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Jospeh Malki has reflected on the meaning of this event and pondered its significance from his unusual point of view. “My parents were immigrants into the United States and I was born in Texas. I learned from my family the value and importance of democracy and cherishing our right to assemble and discuss the politics and science of our nation. Being a native Texan, I also have a penchant for boasting and thinking big. So, when I think what Asheville has achieved with this 500th milestone its really remarkable. Asheville is such a leading edge, bold and pioneering community and while we have a lot to boast about we do back it up with innovation and action. I think my parents would be proud of Asheville Green Drinks and the idea of a free education based event series. My father’s heritage is Suryoyo, the Christian ethnic minority of Greater Syria. During the Ottoman genocide against Christians, my ancestors were terribly persecuted for their religion and culture. They were not allowed any of the rights we Americans often take for granted. My fondest wish is for conservatives and liberals in America to really relish just how wonderful it is to be free and to exercise a modicum of civility when confronting each other with logical arguments. I feel that Asheville Green Drinks honors a respectful spirit of public expression, scientific discovery and living dialogue. For me its what makes our democracy a vibrant and even sacred experience.”