Demonstrators say they were offering a message of love

This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald. On Oct. 5, three religious demonstrators bearing signs were stationed in front of Western Carolina University’s Alumni Tower, proclaiming, “live holy and be perfect” and “fear God.” The signs condemned “all liars, drunkards, thieves, fornicators, filthy-minded, hateful and unrighteous” people. Permit-holder Buddy Fisher, who said he lives somewhere […]

All politics is local: Jackson County residents march on D.C., Asheville

This story was written by Quintin Ellison, originally published in The Sylva Herald. As upwards of 500,000 protesters descended Saturday on the nation’s capitol, thousands more streamed into Asheville to show solidarity. Jackson County residents marched in both cities. “I went for all people in the name of human rights. We marched to the White House – […]

WCU students fight for equality at historic demonstration

As WCU junior Joanna Woodson boarded a transport van to Washington, D.C. just after dawn on the morning of Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, she knew that her destination would be teeming with “nasty women” on a mission to make their voices heard. She didn’t know that 24 hours later, her group of 11 activists would […]

Students & faculty protest to bring awareness to racial tensions at Western Carolina University

A group of protesters gathered at Western Carolina University staged a silent protest to bring awareness to racial tensions on campus. WCU community standing with Black Lives Matter, April 4, 2016. Photo by Alec Simkiss. A group of about 30 to 40 people gathered around the fountain with hand-made signs on Monday evening, April 4, writing […]

Moral March hammers against voter suppression

With the Voting ID requirement is taking effect for March’s primary, the NAACP’s biggest protest event of the year on Feb. 13 in Raleigh centered on voting rights. Among the 5000 protesters were several students from WCU. Thousands attended the 10th annual Moral March on Raleigh and HKonJ People’s Assembly, filling an entire block of […]