Month: July 2017

GOP mapmaker behind NC’s 2011 maps returns to drawing table – 2017 Reprise

The House Select Committee on Redistricting will meet this Friday to establish criteria for the new maps. The meeting is open to the public and we should be there in an effort to keep racism and partisanship out of the process.

“It will be the prerogative of this committee to determine what the criteria are on the drawing of these maps,” Lewis told a room full of legislators, media and others interested in the redistricting process. “I sincerely hope that the Democrats will engage,” Lewis said. “Help us select the criteria, help us draw these maps.” The meeting led by Lewis and Sen. Ralph Hise, a Mitchell County Republican, came on the eve of a federal court hearing scheduled in a case that has lingered for more than two years. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a ruling of three federal judges who found 28 North Carolina legislative districts were drawn illegally to weaken the overall influence of black voters.

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The League of Dangerous Mapmakers

AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: NORTH CAROLINA’S GERRYMANDERED 2011 ELECTORAL DISTRICTS WERE DRAWN BY TOM HOFELLER, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LEWIS AND SENATOR ROBERT RUCHO. THAT MAP WAS DEEMED RACIALLY GERRYMANDERED AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL. HOFELLER AND LEWIS WILL “CORRECT” IT IN 2017.
“EVERY 10 YEARS, after U.S. census workers have fanned out across the nation, a snowy-haired gentle¬man by the name of Tom Hofeller takes up anew his quest to destroy Democrats.” As the GOP redistricting expert, he will help carve the United States into a jigsaw of disunity.
“Redistricting today has become the most insidious practice in American politics, a way for our elected leaders to entrench themselves in 435 impregnable garrisons from which they can maintain political power while avoiding demographic realities.”
“His chosen field is the nastiest form of politics that there is: Tom Hofeller’s objective is to design wombs for his team and tombs for the other guys.”

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BREAKING: NC legislature now accepting public comments on new round of redistricting

As state lawmakers today began the early stages in the process of redrawing unconstitutional legislative districts, the NC General Assembly is now accepting public comments on this latest round of redistricting. TAKE ACTION! Tell lawmakers that you want voting maps drawn free from partisan politics. American government was constructed as a representative democracy in which each of us, as individuals and as communities, vote to elect representatives. The communities with and in which we vote are not our towns and cities, towns or neighborhoods, though, but districts that are redrawn by our elected representatives every ten years. The state...

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The community speaks up about new Dollar General on 276 and gets results

I recently received a copy of an email that talks about the community on 276 coming together and getting results from Dollar General regarding the design of their new store currently being built. I recently signed a petition at the Cedar Mountain potluck asking that the corporation consider an alternate design.  It was wonderful to have the opportunity to be a part of the community working to keep our mountain road quaint. Here are some of the highlights from the email I wanted to share.  Thanks to those who organized this effort. We have been heard! Rex Martin, Dollar...

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Community clothesline art event held in downtown Brevard. Topic: Share your dreams about health care

On July 29th, Transylvania NAACP and Transylvania Indivisible hosted the “Put Yourself on the Line!” with the NAACP’s community clothesline art project.  The event was held at the gazebo in downtown Brevard.  Members of the community shared their dreams about healthcare by creating art and hanging it on a clothesline for all to see. This was part of a national day of action in partnership with http://ourlivesontheline.org/.  This was the second time the community art project has collected art on health care.  To see previous contributions by the community, check out our gallery here:  http://berightthere.info/naacp/put-yourself-on-the-line-community-art-project-topic-health-care/....

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  • 19

    6:00 pm-8:30 pm
    04/19/2018
    Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    Community Compost Raising

    You have heard of a barn raising.
    Join us for a community drop-off
    compost raising!

    When: April 19th at 6 pm

    Where: Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC

    Hosted by: Moving to Conservers

    All are welcome! Please join us!

    We will be constructing a community
    compost drop-off site at Coffee Carts
    and celebrate with a community potluck!
    Bring a dish to share and your own
    non-disposable place setting. This is
    a zero-waste event.

    For more information email jbwkjc@gmail.com

  • 28

    8:00 am-12:00 pm
    04/28/2018

    The annual spring plant sale by the Transylvania Master Gardeners, The Transylvania Garden Club, The French Broad Garden Club and the Heritage Museum will be held Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Brevard Ingles parking lot on Asheville Highway. This will be the second year in this location and it allows very easy access and plenty of parking for customers.

    The annual plant sale raises funds to support gardening and landscape projects throughout Transylvania Count including the Master Gardeners projects including those at Silvermont and the Pisgah Ranger Station and scholarships provided by the garden clubs.

    Come early for the best selection from a large variety of high quality, locally raised perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees and shrubs. Local gardeners also will be on hand to offer advice.

    The plant sale takes place rain or shine. Admission is free.

    For more information, contact the Transylvania County Extension office, (828) 884-3109 or mmickew@ncsu.edu.

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