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August 2021 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.

Informed Progressive

On Wednesday, August 11 at 2:00, Steffi Rausch with the Citizens Climate Lobby will be our featured speaker.  She will present on a truly viable approach to addressing climate change.

Please click on the following link on August 11 at 2:00 to join us!!!

Meeting ID: 895 4716 6784
Passcode: 370589

Crystal Cauley
by Deb Rich

Crystal Cauley is one of Hendersonville’s own. She was born and lived here for 25 years before moving to Traveler’s Rest and Greenville, SC. She has returned with her two children, son Tyrese and daughter Tiara, and is pursuing her many goals. Crystal has been active in politics since she was 18. She looked forward to registering and voting for the first time in 2000, casting her ballot for Al Gore in the presidential election. She says, “I remember when TV anchor Bob Schieffer quoted his mother: "Go vote, it will make you feel big and strong". I felt so empowered to cast my vote then, and I still feel the same way.”

As a child, she dreamed of becoming a Peace Corp volunteer, being a missionary running an orphanage in developing countries, and becoming a writer. Her college curriculum provided Crystal the opportunity to become active in politics and volunteerism, which has continued to the present day. She traveled to Clarendon, Jamaica in 2005, finding a sense of freedom from racism she had not known in the United States. This trip was a turning point in Crystal’s life and directed her to more African American focused volunteer and business opportunities, including a small home-based business selling African body products, home décor and fashion. She also founded the Black Business Network of WNC and Black History Collective of Henderson County, NC. Crystal is passionate about social justice issues, including Black Maternal Health awareness, racial discrimination, living an Afrocentric lifestyle, staying on top of issues impacting Black Americans, staying vigilant about issues in her own diverse community and studying her personal ancestry. 

To reach and encourage the younger generation to study their heritage, she utilizes art, music, the spoken word and dance. In June, Crystal was awarded the first two Wilma Dykeman Awards for Writers of Color. She created the first Black Art and Craft Exhibition in Hendersonville in 2019, asking artist Diamond Cash to capture her vision celebrating the Black History of Henderson County. The piece is titled “Legacy” and received commendation from Mayor Volk. She is presently creating art with Diamond that celebrates The Kingdom of the Happy Land and the community known as “Brooklyn” (7th Avenue/Green Meadows.) Crystal states: “Since 2019, I have been ‘living my best life’ because I stepped out on faith to pursue my dreams. I was invited to join Progressive Alliance, and I’m happy to be a part of this wonderful open-minded group of people. I campaign for diversity and unity for all people, and this is one of the best groups that reflects how I feel too! Now that the last four years have ended, I plan to stay on top of issues that the last administration intentionally ignored, such as social justice issues dealing with women’s rights, immigration and minority affairs, gun laws, creating jobs, and stronger communities. I hope this group will continue to spotlight issues that people may feel uncomfortable talking about. We need to unite and come together and network with groups who have similar missions and make sure our voices are heard.” 

In July, Crystal and her team agreed to go forward to create "Dice of Henderson County '' which represents Diversity, Inclusion, Community and Engagement of Henderson County. This active group will continue to address social justice issues that impact all communities. Dice will also be an advocate to individuals who seek assistance with racial, equity and inclusion issues. 

Crystal adds: “I am a graduate of Hendersonville High School and I still remember the song, “Hail to the Red and White”! The friendships that I have made with Henderson County’s REI, United Way’s Rising Leader Program, the Arts Council of Henderson County, Common Ground and numerous boards/ groups I am involved with give me hope this county is progressing in the right direction! I feel that Henderson County, NC is extremely beautiful, and I love the people and weather here.” 

We could not agree more.
Postcard Party

Our return of the In-Person Postcard Party was a rousing success on Friday, July 16th.  Thirty people came to 305 Main to catch up with friends and write postcards.   59 postcards were written from Suggestion Sheet # 221.   

Jay Carey, a candidate for US House District NC-11, was there and had engaging conversations with our members.  It is great to know who can take back this seat.   

Then people walked the block south for the Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform in front of the historic Courthouse from 4 – 4:30.

To offer help or for more information, visit our website:

POSTCARD SUGGESTION SHEET              August 1, 2021

The most recent Suggestion Sheet #202 can be downloaded from our website at

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

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, Sheila Clendenning, Laura Miklowitz, Sissy Owen, Vikki Shantz, Virginia Tegel, 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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