over the media.
    We must put an end to this blatant and hurtful racist slur against Native Americans and let them know that we as fellow Americans will not stand for this to continue. Racism against any American is racism against all Americans.
    It is time to Change the Name, stop supporting Racism.
    Please pass this on through your Facebook, twitter and all social media.
    http://redskin-racismcom.my-free.website

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    • January 6, 2017 at 12:26 pm
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      For Immediate Release

      Theatrical “re-premiere” of The Conquest of Canaan (1921)

      Unseen in its original form for nearly 96 years, “The Conquest of Canaan” was filmed on location in Asheville in March, 1921.

      For decades, the only surviving print of The Conquest of Canaan was held in the Moscow Film Archive, Gosfilmofond. A 35mm dupe was purchased in 1988 by Asheville’s Historic Resource Commission but that print was shown only once, in 1989, with a Russian speaker translating the intertitles on the fly.

      Film historian and author Frank Thompson began this reconstruction (not restoration, which is a completely different thing) more than a year ago. He had the intertitles translated from Russian, then he meticulously “re-translated” the titles into a more natural style.

      Then the titles were delivered to a graphic designer with a deep knowledge of film history, who recreated the Paramount logo, main titles and intertitles in a font that is correct for the period and the studio.

      Pianist Andrew Fletcher will be on hand to provide live musical accompaniment.

      Thompson will introduce the film and answer audience questions afterwards.

      Frank Thompson is a writer and film historian, author of more than forty books and nearly two thousand articles. His next book is “Asheville Movies Volume I: The Silent Era.” He has worked in television as a writer and producer; appeared in numerous documentaries; has made several documentaries of his own; and provided audio commentary on about twenty DVDs and Blu-Rays. He has two film history-related podcasts, The Commentary Track and Radio Movies. He lives in Asheville.

      Thompson is available for interviews. Please contact him at thompsonesque@gmail.com or leave a message at (828) 989-6124.

      Grail Moviehouse, 45 S French Broad Ave. Asheville NC (828) 239-9392
      Advance Ticket Sales: https://ticketing.us.veezi.com/purchase/3082?siteToken=xtd%2BAeK6YE6Jp%2BbGFWvHNA%3D%3D
      Event Link: http://www.grailmoviehouse.com/special-events//the-conquest-of-canaan

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    • March 11, 2017 at 7:57 pm
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      New peer-to-peer catering company seeks actors and extras for a low budget promotional YouTube video project. Extras are needed for fill in persons during production and jobs will only take about 5 minutes to perform if that. Three actors are needed — two men and one woman between the ages of 20 and 30. Actors will be costumed portray three undead mummy chefs who have risen from their graves to hold a protest.
      The three actor jobs are paid jobs. Extra will enjoy free pizza after the shoot.
      Interested persons should contact:
      Nicole Williams
      Phone: 803.402.2242
      Fax: 877.210.1649
      Filming Date: March 18, 2017
      Filming Location: Downtown Ashville, NC
      Filming Time: TBA
      This is an AVL Creative Production / A.D. Weighs
      Avlcreative.com

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  • November 18, 2015 at 11:38 am
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    AVLPROMO
    Joseph Lepanto

    Avlpromo Presents I Am Not A Rapper EP Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Asheville,Nc– Avlpromo will present I Am Not A Rapper EP Release, taking place at Sol Bar 38 N French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 on January 30th 2015 and featuring Diggypop Malone, Jon Farmer, Dirty Frost, B FREE, D Balla, J Youngin, Copper Kid and Dj Ra Mak.

    Diggypop Malone is back after a two year break from making music with his brand new Ep “I Am Not a Rapper”. His purpose of the Ep is to show his drive and determination in the music world. The Ep is full of energetic and meaningful track, the Ep is produced by Asheville’s own producer Professor T

    Tickets will be available at the door
    Cover is $7
    Doors open at 9pm and show kicks off at 10pm

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  • December 1, 2015 at 12:51 pm
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    Award-Winning Off-Broadway Show Comes to Asheville

    ASHEVILLE, NC, November 23, 2015 – Local theatre aficionados are in for a very special treat at the beginning of the new year when Asheville Community Theatre will host Bill Bowers’ award-winning, off-Broadway performance “It Goes Without Saying” on Jan. 9.

    One of the most acclaimed multi-disciplinary artists in America today, Bowers employs an eloquent mixture of music, monologues and mime in his ongoing investigation of the silence surrounding the enigmatic matters of gender in our culture today. Often compared to Chaplin and Keaton, he has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

    In this 75-minute joyride, Bowers shares hilarious, heart-breaking, and unbelievably true stories from both his career and his lifelong exploration of the role silence plays in all of our lives.

    “It Goes Without Saying” takes the audience on a scenic tour of Bowers’ life thus far; from growing up gay in the wilds of Montana, to his outrageous jobs as a performer, to the whirlwind of working on Broadway, and studying with Marcel Marceau. Compared to the work of Claudia Shear, Lisa Kron and David Sedaris, “It Goes Without Saying” is an autobiographical tour-de-force.

    Bowers, a native of Montana, is being brought to Asheville courtesy of LEAD Productions, a new local staging company whose mission is to “break boundaries” in theatre and film and to “integrate connection back into the audience experience.”

    “I have seen this production six times and I would see it 100 more,” says LEAD Productions Artistic Director Richard Handy. “It’s why I wanted so deeply to bring Bill and this experience to Asheville. I wanted to share his story with the city I love. His production is unforgettable.”

    “When it was playing in Tampa I was actually going to rent a car and drive down just to see it, but I couldn’t get around class,” Handy says. “You don’t just see Bill in this show. You see his soul. It also felt poetically appropriate to inaugurate LEAD productions with ‘It Goes Without Saying’ and have it at ACT for the community.”

    For more information about Bill Bowers, LEAD Productions, or this event, visit: http://bit.ly/1I0gb9F

    For ticketing: https://ashevilletheatre.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0S3100000Aptv5EAB

    PHOTOS IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

    CONTACT: Lead Productions: 828-276-1212, info@nys3.com

    REVIEWS OF BILL BOWERS’ “IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING”…

    “Zestful and endearing … full of life” – The New York Times

    “Brilliant writing, a profound theme, riveting stories, and Bowers’ warm, winsome personality.” – Backstage

    “Surprisingly engaging … winning…. He presents a portrait of small-town America filtered through his own experiences that’s both moving and funny. Bowers effortlessly brings us to laughter and tears, often at the same time.” – The New York Post

    “Amusing … touching … a charming memoir” – John Simon, Bloomberg News

    Bill Bowers “is setting the bar very high for the shows that will want to claim the most moving onstage moment this season.” – Talkin’ Broadway

    “Instantly likeable … brilliant” – TheaterMania

    “It goes without saying that IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING is at once poignant and hilarious. Don’t miss it!” -Dallas Morning News

    Bill Bowers is not your typical mime. In his one-man show “It Goes Without Saying,” directed by Martha Banta, he offers a taste of his life through a series of David-Sedaris-esque chronicles – sidesplittingly funny and tear-jerking at the same time. Oh, and he talks.” -Washington Square News

    “It’s hard to find words to do justice to Bill Bowers’ IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING performance…so I will just keep it simple. Go. See. This. Show.” -Sarasota Herald-Tribune

    “Touching, funny, sad and worth sharing” – Curtain Up

    “Bowers is one of those bigger-than-life personalities whose aura you simply want to bask in: His energy seems boundless; his smile seems lit from within.” -Colorado Springs Arts

    “Bill Bowers is a real theatre artist. Working with the simplest of tools, he creates a world of poetry, meaning and deep emotion.” -Terrence McNally, Playwright

    “He makes you laugh and cry and think, all in one swoop. Maybe he’s really an angel.” -Anna Deavere Smith

    AWARDS

    *BEST PRODUCTION Award, United Solo Int’l Festival, 2010
    *BEST SOLO SHOW, BEST DIRECTOR Awards, International Fresh Fruit Festival, NYC, 2008
    *OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE Award, Dallas/Ft. Worth Critics Forum Award, 2008
    *NEW YORK TIMES Critics Pick, 2006
    *BEST OF THE BERKSHIRES, 2003

    http://www.Bill-Bowers.com

    Eamon Martin
    Administrative Manager
    LEAD Productions
    Asheville National 10-Minute Play Contest & Festival
    NYS3 – The Meisner Acting Conservatory for the Southeast

    2002 Riverside Dr.
    Studio 42-O
    Asheville, NC 28804
    (828) 276-1212

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  • February 6, 2016 at 8:28 am
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    The crosswalk at Edgewood and University Heights has been missing pedestrian striping for at least six months. Some drivers who don’t realize that this is a busy pedestrian crossing that once upon a time had adequate marking may not realize this and proceed through the intersection in a unsafe manner. Is pedestrian safety such a low priority that it takes over six months to mark a intersection properly?

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  • May 7, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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    Why is graduation scheduled for 9:00 AM on Saturday? This seems like an inconvenient time.

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  • September 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm
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    Hillary will promise anything to get elected. Free college would cost taxpayers $350 billion over ten years and increase our national debt. Same scam as Obama Care.
    Obama established fed. gov’t control over businesses, banks and investments firms through the bailouts. Next the gov’t took over healthcare through Obama Care. Next they took over the energy sector through EPA and regulations.
    The most insidious take over is the control over Blacks, Hispanics and other poor minorities through entitlements – all to win votes. Hillary wants to control everything so the Clintons can control the country’s WEALTH.

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  • September 15, 2016 at 4:34 pm
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    Please share with a survivor, or as many as you can, and ask that they discuss this. If for no other reason, I know that their voices, their thinking and sharing the questions that need to be asked, the “how” this could…and is …happen. WW2 left the world with such a lack of information from so many, let’s think about and act upon what you are about to read, and let their voices be heard for future generations, only they can speak to this in a way that will help…since my voice is silenced.
    Thank you.
    I have tried for over 1 1/2 years to reach someone outside of the SC/GA local, state, and FBI and all communications are blocked or the people have been contacted and told cover up lies and/or presented with falsified documentations and fabricated documentations and deterred from believing the truth. This will be the most horrific and yet easiest to prove case of SS Nazi thriving in SC and using a fake investigation with a corrupt attorney and, I believe lead investigators from SLED and the Lexington County Sheriff’s department in SC at the core. Please get this to someone who is an expert in tracking these incidents and understanding that this is exactly who would be trying to expose it, how it would sound, and how it would be covered up. Everything is fabricated, and everything exactly follows the themes and tactics and general strategy of manipulation of the SS Nazi.Everyone is a victim. I have been poisoned long term with furfuryl alochol and other chemicals, drugged, raped, and people enter my condo and car daily to vandalize and put poisons-like on my mattress and elsewhere. People who want to come forward, realizing something is very wrong, are afraid…this, again will be the easiest case, taken directly from the SS Nazi manual for organization and application of tactics-I have a day to day proof of all of it.
    Melanie van Kampen
    I visit Whole Foods regularly on the island, the Hilton Head Library, I live at Hilton Head Beach an Tennis on Folly Field Rd., frequent the Northridge Movie theatre, and sometimes Barnes and Noble. I drive a silver Volvo. The local sheriff’s department will not help, but I still believe everyone is a victim.I do not use email. But, I am here living everyday being tortured and slowly murdered by SS Nazi’s. I have left around 1000 internet correspondences such as this, but it would be interesting to find out how many were interfered with or blocked. Anyone who knows how to check the similar pics section of Google and back date for a number of months will find all the pics were substitued with horrible SS Nazi images, someone who understands what they are looking at. The local FBI and the Sheriff’s department refused to admit it as evidence even though I sent an email to the FBI site-nothing would be done and I was asked to leave the office after the gentleman talking to me, following orders from the lead Nazi in this, told him to leave me sitting there and refuse to help me. I have so much more that has never been exposed before, follows exactly, and the reason, I believe was to give a go at seeing how many thousands of people could be manipulated-had nothing to do with me other than to be a person to dehumanize so that the higher goal of manipulating could be tested. Yes, Nazism is alive and thriving in the deep south, from the Neo-Nazi’s to those of the SS in higher positions of authority and power to do all this. So easy to prove, to stop, to educate others in the US and the world. People who have committed suicide or had accidents under this attorney’s investigations have very likely died by murder from these Nazi’s. I have been told that should anything happen to me, everyone would think it was suicide. Another …same threat but with “accident”.
    Melanie van Kampen

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  • September 15, 2016 at 4:39 pm
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    I did not have quotes around any words. All my computer activity is interfered with as one of the crimes against me; then, to continue-daily to document false and fabricated evidence…so, now you can see the minute by minute torture, and so much more I have to share and everything so easy to prove. Absolute truth has absolute power in that way…yet, this sort of thing, as survivors well know, is exactly another way the SS Nazi’s utilize the long term slowness of torture and the enjoyment of it, as well as creating lies and fabrications of every kind at every turn. I’m reminded of the incidents where innocent individuals were picked off the streets, made to dance on table tops in outdoor cafes until they collapsed so everyone could see, then fill out census cards that they were “crazy” to act in such a way…then their destiny was sealed for torture until death by 1. suicide 2. gas 3. natural-I believe that was the 3 choices on the census card…
    Please share with a survivor, or as many as you can, and ask that they discuss this. If for no other reason, I know that their voices, their thinking and sharing the questions that need to be asked, the how this could…and is …happen. WW2 left the world with such a lack of information from so many, let’s think about and act upon what you are about to read, and let their voices be heard for future generations, only they can speak to this in a way that will help…since my voice is silenced.
    Thank you.
    I have tried for over 1 1/2 years to reach someone outside of the SC/GA local, state, and FBI and all communications are blocked or the people have been contacted and told cover up lies and/or presented with falsified documentations and fabricated documentations and deterred from believing the truth. This will be the most horrific and yet easiest to prove case of SS Nazi thriving in SC and using a fake investigation with a corrupt attorney and, I believe lead investigators from SLED and the Lexington County Sheriff’s department in SC at the core. Please get this to someone who is an expert in tracking these incidents and understanding that this is exactly who would be trying to expose it, how it would sound, and how it would be covered up. Everything is fabricated, and everything exactly follows the themes and tactics and general strategy of manipulation of the SS Nazi.Everyone is a victim. I have been poisoned long term with furfuryl alochol and other chemicals, drugged, raped, and people enter my condo and car daily to vandalize and put poisons-like on my mattress and elsewhere. People who want to come forward, realizing something is very wrong, are afraid…this, again will be the easiest case, taken directly from the SS Nazi manual for organization and application of tactics-I have a day to day proof of all of it.
    Melanie van Kampen
    I visit Whole Foods regularly on the island, the Hilton Head Library, I live at Hilton Head Beach an Tennis on Folly Field Rd., frequent the Northridge Movie theatre, and sometimes Barnes and Noble. I drive a silver Volvo. The local sheriff’s department will not help, but I still believe everyone is a victim.I do not use email. But, I am here living everyday being tortured and slowly murdered by SS Nazi’s. I have left around 1000 internet correspondences such as this, but it would be interesting to find out how many were interfered with or blocked. Anyone who knows how to check the similar pics section of Google and back date for a number of months will find all the pics were substitued with horrible SS Nazi images, someone who understands what they are looking at. The local FBI and the Sheriff’s department refused to admit it as evidence even though I sent an email to the FBI site-nothing would be done and I was asked to leave the office after the gentleman talking to me, following orders from the lead Nazi in this, told him to leave me sitting there and refuse to help me. I have so much more that has never been exposed before, follows exactly, and the reason, I believe was to give a go at seeing how many thousands of people could be manipulated-had nothing to do with me other than to be a person to dehumanize so that the higher goal of manipulating could be tested. Yes, Nazism is alive and thriving in the deep south, from the Neo-Nazi’s to those of the SS in higher positions of authority and power to do all this. So easy to prove, to stop, to educate others in the US and the world. People who have committed suicide or had accidents under this attorney’s investigations have very likely died by murder from these Nazi’s. I have been told that should anything happen to me, everyone would think it was suicide. Another …same threat but with accident.
    Melanie van Kampen

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  • October 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm
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    The 2016 Presidential election is fast approaching. A question every voter should ask is, “Will my vote for a president count or will it be a victim of Vote Suppression?” Because of the All-or-Nothing approach we use with the Electoral College results, many votes for president are swept aside!

    Because of Vote Suppression many experience their political voices (votes) silenced if they’re not among the majority of their state. 56,431,932 votes (Democrats and Republicans) in 2012 were not part of the Electoral College results because of Vote Suppression! Your vote is your voice and it should matter regardless of whom you vote for or where you live. Vote Suppression is real, non-partisan, and affects everyone.

    Equal Voice Voting is a proportional voting approach that is the fairest offered, closely aligns Electoral College results with the popular vote on a state-by-state basis, doesn’t require a Constitutional amendment, and stops Vote Suppression.

    The first step for any change is to become aware of an issue. A free book (Make Your Vote Count!) is available at http://www.equalvoicevoting.com that reviews the last nine presidential elections and shows what could have occurred if Equal Voice Voting had been used instead.

    Second, simply talk! Sharing your views with others in an honest dialogue is essential for change.

    Third, encourage your legislators to put their constituents first and stop Vote Suppression. Get your state to participate in this cause that affects so many.

    Finally, (if you are 18 or older) be sure to vote, regardless of which presidential candidate you favor. Other political offices and local issues need you to be involved! Voting matters!

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  • November 4, 2016 at 3:44 am
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    Even if you chose not to decide you still have made a choice!

    Do you care about the environment?

    Do you care about your friends and family?

    Do you think fresh clean water is important?

    Do you think the EPA is important?

    Would you help to stop a guy that does not?

    Did you know that 50% of illnesses are water born and that the EPA is there to help protect us from those illnesses?

    Life on this planet depends on picking a people that care about the fact that 1 in 2 guys and 1 in 3 women are getting cancer and 10,000 a week dying from cancer!

    The EPA is there to protect us! That climate changes is having deadly consequences’ now and it will only get much worse if we pick the wrong person!

    We are losing thousands of kinds of life every year that will never return!

    This is costing us all! This is costing friends and family! This is costing the Earth that keeps us alive, so much life!

    PICK A THOUGHTFUL PRESIDENT THAT CAN SEE HOW THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EPA AND DOING THINGS THAT WILL HELP SLOW CLIMATE CHANGE AND HELP SAVE LIFE! AND OTHERS THAT WILL WORK TO HELP THE MAJORITY OF LIFE!

    VOTE! FOR LIFE!

    Roger Schmidt

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  • November 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm
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    The 2016 presidential election surprised many – some are disappointed, some are jubilant. Electoral College criticism is the new national sentiment.

    However, the Founding Fathers were not terribly amiss. So why did one Hillary win a majority of popular votes and Trump seem to steal the election? The culprit is the All-or-Nothing approach we use when tallying popular votes and converting them into Electoral Votes. The Electoral College does not need to be replaced.

    Equal Voice Voting offers the best of solutions without requiring a Constitutional amendment (visit http://www.equalvoicevoting.com and download the free book analyzing presidential elections from 1980-2012). It’s a simple approach that respects the popular vote, does not disenfranchise voters, gives each state its independent voice, honors the Founding Fathers’ intent, and acknowledges the this nation’s diverse cultures, peoples, values and priorities.

    It’s time to initiate legislation on a state-by-state basis so our Electoral College elicits a continued pride of country. We can realize such confidence if we simply modify how we count everyone’s vote. Contact your legislators and ask that they give Equal Voice Voting their strong consideration!

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  • November 23, 2016 at 10:48 am
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    To the editors:

    On July 2, 2016, Jai Lateef “Jerry” Williams was fatally shot by Asheville Police officer Tyler Radford. On October 28, the NC State Bureau of Investigation released to District Attorney Todd Williams the report of its investigation into the shooting.
    Our hearts are cracked open by the excessive use of force by police in our nation and in our own community, against people of color, especially young black men and Jerry Williams in particular. We acknowledge that this long history of institutionalized violence has repeatedly broken the hearts and shattered the lives of people in our community. We recognize that our silence makes us complicit. If we fail to speak, our silence will be deafening.
    We join with the family and other members of the Asheville community who still grieve for his untimely death, and are frustrated by the lack of clarity as to the events leading up to the fatal shooting.
    We call upon the Asheville Police Department to cease and desist from harassing and intimidating the family of Jerry Williams and other members of his community.
    We call upon the District Attorney to release the SBI report to the family, along with any and all evidence gathered by or presented to the Asheville Police and the District Attorney’s office, including the names of all persons who were interviewed as possible eyewitnesses to the shooting.
    We stand united with the family of Jerry Williams if they choose to call for an independent investigation.
    We seek nothing more nor less than full disclosure of the facts of the matter, and the swiftest and most certain resolution possible, for the sake of his family, his loved ones, and our Asheville community.
    Approved without exception at this 11th Month Meeting for Business

    Patti Hughes, clerk, on behalf of
    Asheville Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
    227 Edgewood Rd.
    Asheville, NC 28804

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  • December 2, 2016 at 9:25 am
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    With the G.O.P’s hands firmly on the steering wheel of American policy, school choice looms large in the state and national conversation. As a teacher who has studied and debated and lived it, I will try to shed some light on an intentionally deceptive issue with specific regard to charter schools.

    The founding principle of charter schools is sound and is something most traditional public school employees long for, that is to have more autonomy at the school and district level in terms of setting curriculum, creating schedules, tracking students, etcetera. Ever increasing administrative oversight on the state and federal levels has helped to feed nationwide discontent with public schools. The correct thing to do would be to offer some of these freedoms to the public schools and fund them in a way that allows them to achieve their self set goals while holding existing charter schools to the same accountability model.

    Charter schools are a threat to the existence of traditional public schools specifically, and American public education generally, but not for the reasons one might expect. In addition to being free from high stakes testing and statistical pressure, many charter schools wield powers that public schools do not (and probably should not) such as the ability to select and exclude students and the ability to refuse to offer public transportation. It isn’t a fair fight when your competition isn’t playing by the same rules. If it were possible to consistently filter students by merit, the stakes would not be as high. However, students are just as likely to be filtered by race and socioeconomic status. Exclusivity allows you to create an amazing (but sheltered) educational experience for the privileged that is then juxtaposed in the public eye against “failing” public schools. This puts a crack in the wall of the legitimacy of public schools that over time may result in a partial or total failure, as families feel increasing pressure to flee. In this scenario, traditional public schools become little more than”waste management centers” for students who are too poor, too disabled, too unruly, too ethnic, or whose parents are just too apathetic to make the switch. This process is already well underway.

    Public school is supposed to be the great “equalizer” in our democracy; the only reason you can still play the “bootstraps” card with a straight face. In time, however, education may become the single greatest engine of social stratification in our society.

    There is an old saying that, “education cuts never heal.” No other governmental function has such a direct and lasting impact on such a high number of individuals. The wound opened by charter schools can only be healed if we make these schools play by the same rules as everyone else. Public money should never be dispensed with “no strings attached.” Traditional public schools are straining under too many strings while charter schools are succeeding, in part, because they have managed to cut them. For decades we have been trying to make public schools better through administrative oversight rather than fiscal expansion and school level, cultural and structural accountability. To use a metaphor, whipping the beast only makes it go faster and farther to a point and then it just starts to kill it. By extension, we have beaten public school to death with a never ending stream of reforms that change wildly with each administration. What we really need is what individuals need to flourish; freedom, resources and support, not control, austerity and shame.

    Parents and teachers alike wish for a greater diversity of educational options to best fit the needs of our students. With funding, we can offer that diversity by opening new classrooms and support positions in existing schools, rather than creating all new schools. As students are moved from one school to another so goes their state allotments Because per student spending is generic, even subtle increases in the ratio of high risk and high needs students can send distressed schools into a spiral. Already beleaguered public school teachers are then saddled with an ultimatum; succeed or die.
    Charter schools are built on a foundation of selfishness, and people tend to be especially selfish when it comes to their own children. Without fiscal expansion, charter schools only succeed at the expense of public schools. They succeed because they invite the best students and because they don’t have to carry the bureaucratic burden of public schools. Take away traditional public schools, and charter schools just become the problem they are intended to solve. As a policy, “School choice” is a clandestine means for elites to appease the middle class without raising taxes by disenfranchising the working class and the poor. All with a pretty bow on top called “school choice” and a ready made scapegoat in the public schools whose failure they engineered.

    By Reuben J. Swindall
    French Teacher
    West Henderson High School​

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  • December 2, 2016 at 4:42 pm
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    I am in total agreement with this treatise. In general, charter schools which push the public schools into a corner would signal the end of our American way of life. We must not allow this to happen. I don’t have a suggestion for preventative measures except by generating appeals to sympathetic and understanding elected officials. Unfortunately, it would seem that the ignorance that has spawned these ideas are somehow driven also by greed and a lack of conscience. How we break through this barrier is obviously one of the greatest needs to insure a successful future for ALL of the youth of our nation, and not just a privileged view.

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  • February 9, 2017 at 12:15 am
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    it’s Wednesday my dudes

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  • March 13, 2017 at 11:22 pm
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    Did the recent presidential election catch your attention? Were you frustrated with voting results or was your vote suppressed (lost votes cast for candidates who do not capture the most votes in any given state)?
    A lot of discussion is currently heard about using the National Popular Vote (NPV) approach. It’s where a compact of states agree to cast all of their electoral votes to the candidate that wins the most popular votes across the nation. It sounds good but falls short in a number of significant areas. Here are a few:
    • NPV fails to respect the fact that our nation is a republic—a collection of independent and autonomous states. Consider if your state’s popular vote winner did not match the popular votes cast across the nation. All of your state’s electoral votes would be cast for a candidate not in favor in your state. Votes cast in other states would affect your state’s voting preference.
    • NPV unfairly favors heavily populated states. Half the nation lives in just nine states. What happens to the voting voice of those living in the remaining 41 and Washington, D.C.?
    • NPV provides no voter recount consideration. There is no agreement as to which state(s) would conduct and/or pay for a recount, if one were called.
    • NPV would discourage future voter turnout due to the lack of state autonomy, voting result disparity, and voter disenfranchisement.
    A better approach, Equal Voice Voting (EVV), captures the popular vote on a state-by-state basis, retains our federalist form of governance, and requires neither a Constitutional amendment nor interstate compact. EVV makes every vote count and ensures every state is recognized. Learn more at http://www.equalvoicevoting.com.

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