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March 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.

SUPPORT UKRAINE

Today, March 1, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
North end of Boyd Park
Stand For Ukraine - show your support.
Bring signs.


 
 

Welcome Migrant Workers 

The trucks begin to rumble in, filled with migrant workers carrying their meager possessions in trash bags.   The migrants work long hours, six days a week, with no time for relaxation.  They rise before dawn and don't return home until dark, with only Sunday to shop for food and do laundry.  This leaves little personal time.  Most have no transportation to get to grocery stores or laundromats.  They often crave the ability to just go to a park or play soccer. 

Gift bags may not seem like much, but receiving a gift bag is like Christmas for families who have little.  These bags show there are people in this community who care about them and appreciate the work they do. 
 
The items to be collected this year are:
  • toothbrushes
  • tooth paste
  • bars of soap
  • Neosporin ointment
  • razors
  • ball caps (Sherman’s, 126 N. Main Street, Hendersonville is ordering basic ball caps (which are reasonably priced))
  • bandanas, large all cotton (Sherman’s is also ordering bandanas. Be sure to tell the staff you are buying the bandanas for migrants, regularly $2.49, special $1.75)
  • laundry soap, laundry softener

Items can be left at the Unitarian Church that will hold a drive-through donation site:
Saturday         March 19      2-5 pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship parking lot
409 E. Patterson    (corner of Kanuga Rd.)
Sponsored by Agudas Israel Congregation and Unitarian Fellowship

Items can also be left at:
  • Lucy Butler - 10 Penny Ct., Hendersonville.    828-335-0078 
  • Sissy Owen - 1961 Brookside Camp Rd., Hendersonville.   828-674-0464 /text    Place in bin at front door
  • True Ridge - 110 Edney St. Ste. A, Hendersonville.  Place in donation box 
  • El Centro - 508 N Grove St., Hendersonville
                       
Our thanks to St. James Church on N. Main and the First Congregational Church on 5th Ave. W. for holding in-house events, and to our partners: Migrant Education Program, The Free Clinic, and Blue Ridge Health.

Monetary donations can be mailed to:
True Ridge
110 Edney Street, Suite A
Hendersonville, NC 28792
You must designate “For Migrant Workers” on the memo portion of the check.
Donations can also be made on their website:     https://www.trueridge.org/
True Ridge is a 501(c) (3}

Redistricting Updates & Our Statement on the New Maps

from the New North Carolina Project

"On Wednesday, the State Supreme Court three judge panel rejected the Congressional map that passed through the General Assembly last week and instead adopted the map drawn by special masters. The new Congressional map is seen above. The panel of judges adopted the two state legislature maps and denied the requests for an emergency stay. The map as seen above is an interim Congressional map, meaning that it is adopted for the 2022 election cycle. The people that are elected to those 14 Congressional seats, will serve those districts for at least 2 years. The maps could change again if they are challenged and thrown out by higher courts, and that's why they are labeled as interim maps. Candidates started the filing process again yesterday on Thursday, February 24th. The filing deadline is March 4th. 

"The new Congressional map proposes 6 safe Republican seats, 5 safe Democrat seats and 3 toss-up seats. We want to note that this map is much more fairly drawn, less partisan nor gerrymandered. They were drawn by an independent agent- we fully support NC adopting an independent commission to help us try to avoid racial or partisan gerrymandering."
 

A group of PAHC members sponsored a sign to be displayed on the hill at Bruce Drysdale School. The Fill The Hill campaign supports vision care for students, helps stock the Clothing Closet, and funds Teacher Appreciation Week and Fun Day.
 
Sheila Healy
by Deb Rich

Sheila Healy was exposed to the importance of voting early in her childhood. She grew up in a large family in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of seven children. Her mother and grandmother were poll workers. On election day, the children would go to the polling station after school and pass out literature, asking people to vote for their candidates. They celebrated after the polls closed with a large dinner for friends and family while they watched the election results come in. Voting was truly a big deal in her family.

 As Student Council President in high school, she learned about the value of collaboration and consensus building, which she says are important life lessons on how to “get stuff done”. Sheila earned her BA in Spanish and International Business at the University of Cincinnati and completed her education at The Ohio State University with a Masters of Business Operational Excellence and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

She worked on a friend’s campaign for State Representative and knocked on doors, made phone calls, fundraised, and advised. Though her friend lost, she had gained valuable experience in that first attempt, later winning a seat on the Village Council.

Sheila’s professional career has included several international companies. Her management role functions included engineering, operations, product development, supply chain, logistics, distribution, and customer service. After 30 years in the corporate sector, she shifted to independent consulting, focusing on manufacturing and service companies. She’s now beginning to transition to semi-retirement.

She’s an experienced traveler, having visited 45 states and 44 countries. Her work allowed her to live in Puerto Rico for six months and open a manufacturing facility in Northern Ireland. She has colleagues throughout the world.

Sheila’s family vacationed on the North Carolina Coast, so after over 30 years in snowy Chicago, she thought she might retire there. She realized she needed more stimulation than is offered in a beach town and chose to move to Hendersonville in 2014. She’s very happy with her new community.

She became involved in PAHC through postcard parties at the brewery and is currently working behind the scenes, managing the Legislator and Cabinet lists for the group. Sheila is passionate about education, healthcare and women’s reproductive rights, as well as equality and creating opportunities for success. She thinks that the focus of PAHC should include a pathway to “adult conversations” to discuss issues, share ideas, learn, build consensus, and find ways to implement change. She believes engagement is the way to connect with community.

Sheila attended her first protest with an older sister in the 1980s. It was an anti-apartheid protest in front of the South African Embassy in Washington, DC. She says, “I remember thinking, will this make any difference?” She realized then, and now, “change doesn’t happen fast enough, but you still have to try.”

Thank you, Sheila, for your continued actions during these challenging times.



Please send suggestions to our website:
www.progressiveallianceofhendersoncounty.com/contact-us

POSTCARD SUGGESTION SHEET             March 1, 2022

The most recent Suggestion Sheet #236 can be downloaded from our website at 
https://www.progressiveallianceofhendersoncounty.com/postcard-sheets

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
 
OUR MISSION: 
The Progressive Alliance of Henderson County (PAHC) compassionately advocates for justice, dignity, inclusion and sustainable, healthy communities for all.
 
OUR VISION:
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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