Asheville-Buncombe County NAACP News – February 2018

Ms. Carmen Ramos-Kennedy Photo: Bruce Kennedy

Ms. Carmen Ramos-Kennedy
Photo: Bruce Kennedy

by Carmen Ramos-Kennedy –

Asheville-Buncombe County NAACP will hold its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Hill Street Baptist Church.

The February program will feature Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams. Since taking office in 2014, he has been actively involved in creating the Child Advocacy Center, Family Justice Center, Justice Resource Center, Juvenile Misdemeanor Diversion Program, Veterans’ Treatment Court, Buncombe County’s first DA-led expungement clinic, and new first-offender, and drug diversion programs. All these programs focus on placing non-violent offenders on a path to employability and recovery without the stigma of a criminal conviction.

Get on the Bus

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 for the 12th Annual Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People’s Assembly. State Conference NAACP President Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman and President Emeritus Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, will lead thousands of supporters, coalition partners, and others on the march and at the rally themed “Taking the Resistance to the Ballot Box!”

The bus departs from in front of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 50 MLK Jr. Blvd. in Asheville. Plan to arrive by 3:45 a.m. The bus will depart promptly at 4:00 a.m. and will return to Asheville between 6 and 7 p.m. On-street parking is available on MLK Jr. Blvd.

Full-price tickets are $45. To purchase tickets with a credit or debit card, visit There are a limited number of scholarship seats, and discounted seats at $25. (Please consider buying extra tickets to help us provide scholarship and discounted seats.) For scholarship, discounted, or full-price tickets, please go to the link above.

For details and questions, or to purchase tickets by check (deadline Feb. 7), contact Edward Peters at (336) 601-9534 or Make checks payable to Democracy NC (memo line: “Moral March On Raleigh Bus”), and mail to Democracy NC, 1821 Green St., Durham, NC 27705.

If you’re on Facebook, go to our event page and indicate you’re going at

Voter Registration Training

This year’s mid-term elections will be here before we know it. Whether you need a refresher of your voter registration skills or have never registered voters before, sign up for our Voter Registration Training program. Sessions are Saturday, Feb. 17 and Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Ave. in the Multipurpose Room. The February 17 training is from 10 a.m. to noon, breakfast included. The Feb. 21 training is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. With questions or to RSVP, contact Darlene Azarmi at or (828) 216-3430.

Transform Network

Educators, theologians, social-cultural anthropologists, activists, advocates, abolitionists, and many other critical thinkers across the U.S. continue to compare the prison industrial complex to slavery and Jim Crow laws. Since 2010, Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow, has affirmed these beliefs by following the money, and supplying hard facts and statistical data.

The acclaimed book exposes the financial machine behind incarceration, reveals the intentions of the so-called War on Drugs, explores the devastating impact the War on Drugs has had on black- and brown-bodied persons, their families and communities, and suggests why it seems insurmountable for incarcerated persons to ever become fully free in the insidious structure of mass incarceration and mass deportation.

The book was initially distributed in prisons and later banned twice. Efforts by the ACLU resulted in the ban recently being lifted in NC and NJ. Faith 4 Justice in Asheville has partnered with Movement In Faith/Transform Network to organize the effort to get this important book behind the prison walls in NC. Each book costs $30 to purchase and distribute to a prison; all donations are welcome and tax-deductible.

To donate, go online to or send a check, payable to Transform Network (memo line: The New Jim Crow), to Transform Network, PO Box 16702, Asheville, NC 28816. For more information, contact Tami Forte Logan at or (828) 577-0403.


The Asheville-Buncombe NAACP, Branch #5363, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Sanctuary of Hill Street Baptist Church, 135 Hill Street in Asheville. For information:; Buncombe County NAACP, PO Box 2881, Asheville, NC 28802​;

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