Mt. Olive Boycott: FLOC's (Farm Labor Organizing Committee) picketing for the workers who supply Mt. Olive Pickle Co. ran into trouble at the Lowe's Foods in Siler City. Read about it at www.nc.indymedia.org ; next pickets: Mon., Aug. 23, Lowe's Foods outside Chapel Hill (on U.S. 15-501), and Mon., Aug. 30 at Lowe's Foods in Durham (1233 University Dr.), both 5:30-6:30 p.m.
N.C. Indymedia: All volunteers; meetings are Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at Internationalist Books, 405 W. Franklin St., 942-1740.
N.C. Justice: Nominees for its 2004 Defenders of Justice awards sought by N.C. Justice Center in Raleigh. www.ncjustice.org, 856-2570.
Human Rights: Nominees for 9th annual International Human Rights Award sought by HR Coalition of N.C. email@example.com, 876-0501.
Run2Chuz: NARAL Pro-Choice N.C. seeking a good name for its first 5K road race. Ideas by Aug. 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org (Agnieszka McCourt).
Women Uniting: N.C. Women United starting to organize fall agenda meetings, issues papers. To help organize, host, write, advocate: email@example.com, 866-518-7657.
Religion & Politics: Mix carefully and season with UNC-CH political scientist Thad Beyle, who discusses "Voting Your Religious Convictions: A Threat to Democracy?" Wed., Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m., Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Rd. Various peace & justice groups are sponsors. firstname.lastname@example.org, 942-1694 (Joe Straley).
Human Rights Coalition: Meets Wed., Aug. 18, Community United Church of Christ, Dixie Trail & Wade Ave., Raleigh. 876-0501.
USO at RDU: Wake Citizens for Effective Government meets Thursday, Aug. 19, 6:30-8 p.m., Borders Books, Strickland & Six Forks roads, Raleigh; speaker is George Tuskey, director of the new USO post at the airport. 847-9901 (Gerry Bowles).
He's Alive! Elvis look-a-like contests ('50s, '60s, '70s Elvi) and actual Elvis performances Friday, Aug. 20, at Bluz Eatery & Spirits in RTP, benefits N.C. Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Tix and Elvis entries accepted at www.nccasa.org, 572-2580 (Mitch or Donna).
Divas4Democracy: They'll help you make a fun political T-shirt (you supply the shirt) Sat., Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Music Explorium, 403 Weaver St., Carrboro. $25 donation goes to pro-Kerry campaigns. email@example.com, 544-5451 (Cathy Kielar).
La Fiesta Volunteers: Free dinner and orientation for volunteers for La Fiesta del Pueblo next month. Dinner is Sat., Aug. 21, 5 p.m., The Cotton Club, Raleigh. "Bring a Friend!" But sign up first: www.elpueblo.org, 835-1525.
Louisburg: Activists are showing Bill Moyers' NOW program about how money and politics corrupted the new Medicare drug benefit, Sat., Aug. 21, 10-noon, Louisburg Senior Center, Shannon Shopping Center, N.C. 401. 562-7612 (Steve Gallagher).
Sunday, August 29: "The biggest and most important protest in a generation" to greet the Republican National Convention delegates to New York City, march organizers promise. Gather 10 a.m., 7th Ave. & 14th St., step-off at noon. Get updates from: www.unitedforpeace.org/email, 212-868-5545.
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 post office, 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 Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).
Voting: The Next Generations
Register, Orange: League of Women Voters will register new voters and folks who've moved Aug. 21-22, 1-9 p.m., Hillsborough Wal-Mart. Next stop: Aug. 27, Chatham Hospital, Siler City. Mebowers4@cs.com, 402-9194 (Mary Ellen Bowers).
Register, Durham: Young Dems' African-American caucus holds voter education meeting Wednesday, Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m. at N.C. Central University, 201 Edmonds; firstname.lastname@example.org (Jamie Roberts).
Register, Wake Tech: To help, contact Rhonda Strickland, email@example.com , 212-7515.
Get 'em Registered: Democracy N.C. is focusing voter reg efforts on youth, minorities. Volunteers asked to call 967-9942, info: www.democracy-nc.org .
Equal Time: Surely there are good Republican candidates out there somewhere? GOP hosts free campaign training session Sat., Aug. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at NCGOP HQ, 1506 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 828-6423.
Durham Literacy: Literacy Council training volunteers to help adult students learn to read; orientation Tues., Aug. 24, 7 p.m. 1410 W. Chapel Hill St. firstname.lastname@example.org, 489-8383.
HopeLine: Free training starts Sept. 27 for volunteers to answer 24-hour crisis intervention/suicide prevention hotline. email@example.com, 832-3326 (Amy Cobb).
Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers for 24-hour crisis/response programs, holding fall training class. firstname.lastname@example.org, 968-4647.
Red Cross: Orange County chapter needs volunteers to help with blood drives (call Robin, x. 226), disaster response teams (call Tracy, x. 231), CPR & First Aid instruction (call Megan, x. 223); general number is 942-4862.
La Fiesta del Pueblo: 600 volunteers needed to work Sept. 11-12, at the State Fairgrounds. No Spanish? It's OK. www.elpueblo.org, 835-1525 (ask for Melanie).
Meals on Wheels: Deliver to the homebound in Wake County, as little as one hour a month. 833-1749.
Senior Games: State Olympics for the over-55 set needs volunteers Sept. 13-Oct. 3. www.ncseniorgames.org, 851-5456.
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.
Kids Voting: If the kids vote, their parents do too. Wake County chapter of Kids Voting needs precinct organizers, volunteers. firstname.lastname@example.org, or 833-1282.
Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.
Got something for Act Now? Fax to 286-4274; email email@example.com (put "Act Now" in subject line); mail to: Act Now, P.O. Box 2690, Durham NC 27715. Please include date, time, street address and contact/phone number. Deadline: Friday for the following week's issue. Thanks!