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Support Our Troops: Bring Them Home Now: Weekend of peace events in Fayetteville on March 18-20, the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq; to become an individual ($20) or group ($50) co-sponsor, go to www.NCpeacejustice.org.

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Nationwide Protest Against Unwarranted, Unconsented, Unwanted Hysterectomies: HERS Foundation says hysterectomy is one of the most-performed major surgeries in the U.S. and also one of the least necessary and most damaging. Daily protests through Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Durham Regional Hospital, 3643 N. Roxboro Road. www.hersfoundation.com.

Narratives of HIV Series at UNC-Chapel Hill: Feb. 2, 7 p.m.: Dr. Kate Winskell of Emory University will talk about her innovative intervention to prevent HIV transmission among African youth, and short films Scenarios from Africa show the youth's perspectives. Feb. 9, 7 p.m.: Dr. Cynthia Prather from the CDC will discuss SISTA Intervention, a gender and culturally relevant intervention with African-American women. Both events at 1301 McGavran-Greenberg, School of Public Health. www.unc.edu/sghc/events.htm.

Nonviolent Resistance to Violence: Closing the School of the Americas: Discussion led by Father Roy Bourgeois (founder of SOA Watch) and Dr. Stanley Hauerwas (professor of ethics at Duke Divinity School). Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Sanctuary of Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts St., Durham. scj4@duke.edu or whitaker@iogmail.iog.unc.edu. Free.

ABCD Meeting: Arts & Business Coalition of Downtown Durham's monthly first Thursday meeting; this month's guest is Self-Help. Feb. 3, 6-8 p.m. MarVell Event Center (upstairs), 119 W. Main St., Durham. www.ABCDdurham.com. Free.

Free Divorce Legal Workshop: This 90-minute workshop presented by a Rosen Divorce attorney offers an overview of divorce, child custody and support, alimony, property division and domestic violence relief. Feb. 3, 7-8:30 p.m. YWCA, 1012 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. 828-3205. $10 donation requested.

SURGE Conference: Empowering a Progressive Nation, Community by Community: Join more than 100 progressive organizations from around N.C. and beyond to learn and to strategize social and environmental justice campaigns, with speakers including Winona LaDuke and Father Roy Bourgeois. Feb. 4-6, UNC-Chapel Hill. 960-6886, www.surgenetwork.org. $20 registration includes food.

Electoral Reform Roundtables: FairVote is sponsoring a series of roundtable workshops and panel discussions dealing with N.C.'s democracy deficit throughout the state this month; Democracy N.C. and Common Cause are local co-sponsors. Feb. 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. 301-270-4616, www.fairvote.org/nc.

Watts Street Baptist Church: A daylong focus on peacemaking with Gary Percesepe, director of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. Feb. 6: 9:45 a.m. Sunday forum; 11 a.m. morning worship followed by discussion and lunch (RSVP to 688-1366); 7 p.m. Triangle-area BPFNA meeting, open to all. 800 Watts St., Durham. www.wattsstreet.org.

Chatham Animal Rescue and Education: Second Annual C.A.R.E. Burrito Bash and Silent Auction, with proceeds paying for the veterinary care of animals in foster homes. Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m. General Store Cafe, 39 West St., Pittsboro. 716-4165 (Karen McMaster), burritobash@chathamanimalrescue.org. $10 donation.

NCSU Institute for Emerging Issues Forum: My Health is Your Business: Making Healthcare Work in N.C. Speakers include Mel Watt, Jon Oberlander, Newt Gingrich, Richard Burr, Mike Easley and Tommy Thompson. Feb. 7-8, see schedule at www.emergingissues.org. McKimmon Center, NCSU, Raleigh. $175, $50 students with ID.

Durham Community Land Trustees: Join the group that's Building Firm Foundations for the Future for a brief presentation on the DCLT model; an opportunity to meet the board, staff and some residents; a tour of the properties; and a Q&A session. Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (box lunch provided) or Feb. 10, 3:30-5 p.m. 1208 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. RSVP by Feb. 4 to 490-0063.

United Nations Association, Wake County Chapter: Speaker George Piwang-Jalobo, founder and director of the Center for Conflict Management and Peace Studies at Gulu University in Uganda, discusses Women as Perpetrators, Victims of Violence, and Peace Builders. Feb. 8, 6 p.m. Unity Church of Raleigh, 9225 Leesville Road. RSVP by noon on Feb. 4 to 850-9696, 467-3642, JLRoush@aol.com. Free, including food.

Durham Peace Committee: Meeting to plan the Durham mobilization for the March 19 rally in Fayetteville. Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Durham County Main Library (auditorium), 300 Roxboro Road. 402-0092, wsgural@juno.com (Bill Gural).

Strictly Voluntary
NAMI Newsletter: The National Alliance of the Mentally Ill in Durham is seeking original contributions of words, sentences, paragraphs and short pieces on any topic regarding physical, mental and emotional health and fitness, or music, culture, recovery and your struggles and triumphs, for its monthly newsletter. Contact Phil G. at financial-advocate@juno.com.

The Women's Center: Chapel Hill nonprofit needs mentors (women 21 and older) for at-risk teen girls. Training dates are Feb. 3 and 9. 968-4610, tch@womenspace.org (Lisa). www.womenspace.org.

Double Up!
Threshold: Threshold is Durham's day rehabilitation program for adults with severe mental illness, and from now until Feb. 25, all contributions from new donors or donors who haven't given in 15 months will be doubled. Send your check to Threshold, PO Box 11706, Durham 27703.

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