First, Health Care: Before the Dem convention, locals supporting the National Health Care Day of Action will gather on Fayetteville Mall (north side of the Convention Center), starting at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 19. www.bridgingthegapforhealthcare.org, 787-7118 (Thomas Bird). Politicking in Durham Beat Bush: November Pledge is a political action committee aimed at dumpin¹ George W. Launch party is Thursday, June 17, 6-10 p.m., Jo & Joe¹s, 427 W. Main St., Durham. Free? Sure, until they hit you up for money. 682-2821 (Ray Eurquhart), 824-7802 (Peter Walz).
Young Black Dems: Kickoff for a new African-American caucus of the Young Democrats of N.C., Thursday, June 17, 7 p.m., Varsity Ale House, 3019 Auto Dr., Durham. firstname.lastname@example.org, 673-3107 (Jamie Roberts).
ACT Durham: Help register new voters at Few Gardens on Saturday, June 19, joining other America Coming Together volunteers. First of many chances to ACT; email@example.com (Bill Harris), 682-7468 (Beth Berman).
Durham4Kerry: New group mobilizing Wednesday, June 23, 7 p.m., Central Park School for Children, 742 Foster St. durhamforkerry.org, 489-2986 (Susan Williams). Hello? Sen. Dole? Dirty Air: New Report by Clear the Air, a Washington enviro-group, documents how Bush Administration policies are letting dirty coal-fired power plants evade the law, with ³deadly² consequences for our health. www.cleartheair.org/dirtypower; U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a Republican, is at: 202-224-6342.
Feel a Draft? It could be that you're feeling S-89 or HR 163, bills filed to bring back the draft in 2005. The Selective Service System never went away, you know, and is discreetly recruiting to fill local draft boards, the British press is reporting. Again, Sen. Dole's number: 202-224-6342. Hello? N.C. Legislature? Stop Gay-Bashing: SB-1057 and HB-1606 are pending bills to amend the state constitution with a ban on same-sex unions, marriages, or any legal recognition of same-sex couples. www.equalitync.org is set up to help you write your legislators quickly. 829-0343.
NCJustice.org: Details of the cuts to human services programs made by the House, and pending in the Senate, are in the latest NC Policy Brief from the North Carolina Justice Center, a great source; www.ncjustice.org , 856-2153. This Week Orange Candidates: Forum for county commission candidates Wednesday, June 16, 4 p.m. at Carol Woods, 750 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill. 918-2622 (Tim Heninger).
Farm Labor: Church groups will visit farm labor camps this summer; orientation is Wednesday, June 16, 7 p.m. at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Durham. Info: 489-4485 (National Farm Worker Ministry NC). Study guide on farm labor issues available from N.C. Council of Churches, 828-6501.
Bill of Rights: Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee meets Thursday, June 17, 7 p.m., at the Chapel Hill Public Library. 942-2535 (Margaret Misch).
Transit: Triangle Transit Authority open house on commuter station sites, environmental impact statement, Thursday, June 17, 4-7 p.m., Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.; www.ridetta.org , 549-9999.
About Baghdad: Premiere of the film by exiled Iraqi writer Sinan Antoon, who returned to see see what average folks were thinking. Discussion with Rania Masri, one of the producers. Thursday, June 17, 7 p.m., Rialto Theater, Raleigh. Sponsored by the Independent Weekly.
Refugees in Raleigh: Lutheran Family Services invites us to meet our ex-refugees turned neighbors at a World Refuge Day Celebration Sunday, June 20, at Pullen Park. Pot-luck lunch, children's activities. 861-2865 (Julie Gruber).
Anti-Racism: Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN) celebrates five years of organizing, Friday, June 25, 6-10 p.m., Hayti Heritage Center, Durham. Dinner, awards, jazz, silent auction. Tickets $25 at The Know and The Regular bookstores. pssarn@ aol.com, 682-9575.
Peace Vigils: in Durham: Saturdays, 12 noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, Bill Jeffries, 402-0424; in 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; in Raleigh: 1st Wednesdays of every month, 12 noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).
UNC Hospice: Physical, spiritual needs of the terminally ill. Training Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m., June 15 through July 20. Call Mary or Pat, 542-5545.
HopeLine: 24-hour hotline helps people in crisis. Free training starts July 13; firstname.lastname@example.org, 832-3326.
Meals on Wheels: Deliver to the homebound in Wake County, as little as one hour a month. 833-1749.
Triangle Literacy: Durham and Wake literacy councils are having an eBay auction through June 12. ebay.com, userid=triangle literacy. 489-8383 (Claudia Kimbrough).
Girls on the Run: Female coaches needed for healthy living, self-respect program for 8-12 year-olds. email@example.com, 929-0831 (Mandy Beard).
Habitat for Humanity: Durham Resale Store needs helpers; store helps build affordable homes. Stop by at 3215 Old Chapel Hill Rd., 489-1248.
Club Nova: Thrift shop in Carrboro run for, by people with mental illness; needs volunteer help too. Clubnovashop.com, 967-6985 (Camella Morton).
SAFEChild: Child abuse prevention. Training for volunteers, English- and Spanish-speaking needed. firstname.lastname@example.org, 232-5661.
Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers, holding summer training class. email@example.com, 968-4647.
Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.
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