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Democracy Summer 2005: A project of the nonprofit and nonpartisan group Democracy N.C., Democracy Summer selects young N.C. adults (ages 17-24) to gain hands-on experience working for social change. The eight-week (May 25-July 29) full-time program promotes fair elections and advocates for voting rights and campaign reform--and pays $2,000. Info at www.democracy-nc.org/nc/DemocracySummer/default.html.

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The Military is Not a Good Choice!: This is not the time for minority youths to sign up for the military in order to get money for college or to gain skills and discipline. Representatives from Military Families Speak Out, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, and spoken word artist Langston Fuze. Feb. 23, 7 p.m. at Vital Link School-East, 1214 E. Lenoir St., Raleigh, and Feb. 24, 7 p.m. at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. Committee Against Military Recruitment, 829-0957.

County Precinct Meetings: Now is the time ordinary citizens can have a profound effect on the direction of the Democratic party. Come to precinct meetings and elect precinct leaders, select county convention delegates and discuss resolutions. Most precincts in Wake will meet Feb. 24; check www.WakeDems.org, 828-5656 or info@wakedems.org. Most precincts in Durham County will meet March 1, 7 p.m. at the polling sites; check www.DurhamDemocrats.org.

Conference on Same-Sex Marriage: Marvin Ellison, author of Same-Sex Marriage: A Christian Ethical Analysis. Feb. 26, 9 a.m.-noon. United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Airport Road. Register at 942-3540 or ucch@unitedchurch.org. $15 includes morning refreshments and lunch.

Conflict and the Environment Conference: Environmental issues are often the source of conflict (e.g., limited or high-value resources), but they can also be part of the solution or prevention of conflict. Featuring academics and practitioners from around the world. Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Love Auditorium (Room B101), Levine Science Research Center, Duke Campus, Durham. RSVP klawlor@duke.edu (Kathleen Lawlor). Free.

The Prom Boutique: Opening in March; provides dresses for students attending special events in Durham Public Schools' grades 9-12. Donate your old prom and bridesmaid dresses and accessories on Feb. 26 from 10 a.m.-noon at Northgate Presbyterian Church, 2504 N. Roxboro Road, Durham.

Amnesty International: Learn or develop your skills in human rights advocacy. Featured speaker Alan Gell, exonerated death row inmate. Statewide meeting Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. UNC-Greensboro's Elliot University Center. Details and directions: 336-380-2727, cesarcastro18@hotmail.com (Cesar Castra). Optional pre-registration: 919-834-4478, jmmcinty@netzero.com (Josh McIntyre). Free.

Second Annual Honoring Our Neighborhood Heroes: Recognizing 12 residents of the College Park/Idlewild section of southeast Raleigh who have worked hard in the neighborhood for years. Feb. 26, noon-2 p.m. Tarboro Road Community Center, 121 N. Tarboro Road, Raleigh. 834-4022.

Watts Street Baptist Church: Jonathan and Leah Wilson-Hartgrove discuss their experiences as members of a Christian Peacemaker team in Iraq in 2002. Feb. 27, 9:45 a.m. 800 Watts St., Durham. www.wattsstreet.org.

Faces of Hope, Acts of Conscience: Discussion and potluck dinner with Rotem Mor and Eyal Brami, two young Israeli refuseniks, and Deanna Kashani of the American Friends Service Committee. Bring a dish to share. Feb. 27, 4-7 p.m. Durham Friends Meeting House. RSVP evansmara@hotmail.com.

Stanley Hauerwas: In conjunction with the play Witness, Justice Theater Project welcomes theologian Hauerwas, who will discuss topics including how people of faith should respond to acts of hatred and violence. Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh.

The Woman's Coffeehouse of the Spirit: A readers' theater compiled by the late Sister Evelyn Mattern, tracing the evolution of women's roles in N.C.'s churches and synagogues and raising questions about spirituality and gender equality in congregations. March 1, 5:15 p.m.; moderated discussion follows. Auditorium of the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill. Free. 828-6501 (Emilie Edwards).

When America Had No Choice: Life Before Roe v. Wade: Dr. Takey Crist, Susan Hill and Betty Gunz will present their personal stories about women's reproductive health before Roe v. Wade. March 2, 7 p.m. Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building Auditorium, School of Social Work, 301 Pittsboro St., UNC-CH Campus. 336-508-4560, emijo@email.unc.edu (Emily Johnson).

Colombia: Through Women's Eyes: Video on "Plan Colombia" and panel of five N.C. women who participated in a delegation to Colombia in 2004; presented by Women's International League for Peace & Freedom and Witness for Peace. March 2, 7-9 p.m. Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road. 968-1888 (Lori Hoyt).

Elections in Iraq, Conflict with Iran, Organizing in America: An eyewitness report and slideshow from Baghdad, Najaf and the West Coast nerve center of the war with Peter Lumsdaine, coordinator of the Military Globalization Analysis/Action Project. Also Lou Plummer of Military Families Speak Out. March 3, potluck 6:30 p.m., talk 7:30 p.m. Community Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. 469-0831.

Not Getting By: Real N.C. Voices: Challenging the church to become proactive rather than merely reactive; including a poverty simulation game and two N.C. families telling their stories. March 12, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fairmont United Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. RSVP by March 4 with check to MFSA-NC, PO Box 18311, Raleigh NC 27619-8311. $15 includes breakfast and lunch.

Strictly Voluntary
Orange County Rape Crisis Center: Accepting applications for survivor support group facilitators; deadline is Feb. 28. 968-4647, info@ocrcc.org, www.ocrcc.org.

Program for Academic Exchange: The nonprofit PAX is looking for host families for the upcoming school year to provide foreign exchange students a bed, a quiet place to study, and the love and support every teen needs. 231-9904, joylumpkin@netscape.net (Joy Lumpkin).

Ten Thousand Villages: Help make a difference in the lives of thousands of artisans in 32 countries. Greet and help customers, unpack and check merchandise, light housekeeping. Cameron Village, Raleigh. 821-1100, caroline@villagesofraleigh.org (Caroline).

Orange County Animal Services Advisory Board: Recruiting Orange County citizen volunteers, especially vets, certified animal trainers, technicians, handlers and reps from animal advocacy/welfare groups. Info: 245-2125, mevans@co.orange.nc.us. Online application: www.co.orange.nc.us and click on "Volunteer Boards."

Orange Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors: The O.C. Board of Commissioners appoints two members to the nonprofit OWASA's nine-member Board of Directors. Info: 245-2125, 245-2130, mevans@co.orange.nc.us. Online application: www.co.orange.nc.us and click on "Volunteer Boards."

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