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Lend Me Your Name
Ipas: Petition to restore the term "reproductive rights" to Ipas' on-air underwriting message on WUNC: .

Howard Dean: Tell the Dems we want a party leader who'll inspire us and bring the party back to life: .

Ohio Recount: Ask Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, who led Bush's re-election efforts in that state, to remove himself from the Ohio recount process:

Food for the masses
Heart of Carolina Food Drive: Bring non-perishable foods (or monetary donations) to Kroger stores or Food Bank of NC branches by Wednesday, Dec. 8. Last year 400,000 pounds of food were collected; this year's goal is 500,000. akramer@foodbankcenc. org , 906-3992 (Alison Kramer).

USA patriots wanted
Juan Manuel Reyes-Alfonso: Reyes-Alfonso is in federal detention for--well, it looks like pure PATRIOT Act paranoia to us (see "A Spy in Chatham County?" in the Nov. 4 Indy). Legal bills so far: $16,000. E-mail for the latest.

FLOC Victory Bash: Join the Farm Labor Organizing Committee as they celebrate winning the largest union contract in NC history and the first ever unionization of H2A guest farmworkers. Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m. Eno River UU, 4907 Garret Road, Durham. RSVP to , 489-4485 (Lori Khamala).

Grandchildren/Grandparents Rights of NC: Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 27, noon at the Western Sizzlin Steak House on Ranklin Lake Road off US-321. Bring a toy for the Christmas Charity!

Rabbis for Human Rights Benefit: Rabbi Arik Ascherman will discuss the group's work in Israel and the occupied territories Sunday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m. Spartacus Restaurant, 4139 Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. RSVP to . .

The Fourth World War: Shot on the frontlines of struggles spanning five continents, this documentary explores globalization, war and resource depletion. . Film screening with filmmakers on Thursday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Carol Hall Room 111, UNC-Chapel Hill. (Kara Keeling), (Andrew Pearson).

League of Women Voters: LWV of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties annual meeting and holiday dinner, with Rep. Verla Insko. Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Chapel Hill Country Club. $25. RSVP 960-9766 (Jean Tell).

Stop the Killing
Death Watch: Charles Walker is scheduled to be executed at Central Prison in Raleigh at 2 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 for the 1992 death of Tito Davidson in Greensboro. Davidson's body was never recovered and there is no physical evidence tying Walker to the crime--no fingerprints, no blood, no DNA, no gunshot residue, no ballistics, no hair fiber or other traces, no spent cartridges, and no bullets. Walker stands to become the first person to be executed in NC in modern times without a confession, physical evidence, or disinterested eyewitness testimony. In fact, he stands to become the first person executed in this state without recovery of the victim's body, or even the victim's clothing, personal effects, or traces of blood showing that a homicide occurred. Contact the governor to plead for clemency:, fax 733-2120, call 733-5811. Info:, 933-7567.

PFADP Conference: People of Faith Against the Death Penalty celebrates its 10th anniversary Saturday, Dec. 4, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. NC Mutual Life Insurance Bldg., 411 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. , 933-7567.

Peace, Y'all
Peace Toys: Donate nonviolent toys to be given to kids turning in their war toys. The Toy Exchange is Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m. at Lyon Park in Durham. Sponsored by North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and Calvary Ministries of the Westend Community Inc. , 403-7665.

Peace Vigils: in Durham: Saturdays, noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, 402-0424 (Bill Jeffries); in Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O.; Fridays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., E. Franklin St. and Elliott Rd., 942-2535; in Raleigh: Fridays, 5 p.m., NCSU Bell Tower, 833-4685 (Dante Strobino); 1st Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

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