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Improving the State We're In
Moratorium: Tuesday, May 18, is the day supporters of a moratorium on the death penalty in North Carolina go to the General Assembly. Starts at 9 a.m., go when you can. (But--first 400 get T-shirts. Seriously.) Download flyer, insert for your church bulletin at www.pfadp.org (People of Faith Against the Death Penalty); also, check out www.ncmoratorium.org, by the new N.C. Coalition for a Moratorium.

Women: Wednesday, May 19, is Women's Advocacy Day at the General Assembly. Violence against women, health care access, economic self-sufficiency, civic equality are the issues. Sponsor is N.C. Women United (ncwu.org);
bethmessersmith@democracync.org, 967-9942.

Water: Wednesday, May 19 is also Clean Water Lobby Day at the G.A. Don't let the builders, polluters get away with it: liz@enoriver.org, 620-9099 (Liz Stabenow); ncconnet.org.

Progressives: Founding convention of a new statewide caucus of Progressive Democrats, Saturday, June 5, 9:30 a.m., New Garden Friends Meeting, 801 New Garden Rd., Greensboro. "Work county by county and statewide to reform the political process and recruit and elect progressives at every level." $10 lunch, www.greendogs.org, c/o 1143 Miller St., Winston-Salem 27103.

Save Chatham County
Fight the Sprawl: Chatham Coalition, the pro-citizens, anti-bad development side, is hosting a pig pickin' and music and arts fest Saturday, May 15, 4-7 p.m. at Shakori Hills, Henderson-Tanyard Road, Silk Hope. Kids free, others $15 (please). Three bands, including Big Fat Gap; the Chatham Coalition's endorsed candidates, too. Chatham coalition.org, 417-0969 (Jeffrey Starkweather).

This Week
Nonprofits: Fund-raising tips, how to write research grants, from the Washington, D.C., Foundation Center Library, at a free seminar Friday, May 14, 1 p.m., Durham County Main Library. 560-0116, cpassmor@co.durham.nc.us (Carol Passmore).

Wellness: Community Health Fair at 1001 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh, on Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., is part of Cover the Uninsured Week, sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (www.covertheuninsuredweek.org). Cholesterol, blood pressure testing, prizes. Ginger.Plummer@gmmb.com.

Middle East: American students who've been living in the West Bank, and a school principal there, will speak Sunday, May 16, 1:30 p.m., University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill. mloupwj@nc.rr.com (Mary Lou Leiser Smith); 563-8443 (Mark Peifer).

Peace Coalition: Local peace and justice groups invited to a planning meeting, Friends Meeting House, 531 Raleigh Rd., Chapel Hill, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 17. 942-8245, 942-2919.

Domestic Violence: Free brown-bag lunch seminar with local advocates, health experts on "Cultural Diversity and Domestic Violence," 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 19, First Community Baptist Church, Hillsborough. 245-2414 (Cathy Ferniany). Brown v. Board: Wake Citizens for Effective Government forum Thursday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., Borders Books, Six Forks and Strickland roads. Speakers are Bill McNeal, Wake schools superintendent, and Wake Board of Ed chair Susan Parry, on school integration 50 years after Brown.

Genesis Home: An Evening of Pairings, Friday, May 21, 7 p.m., Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. Fine wine is paired with gourmet food to support Genesis Home, which provides training, housing and childcare for homeless families in Durham. $70/ticket. Info: 683-5878, x22, or www.genesishome.org.

Peace Vigils
Durham: Saturdays, Noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, Bill Jeffries, 402-0424; Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O., and Fridays, 5-6 p.m., E. Franklin St. and Elliott Rd., 942-2535. Raleigh: 1st Wednesday of every month, Noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Mall, slaterpat@mindspring.com, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

Volunteer, Please
SAFEChild: Child abuse prevention. Training for volunteers, English- and Spanish-speaking needed. gbustle@safechildnc.org, 232-5661.

Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers, holding summer training class. info@ocrcc.org, 968-4647.

Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.

Source Force: Helping those with HIV/AIDS and cancer, including monthly picnics with volunteer musicians, clowns, other performers. Orientation session May 15: Suzanne, 919-418-HELP.

Animal Protection: APS of Durham; volunteer orientation Saturday, May 15, 10:30 a.m. at shelter, 2117 E. Club Blvd.; register: 560-0640 (Heather Brown).

Club Nova: Support, donate to, and shop at the thrift store; help the clubhouse in Carrboro where folks with mental illness issues gather and work. Contact: 967-6985 (Camellia Morton).

AnimalKind: For a "$20 Fix," spay or neuter your low-income pet; volunteers needed to help spread the news: www.animalkind.org, 870-1660.

Worker's Rights: Fluent Spanish- and English-speaking to help at NCOSH in Durham, dealing worker safety, wages-and-hours claims. Training offered. 286-9249 (Amy or Marlyn).

Durham Literacy Council: Needs ESL (English as Second Language) tutors. shelisahoward@yahoo.com, 489-8383, x 25 (Shelisa Howard).

HopeLine: 24-hour crisis hotline. Caring, non-judgmental. Volunteer training starts in April: contact April Chester, 832-3326, hlysc@aol.com.

Source Force: Helps people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS. Help with monthly picnics and/or perform at them. Volunteer orientation: 418-HELP (Suzanne).

Your Country Needs You
Verify Bush: Never before have our national leaders had so little regard for the truth. The Center for American Progress is compiling a "Claim v. Fact" database on Bush, Cheney et. al. Read it (400 entries so far), submit your own items at americanprogress.org, a good source for the center-left take on national issues, FYI.

Verified Voting: Think this time we should count all the votes? VerifiedVoting.org and Common Cause are backing HR-2239 and S-1980 in Congress, which would require a verified paper-ballot trail whatever kind of voting machines are used. 1-800-839-5276 is toll-free to Congress: Why (one might ask) isn't Sen. Elizabeth Dole a co-sponsor?

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