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MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER

The Progressive Alliance of Henderson County has merged the energies and aims of its grassroots forerunners: PWH, POW, Hendersonville Huddle and Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform.

Don't forget to vote - March 3rd. Your vote is your voice.

Postcard Parties

The attendance at Postcard Parties is increasing monthly. It's also a great opportunity to meet our local candidates for office - there are always several of them present.

If you haven't come in a while, please come and connect with lots of like-minded people.

This month's Postcard Parties are all at Sanctuary Brewing Company - 147 1st Ave. E, Hendersonville, NC from 4:30 to 6:00, every Friday: March 6, 13, 20, and 27.




 

Informed Progressive

On Wednesday, March 11, Sam Edney, Candidate for NC House District 113, will speak on his campaign platform. Please join us!

Please note that we have a new meeting location! We will meet in the Community Room of the Hendersonville Community CoOp. Carpooling is encouraged and parking is available behind the Self Help Credit Union on the back row. Please get a drink and or snack from the Co-Op Deli!

2:00 – 3:30
Hendersonville Community CoOp Community Room
60 S. Charleston Ln.
Hendersonville, NC 28792

 

Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform

 

This is a monthly event to promote immigration reform. We meet the 3rd Friday of every month from 4:00 to 4:30 in front of the Old Courthouse in Hendersonville. 

We have signs or bring your own.

We will next meet  on Friday, March 20th in front of the Historic Courthouse.  

Mark Your Calendars!


THANKS to generous combined out-of-pocket donations from individual members, the Progressive Alliance of Henderson County is a 2020 sponsor of the annual ArtScape Banner Project!  Our name and website address will be prominently displayed on one of the 40 banners, and also in ArtScape promotional literature.  Although we DO know the name of “our” banner’s artist, we are sworn to secrecy until the reveal party, to which:

 YOU’RE INVITED!

“A Celebration of the 2020-2021 ArtScape Banner Artists,” 
Saturday April 4th, 2020
5-7 pm
Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County 
1304 Ashe Street

Meet the artists and see the original artwork that will be reproduced to hang above the streets of Hendersonville as the ArtScape “art meets the sky”.  
Enjoy delicious chocolates provided by Kilwin’s 
and fabulous live music by Dan Keller and the Dan Keller Trio.

Until the first week of April, 
you can enjoy the 2019-20 banners throughout downtown
-or-
 https://www.artscapehvl.org/2019-artists
Informed Progressive

On Wednesday, February 12, Moe Davis, candidate for Congressional District 11 spoke on his background and his campaign platform.  He indicated that he has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO Western North Carolina Central Labor Council, the Sierra Club, Equality NC, Laurence Tribe (Harvard Law Professor and expert on constitutional law who taught President Barack Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts), and Chris Lu, Deputy Secretary of Labor under President Obama Committee. Moe was born and raised in Shelby, NC, and left the state for a career in the Air Force.  He and his wife, Lisa, bought property in Asheville several years ago so that that could retire in the area.

Moe stated that he supports a single-payer plan anticipating that the private healthcare system will collapse as more individuals buy in to the single payer plan.  He feels that student loans should be transferred to the Department of Education and the loan rate will be capped at zero percent interest.  He supports mandatory universal background checks and red flag laws as well as a $15 living wage and a woman’s right to make reproductive choices. 
 
Sissy Owen


Sissy and Ryland, with no spare money, married in Florida in 1971, where they grew up.  With no funds for a honeymoon, they went back to work on Monday after their Friday ceremony.  Fortunately in 1975, after establishing careers, they were able to make up for the lack of a honeymoon by spending  93 days touring the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, England and Wales.  Since then, they have traveled to Norway, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Madeira, Gibraltar, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Bermuda, Cuba, Caymans, US and British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, St. Maarten, Saint Martin, Grenada, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Australia.  Next trip is to Peru, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.  They look forward to additional adventures.

After returning from Europe in 1975, they bought a used BMW 2002.  Having had a Mercedes, an Alfa Romeo and a slew of original Minis, the BMW was the perfect car for them.  So they added a 1972 BMW Bavaria.  These cars were auto-crossed, drag-raced, and taken to driver’s schools.  Subsequently, they both became driving instructors.  In the early 80s Ryland turned one of their 2002s into a Sports Car Club of America ITB race car.   They alternated driving on race weekends, with both winning races.  There were often 30-40 cars and Sissy was usually the only woman.  She has some funny tales to tell about men cheering her on and others being rude to her.  Sissy beat Tom Cruise in one race, but that is another story.   She totaled the 2002 on the banking at Talladega in the rain.  They towed the car home, Ryland pulled the engine and took the hulk to the crusher.  He then built a SCCA GT3 race car out of a BMW 318i, moving them into a faster class.   They went back to racing with Sissy winning 2 championships.  Top speed of 155 mph was reached at places like Daytona and the long backstretch at Road Atlanta.  All told there were about 12 years of road racing.   They are both seriously into cars and many of their vacations involved spectating at Brands Hatch, Le Mans, Monza, Suzuka, Bathurst, Goodwood, Indianapolis, Watkins Glen, and Bonneville for the land speed time trials.  Their current vintage car is a 1962 BMW 700 Sports Coupe.

After attending the University of Georgia, Sissy was undecided what to do.  It was a toss-up between being an architect and a chef.   So she got into the car business.  She worked for independent garages which installed hang on air conditioners and fixed carburetors.   Boy oh boy, does this date her.  Many cars didn’t come from the factories with air conditioners and there was very little fuel injection yet.   The supplier of the air conditioners was based in Atlanta.  She and Ryland moved when she went to work for Clardy Air Conditioning.

In 1981, Sissy went to work for BMW of North America, importer of BMW vehicles, parts, motorcycles and marine engines, in New Jersey.  She started as a parts representative, then worked in customer relations, and as a service rep, calling on dealers across the southeast, often putting 80,000 miles a year on the company cars.  Since she was known to be able to drive anything, she often got the most interesting cars, such as prototypes and very fast street cars.  In 1997 she moved over to a National Warranty Auditor and called on dealers in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.  She retired from BMW NA in 2014 after 32 years.  She had the use of over 140 BMWs spanning that time.

Sissy is a member of MENSA, a founding member of the Peachtree Chapter of BMW Car Club of America and regional officer, a founding member of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Association of Metro Atlanta, and active in Progressive Women of Hendersonville which merged into Progressive Alliance of Henderson County.

She was lucky to be able to stay in Atlanta as her positions involved so much travel and Atlanta and its airport were very convenient.  Their last home in Atlanta was a mid-century modern designed by one of the last students of Frank Lloyd Wright: flat roof, very open floor plan, surrounding an open air courtyard with a fountain, along with lots of walls of glass and a cantilevered deck.  As they were thinking more about retirement they decided to build on the 9 acres in Hendersonville she inherited from her parents.  They designed and help build their timber frame home sourced from BC Timberframe of Vancouver.  Dogs were a central feature in their homes, with their 3 Rhodesian Ridgebacks over the last 20 years. (Citizen-Times article - The Owen's Home)

They love the beauty and peacefulness of the mountains and are delighted with the wonderful neighbors and friends they have met in this small community.  Although she consistently voted in the national elections, she admits that she was not politically involved until trump came on the scene.  She was appalled at what he brought to American politics by exposing the underbelly of a very corrupt and malignant political situation.  She knew Bush and his group were typical of the neo-conservatives of the time, but they were not enough in her face.  In many ways she acknowledges that this is probably the only good thing that has happened because of donald trump:  getting a huge group of Americans involved in politics.  Look for her at Postcard Parties on Fridays, at rallies and other events.
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP?
 
Activism is NOT a spectator sport!  Where/how do you see yourself helping?
 
Specific Areas to Assist PAHC
  1. Openers/closers for Friday Postcard Parties from 4:30-6:00 pm every Friday at Sanctuary Brewing, 147 1st Ave. E., Hendersonville. Contact Audrey Stelloh.
  2. Twitter, Instagram etc. Contact Neil Brown.
  3. Current events articles for Newsletter, FB, Website etc. Contact Nancy Brown.
  4. Informed Progressive Speaker series. Contact Lucy Butler.
  5. Rally organizing team. Contact Chris Walters.
  6. Social gatherings/service activities team. Contact Sheila Clendenning.
  7. Write Suggestion Sheet for postcards/ Research for bills pending in Congress. Contact Neil Brown.
  8. Voting committee. Contact Sissy Owen.
  9. Fundraising team. Contact Audrey Stelloh.
  10. Photographer. Contact Nancy Brown.
Some people don’t look.
Some look, but don’t see.
Some see, but don’t act.
Some people act.
. . . Anon
 
OUR MISSION: 
To connect residents of Henderson County and surrounding areas to civic engagement and activities at the grassroots level.
 
OUR VISION:
The Progressive Alliance of Henderson County (PAHC) compassionately advocates for justice, respect, inclusion and sustainable, healthy communities for all.    


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, Julia Luellen, Laura Miklowitz, Sissy Owen, Chris Walters 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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