Anti-Gays? That's what the so-called Federal Marriage Amendment is about--it would write discriminatory, anti-gay language into the U.S. Constitution. (Sen. Edwards is against it, FYI.) Sen. Dole's office: 1-202-224-6342, (fax) 1-202-224-1100.
For Assault Weapons? The current ban on these military-style weapons expires Sept. 13. Why isn't Sen. Dole co-sponsoring the extension bill? (Sen. Edwards is pro-extension, as are House Reps. Price, Watt and Miller.) Call Sen. Dole (or send a fax) and tell her what you think. Info: www.csgv.org.
The primary thing is voting
Early Voting: Primaries are Tuesday, July 20. You can vote early through Saturday, July 17, 1 p.m., at county board of elections offices. Additional voting sites: Pittsboro, Dunlap School; Carrboro, Town Hall; Chapel Hill, Morehead Planetarium; hours vary M-F, all are 9-1 on Saturday. www.sboe.state.nc.us.
On Tuesday: Voting hours are 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. By law, if you're in line at 7:30 p.m., you get to vote. Get there at 7:31--no vote.
Voter Guides: Information about the nonpartisan candidates (officially nonpartisan, anyway) running for appellate judgeships is available at www.ncvoterguide.org, a service of the nonprofit NC Center for Voter Education and the state Board of Elections.
Politics, by all means
Wake Democrats: Progressive Dems' Wake chapter meets, elects officers, Saturday, July 17, 9 a.m., Griffin's Restaurant, N. Market St. (off Old Wake Forest Rd.), Raleigh. 431-0798 (P.J. Puryear), www.greendogs.org; Hispanic Dems of NC are starting a Wake chapter, Friday, July 23, 6 p.m., at the party's HQ on Hillsborough Street, Raleigh. 667-0662 (Ricardo Velasquez, HDNC president); Young Dems will be watching Kerry's acceptance speech on TV Thursday, July 29, 7 p.m., at Woody's in Cary. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Run, Durham: Every Saturday, 9 a.m., run, jog or walk around Duke's East Campus--it's the national "Run Against Bush" campaign. Jab_durham@hotmail.com.
Register Durham: "Durham for Kerry" needs volunteers to help with voter-registration drives. Kerry (honest!) James is the leader; write email@example.com.
August 29, NYC: "The biggest and most important protest in a generation" to greet the Republican National Convention to New York, its organizers promise. Get updates from: www.unitedforpeace.org/email, 212-868-5545.
Durham Train Station: Design of the downtown commuter rail station unveiled, Thursday, July 15, 5 p.m., Committee Room, 2nd floor, 101 City Hall. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chill in Durham: Desserts, cool drinks and a pitch for Student Action With Farmworkers and Peace LEAP of NC, two groups we like a lot. Friday, July 16, 7-9 p.m., Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham.
Crawl in Durham: Also Friday, July 16, 7-9:30 p.m. When is an artsy "Culture Crawl" a social activists' event? Check it out on Main Street, all around the Durham Arts Council.
Reparations? Discussion Saturday, July 17, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Durham Library, 1201 Fayetteville St. Sponsored by Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN). 682-9575 (Theresa El-Amin).
Creek Cleanup: Join SURGE (Students United for a Responsible Global Environment) as they work on Bolin Creek in Chapel Hill. Saturday, July 17, starting at 10 a.m. from CH Community Center, 120 S. Estes St. Until about 1. www.surgenetwork.org, 843-6548 (Dennis Markotos-Soriano).
FLOC to Raleigh: For a concert by the Aguila Negra Band, featuring Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee: Saturday, July 17, 8 p.m., West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, 27 Horne St. (off Hillsborough Street); "Goodwill offering" collected for FLOC, 619-8647 (Brendan Greene).
AnimalKind: Bring your dog, meet "adoptable" ones (cats, too), and get goodie bags ($10 suggested donation) at Lake Crabtree Park, Morrisville (I-40 to Exit 285), Saturday, July 17, 9 a.m.-noon: Help fight pet overpopulation, www.animalkind.org.
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