Write Your Reps
Reject Gonzales as Attorney General: President Bush has appointed Alberto Gonzales to replace John Aschroft as the head of the Department of Justice. As White House Counsel, Gonzales helped set policies that led to torture and gross human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib, at Guantanamo and in Afghanistan. He's said the Geneva Convention's prohibitions against torture are "quaint" and "obsolete." The Senate Judiciary Committee will likely not hold hearings on Gonzales' nomination until early next year, but it's not too early to urge them to ask tough questions and vote to reject Gonzales. www.peace-action.org has tips for calling your senator, writing a letter to your newspaper editor and demonstrating against Gonzales.
Grandchildren/Grandparents Rights of NC: State meeting in Raleigh on Jan. 1, 11:30 a.m. Call 704-463-1763 (Miriam) for location.
Durham Greendogs: Durham County Progressive Democratic Caucus meeting with guest Jerry Meek, DNC elector and candidate for state party chair. Jan. 4, 7 p.m. Durham Library Main Branch, 300 N. Roxboro St.
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.
Make N.C. History
Citizens' Help Needed: The State Historic Preservation Office is updating Legacy: N.C.'s Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan, which serves as a statement of public policy for historic preservation. A citizen questionnaire, found at www.hpo.dcr.state.nc.us, asks what is most important to preserve and what the state's preservation priorities should be over the next five years. Deadline Jan. 15.
You're Gonna Rise Up Voting
Democracy Summer 2005: A project of the nonprofit and nonpartisan group Democracy N.C., Democracy Summer selects young N.C. adults (ages 17-24) to gain hands-on experience working for social change. The eight-week (May 25-July 29) full-time program promotes fair elections and advocates for voting rights and campaign reform and pays $2,000. Info at www.democracy-nc.org/nc/DemocracySummer/default.html. Applications accepted starting in January.
Pry 'em Off Their Seats
New American Dream Hybrid Campaign: Tell automakers that the time for fuel-efficient vehicles is now--submit a short, powerful slogan that captures attention and inspires action, and you could drive away (at 55 mpg) in a 2005 Toyota Prius Hybrid. Deadline Jan. 24. www.newdream.org.
Hopeline, Inc.: Provide confidential, non-judgmental help on crisis intervention/suicide prevention hotline. Training starts Jan. 25. If you can commit to nine months of volunteering, call 832-3326 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and details.
Lend 'Em Your Name
Raleigh trees need you! Tired of seeing Raleigh trees bulldozed? Let the Raleigh City Council know you're in favor of the Tree Conservation Ordinance, which is flexible for developers and protects existing trees. Send a message to the council at www.longviewgardens.org/about/contact/citycouncil.aspx?id=2.
Blue Ribbon Mentors: Adults help Chapel Hill-Carrboro students; men, Spanish-speakers needed especially. 918-2170 (Graig Meyer).
Carying Place: Helps homeless families with children get situated. www.thecaryingplace.org, 462-1800.
Club Nova: Thrift shop in Carrboro run for and by people with mental illness; needs volunteer help too: clubnovashop.com, 967-6985 (Camella Morton). Help furnish new apartments for adults with mental illness: email@example.com, 968-6682 (Elisabeth Malphurs).
Durham Crisis Response: 24-hour hotline needs volunteers. Free training: www.durhamresponse.org, 403-9425 x230.
Durham Food Bank: Help fight hunger, at 708 Gilbert St. 956-2513 x222 (Theresa Garrett).
Habitat for Humanity: Durham Resale Store needs helpers. 3215 Old Chapel Hill Road, 489-1248.
Meals on Wheels: Deliver to the homebound in Wake County; as little as one hour per month. 833-1749.
NARAL: Pro-choice group seeks volunteers. www.prochoicenorthcarolina.org, 829-9779.
Pennies for Change: Durham thrift store accepts donated goods; the proceeds support sexual assault and domestic violence services. 489-2681.
Red Cross: Orange County chapter needs volunteers to help with blood drives (call Robin, x226), disaster response teams (call Tracy, x231), CPR & First Aid instruction (call Megan, x223); 942-4862.
SAFEchild: Wake child abuse prevention group needs folks who speak English and Spanish, 2-3 hours a week. Training first: firstname.lastname@example.org, 232-5661 (Ginna Bustle).
Teens Climb High: Women over 21 help middle-school girls throughout the Triangle. 968-4610 (Lisa).
Got something for Act Now? Fax to 286-4274; e-mail 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!