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M.A.R.C.H Newsletter: November 2023

The purpose of the M.A.R.C.H. newsletter is spelled out:

“M” is for Memory. The core purpose of this newsletter is remembering, honoring, and learning from the lived experiences of our elders be it here in the community, across the state or nation.

“A” is for Awareness. The purpose of memory is to guide our awareness, so that we understand the context and complexity of the work that is needed regarding achieving racial and social justice.

“R” is for Resilience. Memory and awareness are built on the resilience of our spirit. Racial and social justice work requires one to be mentally, physically, and emotionally strong and the purpose of this newsletter is to build up that needed strength.

“C” is for Community. The purpose of this newsletter is to remind us that our strength to fight for racial and social justice is fueled by knowing that the work is not done in solitude but in solidarity. As Dr. King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“H” is for Hope. We know that racial and social justice is not just going to happen. Our hope is that through our actions of voice, feet, or mind we will get closer to it happening. This newsletter highlights ways folks are working toward the goal of this nation truly being a place of racial and social justice for all.

This e-newsletter shares what the MLK Association and its Community Outreach Providing Empowerment (COPE) Program is doing and offers other news, events, and stories that align with its efforts. Below are some items that are noteworthy.

As always, feel free to share any or all of these items or the entire e-newsletter.


2024 MLK Association Prayer Breakfast News

Here is information on sponsorships and souvenir journal advertising for the 2024 MLK Association Prayer Breakfast celebration entitiled “Still Marching Forward: Fighting for Justice Never Ends” which will be on January 13, 2024.

Links:

Tickets & Donations

Advertising rates

All camera-ready ads must be received by November 30, 2023. They may be emailed as a PDF, JPEG, or EPS file


Recognize and celebrate the diversity of our community this month

Saturday Nov. 11th (All Federal offices are closed on Friday Nov. 10th)


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Voting

Registered voters who need an acceptable ID card to vote in NC can get them free at their county board of elections office.


The Untold Story of Black Librarians

National News

  • The Brookings Institute (an independent research firm) and PRRI (a non-profit, nonpartisan org. researching the intersection of religion, values, and public life) reported the findings of their 2023 American Values Survey which shows the threats to American Democracy are unprecedented. View Article
  • Kevin Phillips passed away in October. Many folks do not realize how his work impacted their lives. View Article
  • Private citizens policing elections is a growing threat. View Articles
  • Republican states are purposefully ignoring voting laws because defiance plays well to their base. View Article
  • The US continues to have a low rank on the Inclusiveness Index regarding race. View Article
  • A white supremacist terror group is thriving in the south and Pacific Northwest. View Article
  • FDA is considering a ban on chemicals found in hair-straightening products that Black women have used for years. View Article
  • Strokes are rising among young Black adults. Here is an article that looks at seven ways to prevent them.
  • Gun violence in rural areas often gets overlooked but is taking a toll in those areas. View Article
  • A look at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan stadium’s link to the 1898 Wilmington Insurrection. See video below.

State News

  • North Carolina’s General Assembly has passed new redistricted legislative and congressional maps that look to guarantee the GOP supermajority for the next several years. View Article
  • Lt. Govenor Mark Robinson is the GOP front runner for the Governor’s office which has folks taking a closer look at the things he has written and spoken about regarding women. View Article
  • Lt. Governor Mark Robinson’s history of antisemitism is also getting a fresh look. article On October 27th MSNBC came out with article that gives additional information on this subject. View Article
For more information go to https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/voter-id

Teen elected 1st Black homecoming queen in her school’s 155-year history

Issues in Education

  • A report shows that Buncombe County schools’ discipline Black students 12 times more than the state average. View Article
  • Most Americans support schools having classes that teach about race-related history and issues. View Article
  • Toxic workplaces are an additional issue in academia’s struggle with the recruitment and retention of teachers. View Article

An inside look at the Black dolls museum exhibit

Racism

  • The infamous Robert E. Lee statue of Charlottesville, Va., has met its end. View Article
  • A new study’s findings suggest that A.I. could make healthcare more racist. View Article
  • The racism experienced by Black children is becoming a major health crisis for teenagers. View Article
  • The painful legacy of slavery is global and long-lasting. View Article
  • Is the popularity to build bigger and more expensive prisons racially motivated? View Article
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in June published an interesting study on hate and extremism in America in 2022. View Article

Land of Sky Regional Council, a council of governments located in Asheville, NC, is seeking a program manager for The Remembrance Project, an initiative to identify, protect and preserve African-American cemeteries in WNC. The ideal candidate will have a passion for both historical research and cultural preservation and will use that passion to build a coalition of partners and stakeholders to meet the needs of African-American cemeteries in the region. This position requires excellent program management skills including event coordination, budget development, and relationship building with independent teams to meet goals and objectives. The preferred candidate will have a degree from a four-year college or university in African-American studies, history, or other relevant field of study; have experience in program or project management, especially related to historic preservation, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Salary for this position is $60,000 and includes a robust benefits package. To see the complete job description and more information about how to apply, please visit our website:http:// www.landofsky.org


Join us November 1st for Folding Chair: Using Your Racial Equity Lens to Implement DEIB Strategies Free RSVP

Local News

  • Oral arguments in the NC Supreme Court Asheville Vance Monument case begin Wednesday, Nov. 1st. View Article
  • Mission hospital will lose its last remaining medical oncologist at the end of the month. View Article
  • Reverse discrimination suit against the city of Asheville continues. View Article
  • Asheville disparity study shows challenges for women and minority-owned businesses continue. View Article
  • The Allen School and its historic impact on educating Black women in WNC was celebrated with a historical marker from the state. View Article
  • The RAIL Project Memorial had an unveiling ceremony in Black Mountain of a plaque in honor of the incarcerated workers who died during construction of the railroad here in WNC. View Article

Reparations

The Asheville Citizen-Times coverage of the Asheville Reparations Summit held on October 7th. article 

Asheville and Buncombe County Community Reparations ComissionCommission webpage

  • The Commission’s project page Project page  
  • The next meeting of the Community Reparations Commission is scheduled for November 6, 2023 from 6pm-8pm at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Banquet Room:  87 Haywood Street,  Asheville, NC 28801

The Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Asheville has created the RSAA Reparations FundHere is information on how people can learn and support this effort organized by the Tzedek Social Justice Fund. 

Yes! Magazine offers the article Realizing Reparations about reconciliation and healing. 

The Asheville Racial Justice Coalition hasissued four ways for people to support reparations in Asheville and Buncombe County. They have a new webpage on their site for Reparations Are Due Updatesthatyou can go to here to learn what you can do to support this effort. 

Monthly Community Events

  • Black Wall Street AVL works to support Black Businesses in Asheville. Check out their website for more information.
  • Hood Huggers offers a fun way to learn about the history of Black Asheville. They also organize volunteer opportunities at the Peace Garden  – there are regular Community volunteer days. The Farm stand is open on Fridays from 3pm-7pm every week. Get details about how to book a tour, volunteering or taking part in their other community actions here.  
  • The Color of Asheville’sBlack-Owned Businesses and Community directory

The Plant Club Pop Up Market is welcoming to all plant lovers and growers alike. The Pop-up Market happens on the 3rd Saturday of each month, features around 10 local plant people, and is free to attend and to vend! Come find plants and plant-goodies from a wide range of local growers and makers, and make new plant friends!

Sat. November 18th 11am-3pm

The Canopy at Art Garden 191 Lyman St, Suite 316,  Asheville, NC 28801

Email connect@artgardenavl.com if interested in vending!


The Shiloh Community Association monthly meeting is


The East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association Meeting is happening on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 6 pm. Join us at St. James AME Church (Fellowship Hall) located at 44 Hildebrand Street. Mask are optional, you’re welcome to wear one if it makes you more comforable. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at EastEndValleyStreet@gmail.com.


Upcoming Estate Sales

Shop our estate sales showroom while supporting WNC Bridge Foundation  

November 02 – November 04

Our Estate Sales and Thrift Store is located at 75 Fairview Road, Asheville.

Hours 10:00 am-4:30 pm.


This national organization is committed to funding to help small nonprofits across the country fight for reparations for Black citizens and their communities. article 
 

Feeling inspired to voice your concerns? Here is an updated list of print and online media here in WNC and a writer’s guide to writing a well-organized letter-to-the-editor (LTEs) or opinion article can be found here 


Remembrance Projects Nationally & Locally

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) has been the important partner not only to Buncombe County but to all communities willing and working to address their history of racial injustice. As in each edition of this e-newsletter, we will continue to highlight several items from the EJI. 

  1. EJI is currently working with nearly 100 communities to advance Community Remembrance Projects. More than half have erected historical markers. You can find out more about the communities that have erected EJI sponsored Community Remembrance Project markers here.
  2. You can view what is on each of the markers for Buncombe County, front and back, here as compiled by the Equal Justice Initiative. To see the markers, go to the following sites: for Mr. John Humphries – College & Spruce Streets; for Mr. Bob Brackett – Triangle Park; and for Mr. Hezekiah Rankin – Craven Street & Emma Road.
  3. The full stories about each of the three men who were lynched are captured in this document
  4. The Equal Justice Initiative shared this webpage of the Historical Markers Installation Ceremony In Asheville on October 30th of 2021.

     Please remember:

  1. That if you want to stay connected to the work of the Equal Justice Initiative? Sign up for updates about their work here.
  2. Every day of the year offers important racial justice history. If you want to get a daily reminder of that history, the Equal Justice Initiative offers this sign-up. Go here to get today’s reminder.

The NC Black Alliance offers this webpage with a page entitled – “Access to Healthcare: What You Need to Know” along with other pages that have articles and information concerning the Black community.

1898 Wilmington Insurrection, Black Librarians, Brookings Institute, Gun Violence, Mark Robinson, Remembrance Project, Reparations

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