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OCTOBER 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.


Informed Progressive

On Wednesday, October 14, at 2:00 we will feature local and state candidates or their representatives to give a brief statement on the current status of their campaigns.

Please click on this link to join the meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89661743454?pwd=Y2lMVGxDUVNLMDdzaURYKzNZOXJQUT09

Meeting ID: 896 6174 3454
Passcode: 403636s
One tap mobile: +13017158592 

 

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.

This week's full postcard Suggestion Sheet can be viewed below or downloaded at our website.

Henderson County political group encourages people to get out and vote

On Friday, September 25 members of PAHC were at the corners of 6th Avenue E. and N. King Street in Hendersonville to stage a Save our Democracy Rally. WLOS, local television station, was there to report on the event.

They captured some great images, wrote a favorable article, and recorded a couple of our members in a video. (https://wlos.com/news/local/henderson-county-political-group-encourages-people-to-get-out-and-vote)
THANKS FOR HELPING

El Centro is looking for a used but working refrigerator (any size) for their office, to store refreshments as they help young students access Wi-Fi and provide tutoring. If you know of someone remodeling a kitchen, please think of El Centro if a refrigerator is being replaced. 

Project Dignity is looking for feminine hygiene supplies (pads and tampons, no liners) and gallon zipper plastic bags which are used to sort supplies.  If you can pick up any of these on your next shopping trip, please leave them at Oklawaha Brewery, where the bathroom has a container marked Project Dignity.

Speaking of Oklawaha Brewery, there is a clothes line running along the front of their building where you can leave clothing and other items.  As cold weather is approaching, please clean out your sock drawer, and tee shirts and sweatshirts racks, and leave usable items at Oklawaha. Please leave any spare hangars and clothes pins for others to attach warm clothing, blankets, etc. Then, make use of this nice place to sip a beer and relax during these stressful times.
Are You Ready for 2020 Voting?

We progressives cannot afford any mistakes or oversights for voting in November - many races will be close, and Republicans are actively trying to suppress our votes.  Here is an overview:
  1.  Are you registered to vote?  ARE YOU SURE? Unlike many other freedoms (speech, religion, etc.), the right to vote can be lost through disuse or a change in address.  Check to make sure you are registered at https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration . If you need to re-register, you can find the form at https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voters/Registering-to-Vote .
  2. You can vote in any of 3 methods (just vote once - this isn't 1930s Chicago, and voting fraud is a felony): in the booth on November 3, at the Board of Elections (BOE) during the early voting period starting in mid-October, or via absentee ballot. 

    If you think there is ANY reason why you may not be able to vote in person, please file for an absentee ballot. You can always decide later to vote in person (and not use the absentee ballot, of course). You can obtain the absentee ballot application and instructions at: https://dl.ncsbe.gov/Forms/NCAbsenteeBallotRequestForm.pdf 

    You must request the absentee ballot by October 27.  But, we recommend that you file the request ASAP, as the BOE may be deluged with requests.  Save a copy of your form to remind yourself to follow up with the BOE if you have not received your absentee ballot by, say, mid-October.
     
  3. If you have any questions, you can find most answers on the BOE website: https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/elections .  Of course, feel free to also stop at the BOE at 75 East Central St. in Hendersonville or call them at 828.697.4970.
 
Amy Ross
by Lee Stevens


Amy Ross grew up on the eastern end of Long Island with a brother and a sister, and parents who kept clear plastic coverings on the furniture in a living room they never lived in. 

With an interest in the sciences, she left home after graduating from high school in 1969 to attend college outside Washington, DC, but spent more time protesting the Vietnam War than attending classes. After two years, she returned home to Long Island and eventually got involved in Laboratory Science, attending the State University of New York at Alfred and earning an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. 

In the mid 1970s, she got on a sailboat in Greenport, Long Island with friends from her job at the local hospital. Along with their golden retriever and tiger-striped cat, they sailed to Florida to reconnect with new jobs in the medical field. During her time in Florida, she continued her education, earning a BS in Medical Technology from the University of Florida followed by a MS in HealthCare Administration from Biscayne College in Miami, and later a MEd from Florida International University. 

Though she had many career deviations along the way, she spent most of her working life as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. In addition to jobs in way too many hospital laboratories, she was a very poor waitress, owned a Head Shop in Greenport, NY, taught offenders in prison, was a Sleep Technician, taught Physician Education, served as a Healthcare Educator, and managed a medical library for physicians. 

She stayed in Florida for many years, living on both west and east coasts. After her husband died at a young age from a brain tumor, she quit her job and began a new chapter in her journey on a piece of property on five acres of riverfront in the Pacific Northwest.

After eight years, though she loved living in the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula, the rain got to her. She was not enjoying her job, and eventually retired. Her parents were elderly, so she decided it was time to move back east and found a place with four seasons and access to mountains - Hendersonville. Her new home search began with a flight  to Asheville for 10 days, with 10 areas to explore and 10 different real estate agents. Hendersonville was her first stop and the first home she looked at was the one she bought. 

She found her way to the Progressive Alliance several years ago when a friend turned her on to Friday Postcards at Sanctuary Brewing. She has since deepened her involvement by joining the Leadership Team, guided by her dedication to democracy, fairness, honesty, transparency, kindness, respect, and love.

When not assisting the resistance, Amy enjoys walking with the Asheville Amblers Walking Club, as well as volunteering at the Visitors Center, and at the Hospice Home Store. She also loves live music, and attending concerts at all venues featuring all types of music. In addition, she enjoys getting in the car with her dog Murphy and going on adventure drives to nowhere, as well as walking with him at the Arboretum and the Biltmore House. Finally, she likes foraging and kayaking, though she has done neither of those much lately. 

"Keep on keeping on" is her motto to get through these times of insane politics and a pandemic. “Life is good and we’ll get through this”, she adds.
Informed Progressive

On Wednesday, September 15, we held a virtual Informed Progressive meeting with Sailor Jones as the featured speaker.  Sailor is Campaigns Director for Democracy NC. Sailor provided an update on the recent ruling of Democracy NC, et al vs. NC State Board of Elections, et al and the status of voting in NC. He also provided valuable information on absentee and in person voting.  Please click on this link to view slides from this presentation:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14fVYI19NIP40kEsNJzofqC__jgVOTlEolrBlSkxYUC0/edit#slide=id.g97d2fbb7a4_3_0 

If you would like to view the entire meeting, please click on this link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/qmDD2hnHZ0y3D8okgNdiK70Dswbz_l3pL0TFBbsWROj_-W6DiW9tpcGhiOG4y1Iu.fWNfiaw-4OIEe4qa

Postcard Virtual Party #193       October 2, 2020

Issues from September 25, 2020 that still may need additional attention:

  • Let the president inaugurated on January 20, 2021 nominate Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement
  • Support the integrity of a peaceful presidential transition
  • Reopen NC public schools safely
  • Make the NCVirtual Public School accountable for the massive infusion of public funds it received

Addresses for newspapers are at the end of this Suggestion Sheet.  
Addresses for NC legislators are on our website.


FEDERAL

AMY CONEY BARRETT NOMINATION – 1
Stop Trump Coup


Donald Trump is trying to steal the election through voter suppression, disinformation, and a blizzard of lawsuits.  He explicitly demanded that the Senate confirm Amy Coney Barrett before Nov. 3 so that she can vote on his spurious lawsuits that will attempt to “get rid of the ballots” from inconvenient precincts in every battleground state.  He is engaged in an openly corrupt “sale” of a Supreme Court seat to a person whom he understands is already prejudiced to rule in his favor if the Supreme Court must rule on election-related lawsuits.

Contact Sen. Burr and Sen. Tillis to demand that they commit to vote against Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination unless she pledges to recuse herself from all election-related matters through September 25, 2021.

AMY CONEY BARRETT NOMINATION – 2
14th Amendment denial


From her writings, Judge Barrett has shown herself to be a “14th Amendment denier”, meaning a (crackpot) jurist who questions the legitimacy of the 14th Amendment, in which Section 1 says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
In her own words: “Congress has to decide whether to … rely on the power conferred by the possibly illegitimate Fourteenth Amendment.”  Or … “The originalist legislator might have to face questions  … such as the legitimacy of the Fourteenth Amendment.”  [From https://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1619&context=jcl ]  Making rulings that deny the validity of the 14th Amendment would invalidate all civil rights legislation ever passed since Reconstruction.  For instance, it would throw out Brown v Board of Education as incorrectly decided.

For more about this issue see:
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/9/26/1980903/-Why-Trump-s-expected-Supreme-Court-nominee-believes-all-Civil-Rights-legislation-is-illegitimate

Contact Sen. Tillis and Sen. Burr to demand that they commit to vote against Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination unless she makes an explicit commitment to accept the 14th Amendment as the settled law of the land, equal to all other parts of the Constitution, to be given full weight in cases that appear to identify conflicts between the different parts of the Constitution.

YOU DON’T GET TO GIVE YOURSELF AN A+ WHEN YOU’VE FAILED THE COURSE

Donald J. Trump’s unbroken record of incompetence and venality has led to tens of thousands of avoidable hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.  His self-validating delusional claims of success would be laughable if they weren’t tragic.  Standing in line behind him are all of the Republican candidates in North Carolina, applauding his incompetence and dishonesty.  Trump is a would-be Emperor, wearing no clothes (ugh!) and claiming to be arrayed in golden threads of poisonous magnificence.

Contact any of the Republican candidates to ask them how they can continue this charade. Put the heading message above out on social media.  Write letters to the editor of local media.

STATE / LOCAL

DEFUND CHUCK EDWARDS

NC Sen. Chuck Edwards has made a name for himself obstructing the effective operation of North Carolina government through his premature reopening stunts, opposition to expanding Medicaid (based on hyper-right-wing ideology without reference to any relevant data), and now threatening to “defund Asheville” because the city government chooses to reallocate scarce funds to better serve the whole Asheville community.

It is time to defund Chuck Edwards, defeat his thoroughly dishonest campaign for another term, and send him back to his undoubtedly squeaky clean real estate business.  He is the poster child for white privilege, for denial that institutional racism exists, for staunch opposition to making law enforcement accountable for violations of law and its own rules, and for consistently seeking confrontation and total power rather than serving all of his constituents in finding solutions to the problems we face and concerns we have.

Contact NC Sen. Edwards to demand that he explain how he is not a reactionary who undermines our region’s political culture such as by refusing to address the concerns that people with eyes and ears feels based on the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others.  People of color are invisible toSen. Edwards.  Demand that he support an end to qualified immunity in North Carolina, and the many other law enforcement reforms that are essential to restoring our communities’ confidence in law enforcement.  Contact local news media to lament Sen. Edwards grandstanding intransigence.  Contact NC Senate candidate Brian Caskey to get his public comment on the proposal to “defund Asheville” in the amount that the city reorganizes public safety resources.
Brian Caskey (D)
P.O. Box 598
Horse Shoe, NC 28742

CHUCK McGRADY: SPEAK UP TO SUPPORT OUR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS
Chuck McGrady has always presented himself as a moderate Republican.  To our knowledge he has yet to publicly speak out to condemn and counteract Donald J. Trump’s destructive behavior.  At the very least, he should speak out to all of us, with particular emphasis for Republicans, to demand people reject Trump’s unfounded charges of voting fraud and to demand that local Republicans speak out in support of a peaceful transition of power in accordance with the well-founded results of this year’s election. 

Contact NC House member, Chuck McGrady, to urge that he speak out in support of the reliability of our election and in support of the peaceful transition of power, explicitly rejecting Trump’s attempts to foment chaos and make people believe his disinformation.  If he fails to do so, contact local news media to lament Mr. McGrady’s failure.  

Newspaper Addresses:

Raleigh News and Observer
421 Fayetteville St., Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27601

Hendersonville Times-News
106 Henderson crossing Plaza
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Asheville Citizen-Times
14 O’Henry Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

Hendersonville Lightning
1111 Asheville Hwy.
Hendersonville, NC 28791

Tryon Daily Bulletin
16 North Trade St.
Tryon, NC 28782

Mountain Xpress
2 Wall St. Suite 211
Asheville, NC 28801

Washington Post
1301 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20071

New York Times
620 Eighth Ave.
New York City, NY 10018
 

History of Rallies

Many members of the Progressive Alliance of Henderson County were involved in political rallies even before the Alliance was created.  Hundreds of us met at the rallies held by the Progressive Organized Women and the Progressive Women of Hendersonville, beginning the Friday after trump was inaugurated in January, 2017.  We saw, even at the beginning, that he was not capable of being a competent President or leader.  By taking to the streets in a "red" county, we were able to raise awareness of the many progressives living here.  These early lone voices in the wilderness encouraged other women and men to start showing up at events designed to defend our democracy and improve the lives of our diverse residents.   While the organizations have combined forces under the new name and a growing membership, the mission remains the same.

Ours is not a one-issue group...such myopia creates artificial divides when progressive issues cross gender, ethnicity, heritage, religions, and age. We embrace and demand change by promoting health care, immigration, environment, women's rights, and education on a national scale while focusing on the state and local perspectives. We believe in saying thanks where deserved and shaming when called for.  We believe in expressing our hopes for our future and for the future of following generations.

Please join us at the next rally - an updated schedule can be found on our web site (ProgressiveAllianceOfHendersonCounty.com).  Bring your own sign or contact us through the web site for assistance in designing a sign.   Please wear a mask, as we are all in this together.
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, Amy Ross, Vikki Schantz, 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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