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This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread series that RandallT and I try to deliver every Saturday morning. We would like this to become a hub for talking about our 4/20 meet up (that's four weeks from today!) to help make it a great event. So please come say hi, talk about food, talk about what you would like to see at the gathering or what you would like to see us all get out of this opportunity. And for those not coming (we know you want to but you live on Ocracoke Island), ideas are always welcome.  

We would also like this series to reinvigorate us locally and regionally here on Daily Kos, building on the sense of community that's grown through our online engagement. DKos Asheville could give us all a better sense of connection if nothing else. We hope, through this meet up, that we can do a better job of leveraging our orange passion for progressive politics to help elect more and better Democrats.

There will be a candlelight vigil in Asheville this coming Tuesday, March 26 from 7:00 to 8:00 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (20 Oak Street, a block down College St from the courthouse).

The vigil is one of a number of vigils being held across the country as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases.  The Campaign for Southern Equality is hosting the vigil in Asheville.  If you're on facebook, you can RSVP here.

I've put it on my calendar.  After the heartbreak of the amendment vote last May here in North Carolina, those of us who support equality have been encouraged by the gains made in other states and by the momentum the equality movement is carrying into the Supreme Court oral arguments.  If you're in town on Tuesday, this is a good opportunity to take a moment and hold in your heart what this means to so many of our friends here in Asheville, here on Daily Kos, and of course all across the country.

Feel free to share with us anything going on around town that you think we might want to know about.  I've heard tell that rabbits have been seen hiding eggs in the area; I have no idea what that's about.

Enjoy your Saturday,

David

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  •  Sorry to crash (7+ / 0-)

    the thread, but I just wanted to put a foot the door and inquire if anyone from the Asheville area would be interested in and/or willing to make a visit to Earthaven Ecovillage in nearby Black Mtn and share their findings with the DKos "Intentional Community Research and Development" group...

    Thanks for your attention and consideration.

    Good luck with the fortcoming vigil and meet-up!

    Mindfulness is the first necessity of sanity and survival and the first casualty of Consumer Culture.

    by Words In Action on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 08:44:49 AM PDT

  •  T - 28 (5+ / 0-)
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    and counting !
    I'll be there. When are you going to decide what time it will be?

  •  Good day, Asheville! (5+ / 0-)

    Just popping in to say hi!  Must work today :(  I'll share the Candlelight vigil info with my sons so they might participate if schedules allow....we are definitely a family of avid supporters.  The Amendment vote was indeed heartbreaking...it's so inspiring to see that love won't allow it to be the last word.  
    On another note, does anyone have any info/thoughts on Gov. McCrory's proposal to close one or even two of UNC's schools in an effort to balance the budget/screw the state even more?  Hard to express my despair over his election.  :(
    lol...Happy Saturday, everyone!    

    We're walking temples of noise, and when you add tender hearts to this mix, it somehow lets us meet in places we couldn't get to any other way.-Anne Lamott

    by alicia on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 09:58:32 AM PDT

    •  While I had noticed a headline, I had not yet ... (4+ / 0-)
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      ... read anything on closing campuses.  So I just went and found this article at the News & Observer.

      UNC President Tom Ross said people may think that closing a campus would yield big savings, but the students would probably go to another campus and state education dollars would follow the students. There’s also the question of what to do with the state’s huge investment in campus facilities, which would be difficult to sell.

      And, he said, the campuses are typically among the largest employers and providers of cultural opportunities in their communities.

      “The problem with (Republicans) and their approach,” added Senate Democratic leader Martin Nesbitt, “is it’s never a dialogue, it’s a threat.”

      Faculty should rise up to meet that threat, said. W. Hodding Carter III, professor of leadership and public policy at UNC-Chapel Hill.

      “These guys are intent on going to war against the public university system in this state,” said Carter, who will speak next week about recent legislative moves at a scholars’ forum dubbed “Save Our State” at Duke University. “Standing on the sidelines is not for anyone who cares about higher education.”

      From reading the article, it appears to be primarily another case of Republicans taking advantage of an opportunity to go after another program they don't like, state supported higher education.

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      by davehouck on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 10:13:53 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the link... (3+ / 0-)
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        The article i had read came from WRAL and was worded as such that this was coming form the Governor's office....glad to read more detail but still dismayed over the prospect of closures/consolidation and yes, the war on public education.  sigh.

        We're walking temples of noise, and when you add tender hearts to this mix, it somehow lets us meet in places we couldn't get to any other way.-Anne Lamott

        by alicia on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 10:34:00 AM PDT

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      •  Last time I was in Chapel Hill (3+ / 0-)
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        it was to meet with a friend in the epidemiology department. I know the new guv won't close UNC-CH (too big), but he could, and the school would probably do just fine via its many important gigacorp business sponsors. I swear, it seemed like every building on campus was corporately owned and thought it was a stadium (judging from big signage declaring ownership).

        Surely not UNC-A, right?

        •  I haven't been on campus at Chapel Hill ... (2+ / 0-)
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          ... in a very long time; and I've heard it's changed a lot.  I didn't know there was corporate sponsorship of buildings.  That doesn't sound good for a number or reasons.

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          by davehouck on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 11:56:56 AM PDT

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          •  Yeah , I heard there's been (3+ / 0-)
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            some grumblings inside and outside of No'Cackalackie about the research being done, per the fact that the sponsors sponsor so much of it rather directly. As in more than NIH in some areas.

            Remember a few years ago when someone had big plans to turn the A'ville region (draw a 30-50-mile radius circle) into testing plots for Big AgriPharm? You know, things like growing tobacco [et al.] that expresses molecules useful as drug and/or industrial chemical... UNCA alumni & organic producer household here, that's absolutely NOT something we should encourage. I think they got the hint, though there may be some interest from at least one of the religious colleges.

        •  Corporate ownership (1+ / 0-)
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          is infecting our public colleges and universities.  Corporate money often comes with strings attached that end up dictating curriculum. Koch brothers' money is attempting to do just that at state universities such as FSU. George Mason University is a prime example where Koch money has taken over the curriculum.  

          In 1978 the brothers helped found–and still fund–George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, the go-to academy for deregulation;
          Republicans, many of whom were funded by large campaign contributions attributable to the Koch brothers, institute legislation directly written by ALEC.  A significant aim of ALEC legislation is to cut govt spending on public education which forces public colleges and universities to seek private funding sources, many of which are tied to the same agenda as that of the Koch brothers.  It is insidious and terrifying to think our education system may become simply an indoctrination system.

          "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

          by gulfgal98 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 11:03:26 AM PDT

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          •  Well, SOMEBODY has to (1+ / 0-)
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            train the next generation of corporate crooks and raiders, don't they? Given that religious right ownership of so many business and law schools tends to raise alarms everywhere except in government. I'm sure the USDA wouldn't think twice about hiring a passel of meat inspectors that graduated from the McDonald's College of Butchery, and the FDA is no doubt actively seeking regulator candidates from the Monsanto School of Adulterated Food Additives...

  •  Thanks for the diary (4+ / 0-)
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    Yours truly was a jester at an Easter egg hunt along with my crew. Cold, miserable children are a great challenge. We knocked it out of the park.

    Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

    by randallt on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 10:06:21 AM PDT

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