Upcoming Events & Actions- Mark your calendars!

Walk and Rally

for

A Peaceful, Just & Green Transition

This walk and rally will have 3 activities:

  1. 9:00 – A 9-mile peace & awareness walk from Vance Monument to Bent Creek River Park. We will carry signs and be led by drumming Buddhist monks. There will be a support vehicle that will carry gear, water, snacks and be able to give people rides when they need breaks. You can join the walk at any point along the route. See the route map below.
  2. 1:15 – Folks can join the long walkers for a shorter 1.5 mile walk. You can meet them at the ABC Board Building next to the Tractor Supply and behind Farm Bureau. It just off Brevard Rd. Address: 24 Old Brevard.  This is a good option if you don’t think you can walk the whole 9 miles, but want to join the group and walk to the rally site Bent Creek River Park.
  3. 2:00-  Rally and Tabling in Bent Creek River Park

Volunteers are also needed.

If you are interested in participating in any or all of these events or volunteering , contact Ken Jones at jonesk@maine.edu.

For more details:

May 22nd Walk & Rally Details

Past actions

March 20th

Reject Raytheon Teach-in

Did you miss our Teach-in on March 20th?  No worries. You can watch it here.  Learn about the probable environmental impacts of the Pratt & Whitney plant, the reach of Pratt & Whitney’s parent company, Raytheon Technologies, and its centrality to the military industrial complex, and what our group proposes as alternatives to war industries.

Back at the bridge construction site on April 23rd!

Continuing to take it to the streets!  Friday, April 9th

March 26th Action at AVL Chamber of Commerce

Photos Courtesy of Jeffrey DeCristofaro

February 26th Vigil at Biltmore Park

Our bi-weekly vigil took us to the home of the offices of Biltmore Farms, LLC., the owner and developer of the land where the excavation for the Pratt & Whitney plant and access bridge is well underway. Twenty RejectRaytheonAVL protesters braved the wet, cold weather to raise their voices at Biltmore Park.  A group of protestors walked to Biltmore Park Town Center to deliver a letter to Jack Cecil, CEO of Biltmore Farms. See the letter below:

Letter to Jack Cecil

Vigil at the Site of Bridge

For our 2nd biweekly vigil on February 12, 2021, we returned to the roadside near the Bent Creek River Park and site of the Pratt & Whitney bridge construction on Rt. 191.

Stop the War in Yemen – January 25, 2021

We held our first roadside vigil at the site of bridge construction for the Pratt & Whitney plant as part of an international day of action to Stop the War in Yemen. The United States supports the government of Saudi Arabia with arms, surveillance, and operational assistance in perpetrating what the UN calls the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. One of the driving forces behind the US support of this war is the huge profit being made by defense contractors, especially Raytheon Technologies, Pratt & Whitney parent company. 

Rally to Celebrate UN Treaty – January 22, 2021

On this day of international action, we held another rally at Vance Monument. We joined people all over the world to celebrate the Entry into Force of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to call out Raytheon’s role in producing nuclear weapons. Raytheon has over $1 billion in contracts connected to the nuclear weapons industry.

We conducted a vigil with signs and banners, listened to speakers remind us of what is at stake with the very existence of these weapons, and took a moment of silence as a bell tolled in commemoration of the victims of the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, of all the nuclear testing, and of the toxic effects of uranium mining and waste disposal.

Die-in at Vance Monument – Dec. 9, 2020

Our first action took place shortly after the Buncombe County Commissioners voted on the tax incentive package. On December 9, 2020, we conducted a die-in at Vance Monument to call attention to the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) plant being planned for Asheville and the role of Raytheon, P&W’s parent company, as the second largest war profiteer in the world. We denounced the decision of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners to grant a $27 million incentive package to P&W with no transparency to the public. We called on the county to rescind its agreement with P&W, to invest in local businesses, and to live up to its promise of reparations to the African American community.