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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.

Informed Progressive

On Wednesday, January 13 at 2:00, we will feature a presentation on the For the People Act.  If passed, the For the People Act would:
  • Drive big money out of politics
  • Restore voting rights and offer new protections for voters
  • End gerrymandering so that electoral districts are fairly drawn
  • Hold government officials accountable with new ethics standards
Please click on this link to join the meeting:
Meeting ID: 840 6668 5634
Passcode: 368543

Postcard Parties

Postcard Parties will be VIRTUAL until further notice.  

Postcard Parties will PERSIST – but they may not be “in-person” at Oklawaha Brewery (renamed from Sanctuary Brewing), still at 147 1st Ave. E, Hendersonville.  We will post weekly suggestion sheets on our FB page, website and in emails.

Suggestion Sheets can be viewed below or downloaded at our website.
Joe Dinan
by Lee Stevens

Many of us in the Progressive Alliance came to know Joe Dinan in early 2016, when the group starting meeting in his bar, then known as Sanctuary Brewing, for the weekly postcard writing parties. 

As owner and head brewer of the renamed Oklawaha Brewery, Joe enjoys hosting the postcard parties and looks forward to the post-COVID days when we can all meet there again. While the brewery is open for business these days, those of us preferring to stay home can pick up growlers to go at the brewery itself, as well as purchase Oklawaha brews in cans at the Hendersonville Community Co-op and at the Blue Door in downtown Hendersonville. 

Looking forward to 2021, his plans for the brewery, which should be in place by the Spring, include: 
  • Aid Hendersonville Community Co-Op in opening of a kitchen;
  • Take down the middle wall to open up the interior; 
  • Build a new permanent stage;
  • Work with the city to make the current temporary patio permanent, and;
  • Move and expand the brew system to the back room.
While we know him in his current role, Joe didn’t always see himself owning a brewery and concocting creative brews. Growing up in a blue collar household in the very small town of Groveland, Massachusetts, north of Boston, with two sisters and a brother, he dreamed of being a professional baseball player.  As he got older and realized the odds of that dream, he set his mind on being an architect. In college, at Norwich University in central Vermont, he changed course again, majoring in Business with a minor in accounting. 

For work during college, he drove an ice cream truck and then helped his brother-in-law with his landscape business. After graduating from college in 2004, he worked on a construction crew before finding a job in finance in Boston. From there, he moved to Chicago in 2008, and took the first job he could, waiting tables, before finding another accounting job doing daily valuations for 401Ks. Finally realizing he had lost his taste for working in cubicles and with a growing interest in the beer making process, a friend offered Joe a job bartending at Goose Island Brewery taproom.  At that point, his life changed forever.

After a terrible winter in Chicago in 2011, Joe moved to Asheville sight unseen. Making hiking day trips around the area, he stumbled upon Hendersonville, fell in love immediately, and moved here in 2012 with no regrets. Opening the brewery in Hendersonville was a perfect opportunity for him to combine his love of beer making with his background in business and finance, which helps ensure the success of the venture. 

“I love it here!”, he exclaims. “It's the tightest community I've ever lived in and I really cherish the relationships that I've made over the years.”

Besides brewing beer and running a business, Joe loves to travel. He backpacked in Europe for three months when he was 21, and has covered parts of three continents, 15 countries and 46 states. He hasn’t traveled recently because of COVID, and the fact that the business takes all of his time. He is also an avid hiker, back country camper, softball player, skier, and loves eating, visiting waterfalls, watching movies, and spending time with friends.
Informed Progressive

On Wednesday, December 9, we held a virtual Informed Progressive meeting featuring Will Sagar, Executive Director of the Southeast Recycling Development Council. His topic was “Recycling in the Age of Covid”. 

Will discussed the continuing demand for recycled materials and disputed media accounts indicating that the US recycling industry is struggling to figure out a future without China.  Regarding the recent developments with China and the US recycling markets, he stated that exports represent only 30% of all recycled materials and that China was half of that (15% of all recycled materials).  The remaining 70% is recycled domestically.

He stated that there remains considerable demand for recycled items and that just in the southeast there are currently 360 manufacturers, 98,000 employees and $40,000,000,000 in annual sales associated with recycling.

Will explained that the recycling value chain flow from consumption/use to consumer recycling and then to the manufacturer. He explained that during the pandemic commercial recycling is down with less fiber and residential recycling is up with more containers.

He explained that in this time of economic down turn caused by the pandemic, some recycling programs are being curtailed or suspended to cut costs. Will suggested that as an advocacy group, we should contact our elected officials to dispel the myth that recycling is a burdensome government regulation and should be discarded in times of financial strain (such as in a pandemic).  We should remind them that what started as an environmental movement is now a significant driver in our economy - that adequate markets exist and are facing material shortfalls.

Please click on this link to view a recording of the meeting:
Progressive Alliance of Henderson County keeps growing.
Activism is not a spectator sport.

There are many opportunities in our community to pitch in and help make a difference.  Please Contact Us and let us know what passions will get you out and involved.   We stay in touch with a lot of like-minded organizations and would like to know your favorites.   
We need more people willing to help with time or money or both.

If you have a particular subject that you are well versed or particularly passionate about, please offer to write a What, Why and Who to Write article for upcoming Suggestion Sheets.   We appreciate learning more about what is going on in our country.  

Let’s show why we are progressives!

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This is your county also and if we ignore politics from the city and county to the national levels, then this saying applies,
“We get the government we deserve.”
                         Harry S. Truman



Some of you have asked about volunteering opportunities. Here are some local organizations we give of our time:

Please share areas of interest to you, beyond this list. Help us all get involved with new opportunities.

Some people don’t look.
Some look, but don’t see.
Some see, but don’t act.
Some people act.
. . . Anon
To connect residents of Henderson County and surrounding areas to civic engagement and activities at the grassroots level.
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, Laura Miklowitz, Sissy Owen, Amy Ross, Vikki Schantz, Virginia Tegal, 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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