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Good day and welcome to DKos Adheville. This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread where we try to get together every Saturday, (uh, it looks like every weekend would more acurate!) to provide an outlet for discussinon and news that effects the region and North Carolina. We hope this group serves 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 can give us all a better sense of connection, a better understanding of who we stand with, work with, and share with in the political process. We hope, through this community, that we can do a better job of leveraging our orange passion for progressive politics to help elect more and better Democrats.

Please jump the orange thing of many names for awesome NEW PHOTOS of our most recent gathering followed by a Moral Monday update.

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Thanks for stopping by this Sunday edition of DKos Asheville's weekly open thread. The following photos were taken by Otteray Scribe at our May 3rd meet up. We hope you enjoy them. Thanks OS!

DKOs Asheville quarterly gathering, May 3, 2014
DawnN, randallt, SteerlerGrrl, davehouck, SteelerGuy
randallt, DawnN, davehouck, Gordon20024, SteelerGuy, SteelerGrrl
Gordon20024, DawnN and randallt
Cult Jake, some guy in and orange shirt and Joieau
randallt and DawnN
DawnN, randallt, davehouck, Cult Jake
randallt, davehouck, DawnN, Cult Jake, and the Steelers
The French Broad River
ODB



Moral Monday Update

Courtesy of Scrutiny Hooligans, Asheville's great progressive blog since 2004.

Moral Monday protests resumed in Raleigh, NC last week as the legislature went into its short session. Defying new building rules intended to curtail the protests, protesters were back again Tuesday.

After a silent protest at the General Assembly last week, demonstrators turned up the volume on Tuesday – and into Wednesday – in an overnight sit-in at House Speaker Thom Tillis’ office.

Nearly 20 protesters, described as “workers from McDonalds, Wendy’s and Bojangles and clergy members” and dubbed the ‘Tillis 15,’ refused to leave Tillis’ office for nearly 11 hours. Fourteen were arrested at about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Tillis did not engage the protesters who sang and prayed on the floor of his office before being removed. A statement issued by the group’s leader, state NAACP President Rev. William Barber, indicated that protesters remained determined, “People will die as a result of these cruel policies that have been put in place. People will lose the fundamental right to vote. We cannot stand idly by as our brothers and sisters are hurting.”

Thanks for visiting DKos Asheville, we hope you have a great week, see you next weekend!

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