MEDIA ADVISORY: Buncombe Town Hall Promotes “Better Choices” For North Carolina

Buncombe Town Hall Promotes “Better Choices” For North Carolina
The first in a series of legislative session recaps sponsored by the NC Justice Center comes to Asheville on Monday, Aug. 19

ASHEVILLE (Aug. 19, 2013) – Want to know how this past legislative session has affected you and your community? Feel the need to speak out about how North Carolina needs better choices?

Buncombe County residents will have that opportunity on Monday, Aug. 19. The North Carolina Justice Center will host a Better Choices for North Carolina Town Hall event at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville.  Doors open at 5 pm with the event running from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. 

State and local advocates will discuss how actions taken in the 2013 legislative session are impacting Western North Carolina in the areas of health care, education, the environment, poverty, government and democracy, and business.  The public is invited to attend and participate in the town hall. 

Speakers for the event will include:

·         Melinda Lawrence, NC Justice Center

·         Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch

·         Peggy Weil, Western NC AIDS Project

·         Kate Pett, Asheville City Schools Foundation

·         Julie Mayfield, Western NC Alliance

·         Vicki Meath, Just Economics

·         Tyrone Greenlee, Christians for a United Community

·         Charlie Owen, Businessman


The town hall is being co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Children First/Communities in Schools, Just Economics, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, the Western NC AIDS Project, the Western NC Alliance, and the Western NC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. This is the first in a series of town halls being held across the state.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Jeff Shaw, communications director, NC Justice Center,, 503.551.3615; Greg Borom, director of advocacy, Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County,, 828.423.0698