April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual assault occurs every 90 seconds in the U.S. One in five women has been sexually assaulted in N.C. Contact these (and other) organizations to find out what's going on this month: N.C. Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 870-8881, www.nccasa.org; Orange County Rape Crisis Center, 968-4647, www.ocrcc.org; Durham Crisis Response Center, 403-9425, www.durhamresponse.org.
Peace in the Promised Land: Mary Lou Smith, winner of the 2002 International Human Rights Award, and Dr. Stephen Zunes, professor of peace and justice studies at the U of San Francisco, will address the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, focusing on misconceptions, international law and human rights. April 6, 7 p.m. Carroll 111, UNC-CH.
Interfaith Action to Stop the Genocide in Sudan: Panel presentation on current events and relief efforts in Darfur. April 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Fireside Room, Chapel Hill Kehillah, 1200 Mason Farm Road. 932-1214 (Beth Weiss), www.chkehillah.org.
Peacemaker Award Dinner: Honoring the long-term commitment of Gail Phares and Bridgette Burge to peace and justice; keynote speaker Lou Plummer. April 7, 6 p.m. social, 7 p.m. dinner. University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. RSVP 469-0831, firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Towe). www.ncpeaceaction.org. $35.
The Great Human Race: Sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Durham, this 5K competitive run/nonprofit walk helps Triangle nonprofits raise money for their agencies. April 9, 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. start. Begin at the American Tobacco Complex, Durham. www.greathumanrace.org. $25.
For All N.C. : Canvas in Greensboro to drum up support among constituents of key legislators for the N.C. House and Senate verifiable voting legislation (support for paper ballots and more). April 9, 9 a.m.: Meet at McDonalds on Brier Creek Parkway off Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh; 11 a.m.-2 or 3 p.m.: Canvassing in Greensboro; 4 or 5 p.m.: Return to Raleigh. RSVP email@example.com (Janice Sears).
International Justice: In Pursuit Of War Criminals: Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, will discuss how the trial of Slobodan Milosevic is going and the future of justice for human rights crimes. April 9, 2 p.m. Perkins Library Rare Books Room, Duke, Durham. 286-7080. Free.
God's Politics?: Four-week discussion series about Jim Wallis' new book, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It. Sundays in April, 9:30 a.m. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham. 489-1381.
End-of-Life Choices Meeting: Noted geriatrician speaks on end-of-life health care from a medical perspective, with Q&A session after. April 10, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road. 419-7233 (Frank Sargent) or 419-1373 (Edna Wilson).
Peaceful Tomorrows Benefit: Chapel Hill classical pianist Greg McCallum performs his World Quilt for Peace, featuring music from around the world. Reception follows with guest speaker Father Michael Lapsley from Capetown, South Africa. April 10, 2:30 p.m. United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Airport Road. www.unitedchurch.org. $15 suggested donation.
Migrant Farm Worker Housing: N.C. Council of Churches hosts this public forum, featuring farm workers sharing stories about housing, a slideshow of migrant housing in N.C., info about the legislative proposal to improve migrant housing and what you can do to support it, and speakers from Episcopal Farmworker Ministry, Farmworker Advocacy Network and Legal Aid of N.C. April 10, 4-7 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd, 125 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 489-4485 (Lori Khamala).
The Healing Journey of Individuals, Communities and Nations: In 1990, Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest and anti-apartheid activist from South Africa, received a parcel that blew off both of his hands, destroyed one eye and burned him severely. Today, Lapsley's work with The Institute for Healing the Memories helps victims of oppression and violence to heal and remember, and make the transition from victim to survivor to victor. April 10, 6 p.m. potluck, 7-8 p.m. talk. Durham Friends Meeting House, 404 Alexander Ave. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org (Jennie Ratcliffe).
Burrito Bash Fundraiser: For Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance. Enjoy a green chili dinner burrito with chips and salsa while listening to string band East Carolina Catbirds. April 11, 6-9 p.m. Pittsboro General Store Cafe, 39 West St. 656-8889, email@example.com (Carol Peppe Hewitt). www.shakorihills.org. $12.
The Clothesline Project: T-shirts with messages and drawings that illustrate the effects of sexual violence and encourage women and men to break the silence. The Orange County Rape Crisis Center displays the project at various community locations throughout April, including April 11-24 at UNC Women's Hospital. See www.ocrcc.org for complete schedule.
Speak Out with LGBTQ Teens and Their Allies: Join the Triangle's LGBTQ youth and allies as they break a day-long vow of silence (National Day of Silence, dayofsilence.org) by sharing their experiences and speaking out against the injustice faced by the LGBTQ community. Featuring an art exhibit by Triangle LGBTQ youth and allies. April 13, 6-8 p.m. Ooh La Latte, 1116 Broad St., Durham.
NC WARN: Community information meeting about the emerging science on global climate change, risks at nuclear plants, Duke Power's move to build a new plant, and the need for urgent state action. April 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library. 416-5077, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orange-Chatham Sierra Club: April meeting, with slide show and discussion of environmental problems in Central America's national parks by Peace Corps Volunteer Loren Hintz. April 13, 7:30 p.m. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. nc.sierraclub.org/ocg.
Cradle to Cradle Design Workshop: Gain a basic understanding of sustainability, its relevance to industrial design, and a positive approach to incorporating it profitably within current business processes. Workshop is geared toward industrial design professionals and students, but everyone's welcome. Hosted by Sustainable N.C. and NCSU's Industrial Design Dept. April 15, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Marriott at Crabtree, 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh. Info and registration: www.sustainnc.org and click Events.
Project Solidarity 2005: Seeking once-a-month summer volunteers to make a difference in the struggle for farm worker empowerment. Info meeting April 11, 7 p.m. Eno River UU Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham.