Write Your Reps
Protect Access to Birth Control:1) N.C. House Bill 1407 would allow pharmacists to refuse to fill women's legal prescriptions, without fear of repercussions. Tell your reps you don't support this bull or this bill: www.congress.org/congressorg/home. 2) A group of pro-choice members of Congress have introduced a bill to ensure that women can get their birth control prescriptions filled, without intimidation. Send an e-mail to your federal lawmakers at prochoiceaction.org.
LGBT Workplace Equality Forum: Wed, May 18, 7-9 pm: Learn to fight for your rights and help others fight for theirs. Speakers from Lambda Legal, Equality N.C. and a current Lambda Legal client. Eno River UU Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. Free.
Controlling Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Thu, May 19, 7-10 pm: State Division of Air Quality forum to evaluate proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. NC WARN is pressing DAQ to rule out two new nuclear power plants, proposed by Progress Energy and Duke Power, that are neither needed nor safe. Ground Floor Hearing Room, Archdale Building, 512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh. NC WARN: 416-5077, www.ncwarn.org. DAQ: email@example.com.
Fight Big Media: Thu, May 19, 7-9 pm: Come for a showing of Mobilizing Media Reform and a report from the recent National Conference for Media Reform, then help develop a plan of action. Directions: www.FightBigMedia.meetup.com/93/events or RHNDSTR@aol.com. Free.
Wake County Citizens for Effective Government: Thu, May 19, 7:30-9 pm: Benson Kirkman discussing "Park, P.U.D. or Payoff: The Future for the Dorothea Dix Property" at this year's final forum. Borders, 8825 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 847-9901.
Blood Drive: Fri, May 20, 9 am-2 pm: At the small gym of the Chapel Hill High School, 1709 High School Road. 942-4862.
Walk for the Animals: Sat, May 21, 9 am-1 pm: One- or two-mile walk benefiting the Animal Protection Society. Free breakfast for participants, raffles, prizes, food and vendors. Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham. 593-1883, www.apswalk.org.
El Foro Latino: May 21-22: More than 700 Latino advocates, service providers, policymakers and community members gather for workshops, documentary screenings and discussions, and speakers from United Farmworkers of America and Chicanos for La Causa. Elliott Center, UNC-Greensboro. Registration: www.elpueblo.org or 835-1525.
Weaver Community Housing Association: Mon, May 23, 5-8 pm: The org that brought the first nonprofit-owned housing co-op to the Southeast has opened a third community--the Bolin Creek Cooperative, a limited equity model. Join WCHA for their annual meeting, followed by a benefit and open house. 100 and 102 Crest St., Carrboro. 969-7410, www.coopohousingnc.org.
Blood Drive: Wed, May 25, 2-6:30 pm: At St. Thomas More Catholic Church & School, 940 Carmichael Drive, Chapel Hill. 942-4862.
Wake County Young Democrats: Wed, May 25, 6-8 pm: Business/career networking event with door prizes. Jayzz, City Market, 208 Wolfe St., Raleigh. 828-5656, info@WakeYD.org.
Orange Global Warming Coalition: Wed, May 25, 7 pm: Norman Miller, a professor of environmental politics, will speak about the media's role in the global warming debate, followed by an open discussion of messages and messengers that can bring about effective political dialogue to limit global warming. 116 Murphy Hall, UNC-CH. 929-7429.
New Reactor at Shearon Harris: Thu, May 26, 7-9 pm: Nuclear safety engineer David Lochbaum of the Union of Concerned Scientists will address Progress Energy's proposal to build another reactor at the Shearon Harris nuclear plant--despite multiple safety problems with the present reactor. Central Carolina Community College, 764 West St. (Rt. 64), Pittsboro. 416-5077, www.ncwarn.org.
Take Back America Conference: June 1-3: Campaign for America's Future is bringing together big-name progressive leaders to discuss the ideas and infrastructure needed to forge a political majority. Washington, D.C. Hilton. Register online at www.ourfuture.org.
Boys & Girls Clubs: Wed, May 18, 6-7 pm: New volunteer orientation at 605 Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh. Volunteers needed to mentor, tutor, help with sports and empower members ages 6-18 years in five Wake County clubs. Register: 834-6282, firstname.lastname@example.org. Donate or volunteer: 834-6282, www.wakebgc.org.
Gay & Lesbian Helpline Training: Thu, May 19, 6:30-9 pm & Sat, May 21, 9 am-4 pm: Attendance at both sessions required. Provide non-judgmental peer counseling, education, coming out info, resource referrals and documentation of bias crimes. Triangle Community Works, 410 N. Boylan Ave., Raleigh. www.tcworks.org. If you can't make these times: 821-0055, email@example.com.
First Annual CARE Purrfect Yard Sale: Sat, May 21 & May 28, 9 am-1 pm: Accepting items for June 4 yard sale; tax receipts given. Not accepting: adult clothing, shoes, used mattresses, gas and non-working appliances, outdated computers. Old Friendly Ford location, 165 East St., Pittsboro. For pick-up of a larger item: 542-5757, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hillsborough Hog Day: Orange County's largest festival (June 17 & 18), presented by the Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers needed for lots of different jobs; each gets a T-shirt and a BBQ sandwich. 919-732-8156, www.hillsboroughchamber.com.
Summer Activist Training Camp: July 5-11 at Indiana University. Gain the skills, knowledge and inspiration necessary to fight for the environment and social justice. Sponsored by the SEAC. Application deadline May 30: www.seac.org/atc/register.shtml.