Peace & Justice 9 AM June 21- People’s Summit and Asheville Community Rights
Written by Tom Walker on Sunday, June 18, 2017
This Wednesday at 9 a.m. we’ll get a report from Deanie Bergbreiter and Arlene Sweeting on the People’s Summit which was held in Chicago June 9-11. The summit included plenary and workshop sessions devoted to key issues such as the Fight for 15, mass incarceration and criminal justice reform, voting rights and expanding democratic participation, a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund human needs and jobs, climate justice toward a sustainable economy, improved Medicare for All, the fight for free and debt-free higher education, secure retirement through expanding social security, ending HIV/AIDS, achieving Constitutional pay equity for women, and ending deportations and support for DREAMers, among others.
In the second half of the show we’ll talk to social activist Kat Houghton. She’s a psychologist and committed to social change. Kat was instrumental in founding the Asheville Community Rights Movement which is moving towards local legislation to assert rights for self-governance and the rights of nature; a crucial step in dismantling corporate rule. Kat co-facilitates the Wild Asheville Community Chorus’s Take it to the Streets program which trains social justice activists through the power of music and has spent time at the Standing Rock and Sabal Trail Water Protection camps.