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Anti-War Day: Activists are heading for Fayetteville on Saturday, March 20, first anniversary of the Iraq invasion. Buses leave from Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill; tickets available at The Regulator and The Know bookstores in Durham, Internationalist Books in Chapel Hill, or call 682-9575. In Fayetteville: 11 a.m., gather at Hay Street Amtrak Station, 1 p.m. rally at Rowan Park. Info:, 682-9575,, 960-5217 (Andrew Pearson).

Mt. Olive Boycott: The Farm Labor Organizing Committee and friends have tried to get Mt. Olive Pickle Co. to negotiate about labor conditions for migrant pickers for five long years (!) as of March 17. Don't buy Mt. Olive products. Do call Bill Bryan, the CEO, at 1-800-672-5041 and urge him to listen to his conscience, not his wallet.

Pro-Choice: Help NARAL promote the March for Women's Lives in D.C. April 25. Volunteers can help with phone banks at Ipas in Chapel Hill Monday-Wednesday, March 22-24, 6-9 p.m., dinner provided. 829-9779 to RSVP or for info.

This Week
Homelessness: Join the Raleigh and Wake County initiative to attack the problem. It's just starting: 2nd of monthly forums is Thursday, March 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Moore Square Middle School, 301 S. Person St., Raleigh. Details at, or call Mary Jean Seyda at CASA, the community housing group, at 754-9966.

Mental Health: Consumer rights, children's mental health issues, discussed at community forum, Thursday, March 18, 6-8 p.m., Pittsboro Memorial Library, 158 West St. Sponsor: Orange-Person-Chatham Area Program, call 913-4079 (Lynne Hamlet) for details.

Feminist Students: Teach-ins to celebrate International Women's Day, March 17 & 18, both 7-9 p.m., 133 Rosenau Hall, UNC-CH., 834-5104 (Natalia Deeb-Sossa).

Green Design: UNC's Sustainable Community seminar series hosts architect Alicia Ravetto, the expert on solar things, 1-2 p.m. Friday, March 19, in Gardner Hall 308. Free, open to the public. 966-9927 (Tony Reevy).

Afghanistan: Americans for Permanent Peace in Afghanistan, a Triangle-based group, celebrates the Afghan New Year March 20-21; Saturday dinner & music, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Sunday, reception, 1-5 p.m., both at 302 W. Lane St., Raleigh (the old Melrose Knitting Mill). Speakers, photographs by Luke Powell. Suggested donation $10.blang@ (Breshnaa Lang), 833-7950.

Un-Used Bikes: Give 'em to Pedals for Progress, which will fix them up for the working poor overseas. Collection day Saturday, March 20, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis in Durham. $10 donation requested. 620-1445 (Dan Gatti).

HIV Advocacy: UNC public health, medicine and journalism schools sponsoring "Voices of HIV," a documentary and panel discussion about AIDS in the U.S., North Carolina. Monday, March 22, 7:15 p.m., Rosenau Hall Auditorium, UNC-CH. (Nina Yamanis), 966-9002.

U.N. Association: West Triangle chapter lunch Wednesday, March 24, Noon, Holiday Inn, 15-501 Bypass, Chapel Hill. Speaker: Dr. James Lea, UNC Center for Global Health. $15. RSVP by 3/19 to 542-0319 (Barbara Berke).

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

Take Back the Night: Anti-rape, sexual assault rally in The Pit, UNC-CH, Wednesday, March 24, 7 p.m. 914-7073 (Amanda Hagood).

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, March 27, 9 a.m. Call: Erin Byrd, 422-2056, LaFonda Jones, (910) 273-8308.

Tikkun: Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun magazine founder, is coming to the Triangle Tikkun Conference Sunday, March 28, in Durham. Registration $36 if by 3/22., 286-9639,, 781-8424.

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