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Durham Precinct 49 Registered Democrats: Meet your County Convention delegates, tell them what issues are important to you, and learn about resolutions pending at the Durham County Dem Convention in April. March 30, 7 p.m. Italian Pizzeria, Willowdale Shopping Center, Horton and Guess roads. pdaggett@cqmail.net (Pat Daggett), peachmcd@earthlink.net (Peach McDouall).

Still Unequal After All These Years: Gender Inequality in the U.S. : Teach-in with speakers from the N.C. Justice Center, Black Workers for Justice, UNC-CH School of Social Work, N.C. Coalition to Defend Health Care and the Sojourner Group. Topics will include gender, race and class inequalities. March 30, 7-9 p.m. Hanes Arts Center, UNC-CH.

Town Hall Meeting: Ronald N. Langston, national director for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency, will discuss empowerment through entrepreneurship opportunities and minority business development. March 31, 10 a.m. New School of Education Auditorium, NCCU, Durham. 530-6168 (Tammie Hall). Free.

Rep. David Price: Ask Price questions about the federal issues that matter to you at this town hall meeting. March 31, 7-8:30 p.m. Chapel Hill Town Hall, 306 N. Columbia St.

Unity Conference 2005: Queerniversity: Testing Your LGBT-IQ. The April 1-3 Unity Conference at UNC-CH is an annual gathering of progressive LGBTQ people and their allies. See details in last week's Act Now and online at www.unc.edu/glbtsa/unity. $10, free to UNC students.

Really Really Free Market: Better than a yard sale, this event welcomes all items for giving, receiving and creating--and has no price tags! Bring goods, services, skills, performances, stories, crafts, food, games, music, clothing, furniture and resources to give and share. April 2, 1-5 p.m. Carrboro Town Commons, West Main Street next to Town Hall. 357-5821. Free.

Durham Affordable Housing Coalition: Gospel concert fundraiser for the Brant Daye Project of Rebuilding Together. April 2, 5 p.m. Orange Grove Baptist Church, 505 E. End Ave., Durham. Info: 957-9003, 819-5320, jvdowd@hotmail.com (Jeff or Victoria Dowd). Donation.

God's Politics?: Tired of listening to politicians invoke religious faith in the name of policies your God does not endorse? Want to learn how to be more effective in asserting your religious convictions in the name of fighting poverty and war, cleaning the environment and achieving social justice? Join this four-week series of discussions about Jim Wallis' new book, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It. Sundays in April, 9:30 a.m. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham. For info and to reserve a copy of the book, call the church office 9-2 weekdays at 489-1381.

"The Triangle's Lost Generation Task Force" Town Hall Meeting: Currently, black males comprise roughly 12 percent of N.C.'s population but slightly over 62 percent of the state's imprisoned. A Triangle community coalition (co-chaired by Dr. Irving Joyner, NCCU School of Law professor and Dr. David Forbes, pastor of Raleigh's Christian Faith Baptist Church) is launching a series of meetings and seminars to seek root causes. April 3, 6-8 p.m. Grumman Auditorium, William Friday Center, UNC-CH. For details, go to www.ncneighbors.com/news.wsi?group_id=2289&news_id=1. Free.

Equality NC Lobby Day: April 5, 9 a.m.: Check-in; 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Orientation and lobby training; 10:30 a.m.-noon: Lobby visits; noon-1 p.m.: Press conference; 1-3 p.m.: Lobby visits. Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Register online at www.equalitync.org.

NC WARN: Meetings to inform the community about the emerging science on global climate change, risks at nuclear plants, Duke Power's move to build a new plant, and the need for urgent state action. April 5, 7-8:30 p.m. at Shannon Road Public Library, Durham; April 13, 7-8:30 p.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library. 416-5077, ncwarn@ncwarn.org.

N.C. Council of Churches Legislative Seminar: Biennial event to train grassroots activists on social justice and equality issues. See details in last week's Act Now and online at www.nccouncilofchurches.org. April 5, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 4900 Kaplan Road, Raleigh. 828-6501. Register by April 1 (form available online). $20, $10 students (includes lunch).

Latino Lobby Day: Latinos from across the state gather to urge the General Assembly to invest in workforce, education, health care and other issues. April 6, 10 a.m.: Orientation; 10:30 a.m.: Press conference and briefing; 11 a.m.: Individual visits with legislators; 12:30 p.m.: Lunch break and Latino celebration. Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 835-1525, marisol@elpueblo.org (Marisol Jiménez McGee).

Joining Together: Interfaith Action to Stop the Genocide in Sudan: Panel presentation with Andrew Reynolds, associate professor of political science at UNC-CH, who will speak on current events in Darfur, and other speakers describing relief efforts. April 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Fireside Room, Chapel Hill Kehillah, 1200 Mason Farm Road. 932-1214 (Beth Weiss), www.chkehillah.org.

Peacemaker Award Dinner: Honoring the long-term commitment of Gail Phares and Bridgette Burge to the cause of peace and justice; with keynote speaker Lou Plummer. April 7, 6 p.m. social, 7 p.m. dinner. University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. RSVP to 469-0831, billtowepa@juno.com (Bill Towe). www.ncpeaceaction.org. $35 or $100 for 2.

The Great Human Race: Sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Durham, this 5K competitive run/nonprofit walk helps Triangle nonprofits raise money for their agencies. April 9, 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. start. Begin at the American Tobacco Complex, Durham. To see participating organizations and register online (until April 7), go to www.greathumanrace.org. Fee: $17 before April 4, $25 thereafter. (For North Carolinians Against Gun Violence fundraising, contact 403-7665, websafenc@intrex.net.)

Strictly Voluntary
Program for Academic Exchange: The nonprofit PAX is looking for host families for the upcoming school year (August) to provide foreign exchange students (ages 13-19) a bed, a quiet place to study, meals, and the love and support every teen needs. 231-9904, joylumpkin@netscape.net (Joy Lumpkin).

Operation Freefall: Are you willing to go extreme? The nonprofit N.C. Coalition Against Sexual Assault is looking for brave women and men to make a tandem skydive jump for a fundraising event on April 30 to promote awareness against sexual violence. Info: 870-8881, michelle@nccasa.org.

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