Hate Crime Legislation: Sen. Jeanne Lucas (D-Durham) has introduced a bill to expand the scope of N.C.'s hate crime law. Senate Bill 485 would add age, gender, disability status and sexual orientation to the list of protected classes. Contact your legislators through www.equalitync.org/actioncenter.
Lady Oya Scholars Program: Accepting applications for two $1,000 scholarships that assist domestic violence survivors attending post-secondary programs. Open to citizens and permanent legal residents already enrolled in an accredited course of study at a U.S. institution. Postmark deadline is April 1. Info at www.ladyoya.org or 957-4998, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace: March 24, 8:30 a.m.: Begin at unemployment office on Briggs and Person streets in Durham; Noon: Arrive at Duke Chapel for interfaith prayer service and action in support of Angelica Workers; 5:30 p.m.: Free supper at Durham Public Library; 7:00 p.m.: Workers' Rights Board Hearing with moderator Mayor Pro Tem Cora Cole McFadden, panelists Rep. Paul Luebke and Rev. Denise Long, and worker testimony from local labor struggles. Info: OTSNorth@aol.com, 824-0659 or email@example.com, 660-3652.
Rotary Peace Seminar: Speaker Denise Scotto, vice-chair of the UN Committee on the Status of Women, on "Accountability of International War Crimes." March 24, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. 843-4887, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Critical Mass: Advocate for bicyclists' rights to the road as well as sustainable transportation and community building. On the last Friday of every month, bring your bike and your energy to the NCSU Bell Tower in Raleigh at 4:30 p.m.
UN Association-Wake County Chapter: "Women's Human Rights and Gender Equality 10 Years After the Beijing World Conference on Women" with Behjat Dehghan, who will give the latest country scorecards plus special comments about Iran. Deli-style buffet. March 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dogwood Rooms, Belk Dining Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh. RSVP by noon on March 28 to 850-9696, JLRoush@aol.com or 847-7992, email@example.com. $10, $5 students and limited income.
N.C. Child Advocacy Institute Pollsters' Forum: Moderator Chris Fitzsimon (N.C. Policy Watch) and panelists Tom Fetzer (Republican pollster) and Keith Frederick (Democrat pollster). March 29, 7-9:30 p.m. Kenan Recital Hall, 15 E. Peace St., Raleigh. www.ncchild.org. Free.
Still Unequal After All These Years: Gender Inequality in the U.S. : Teach-in with speakers Sorien Schmidt (N.C. Justice Center), Ashaki Binta (Black Workers for Justice), Dean F. Duncan (UNC-CH School of Social Work), Carol Kirschenbaum (N.C. Coalition to Defend Health Care) and Cynthia Brown (Sojourner Group). Topics will include gender, race and class inequalities in N.C. and at UNC-CH, especially in regard to welfare, health care, insurance, the workplace and a living wage. March 30, 7-9 p.m. Hanes Arts Center, UNC-CH.
Women's Advocacy Day: Women from across N.C. gather to lobby their state legislators on issues that are important to women, including public financing of elections and same-day voter registration. March 30, 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Registration; 9:30 am: Speakers at the General Assembly auditorium, Raleigh; 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Meet with your legislators. Register at 866-518-7657 or www.ncwu.org.
Moratorium Lobby Day: March 30, 9-11 a.m.: Briefings on the moratorium and meet your legislators, at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh; 2 p.m.: Alan Gell and other speakers, at the Museum auditorium. Meet with your reps on your own--make an appointment! 933-7567, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town Hall Meeting: Ronald N. Langston, national director for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency, will discuss empowerment through entrepreneurship opportunities and minority business development. March 31, 10 a.m. New School of Education Auditorium, NCCU, Durham. 530-6168. Free.
Unity Conference 2005: Queerniversity: Testing Your LGBT-IQ. The April 1-3 Unity Conference at UNC-CH is a gathering of progressive LGBTQs and their allies to discuss the intersections of gender and sexuality with ability, age, class, faith, health and race/ethnicity; strategies for effective grassroots organizing; and work that other LGBTQ activists are doing in the Southeast. Speakers Suzanne Pharr (activist/author), Magdaline Hsu-Li (bisexual Asian-American performing artist), Robyn Ochs (bisexual activist) and Danny Roberts (The Real World). "Queer Bash" Dance Extravaganza at the Great Hall on April 1 ($5 advance, $10 door). Conference registration: $10, UNC students free; www.unc.edu/glbtsa/unity.
Really Really Free Market: This event welcomes all items for giving, receiving and creating--and has no price tags! April 2, 1-5 p.m. Carrboro Town Commons, West Main Street next to Town Hall. 357-5821. Free!
N.C. Council of Churches Legislative Seminar: Biennial event to train grassroots activists on social justice and equality issues. Workshops include: inadequate housing, wages, health care, the legislative process, Latino issues, gay/lesbian issues and the death penalty. April 5, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 4900 Kaplan Road, Raleigh. 828-6501. Registration form online at www.nccouncilofchurches.org; register by April 1. $20, $10 students (includes lunch).
Ten Thousand Villages: Interested in fair trade and helping artisans in 32 countries? Seeking volunteers to help with Raleigh store upkeep: vacuuming, dusting, cleaning windows. Three hours per week minimum. 821-1100, email@example.com.
Got something for Act Now? Fax to 286-4274; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (put "Act Now" in subject line); mail to: Act Now, P.O. Box 2690, Durham NC 27715. Please include date, time, street address and contact/phone number.
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