Photo of top section of a Confederate statue called ‘Johnny Reb’ lying on a lorry in June before being removed from a city park in Orlando, FL

Confederate monuments memorialize those who fought to preserve the institution of slavery. Our statewide network of Indivisible-affiliated groups, IndivisiblesNC, recently wrote a letter to Gov. Cooper supporting his call to remove these monuments from state property in North Carolina. Indivisible AVL signed the letter in support.

Join us at this week’s letter-writing drop-in as we show our support with individual letters and cards. We’ll be writing to Gov. Cooper and to members of the NC House and Senate, letting them all know that these monuments don’t represent the principles we believe in.

As Gov. Cooper said, “Our Civil War history is important, but it belongs in textbooks and museums – not a place of allegiance on our Capitol grounds.”

We are also asking the NC General Assembly to repeal a 2015 law that protects these monuments and prevents local communities from making their own decisions about them. “Cities, counties and the state must have the authority and opportunity to make these decisions,” Cooper stated. We couldn’t agree more.

For news stories on this issue, see the Raleigh News & Observer and The Washington Post.

Beer & Politics is our weekly letter-writing drop-in, a fun, easy, and educational way to reach out and make our voices heard. Drop by The Block Off Biltmore any Wednesday evening, any time between 5:30 and 7:00. We’ll supply fact sheets on this week’s topics, plus postcards, stationery, envelopes, address labels, and stamps.

WHAT: Beer & Politics Letter-Writing Session

TOPIC:  Removing NC Confederate Monuments

WHERE: The Block Off Biltmore, 39 S. Market, Downtown Asheville

WHEN:  Wed, Aug 30, 2017 * Drop in 5:30-7:30

Everyone’s welcome! Hope to see you there.