Unless you have a June wedding planned:
Take Back America: June 2-4 in Washington, a conclave of the nation's leading progressives, organized by the Campaign for America's Future and partners. Speakers: Eliot Spitzer, Nancy Pelosi, Barak Obama, Howard Dean, John Edwards, to name a few. Not cheap, at $175 plus meals ($100 students), but packed with good stuff. Info, register: ourfuture.org
D.C. Protest: June 5, a Saturday, at 12 noon, protest at the White House. Triangle buses: 682-9575.
Savannah Protest: June 8-10 "Festival for Peace and Liberties" is a protest against the G-8 Summit, on nearby Sea Island, and policies that "globalize" working conditions downward.
Progressives4NC: Founding convention of a new statewide caucus of Progressive Democrats, Saturday, June 5, 9:30 a.m., Friendship Friends Meeting, 1103 New Garden Rd., Greensboro. "Work county by county and statewide to reform the political process and recruit and elect progressives at every level." $10 lunch,
www.greendogs.org, c/o 1143 Miller St., Winston-Salem 27103.
Memorial Day Weekend
At the Capitol: Saturday, May 29, 10-11:30 am, a Peace Commemoration on the State Capitol grounds, Raleigh. Sponsored by the N.C. Council of Churches, N.C. Peace Action, Public Assembly. 828-6501 (Barbara Zelter).
At the Movies: Latest brainstorm from those crazy MoveOn.org kids--download their flyer about global warming, make copies, pass 'em out with the MoveOn gang when The Day After Tomorrow, a summer blockbuster about, yes, global-warming disaster, opens May 28. Ranks forming at moveon.org/dayafter
Million Mom March: Group's "Halt the Assault" tour, with pink RV, will be in downtown Raleigh, at Nash Square, Thursday, May 20, 12 noon. Get Congress to renew the assault weapons ban, which expires in September. Millionmommarch.org
Brown v. Board: Wake Citizens for Effective Government forum Thursday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., Borders Books, Six Forks & Strickland Rds. Speakers are Bill McNeal, Wake schools superintendent, and Wake Board of Ed chair Susan Parry, on school integration 50 years after Brown.
Baldemar Velasquez: Founder and president of Farm Labor Organizing Committee speaks at N.C. Central University, Durham, B.N. Duke Auditorium, Thursday, May 20, 11:45 a.m. Mt. Olive Pickle Co. boycott is among FLOC's current efforts. 530-5390.
Durham's Dirt Roads: Durham Voter Coalition wants City Council to pave 42 dirt streets within walking distance of downtown. Council session is Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m. 596-9691 (Melvin Whitley).
Raleigh's Homeless: Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m., Millbrook United Methodist Church, last of four forums on how to end homelessness in Raleigh, Wake County. 890-3655 (Ken Maness).
Genesis Home: "An Evening of Pairings," Friday, May 21, 7 p.m., Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. Fine wine is paired with gourmet food to support Genesis Home, which provides training, housing and childcare for homeless families in Durham. $70/ticket. Info: 683-5878 x22 or www.genesishome.org.
Beat Bush: NC Votes goes door-to-door looking for voters, Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m., Borders Books, 404 E. Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. RSVP: 779-0470, email@example.com; next canvass, June 27.
Stonewall Democrats: "Recovering Republicans" invited too; working to advance people's rights regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity. Sunday, May 23, 3 p.m., Umstead State Park, Raleigh (I-40 entrance). Tri-stone-dems.org, 465-9892 (Kathy Heggemeier).
Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, a first-rate documentary film about what happened in Florida. Activists are showing it Sunday, May 23, 7 p.m., at Greenshields, in Raleigh's City Market. Free. 828-1654 (Jesse Goslen).
Pro-Choice: What's the "State of Choice" in N.C.? First town hall follow-up to the big D.C. rally, Monday, May 24, 7 p.m., Durham Public Library, Main Branch. firstname.lastname@example.org, 829-9779.
Voting Rights: Workshop on N.C. election laws, Wednesday, May 26, 7 p.m., Durham Library, 300 N. Roxboro Rd., by Durham People's Alliance and Institute for Southern Studies. 419-8311, x. 25 (Tara Purohit).
America the Beautiful? Duke professor emeritus Ole Holsti, an authority on international opinion, talks about how the world views the U.S. today. Wednesday, May 26, 12 noon lunch, Holiday Inn, 15-501 Bypass, Chapel Hill (opp. Eastgate S.C.) U.N. Association. Reservations: $15. 542-0319 (Barbara Berke).
Global Warming: Trend is for Down East to be underwater by 2030. Experts from Duke, N.C. State, Chapel Hill talk about it Wednesday, May 26, 5:30 p.m., N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh. 733-7450, x. 305 (Maria Sadowski).
Durham: Saturdays, 12 noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, Bill Jeffries, 402-0424; Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O., and Fridays, 5-6 p.m., E. Franklin St. and Elliott Rd., 942-2535. Raleigh: 1st Wednesdays of every month, 12 noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Mall, email@example.com, 821-2014 (Slater Newman). Volunteer, Please Club Nova: Thrift shop in Carrboro run for, by people with mental illness; needs volunteers. Clubnova shop.com, 967-6985 (Camella Morton).
SAFEChild: Child abuse prevention. Training for volunteers, English- and Spanish-speaking needed. firstname.lastname@example.org, 232-5661.
Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers, holding summer training class. email@example.com, 968-4647.
Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.
Your Country Needs U
Verify Bush: Never before have our national leaders had so little regard for the truth. The Center for American Progress is compiling a "Claim v. Fact" database on Bush, Cheney et. al. Read it (400 entries so far), submit your own items at americanprogress.org, a good source for the center-left take on national issues, fyi.
Verified Voting: Think this time we should count all the votes? VerifiedVoting.org and Common Cause are backing HR-2239 and S-1980 in Congress, which would require a verified paper-ballot trail whatever kind of voting machines are used. 1-800-839-5276 is toll-free to Congress: Why (one might ask) isn't Sen. Elizabeth Dole a co-sponsor?
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