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March 19 Weekend in Fayetteville: With over 80 co-sponsoring organizations (and endorsements from Chomsky and Zinn) and buses coming from as far away as Minnesota, this march and rally is going to be huge. All the info is at www.ncpeacejustice.org, including where to buy tickets for buses leaving the Triangle. Volunteers and cosponsors still needed!

Volunteer Training: March 10, 5:30-7 p.m. Self Help Credit Union Building, 201 W. Main St., Suite 202J, Durham. RSVP to info@ncpeacejustice.org.

Events at NCSU: 1) Hip Hop Against War: March 15, 4-6 p.m. at Harris Field (corner of Dan Allen and Cates) with speaker Ajamu Dillahunt from Black Solidarity Against the War and members of Justice League, Dasan and others performing. 2) Veteran Speaks Out: March 16, 6-7:30 p.m. at 304 Mann Hall with Dennis Kyne, a Gulf War veteran who was poisoned by depleted uranium. Bus tickets ($15) to the March 19 event will be sold at both free events.

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church: Discussion of the war with Michael Berg, the father of slain American contractor Nicholas Berg, and David Potorti, co-founder of Peaceful Tomorrows. March 18, 7 p.m. 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Free.

Datebook
Peak Oil Society of the Triangle: Inaugural meeting; the purpose of P.O.S.T. is to raise awareness about the imminent peak in worldwide oil production and to facilitate members' moves toward sustainable living. March 9, 8 p.m. in Durham. Go to oilawareness.meetup.com/216 or contact themudranch@yahoo.com (Stephen Hren) for location.

Crisis in Darfur, Sudan: Panel discussion on The Origins and Possible Solutions of the Conflict in Darfur, Sudan. March 9. Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Duke West Campus, Durham. 225-1729 (Imam Abdul-hafeez Waheed).

Execution Vigil and Prayer Service: March 10, 7:30-8:30 p.m.: Prayer service at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church (1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh) followed by candlelight procession to Central Prison (1300 Western Blvd., Raleigh). March 10-11, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.: Execution vigil at Central Prison. Info: 933-7567, pfadp.org.

HIV/AIDS Walk-a-thon: Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS; free HIV testing, too. March 12, registration at 8 a.m. Begins at Durham Alumnae Delta House, 1000 E. Forest Hills Blvd., Durham. Info: 402-1881. Individual/group pledges: $50-$100.

N.C. Women United!: Hear other Durham women across race, class, culture, age and sexual orientation. Voice your vision on the issues that concern you. March 12, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 205 E. Main St., Durham. Call 682-7777 for childcare/rideshare info. Free.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom's 90th Anniversary: From El Salvador, with Love and Peace: International Women's Day celebration and reception honoring international vice president of WILPF Marta Benavides, a peace and environmental activist arriving directly from the UN Commission on the Status of Women 2005 (Bejing + 10). March 12, 3-5 p.m. Chapel Hill Library, 100 Library Drive. 968-1888 (Lori Hoyt). Other WILPF events: March 13, 10:15-11 a.m.: Integrating Local, National, International Strategies for Peace, at Friends Meeting House in Chapel Hill (contact Ruth Zalph, 933-4413); March 13, 5-8 p.m.: Community Organizing, Building Peace, a Silk Hope Catholic Worker roundtable, between Pittsboro and Siler City (contact Lenore Yeager, 919-663-4334); March 14, 4-6 p.m.: Building Peace in El Salvador, a conversation with Marta Benavides about her work, at Carol Woods in Chapel Hill (contact Martha Gwyn, 918-3484); March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: El Salvador: 25 Years after Archbishop Oscar Romero, a meal and fundraiser for Benavides' work, at Eno River UU Fellowship in Durham, $10 donation (contact Joe Straley, 942-1694).

Health Care as a Right: With speakers State Rep. Verla Insko and Prof. Jonathan Kotch. March 14, 1-3 p.m. Carol Woods Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. www.EldersForPeace.org.

Defending All Our Families--Protecting Our Constitution: Come out against the proposed anti-LGBT constitutional amendment at the first annual statewide gathering, rally and lobby day sponsored by the N.C. Religious Coalition for Marriage Equality. The March 15 schedule includes breakfast, worship and training (8-11 a.m.) at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church (1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh) followed by a rally (noon) and lobbying (1-3 p.m.) at the General Assembly Building (16 W. Jones St., Raleigh). Join for whichever parts you're available! Volunteers needed too. Find out how to register for morning events ($10) by e-mailing borne@email.unc.edu before March 11.

Effective Lobbying for a Death Penalty Moratorium: Guest speaker and workshop session. March 15, 7-8:30 p.m. Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 833-4129 (Scott Langley).

UNA Luncheon Meeting: Nepal--Country in the Middle with speaker Deependra Thapa. March 16, noon-2 p.m. Meredith College, Dogwood Room under Belk Dining Hall, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. RSVP by noon on March 14 to 850-9696, JLRoush@aol.com or 847-7992, ERKlemmer@earthlink.net. $10, $5 students & limited income.

TV-Turnoff Workshop: PTA leaders, parents, educators, and business and community leaders are invited to attend a TV-Turnoff workshop with keynote speaker Frank Vespe, executive director for TV-Turnoff Week Network in Washington, D.C. March 16, 7-8:30 p.m. Methodist Home for Children administrative building, 1041 Washington St., Raleigh. Registration required: 601-4073 (Joann Ingoglia) or tvto@limitv.org. www.limitv.org. Free.

Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee: Interested in preserving civil liberties in N.C.? March 17, 7 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library downstairs meeting room, 100 Library Drive. 968-1888, 942-2535.

Strictly Voluntary
Read Seed, Inc. : Community Outreach Program gives gently used books to organizations serving at-risk youth, particularly those with limited school readiness skills. To apply: 688-8035, www.readseed.org.

Stitches from the Heart: Nonprofit needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, sweaters and hats for needy babies in hospitals nationwide; patterns available. Donated yarn appreciated, too. 866-472-6903, StitchFromHeart@aol.com (Kathy Silverton).

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Got something for Act Now? Fax to 286-4274; e-mail actnow@indyweek.com (put "Act Now" in subject line); mail to: Act Now, P.O. Box 2690, Durham NC 27715. Please include date, time, street address and contact/phone number. Deadline: Friday by 5 p.m. for the following week's issue. Thanks!

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