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January 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.

Ann Twiggs
by Deb Rich

Ann is a GI brat. She was born in Alabama and her family lived in Virginia, Canada and Germany before settling in Kingsport, Tennessee. Ann’s mother was her role model. She was a telephonist for the British Army and met Ann’s father near the end of WWII. She became involved with politics and social issues and influenced Ann by her activism and belief in equality for all.

After graduating from high school, Ann attended Memphis State University. It was the first college to perform “Hair”, and Ann says she still has those love beads from the production. She remembers being in Memphis when Dr. Martin Luther King was shot. Though she had to drop out after contracting Hepatitis, she finished her BA at East Tennessee State University with a double major in Speech and Drama/English. She returned to school eight years later and completed another degree in Community Health and Nutrition to become a Registered Dietician, and was later certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Ann has voted in every election. While in college, she protested the Vietnam War. In 1992, she attended the Abortion Rights March in Washington. She became more involved in politics in 2008 when Barack Obama ran for President, and by 2012 she was co-chair of her neighborhood’s efforts.

Ann’s experience implementing and working with the WIC Program (Women’s Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program) have contributed to her passion for women’s rights. Part of her job as a dietitian was counseling clients on infant feeding. She noticed many mothers were not nursing their babies and began researching the health implications of not breastfeeding. She became the Ohio WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator and designed a three-day breastfeeding training class for over 500 healthcare professionals and lay people. She also developed a breastfeeding peer training course for the Ohio WIC program. She became a mentor to several WIC moms who were training as peer helpers and is proud that many of these moms were inspired to continue their education and become professional lactation consultants.

Her newest passion is climate change, and she’s on the Hendersonville Environmental Sustainability board. She’s also involved with the Henderson County Democratic Party. Her involvement in PAHC began when she attended several gun control and immigration demonstrations.

Ann thinks that PAHC should be inspiring young people to protect our democracy. She says, “We should be translating progressive ideas into populist language that even people who call themselves conservatives can get behind.” She also believes PAHC should help candidates and learn to compromise with those not as progressive as PAHC prefers.

She came to Hendersonville after retiring because her husband wanted to be closer to family. She remembered summers spent with her grandparents in Saluda, so she researched the area, and they moved here in 2015. When not working with PAHC, she enjoys singing, reading, and gardening.

Ann says, “I wasn’t too happy about moving down here from Ohio. But meeting the folks in the Progressive Alliance and the HCDP has comforted me, and I have made many good friends since coming here.”

She’s been a good friend to PAHC. Hendersonville is lucky to have her.

POSTCARD SUGGESTION SHEET             January 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.

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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