Darfur, Sudan: Eight U.S. Senators have introduced a resolution on the crimes against humanity in Darfur. The Darfur Accountability Act (S.495) would compel intensive sanctions on Sudan and compel support from both the U.S. and the UN for expanding and deploying African Union peacekeeping forces to intercede to end the genocide. The full text is at thomas.loc.gov. Tell your Senators to co-sponsor and support this resolution! Richard Burr: 202-224-3154, burr.senate.gov. Elizabeth Dole: 202-224-6342, dole.senate.gov.
Honor the Dead. Spare the Living. End the War.
March 19 Weekend in Fayetteville: Support Our Troops: Bring Them Home Now! With over 80 co-sponsoring organizations (and endorsements from Chomsky and Zinn) and buses coming from as far away as Minnesota, this march and rally is going to be huge. All the info is at www.ncpeacejustice.org, including where to buy tickets for buses leaving the Triangle. Volunteers still needed!
Veteran Speaks Out: Dennis Kyne is a Gulf War veteran who was poisoned by depleted uranium. Bus tickets ($15) to the rally/march will be available. March 16, 6-7:30 p.m. 304 Mann Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh. Free.
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church: A discussion about the war with Michael Berg, the father of slain American contractor Nicholas Berg, and David Potorti, co-founder of Peaceful Tomorrows. March 18, 7 p.m. 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Free.
Peace in the Triangle: If you can't make it to Fayetteville, join one of the ongoing peace vigils here. Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O.; Fridays, 5-6 p.m., East Franklin Street and Elliott Road, 942-2535. Durham: Saturdays, noon-1 p.m., Gregson and Main streets opposite Brightleaf Square, 402-0424. Raleigh: Fridays, 5 p.m., NCSU Bell Tower, 833-4685; first Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., Fayetteville Street Mall, 821-2014.
Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee: Interested in preserving civil liberties in N.C.? March 17, 7 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library downstairs meeting room, 100 Library Drive. 968-1888, 942-2535.
Wake County Young Democrats: Meet & Mingle with Janet Cowell, Linda Coleman and Grier Martin. March 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Goodwin House, 220 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. You must wear green!
Palestinian Nonviolent Activist: Abdelhadi Hantash, head of the Land Defense Committee for the Hebron district, will speak on monitoring expansion of Israeli settlements. March 17, 7:30 p.m. St. Philip's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 403 E. Main St., Durham. 688-3419 (Donna Hicks).
Wake County Citizens for Effective Government: Carolina Choo-Choo: A Report on Instate Rail Travel, with Julia Hegele Jarema, a rep from the N.C. DOT Rail Division. March 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Borders Books, 8825 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 518-2227 (Chris Young).
Forest Voices Workshop: Famed birder and ex-director of the N.C. Audubon Society Chris Canfield highlights the connection between healthy people and healthy forests--such as clean air and water, capital for tourism and recreation, and places of solitude. March 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. REI, Durham. Info and pre-register (lunch provided if you do!) at 888-8forests or www.safc.org. Free.
Jizo for Peace Project: View the fabric panels created to send to Japan commemorating the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. March 19, 6 p.m. Chapel Hill Zen Center, 5322 Highway 86. 491-2037.
NAMI and MHA of Durham-Orange Legislative Breakfast: Keynote address by Michael Moseley, director of the N.C. Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse, followed by a moderated discussion between the audience and a panel of legislators. Rescheduled for March 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill. Info and RSVP to 942-8083, email@example.com (Paula Hyman or Catherine Morgan).
Crop Walk: Four-mile walk through Carrboro, Chapel Hill and the UNC campus to raise funds to feed the hungry, locally and internationally. Volunteers and participants needed! March 20, registration 2 p.m., walk 2:30 p.m. Start at Carrboro Town Commons. Info and registration at 929-6380 x19, firstname.lastname@example.org (Josie Hartman).
Pilgrimage for Justice & Peace: Join in the walk from Charlotte (or Durham or Garner) to Raleigh for fair trade--not free trade and to change immigration policies. March 20-25, culminating in the Economic Justice Way of the Cross at noon at the state capitol. 856-9468, email@example.com (Gail S. Phares). www.citca.org.
UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity: Panel discussion examining the roles of savings and assets in helping families move out of poverty, with the center's director, former Sen. John Edwards, Martin Eakes, Dr. Melvin Oliver, David Shipler and Dr. Michael Stegman. March 22, 4:15 p.m. Wicker Classroom (Rm 2603), UNC School of Government, corner of South Road and Highway 54. 962-4125. Seating is very limited.
UNA West Triangle Chapter: UN Relevance in the Developing World with Mwila Chigaga, principal state advocate of Zambia. March 23, noon-2 p.m. Holiday Inn, Chapel Hill. Info: 967-6853. Reservations: Send $15 check payable to UNA West Triangle Chapter to Barbara Walburn, 247 Carolina Meadows Villa, Chapel Hill, 27517 by March 18.
Suicide Prevention Conference: Saving Tomorrows Today: Keys to Implementing N.C.'s Plan for Suicide Prevention, hosted by the Mental Health Association of N.C., with presentation by singer/songwriter Judy Collins. March 24 & 25. Sheraton Hotel, Chapel Hill. 981-0740 x225 (Romaine Dougherty).
Orange County Board of Commissioners: Recruiting citizen volunteers for: 1) the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board, which adopts rules for the ABC system, among other responsibilities. Monthly meetings are every third Tuesday in Hillsborough; 2) the Board of Equalization and Review, which examines and reviews the tax lists of the County for the current year to ensure all taxable property is listed and appraised. Meetings will be up to three times a week for three months; 3 & 4) the Orange Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors and the Animal Services Advisory Board (see Feb. 23 Act Now). Applications are online at www.co.orange.nc.us (click Volunteer Boards), or contact the Clerk to the Board at 245-2125, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 by 5 p.m. for the following week's issue. Thanks!