DismantlingBeast

Dismantling the beast

As ongoing protests raise the issue of racial injustice and police violence, dismantling racism here will take a harder look…

BacchusLivingWage

When the city doesn’t pay a living wage

For years, city government has claimed to pay a living wage. But there’s a big exception that leaves some city…

EmployeeRights

Who to call when your boss steals your pay

Some useful resources for Ashevillians fighting wage theft, discrimination, safety problems and violations of their legal rights in the workplace…

LandWar

Land wars

Routs, truces, clashing views and more as Council closes out its year with the latest chapter in the development wars…

Dismantling the beast

DismantlingBeast

As ongoing protests raise the issue of racial injustice and police violence, dismantling racism here will take a harder look within Above: Protesters gather in downtown Asheville after a grand jury refused to indict an NYPC officer for the killing of Eric Garner. Photo by…

When the city doesn’t pay a living wage

BacchusLivingWage

For years, city government has claimed to pay a living wage. But there’s a big exception that leaves some city workers making far less Above: Lauren Bacchus, in front of the U.S. Cellular Center box office where she worked. Along with 139 other city employees, Bacchus…

Who to call when your boss steals your pay

EmployeeRights

Some useful resources for Ashevillians fighting wage theft, discrimination, safety problems and violations of their legal rights in the workplace Above: Some of the rights guaranteed employees under federal law. Along with the holiday shopping spree, wages and working conditions are a topic of no…

Land wars

LandWar

Routs, truces, clashing views and more as Council closes out its year with the latest chapter in the development wars Above: the future sites of the River Mill Lofts and Hazel Mill Roads projects, on the city’s development maps. Historically, few things pack Asheville City…

Checking the box

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While law enforcement sees local turmoil and national scrutiny, Asheville’s police advisory board gives staff an earful about the need for public oversight Above: Several members of the Citizens Police Advisory Board gather with city staff around tables in a training room for their Dec.…

‘Black lives matter’

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Last night, hundreds gathered in downtown to protest the Ferguson grand jury decision. Here are images from photographer Max Cooper of that protest and vigil. Above: Vigil attendees in front of the Vance Monument last night. Photo by Max Cooper. Last night, a quickly organized rally…

Cultural change at the APD must continue

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In the controversy over Chief Anderson’s departure, it’s easy to forget the improvements of recent years, changes that must continue Above: the cover of the Asheville Police Department’s strategic plan, unveiled this summer During the discussion about the current turmoil and fraught history of the…

A quick guide to Cityspeak

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Strategic goals! Best practices! Benchmarks! Here’s a guide to that jargon city officials are so fond of, what it means and why it matters Above: City Hall at night. Photo by Max Cooper If you’ve attended an Asheville City Council meeting, pored over one of…

Transgender Day of Remembrance

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This week locals gathered for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Local photographer Ezra Campbell captured these images of Thursday night’s vigil. Above: A vigil attendee lights a candle near Vance monument to memorialize lives lost due to transphobia. This Thursday was Transgender Day of Remembrance, with…

The blind spot

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Asheville’s diverse — if you’re white and cisgender. For trans people and many, many others, it’s a far harsher place Above: the Transgender Pride Flag. It may be awhile before this one hangs on City Hall. Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an international day…

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