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"Let them call me a rebel and I welcome it, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of demons were I to make a whore of my soul."
--Thomas Paine

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?

MoveOn: Saturday, May 8 is MoveOn.org's day of 1,000 (they hope) voter contact parties. Sign up to hold one, or find one near you to attend, through the Web site.

National Prayer Day: It's Thursday, May 6, and Republicans are holding 'ligious events; Oliver North is their honorary chairman. That should cause everyone to pray, yes?

Peace Vigils
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 Wednesday of every month (for 22 years!) on Fayetteville Mall, sponsored by the Committee to Reverse the Arms Race. slaterpat@mindspring.com, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

N.C. Needs U
Progressive Dems: Founding convention of a new Progressive Caucus of 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.

This Week
Amnesty International: Wednesday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., Fairmont United Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Group works to end torture, free political prisoners worldwide. 782-0536, 834-4478.

Marriage Equality: Triangle Freedom to Marry Coalition meeting Thursday, May 6, 7 p.m., Eno River Unitarian Church, Durham. Updates on same-sex marriage initiatives, opposition to a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. borne@email.unc.edu, 260-2189 (Chantelle Fisher-Borne), eruuf.org for directions.

Mental Health: Consumer services, state's new child mental health plan, discussed at OPC Area Program (Orange, Person, Chatham) forum, Thursday, May 6, 6-8 p.m., Hillsborough United Church of Christ, 200 Davis Rd. 913-4079 (Lynne Hamlet).

Million Mom March: Goal is for Congress to pass the bill extending the assault weapons ban; House Republicans are blocking it. Events in D.C. this weekend; the march is Sunday, May 9, 10 a.m. Info@mmm2004.com, 1-888-989-MOMS.

Not Nader: David Cobb, a candidate for the U.S. Green Party presidential nomination, who promises to campaign only in "safe states" (the blue ones that Kerry can't win), speaks at NCSU Tuesday, May 11, 11:30 a.m., Talley Student Center.

Critical Issues: N.C. Council of Churches' daylong biennial session on statewide issues--from housing to family violence--is well worth the drive to Greensboro, Tuesday, May 11, 9 a.m., at Peace United Church of Christ. nccouncilofchurches.org 828-6501 to pre-register.

NCPlenty: It's working to create a local currency; information session Tuesday, May 11 at Pittsboro General Store; also, Wednesday, May 12, at Weaver Street Market, Carrboro; both 7-8 p.m. ncplenty@ ncplenty.org, 942-9704.

Medicare Cards: Confused? Senior PHARMAssist can help. Forum on prescription drug options, state and federal assistance, Wednesday, May 12, 10 a.m., Durham Public Library, 300 N. Roxboro. 688-4772.

Volunteer, Please
Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers, holding summer training class. info@ocrcc.org, 968-4647.

Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.

Food Bank: Saturday, May 8 is National Letter Carriers Food Drive. They'll pick the food up (61 million lbs. In '03!); between now and then, you can help collect it in your school, church, neighborhood. Detail, how-to's: 875-0707 x 230, kmorancy@foodbankcenc.org., (Kerry Morancy).

Source Force: Helping those with HIV/AIDS and cancer, including monthly picnics with volunteer musicians, clowns, other performers. Orientation session May 15: Suzanne, 919-418-HELP.

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