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April 2019 NEWSLETTER


 

The Progressive Alliance of Henderson County has merged the energies and aims of its grassroots forerunners – PWH, POW and Hendersonville Huddle.


OUR MISSION: 
To connect residents of Henderson County and surrounding areas in grassroots civic engagement and activities.
 
OUR VISION:
The Alliance (Progressive Alliance of Henderson County) compassionately advocates for justice, respect, inclusion and sustainable, healthy communities for all.
 
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP:
 
Resistance is NOT a spectator sport!  Where/how do you see yourself helping?

Here is a short list of the endless possibilities:
  • Expertise in MailChimp, FB, Instagram, etc.
  • Attend Friday Postcard Parties from 4:30 -6:00 pm every Friday at Sanctuary Brewing
  • Current events articles for Newsletter, FB, etc.
  • Speaker and rally organizing team
  • Social gatherings/service activities team
  • Researcher for bills pending in Congress
  • Campaign committee
  • Fundraising team
  • Photographer
  • Other _____________________
 
 
If available, please contact Sissy Owen at bmwsissy@gmail.com
Call/text: 828-674-0464
 

Postcard Parties

postcardJoin us to write local and national officials to right wrongs and encourage justice for all. We supply postcards, stamps, issues and a vibrant community. Donations gladly accepted.

Every Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at Sanctuary Brewing Company, 147 1st Avenue E, Hendersonville
 
Informed Progressive Series

Nancy GlowackiAt the March 13th Informed Progressive meeting, Nancy Glowacki, chair of the Henderson County Action Team of the ERA-NC Alliance, presented on the need for ratification of the ERA in our state. She detailed the history of the ERA and discussed its current status in  NC.   Bills to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment were introduced in both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly on March 5th of this year. Nancy urged participants to contact their representatives to express support for ratification.

Join us on Wednesday, April 10 when Bri Bough, North Carolina New Wave Organizer with America Votes, will present on Medicaid Expansion in NC. In 2013, the NC General Assembly voted to reject expanding Medicaid as allowed under the ACA and prohibited executive action (the Governor) from being able to expand without approval from the Legislature. Come find out how we can help vulnerable North Carolinians!

Informed Progressive meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month from 2:00 – 3:30 at 1216 W. 6th Ave., suite 500 (the lower floor in the back of the Pardee Urology building). Everyone is invited!!!!

 
April 10        Briana Bough: (Indivisible Asheville) - Medicaid Expansion
May 8           Jennifer Pittman: Guardian ad Litem program
June 12        Brian Caskey: candidate for State Senate (Edwards seat) 
 


Save the date:
 



GARDEN TOURSApril 20 and April 27th from 10am-4pm Rain or shine 
A TOUCH OF PARADISE IN LAUREL PARK
65 Sierra Drive, Hendersonville, NC


Many of you know Audrey Stelloh from our weekly Postcard parties.  You may not know she’s an avid gardener.  The Stelloh garden is an exciting woodland oasis with a mixture of native and exotic plants, located just outside Laurel Park on four heavily wooded acres on the side of a mountain.  The understory, a maze of native mountain laurel and rhododendron maximum and flame azaleas, has been enhanced with hundreds of azaleas and rhododendrons.  The floor of the garden is scattered with a large variety of native plants such as trillium, solomon's seal and false solomon's seal, ferns, lady slippers, gingers, trout lily, bloodroot, tiarella, Virginia bluebells and more. The rhododendrons and azaleas will be blooming with stunning colors.  

Audrey Stelloh has helped plant the seeds of our progressive movement and has served on the leadership committees for PWH and now, the Alliance.
Citizen Committes
While many of us are gravely concerned about the path our Country and State are taking, there is something that we can do right here in Henderson County to make our community better. There are numerous committees at the County and Municipal level that need you to contribute your skill, talent, time, and voice. This is one way that we can be the change that we are looking for. Remember, we are the ones we have been waiting for. We need to show up and do what we can. What a great place to start: right here at home making a much needed contribution and forwarding the progressive cause locally. Please step up and speak up for what is important to us all. Your voice matters.

For further information: Hendersonville, Henderson County (PDF application)
By  Lee Stevens

 
NANCY & NEIL BROWN

Nancy & Neil BrownNeil and Nancy Brown have been familiar faces at rallies, monthly silent vigils on the courthouse steps in support of immigration reform, and at nearly every postcard party. Their active participation in politics has been a lifelong commitment - Nancy has never missed voting in an election, no matter how small, and Neil has only missed voting in one primary and one election.
 
In fact, they met working on a political campaign during their freshman year at Cornell University. Both New Yorkers from opposite sides of the state, their shared political views brought them together as they devoted time and effort to James Buckley’s senatorial campaign. Yes, back then they aligned with the Republican Party. Over time, starting when Reagan was President and continuing over the years as the Republican Party changed, their views changed as well.  
 
“The Republican Party of 45 years ago,” Neil explains, “was a party of freedom, letting everyone do what they want as long as it didn’t hurt anyone.”
 
When asked how they maintain the momentum of their resistance into the third year of the current administration, they said they were energized by the positive mid-term election results on the national level. Neil added that guilt keeps him going – over the ways our generation screwed up the world without regard to consequences.  Nancy added simply “how can you not keep going?” Nancy and Neil both serve on The Alliance Leadership.
 
Married 44 years, they lived mostly in the Midwest before moving to Hendersonville almost five years ago. Neil’s career in banking and then marketing is winding down as he teaches marketing a couple of days a week at Western Carolina University. Nancy is retired from her career in website development, and is awaiting Neil’s full retirement so they can more spontaneously pursue their love of travel. They also enjoy trying out Hendersonville’s growing array of dining options. A strong passion, especially for Nancy, is baseball. They differ here though – Nancy, since she grew up in New York City, is a Yankees fan, and Neil, having attended graduate school in Boston, backs the Red Sox.  So it’s a good thing we fit this interview in before baseball season starts!

Area Events and News


Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day
    Wednesday, April 10   9:00 am
    State Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC

Presentations by Wendell Potter - Transforming Healthcare In America: The Struggle for Medicare for All
    Wednesday, April 10   2:00 pm or 7:00 pm
    2 pm UU Congregation, Asheville or 7 pm at Lenoir-Rhyne University
    Meet and hear one of the courageous whistleblowers from inside the for-profit health insurance industry!

Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform
    Friday, April 19    5:00-5:30 pm
    Historic Courthouse, Main St. Hendersonville 5:00 pm
    (this is monthly event co-sponsored by Immigration Network, League of Women Voters, etc)

Annual Dream Scholarship Buffet Breakfast 
    Sat., April 27    9-11 am 
    St. James Episcopal, Main St., Hendersonville
    $10 - Benefits DACA students enrolled in NC colleges 
The Progressive Alliance in Action

Members of The Alliance joined with Progress NC and Indivisible Asheville WNC to deliver petitions from over 5,000 Western North Carolinians to Senator Thom Tillis asking him to support making the Mueller investigation public.

In addition to activists and petitions, also present,was a mobile billboard exhorting people to "Make it public".


 
For further details, read the article in The Hendersonville Times News.

Announcement: Unbreaking America: A NEW Short Film about Solving the Corruption Crisis

Represent.Us is a national anti-corruption effort, particularly involved in struggles out in the Dakotas. They are heavily featuring a new video, Unbreaking America:

We are all Americans, this government is ours, and it’s up to us to fix it.

You can help 'unbreak' America right now by signing up to host a screening at a school, church, or community center near you.

A recap and a link to watch the video are at
https://www.good.is/articles/jennifer-lawrence-government-corruption
 
The Alliance core leadership group (currently Liz Agnello, Chris Berg, Nancy & Neil Brown, Lucy Butler, Sheila Clendenning, Julia Luellen, Laura Miklowitz, Sissy Owen, Audrey Stelloh and Chris Walters) 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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