The idea of a community calendar is not new, nor is the desire to bring various community groups together in order to effect greater social change, and make our communities stronger and more resilient in the face of oppression, injustice, and systemic issues that impact everyone in various ways and cannot be adequately addressed by individual changes in behavior or attitude. Asheville Community Action Calendar is an initiative that was premised on using a calendar as a decentralized, non-hierarchical tool to foster connections and collaborations between individuals, groups, and certain institutions in Asheville that are interested in building the world that we want to live in.
What does that world look like? ACAC supports anti-racism, intersectional feminism, immigrant justice, queer liberation, prisoner support, anti-fascism, youth empowerment, community empowerment, horizontal organizing, consensus-based decision making, equitable distribution of resources, and working for change outside of currently existing systems and structures. ACAC also recognizes that diverse communities with diverse needs and experiences often have shared values and ideals, but disagree about tactics or end goals. Hence, events may range the gamut from progressive to more radical perspectives.
The calendar is meant to share information about events that are happening, but also to address the issue of fragmentation and splitting forces when scheduling future events. People generally have limited time and energy, and it’s highly unlikely that anyone can be in more than one place simultaneously. The calendar is intended to facilitate support for and attendance at already-scheduled events that are aligned with someone’s personal or group mission, and being mindful when organizing new events of what else is going on in the community at the same time or around the same cause.
The project is still in development, and we hope it will be a useful tool for our community that will become more useful as it grows. Please contact us if you have questions or feedback.