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September 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, September 8 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 September8 at 2:00 to join us!!!

Meeting ID: 865 9997 7523
Passcode: 515620
Please take proper precautions to keep yourselves and others safe and healthy. 

The Henderson County Planning Department needs your input! Please take this quick community survey and share your thoughts on shaping our county's future.

Remember:  Progressive activism is not a spectator sport!  Make your voice heard!
Jayne White Jennings
by Deb Rich

Jayne White Jennings wanted to be a writer.  She grew up in Marion, a small town in South Carolina.  That early upbringing was an impetus for her to graduate from high school early (a mistake, she now says), and go to college, graduating with a double major in English and History.  She moved to Washington, DC and began work at a trade association.  She loved life in the big city but chose to follow a beau back to South Carolina, finding work in the non-profit sector. By her mid 20s, she realized she was drawn to teaching and completed her master’s degree at Queens University.  She started teaching in Charlotte. After meeting and marrying her husband, Darin, they moved to Asheville.  After the birth of her son, Noah, the family moved once again, to Hendersonville in 2007. 

Jayne’s interest in politics started in college. She marched to get the confederate flag removed from the South Carolina Capitol.  While living in Washington DC she participated in a pro-choice march in the late 1980s and worked for 9 months as a political fundraiser for a very small pro-choice organization supporting pro-choice female candidates.  

After the 2017 presidential election, Jayne and a neighbor, Amy Parrish, would often commiserate about the results.  Rather than complaining, the two rounded up a few friends and began making calls to Congress regarding Trump’s cabinet nominees.  A Facebook group was formed, called Progressive Organized Women (POW). Over 80 members showed up for the first rally! After a while, Amy stepped down and Kristi Boyer stepped up as co-leader.   Jayne emphasizes that POW would not have happened without Amy or Kristi. In 2018, POW merged with Progressive Women of Hendersonville, and the Progressive Alliance of Henderson County was formed. In her own words, “I am very proud of the work that the members of POW did. I feel that we contributed to helping people be able to become activists locally and get more involved in improving our world.”

Jayne admits her personal priorities have shifted lately. She feels a strong need to build bridges between Republicans and Democrats, as the country has become so divisive. She has reached out to local Republican leaders to try and find common ground and focus on those things.  She’s also concerned about voting rights and open access to accurate information.  She’s an active member of the League of Women Voters. Additionally, she’s an ally for LGBTQ+ rights and equality.  Jayne says:” I also spend time during election cycles meeting with, and talking to, local candidates in order to get to know them and offer support to the candidates I like.”

The reason Jayne has been successful in her endeavors lies in this statement: “My heart is really in building bridges and help reduce the divisiveness.  I do it mostly in informal ways and building relationships.”  We know that Jayne will continue to make a difference in this community, from the ground up.  
Postcard Party

21 people cruised into 305 Main Eatery in Hendersonville for an in-person Postcard Party on Friday August 20th.

Lots of lively conversations among friends and new members.   We appreciate that Jerry Smith (incumbent running for Hendersonville City Council), John Brandon Olsen (running for Fletcher Town Council), and Jay Carey (running for Congress, District 11) spent time circulating among the tables chatting with us.  We welcome all candidates at this opportunity to answer our questions and express their views.

Food and drink were good and we all know we need to support our local businesses.   Many of the group then strolled a block south and attended the monthly Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform in front of the historic courthouse.

POSTCARD SUGGESTION SHEET              September 1, 2021

The most recent Suggestion Sheet #224 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, Sara Seta, Vikki Shantz, 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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