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To the Capital!
Stop Gay Bashing: SB-1057 and HB-1606 are bills in the General Assembly that would amend the state constitution to ban any recognition of same-sex unions, marriages, whatever. is set up to help you write your legislators quickly. 829-0343.

Stop the Cuts: Almost $200 million for social services, education and justice programs is on the chopping block in the General Assembly. Tuesday, June 8, is the "Stop Cutting, Start Caring" coalition's lobbying day. Details: , 649-2449 (Elizabeth Stephenson, Covenant with North Carolina's Children).

Get Clean Elections: N.C. Voters for Clean Elections, the pro-public campaign financing coalition, holds its lobbying day at the General Assembly Tuesday, June 15., 933-8583.

Help Farmworkers
Project Solidarity: Church groups will visit farm labor camps starting in July. Orientation for interested individuals, groups is Wednesday, June 16, 7 p.m. at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Durham. Info: 489-4485 (National Farm Worker Ministry N.C.).

Hands of Harvest: Study guide on farm labor issues available from N.C. Council of Churches, 828-6501.

Take Time
Gas Prices: "In light of the recent price spike," the N.C. Smart Growth Alliance suggests we all "take a minute" to think about why it's such an issue: "As the sprawl of our region accelerates, so do the miles we are forced to drive and the amount of gas we are forced to buy.", 928-8700.

Feeding the Hungry: In your garden this summer, plant a row for the hungry, the Food Bank of N.C. asks. Vegetables, fruits--they need "em and the many food kitchens they serve do too. Drop-off is at 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh. 875-0707.

Peace Vigils: in Durham: Saturdays, noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, Bill Jeffries, 402-0424; in 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; in Raleigh: 1st Wednesday of every month, noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville St. Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

This Week
Save Chatham: And "fight the sprawl." Chatham Coalition hosts "Authors for Chatham" (Clyde Edgerton, Marjorie Hudson), on the value of rural communities. Wednesday, June 2, 7 p.m., Alston Chapel Church, 1832 Alston Chapel Rd., Pittsboro. $15 please; kids free. 545-0571 (Roland McReynolds).

Internationalist Books: What a community bookstore should be. Grilling out, live music, accepting donations, at Weaver Street's After Hours (6-8 p.m.) in Carrboro on Thursday, June 3. 942-1740.

Dynasty 5: African-American professional group welcomes Young Democrats minority caucus for politics, candidates' networking. Friday, June 4, 8-11 p.m., the Supper Club, 5610 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh., 824-3090.

Durham Candidates I: Forum for county commission candidates, sponsored by Durham Voter Coalition. Saturday, June 5, 1-4 p.m., Watts Street Baptist Church. 479-8305 (Fred Foster).

D.C. Protest: Saturday, June 5, 12 noon protest at the White House. Triangle buses: 682-9575.

Progressives4NC: Founding convention of a new statewide caucus of Progressive Democrats, Saturday, June 5, 9:30 a.m., New Garden Friends Meeting, 801 New Garden Rd., Greensboro. $10 lunch., c/o 1143 Miller St., Winston-Salem 27103.

Stonewall Dems: Pro-gay rights Democrats and interested Republicans meet Sunday, June 6, 3 p.m., Umstead State Park (I-40 entrance)., 465-9892 (Kathy Heggemeier).

Integral Health Care: Making health care a positive experience. Discussion starts a formal study by the Integral Science Institute. Sunday, June 6, 1-4:30 p.m., United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Airport Rd. 969-8404 (Vana Prewitt).

Durham Candidates II: NAACP forum for school board candidates, Tuesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m., N.C. Central University student union. 479-8305 (Fred Foster), 596-1443 (Lois Murphy).

Savannah Protest: June 8-10 "Festival for Peace and Liberties" is a protest against the G8 Summit, on nearby Sea Island, and policies that "globalize" working conditions downward.

Really Free: Anti-globalization activists offer a "Really, Really Free Market" festival in Chavis Park, Raleigh, Saturday, June 12, noon-5 p.m. Music, arts and lots of free stuff., 336-274-1814 (Liz Seymour).

Volunteer, Please
Triangle Literacy: Durham and Wake literacy councils are having an eBay auction June 6-12., userid: triangle literacy. 489-8383 (Claudia Kimbrough).

Girls on the Run: Female coaches needed for healthy living, self-respect program for 8-12 year olds. gotr@, 929-0831 (Mandy Beard).

UNC Hospice: Physical, spiritual needs of the terminally ill. Training Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m., starting June 15. Call Mary or Pat, 542-5545.

Mental Health: Help MHA of N.C. with school, faith-based outreach. Raleigh orientation session June 17; 800-745-5067 (Jeff Furst).

Club Nova: Thrift shop in Carrboro run for, by people with mental illness; needs volunteer help too., 967-6985 (Camella Morton).

SAFEChild: Child abuse prevention. Training for volunteers, English- and Spanish-speaking needed., 232-5661.

Domestic Violence: Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County; training through June 26 for hotline, court advocates, child-care, community educators. fvpcesc@, 929-3872 (Caroline Pence).

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

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

Got something for Act Now? Send it to Act Now at P.O. Box 2690, Durham, N.C. 27715. You can also fax to 286-4274 or e-mail to Please include the date, time, street and city address and phone number for the event. Our deadline is every Friday for the following week's issue. Thanks!

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