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February 2022 NEWSLETTER

The Progressive Alliance of Henderson County is a merger of Progressive Women of Hendersonville, Progressive Organized Women, Hendersonville Huddle, and the Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform, blending our energy and passion, working as one to strengthen our impact.


Despite Covid and being a non-election year, we continue to find ways to make a difference. We thank each of you for your passion, your support of Progressive values, your insights, your engagement and your actions. 
2021 NEWSLETTER SPOTLIGHT BIOGRAPHIES: Joe Dinan, Virginia Tegel, Norm Bossert, Gayle Kemp, Meg & Todd Hoke, Lisa McDonald, John Owens, Crystal Cauley, Jayne white Jennings, Padma Dyvine, Sara Smith, Abby Robertson

01/13/21 Eric Perless, For the People Act Discussion
02/10/21 John Owens, A Hole in My Heart Viewing and Discussion 
03/10/21 Steve Smith, Covid in Henderson County Update
04/14/21 Jenna Wadsworth, The Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana in NC    
05/12/21 Dawn Kucera, Effective Public Advocacy Communications
06/09/21 Vicki Meath, Just Economics
08/11/21 Steffi Rausch, Citizens Climate Lobby

Sponsored an Art Scape banner on 7th Ave. (carried over from 2020 campaign)
Assisted with landscaping at El Centro HQ
Supported Project Dignity and Sweet Bear Rescue
Participated in city-wide Clean Sweep roadside cleanup
Co-signed “Let’s Keep Talking with Malice Toward None – “Live the Golden Rule” project 
Provided meals/treats to health care workers (via individual FB page subscribers’ initiatives) 
Held Aug. 4 social event for PAHC friends (outdoors at Two Guys Pizza)

Celebrated Biden’s Inauguration Car Rally and a Zoom toast
Call Out Cawthorn Car Caravan Rally
Equal Rights Amendment Rally
Deadline for Democracy Rally
People Call the Shots, Medicare for All Rally
Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
Hosted Women’s Reproductive Rights Rally
Silent Vigil for Remembrance of Gun Violence Victims
Monthly Silent Vigils for Immigration Reform 

Hundreds of GOTV postcards mailed 
29 Suggestion sheets (2+ per month)
Monthly Newsletters and Calendar
Public Relations:  Website, Facebook and communication with media outlets 
Liaison activities: reaching out to elected officials and Youth and Diversity outreach efforts
Helen Ann (Nann) Bell
by Deb Rich

Helen Ann, otherwise known as Nann Bell, came to Henderson County by way of Florida and Michigan. She was raised in Gainesville by parents who valued education. Her father was a University of Florida chemistry professor; her mother attended graduate school and became a social worker. Living in a college town exposed her to liberal thinking at an early age. Her parents actively supported causes and candidates and wrote their representatives. Her father often wrote letters to the editor, as well as columns for the local paper. Her parents taught their children the importance of voting, and she and her siblings are faithful voters to this day.

While in high school, she wanted to play clarinet professionally. Unfortunately, her father and grandmother were afflicted with RA, and she also began having major hand pain. She was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, and a professional music career was not possible.

She attended TCU in Ft. Worth, though she dropped out and returned to Gainesville to work after 3 years. She moved to Asheville in 1984 for a change of scenery, with the intent of finishing her degree at UNC-A. A year later, she became terribly ill and moved back to Gainesville once her degree was completed. She planned to attend graduate school once her medical bills were paid off, but she met her husband and stayed in Gainesville.
Nann worked a variety of hospital jobs and traveled the art show circuit in the ‘90s, selling her handmade shoulder bags, but since 2004 much of her time was devoted to being an unpaid clergy spouse, working with her husband, an Episcopal priest.

Nann’s political activity had been limited to voting, letter writing and donating, but after Trump won and the GOP took both houses, she knew she had to act. She relied on the ACA to cover her expensive medications and she knew it could be repealed. Her most intense political work was fighting to keep it in place. Until John McCain voted with a “thumbs down”, Nann spent at least 40 hours weekly writing letters and making phone calls.

She found PAHC she says, “in an attempt to hold on to her sanity after Trump was elected.” She was looking for like-minded folks and came upon the PAHC Facebook page. Helen is passionate about voting rights, civil rights, racism, immigration, and gender issues, the environment, universal healthcare, living wages, helping the working poor, access to abortion, ending the death penalty and LGBTQ rights. She’s pleased that PAHC shares those values. 

Nann believes the priorities for PAHC should be electing Congress members to serve all constituents. She also would like to focus on issues that directly affect this area: living wages, universal healthcare, expanding Medicaid, the environment, and civil rights for all.

She also enjoys traveling, gardening, college football (Go Gators!), hiking, sewing, reading, and listening to music. She lives in Fletcher with her husband, and though she has been to most of the lower 48 states, is looking forward to traveling again. 

Nann is a strong voice on our Facebook page. Her activism and involvement are much appreciated. 
POSTCARD SUGGESTION SHEET             February 1, 2022

The most recent Suggestion Sheet #232 can be downloaded from our website at

You can also find addresses for legislators on our homepage in the Postcard Party section.

A paid advertisement in the The News & Observer, paid for by RepresentUs. Chris Berg, PAHC Leadership member, is a signer.

Some people don’t look.
Some look, but don’t see.
Some see, but don’t act.
Some people act.
. . . Anon
The Progressive Alliance of Henderson County (PAHC) compassionately advocates for justice, dignity, inclusion and sustainable, healthy communities for all.
To connect residents of Henderson County and vicinity through grassroots civic engagement, education, outreach and volunteerism.   

Visit our website for more photos, events, and links to like-minded groups.
The PAHC core leadership group (currently Chris Berg, Nancy & Neil Brown, Lucy Butler, Sheila Clendenning, Laura Miklowitz, Sara Smith, and Paul Weichselbaum) working together diligently to strengthen our impact, has created mission and vision statements for the group.

Please speak to any of us if you can offer your ideas and time about the future of Henderson County. 
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