Statement Regarding Waking Life Espresso

We were disturbed and outraged by what was posted by Jared and Jacob regarding women. We will not be taking their money because it is not our place to forgive. Our VOICE is not in a position of absolving them for their misogyny as it perpetuates a culture of danger to all women and girls. Jared’s and Jacob’s actions not only objectified women but also perpetuated rape culture and violence against women.

While Jared and Jacob apologized, Jared’s apology infers that he believes his inability to date well contributed to his actions. How damaged must our society be that he can reason in this manner and it be thought as an apology. It is disturbing to think he can rationalize violence against all women because he struggled with insecurities around dating.

On a positive note, while Jared and Jacob’s actions were deplorable, they inadvertently created an opportunity for our community to come together and dialogue about rape culture. We look forward to Our VOICE being a part of that conversation.

While we will not be accepting Waking Life’s contribution, we will gladly accept support from concerned individuals and businesses to support Our VOICE’s sexual assault and prevention programs. They can donate online at or contribute by mail at 44 Merrimon Avenue, Ste 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

WomanSong Concert

Tender Lady Final-8x11 web rezWomansong, Asheville, NC’s largest and longest running women’s community chorus, invites you to its fall concert, “Tender Lady” at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, 701 Warren Wilson Rd., Swannanoa, NC 28778, on Friday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 24th at 3 p.m. The concert is a benefit for two extraordinary local nonprofits that serve women—Our Voice and Helpmate.

“Tender Lady” will feature uplifting, entertaining and empowering songs with a focus on women. The title song—written by Margie Adam and made famous by Cris Williamson—speaks to the pain many women endure and the power of music to help ease that pain. The concert will feature “There’s Hope,” an inspiring song by contemporary singer India Arie, along with other new pieces and beloved songs from Womansong’s repertoire. Music sign language interpretation will enrich the concert experience and make it accessible to the hearing impaired.

Directed by Debbie Nordeen with Assistant Directors, Althea Gonzalez and Sarah Rubin, Womansong is a 75-member community chorus that celebrates the unity, diversity and empowerment of women through musical expression. Womansong promotes social change through its New Start Program, which offers scholarships for women in WNC to improve their lives through education or training, and also provides small grants to “fill in the gap” for women in need when other funds are not available.

Tickets are on sale now. Price (including N.C. sales tax) is $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the Our VOICE office located at 44 Merrimon Avenue Suite 1, or online at this link.

Collage Workshop

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Our VOICE wholeheartedly believes in the healing power of art. We encourage survivors to attend this collage workshop and continue their healing work with art. Completed works will be incorporated into a community installation at our Survivor’s Art Show on November 12th. To register (or if you have any questions) please email Lynn at