Lights! Camera! End the War!
Fahrenheit 9/11: Make a political statement by seeing the new Michael Moore polemic on opening night, Friday, June 25, suggests Eli Pariser of MoveOn PAC fame. Eli says: "Incredibly powerful ... lays bare the cynicism and greed behind Bush's war policy." (See Godfrey Cheshire's review, page 62.) If not Friday, then Sat-Sun, to boost the first-weekend box office.
9/11 to Raleigh: For $9, see it Friday afternoon at the Rialto in Raleigh to benefit the Wake Democrats. Doors open at 1 "for socializing," show's at 2. Reservations: Linda.Watson@wakedems.org (put "reservations" in subject line).
Win Without War: Read the statement calling for withdrawal by a date certain ("There is no military solution in Iraq...") by the coalition of 42 progressive groups at www.winwithoutwarus.org.
Win Without Torture: Read another excellent statement on our treaty obligations barring torture ("There is no "unless the U.S. president wants to' escape clause..."), and forward it to members of Congress, at www.fcnl.org (Friends Committee on National Legislation).
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: first Wednesdays of every month, noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).
For a more purr-fect Union
June is: Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, of course, as proclaimed by the ASPCA, Petfinder.com and the Chatham County Animal Shelter folks, who ask you to stop pussyfooting around and adopt at 725 County Landfill Dr., Pittsboro (off N.C. 64 West), Monday-Friday, 9-5, Saturday, 10-2. 542-7203. Adorable pictures at www.chathamaniminalrescue.org, www.petfinder.com.
Hello? NC Legislature?
Stop Gay-Bashing: SB-1057 and HB-1606 are pending bills to amend the state constitution with a ban on same-sex unions, marriages, or any legal recognition of same-sex couples. www.equalitync.org is set up to help you write your legislators quickly. 829-0343.
NCJustice.org: Get the new "Policy Brief" from your progressive watchdog group in Raleigh (it says that unless you're rich, you're a "net loser" from the Bush tax cuts, and North Carolina's too); also, details on the pending state budget, and the new giveaways to bidness, from its affiliate, the NC Budget & Tax Center. www.ncjustice.org , 856-2153.
Durham4Kerry: New group mobilizing Wednesday, June 23, 7 p.m., Central Park School for Children, 742 Foster St. durhamforkerry.org, 489-2986 (Susan Williams).
Anti-Racism: Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN) celebrates five years of organizing, Friday, June 25, 6-10 p.m., Hayti Heritage Center, Durham. Dinner, awards, jazz, silent auction. Tickets $25 at The Know and The Regular bookstores. firstname.lastname@example.org, 682-9575.
NC Votes: Canvas voters door-to-door in North Raleigh, help beat Bush. Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. from Borders bookstore on Six Forks Road. www.ncvotes.org, 787-7118 (Thomas Bird).
Cuba: Olivia Burlingame, who lived in Cuba 1998-99 and works to open up U.S. policy, is guest speaker at a potluck dinner Monday, June 28, 6:30 p.m., Church of the Reconciliation, Chapel Hill. Sponsors: SURGE (Students United for a Responsible Global Environment) and CITCA (Carolina Interfaith Taskforce Connecting the Americas). 843-6548 (Dennis Markotos).
Durham Theater? DADA (the artists' group) and ABCD (arts & business) hold an open public meeting on the question of a new performing arts center in the Bull City. Tuesday, June 29, 7 p.m., Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St. www.ABCDdurham.com, 682-2226 (Alex Kostelnik).
David Price: Congressman's town meeting in Cary. If you go, ask him why he's not a member of the House Progressive Caucus. Tuesday, June 29, 7 p.m., Herb Young Community Center (behind Cary Town Hall). 522-9837 (Matthew Danielson).
Durham Progressives: First meeting for the county chapter of the new NC Progressive Democrats Caucus. Thursday, July 8, 7-9 p.m., Durham Public Library main branch, Roxboro Rd. email@example.com, 477-5998.
HopeLine: 24-hour hotline helps people in crisis. Free training starts July 13. firstname.lastname@example.org, 832-3326.
Meals on Wheels: Deliver to the homebound in Wake County, as little as one hour a month. 833-1749.
Habitat for Humanity: Durham Resale Store needs helpers; store helps build affordable homes. Stop by at 3215 Old Chapel Hill Rd. 489-1248.
Club Nova: Thrift shop in Carrboro run for, by people with mental illness; needs volunteer help too. Clubnovashop.com, 967-6985 (Camella Morton).
SAFEChild: Child abuse prevention. Training for volunteers, English- and Spanish-speaking needed. email@example.com, 232-5661.
Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers, holding summer training class. firstname.lastname@example.org, 968-4647.
Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.
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