Human Rights Day
Human Rights Award Dinner: Recipient Ray Buchanan--founder, president and CEO of Stop Hunger Now. Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. NCSU Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. $30. 876-0501 (Joyce Scapicchio).
Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Read by Exploris Middle School students. Dec. 10, noon. Exploris Museum, IMAX Theater, Venture Hall. Dutch-treat lunch, birthday cake and singing to follow at Lighthouse Restaurant. 821-2014 (Slater Newman).
Downtown Raleigh: Community, youth and student groups discuss human rights issues particular to the South. Speakers from Institute for Southern Studies, APWU, FLOC, United Electric Union, more; performers include Language Arts, Odd International. Dec. 10, 5 p.m. Moore Square Park. firstname.lastname@example.org (Dante Strobino).
Bill of Rights Day
Chapel Hill: Dec. 15, noon-1 p.m. Proclamations by the mayors of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, reading of the amendments, singing by the Raging Grannies decked out as Lady Liberties. East Franklin Street Post Office. 986-1888 or 942-2535.
Old Capitol Rotunda, Raleigh: Dec. 15, 12:15-1 p.m. Celebration of Bill of Rights and Universal Declaration of Human Rights with reading of Gov. Easley's proclamations and speaker Dr. Dan Figgins. Sponsored by ACLU of NC, DAR, HRC of NC, UN Association of Wake County. 821-2014 (Slater Newman).
Peace Toys: Donate nonviolent toys to be given to kids turning in their war toys. Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m. at Lyon Park in Durham. email@example.com, 403-7665.
Grandchildren/Grandparents Rights of NC: Turn in toys by Dec. 12. 919-499-2749 (Edith) for pick-up.
Is Your Vote Counted?: Panel presentation and community speak out on voter integrity. Dec. 8, 7-9 p.m. Chapel Hill Town Hall, 306 N. Columbia St.
Organizing and Advocacy Workshop: Working Locally for Social Change sponsored by Democracy NC and the League of Women Voters. Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Gateway Community Center, 421 S. Garnett St., Henderson. Donation to cover lunch and materials. 888-687-8683 x16 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Walz)
Renewable Energy Policy: NC Sustainable Energy Association annual public meeting and brunch. Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. Free; RSVP to email@example.com or 832-7601.
Fellowship of Reconciliation: FOR head Pat Clark to speak at Durham Friends Meeting, 404 Alexander Ave., Durham. Dec. 11, noon-2 p.m.
Community Pot Luck: A follow-up to the post-election rally and the Don't Mourn, Organize! community meeting. Includes a performance, cultural activity and/or speakers training. Dec. 11, 6 p.m. Arcadia commons house, Carrboro. firstname.lastname@example.org (Tim).
Songs for Peace Benefit: Area singers/songwriters perform to raise funds for the town of Tuwani in the West Bank through the Arab-Israeli alliance Ta'ayush (taayush.org). Dec. 11, 7-10 p.m. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro. $10. email@example.com (Tracy).
Alternative Gift Fair: Last year's fair included Fair Trade coffees, gifting certificates to Habitat for Humanity and Afghani widow quiltmakers. Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-noon. St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Hillandale Ave., Durham.
Electronic Voting Reform Committee Meeting: New NC General Assembly special committee first meeting Dec. 13, 10 a.m. Room 544, Legislative Office Building, corner of Lane and Salisbury streets, Raleigh. Open to the public!
Wake County Chapter of UN Association: Sit-down dinner with Haywood Rankin, retired FSO, speaking on US and UN Action in Sudan. Dec. 14, 6 p.m. NCSU Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. $15, $5 students and limited income. RSVP by Dec. 9 to 467-3642 (Sally Cook) or 850-9696 (Jim Roush).
West Triangle Chapter of UN Association: Lunch & Learn with Haywood Rankin, retired FSO, speaking on Darfur, Sudan, and Implications for the U.S. Role in Africa. Dec. 15, noon. $15. Holiday Inn, 15-501 Bypass, Chapel Hill. RSVP by Dec. 10. 542-0319.
Worry Free Advocacy: Understanding the Rules of Nonprofit Lobbying and Election-Related Activity. Register by Dec. 13 for the Dec. 16, 1-4 p.m. workshop at NC Justice Center, 224 S. Dawson St., Raleigh. $30. www.allianceforjustice.org/nonprofit/worryfree.html.
Here's Your Help
Chapel Hill Service League: Nonprofit women's volunteer organization is soliciting service project applications from other nonprofits to help meet community needs in the areas of health, welfare and education. Call 933-1141 or write PO Box 156, CH 27517 by Jan. 1.