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Protest Bush in Raleigh
Sign up to help: President Bush is coming to Raleigh on Thursday to promote his plan to privatize Social Security. If you're interested in helping organize a protest or participate in one, e-mail Ben Smilowitz at bsmilowitz@ourfuture.org or check out ourfuture.org/sotu_rallies.cfm

Write Your Reps
Comprehensive Sex Ed: An October 2003 study by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction found that 90.5 percent of N.C. parents support the teaching of comprehensive sex education in public schools. E-mail the State Board of Education and urge them to expand the current Healthy Living curriculum to include responsible sex education: www.ppaction.org/campaign/ncresponsiblesexed.

Equal Relationship Rights: Celebrate Valentine's Day early by telling your legislators NOT to become co-sponsors of the proposed marriage amendment to the state constitution. Same-sex marriage is already illegal in N.C. --this amendment could prohibit any type of same-sex relationship recognition, such as domestic partner benefits, and usurp local bills that grant equal rights to LGBT people throughout N.C. To send an e-mail to your legislator, go to www.equalitync.org and following the Take Action links.

Datebook
Narratives of HIV Series at UNC-Chapel Hill: 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. 1301 McGavran-Greenberg, School of Public Health. www.unc.edu/sghc/events.htm.

Fellowship of Reconciliation-USA: Local chapter organizational meeting with Pat Clark, FOR executive director. Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. Long View Center, 118 S. Person St., Raleigh. 755-0331, jackmccall@earthlink.net (Jack and Mary McCall). www.forusa.org.

Wake County Democratic Party: 25th Annual Valentine's Fundraiser, with elected officials, party leaders (current and hopeful), and appetizers and desserts. Feb. 11, 5-8 p.m. NCAE Center, 700 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. 828-5656, www.WakeDems.org. $25 advance, $35 door, $10 students.

Yogi's for Sustainable Development: Offering donation-based classes with proceeds going to tsunami relief. Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Central YMCA, 1601 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. www.ymcatriangle.org.

Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties and Oh My Goodness: Election Day 2004 in Columbus, Ohio: Presented by the Durham Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Feb. 12, 1 p.m. Durham Public Library Conference Room, 300 N. Roxboro St.

N.C. Social Forum: Initiating meeting; seeking a variety of activist interests. Feb. 12, 3-6 p.m. Durham Public Library Auditorium, 300 N. Roxboro St. threehegemons@aol.com (Steve Sherman).

Triangle Yoga: You may pledge a specific dollar amount per Sun Salutation or minute of Meditation; donations going to UNICEF tsunami relief. All welcome. Feb 12, 3-6 p.m. 930 Airport Road, Chapel Hill. 933-9642. Suggested donation $25.

Darwin Day: Feb. 12 is the 196th anniversary of Darwin's birth--visit www.DarwinDay.org and www.EvolveFish.com.

Watts Street Baptist Church: Forum on peacemaking with Brian Avery, a young activist from Chapel Hill who was shot while working with the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine. Feb. 13, 9:45 a.m. 800 Watts St., Durham. www.wattsstreet.org.

Chatham County Democratic Women's Meeting: Feb. 13, 3 p.m. Pittsboro Memorial Library, 158 West St. stujane82@att.net (Jane Armstrong).

Coping with Violence in Colombia: Discussion of the Colombian film War Takes led by Juan Ricardo Aparicio, UNC Ph.D. student in anthropology and friend of the filmmakers. Feb. 13. CHICLE, 101 E. Weaver St., Carrboro. 933-0398, www.chi-cle.com.

Green Investments Roundtable: Learn socially responsible investing with Bradley A. Williams, MBA, CFP. Feb. 15, 9 a.m. & 7 p.m. Whole Foods Market Lifestyle Center, 3540 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Free.

Coach Bubba's Heart & Sole Road Race: Proceeds from the Feb. 26 races (20-km and 4-mile) will benefit the American Tobacco Trail. For info, visit www.carolinagodiva.org or call 572-1974 or 490-1825. Register online at www.active.com; mail-in registration deadline Feb. 15.

Ninth Annual Conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity: Focus on community economic development. Feb. 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at UNC Law School. Register by Feb. 11 online: www.unc.edu/crcge.

MLK Civil Rights Heritage Tour: Four-day bus tour into the Deep South to retrace the steps of the Civil Rights movement. March 22-25. For reservations, call 834-6264 or go to www.king-raleigh.org/register/register-selma.cfm by Feb. 10.

Strictly Voluntary
Wake County Animal Care, Control and Adoption Center: Volunteers needed to socialize dogs and cats. Orientation Feb. 12, 10 a.m. 820 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh. 212-7387, www.wakegov.com.

Hospice Volunteer Training: Join a team of professionals who work to meet the needs of terminally ill persons and their families. Training takes place six Monday afternoons, Feb. 21-March 28, 1-4 p.m. at Carolina Springs Apartments, 600 W. Poplar Ave., Carrboro. For info and to register, call 542-5545 (Mary or Pat, UNC Hospice). You're

Gonna Rise Up Voting
Democracy Summer 2005: A project of the nonprofit and nonpartisan group Democracy N.C., Democracy Summer selects young N.C. adults (ages 17-24) to gain hands-on experience working for social change. The eight-week (May 25-July 29) full-time program promotes fair elections and advocates for voting rights and campaign reformand pays $2,000. Info at www.democracy-nc.org/nc/DemocracySummer/default.html

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