AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock

In 2016, Standing Rock, North Dakota became one of the most watched places on earth. Josh Fox, James Spione, Myron Dewey, and Digital Smoke Signals present a new documentary ‘AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock,’ which captures some of the many stories of the Native-led resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which forever changed the way people approach the fight for Indigenous sovereignty and the resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure, Big Oil and climate change.

Join us for this special screening on Sunday, April 30 at 7pm.

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My Vegan Journey

My Vegan Journey

By: Aisha Adams

It shouldn’t be hard to imagine me as a proud carnivore; fat – that is, fifty pounds heavier than I am now – and addicted to sugar, caffeine, and many other toxic chemicals normally found in everyday foods. I am probably not as ashamed as I should be about my past dietary choices, my state of mind, or physical condition. Raf, now my husband, was just a friend when I first started this journey. He introduced me to the vegan lifestyle. At the time, I was also seeking to manage my son’s diabetes better. Raf would come by my house and read the labels of the foods he saw me packing for Doriyan’s lunch. Even when things were sugar-free, he would still point out toxic chemicals on the label. Later in the day, he would Facebook me articles about the different chemicals he had seen me give to my son. I quickly discovered that meat wasn’t even the worse thing on our plates. Needless to say, I began a journey of research and discovery that led to me making some abrupt and monumental changes in my life. I realized that if I wanted to impact my son, I had to model the behavior.

The changes weren’t easy, and I would be lying if I said I had it all figured out when I started. I knew that I could have bought all the books and programs in the world, but for me the biggest hurdle would be mindset; I decided I had to change. It was more than a want, it was necessary. My desire to change was so great that it ignited my will beyond any resistance, reservations or even challenges that I faced. I faced a lot of challenges as I tried to clean up my regimen. I had to get in the habit of reading labels, and reading labels can be tricky. There are 56 different names for sugar.
I had watched a lot of people start and stop this. Transitioning into a vegan diet is not the easiest thing in the world, but it couldn’t be the hardest either – at least that is what I told myself. I became a vegan because I desperately wanted to lose weight, and I wanted to hear good things from my son’s endocrinologist during our quarterly checkups. At my core, being a good mom is connected to ensuring that my child gets a good report whenever I take him to get a checkup at the doctor’s office.
Over the years, I learned it isn’t so much about weight, but about feeling good. I mean, anyone can be a vegan; they wouldn’t even have to give up Oreos! However, it takes a self-actualized person to start to make conscious decisions about what they put in and on their bodies. For me, putting things into my body that lower the risk of cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, and other harmful conditions is an act of self -love. I love treating myself well. I also love being an example for my son.
I am lucky to live in a place where I have access to places like Block Off Biltmore to grab vegan dinners and connect with other vegan community members. It is a family environment.
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Oxygen Masks for Animals Delivered to Asheville Fire Department

On January 31, Cam, the owner of THE BLOCK off biltmore, presented oxygen mask kits to the City of Asheville Fire Department. Seventeen kits were presented, one for every fire truck, each containing a small, medium, and large oxygen mask!

The project was one of many recent endeavors, and included raising funds and making the oxygen masks for animals in emergencies. Many of our customers and community members know that our mission is to exist for and to give back to our community. We do this in a variety of ways, often serving as a meeting place and providing a venue for benefits, groups, and nonprofits. Most nights, we donate a percentage of bar sales to local endeavors and organizations, too.

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