Ursula Wren

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Asheville Officials Removed More Than 20 Homeless Camps in 2021

There were dozens more instances where City officials forced sleeping people to relocate, according to public documents.
Q&A

"New Year, No Jail" – Locals Ring In 2022 with Abolitionist Tradition, Launch Community Bail Fund

We spoke with local organizers Ash Williams and R about the NYE Noise Demo, its purpose, and its context in Asheville. We also spoke with Julie, an organizer with the Asheville Community Bail Fund about the new project. Find those interviews below.

Asheville Police Lied About Change in Homeless Camp Eviction Policy

APD claims policy on encounters with unhoused community members changed. Information obtained via public records requests reveals this to be untrue.

Camp Sweeps and Press Freedom Violations; Merry Christmas from The City of Asheville.

The City of Asheville, despite its messaging, remains intensely hostile to independent journalism, requests for transparency, and our unhoused neighbors.

Community Art Party Leads to Multi-Day Demonstration Demanding ‘Sanctuary Camp’ at Aston Park

Housed and unhoused community members gathered at Aston Park on Sunday, December 19th, to make art, "share space," and "make time for grief." A flyer circulated on social media said the event was to take place between 1 and 6 pm, but over the course of the day, it evolved

Protesters at Police Substation Groundbreaking Ceremony: “DEFUND AVLPD”

The City of Asheville held a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 am on October 18th, 2021, for the new "Public Safety Station" that Gleeson Builders will construct at 316 Broadway Broadway Street. The new facility will contain a fire station, a relocated Emergency Operations Center, and - the subject of protesters'

“Land Back”: Activists tag Buncombe County Government Building on Indigenous People’s Day

Anonymous activists tagged a Buncombe County Government building early Monday morning, providing a message that runs counter to the typical "Columbus Day" rhetoric.
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