Asheville Grown, the city’s buy-local movement led by local downtown business owner Franzi Charen, has collected a “list of local events and workshops of action, resistance and concern” leading up to the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
“As advocates for an economy that works for all, we encourage you to become involved and show up in the ways that matter most to you and your loved ones,” Charen writes.
It’s a great list. Check it out and get involved. Here’s a sampling of three events set for Friday. Don’t forget the Women’s March on Asheville, which is scheduled for Saturday:
Friday, January 20
Forward Together Day Asheville
11 am – 4 pm, Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville
We are planning, with friends around the country, to gather in our respective capitals and larger metropolitan areas. Together we will take a stand on behalf of common decency. The event will be a “PRO” event. Pro- LGBTQ+, people of color, women, people with disabilities, people of all faiths/religions or none, our environment, our civil liberties, our humanity.
J20 Day of Resistance and General Strike
10 am – midnight, Firestorm Books & Coffee
610 Haywood Rd., West Asheville
We are kicking off ongoing resistance and building our communities and networks for the struggles to come. Events all day starting with a gathering at Prichard Park, free community lunch, community-building workshops and ending with a potluck dinner and evening dance party.
Get Woke, Stay Woke
10 am – noon, UU congregation of Asheville
23 Edwin Place, Asheville
This is a weekly safe space offered by the UU congregation of Asheville for people who are seeking to center the movement for Black Lives and seek support on the journey. All are welcome, regardless of where you are on your journey, as long as you are supportive of the movement for Black Lives.