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Spring Ahead for Farmworkers
Awareness Week: "Farmworkers put food on our tables yet live in overcrowded conditions and earn below-poverty wages," says Student Action for Farmworkers, a fine Durham-based group. SAF is coordinating a week of events, protests, teach-ins etc. March 29-April 4 and you could go, or help. Contact: farmworker_justice@yahoo.com, 660-3660 (Laxmi Haynes).

AgJobs Bill: It's got bipartisan support in Congress, and is backed by workers' and growers' groups. But the Bush Administration prefers its own "phony immigration reform" plan, as United Farm Workers put it. Contact Sens. Edwards and Dole, Reps. Price, Miller and Etheridge, and urge support for Senate Bill 1645, House Bill 3142. See www.saf-unite.org for more.

Mt. Olive Boycott: The Farm Labor Organizing Committee's boycott is five years old. Don't buy Mt. Olive products. Do call Bill Bryan, the CEO, at 1-800-672-5041 and tell him it's time to stop hiding behind the middlemen and negotiate with his workers.

To-Do List
Campaign Finance Reform: Check "Yes" on your state income tax form in the box marked "N.C. Public Campaign Financing Fund," and earmark $3 of your taxes for N.C. judicial candidates who run with public financing. It's NOT $3 more. Contact: Democracy NC, 1-888-687-8683.

Look Ahead
Disability Action Network: First statewide disability conference by NC DAN, part of state's Council on Development Disabilities. Saturday, April 3, Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary. Free. www.ncdan.com, 1-800-357-6916 x234.

Wake's Homeless: To help write the Raleigh-Wake County 10-year plan for ending homelessness, call Ken Maness in the Raleigh Planning Department, 890-3655 or check www.raleigh-nc.org; next meeting is April 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Healing Place in Raleigh.

March for Women's Lives: The pro-choice march in Washington, DC on April 25 has seven co-sponsors. Check www.marchforomen.org for details.

This Week
Same-sex Marriages: "Town Hall Meeting on Marriage Equality," sponsored by Equality NC and Human Rights Campaign. Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m., St. John's Metropolitan Community Church, 805 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 829-0343.

Colombia in Crisis: Ricardo Esquivia, a leading human rights activist in the South American country, visit Raleigh Wednesday, Mar. 24, 7 p.m., at the Building Together Ministry, 1116. N. Blount St. Info: citca@bellsouth.net, 856-9468 (Gail Phares).

Nader visits: Presidential candidate Ralph Nader visits the Triangle to highlight N.C. ballot access difficulties. Nader's talk is Thursday, March 25, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at N.C. State University's Talley Student Center, Cates Avenue.

PeaceLeap: Did you go to Fort Bragg Saturday or wish you had? Community Speak-out and spaghetti dinner, with music, to share experiences from the protest. Friday, Mar. 26, 7:30 p.m., Community United Church, 817 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. Benefits N.C. Peace Action Education Fund's PeaceLeap project. www.peaceleap.org, 644-0035 (Tara Purhoit).

Prisons & Profits: NC student chapters of NAACP are touring historically black campuses, along with Democracy NC and others, talking about the "prison industrial complex" and voting issues. At N.C. Central University Saturday, Mar. 27, 9 a.m. Call: Erin Byrd, 422-2056, LaFonda Jones, 910-273-8308.

Patriot Act: Seth Jaffe, managing attorney of the ACLU in our fair state, is an expert on the Patriot Act, good and bad. He's guest of the Wake County Young Democrats Tuesday, Mar. 30, 6 p.m., Woody's Tavern in City Market, Raleigh. Young and old alike are welcome.

Durham Activists: An open house celebrates 10 years of activism born of the old Community Youth Cooperative, which spawned Public Allies NC, stone circles, NCYT: NC's Network of Young Nonprofit Professionals, and so on. Wednesday, March 31, 4-6 p.m., 115 Market St. (Bull City Business Center, Suite 203). 682-8323 (Claudia Horwitz).

Volunteer, Please
Worker's Rights: Fluent Spanish- and English-speaking to help at NCOSH in Durham, dealing worker safety, wages-and-hours claims. Training offered. 286-9249 (Amy or Marlyn).

SAFEchild: Child abuse prevention agency, needs experienced mentor-moms for families with newborns. Training provided. In Raleigh at 864 W. Morgan St. Open house 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 23, or call 743-6140 (Michelle Putterman).

Durham Literacy Council: Needs ESL (English as Second Language) tutors. shelisahoward@yahoo.com, 489-8383, x 25 (Shelisa Howard).

HopeLine: 24-hour crisis hotline. Caring, non-judgmental. Volunteer training starts in April: contact April Chester, 832-3326, hlysc@aol.com.

Source Force: Helps people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS. Help with monthly picnics and/or perform at them. Volunteer orientation: 418-HELP (Suzanne).

Peace Vigils: Durham, every Saturday, 12 noon-1 p.m. at Brightleaf Square, contact Bill Jeffries 402-0424.; Chapel Hill Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street post office; also, Fridays, 5-6 p.m. East Franklin St. and Elliott Rd., contact 942-2535.

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