February 12, 13 & 14
Mardi Gras for All Y’all
A virtual celebration with music, parades, entertainment, and more broadcast live at famous New Orleans venues. The parades may be cancelled this year but the spirit of Mardi Gras will be in full swing as we celebrate Carnival and everything we love about it. Watch live at 8 pm on Youtube or at facebook.com/MardiGras.nola. Details at mardigrasforall.com.
Sunday, February 21
Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville
Rob Thomas will explore Racial Justice and why it’s needed at the meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. Thomas, a 33-year-old native of Asheville and a minority-owned Equity Consulting Firm partner, is the newly named Community Liaison for the Racial Justice Coalition (RJC) of Asheville. He was named WNC’s 2020 Peacemaker by WNC 4 Peace, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099, and other local peace activists.
The RJC came together after the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY, in 2014. Since then, Asheville has made national headlines for the shooting of Jerry “Jai” Williams in 2016 and the beating of pedestrian Johnnie Rush by an APD officer in 2018. Data shows that Asheville has the worst racial disparities in traffic stops and the worst achievement gap in the state (indicating a real correlation of the school-to-prison pipeline).
As a former justice-involved individual, Thomas understands the negative impacts and disparities faced by people of color in the carceral system. With more than 10 years of direct experience, Thomas has narrowed his focus to racial justice, decarceration, and activism around police accountability that was recently brought to the attention of residents this summer following the killing of George Floyd and others.
The Racial Justice Coalition presentation takes place from 2:30-4 p.m. by Zoom videoconference. Zoom connection details can be found at EHSAsheville.org. All are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, February 24
Webinar for Entrepreneurs
The A-B Tech Small Business Center will offer an interactive webinar led by author, entrepreneur, and visionary Nicole Lee. “How to Eradicate Fear” is a guide for any entrepreneur who has had to navigate an environment filled with doubt due to the Covid-19 pandemic, unemployment, and the uncertainties of our future. This virtual program will be hosted via the Zoom platform from 3 to 5 p.m. Visit bit.ly/3irznBX to register.
Thursday, February 25
Rise Up! 2021
A celebration of African American history and culture with Crystal Cauley, live on Facebook beginning at 6:30 p.m. Watch at www.facebook.com/crystal.cauley.3.
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