Democracy Now! Action Alerts
Low Power FM Radio: Over 600 groups across the country have their own not-for-profit community radio stations (including Carrboro--check out WCOM 103.5 FM online at communityradio.coop). LPFM stations broadcast local news, public affairs and music--as well as national and international programming. On July 7, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking a number of important questions about the future of the LPFM radio service. Let 'em know what you think at www.prometheusradio.org/comments_fcc.shtml. Comments are due by Aug. 8.
Big Cable: The FCC is deciding whether to allow the largest cable companies to become even larger --letting as few as three companies control up to 90 percent of the cable and broadband market in the United States. If you're fed up with constant cable rate hikes, poor service and a lack of local and independent programming, the FCC needs to hear from you--right now. Take action at www.freepress.net/fcc/comment.php?d=92-264. Comments are due by Aug. 8.
Media Reform: Thu, Aug 4, 7-9:30 pm: U.S. Congressman David Price and Jim Goodmon, president and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Co., share their views on the attempted censorship and demise of PBS and NPR, plus a viewing of Bill Moyers' speech at the Media Reform Forum and a Q&A session. United Church of Christ, 1321 MLK Blvd. (formerly Airport Road), Chapel Hill. 968-9184, firstname.lastname@example.org.
El Kilombo Collective: Fri, Aug 5, 9 pm-2 am: Kickoff fundraiser featuring soul music with DJ Nate the Skate, drink and dinner specials, raffle at midnight. All donations go toward opening a nonprofit radical bookstore and community center focusing on the concerns of people of color and working-class communities in Durham. Joe & Jo's Downtown, 427 W. Main St., Durham. 688-3322. www.elkilombo.org.
Back to School Youth Fair: Sat, Aug 6, 8 am-2:30 pm: A day of 30-minute educational activities that promote student achievement & parental. Open to children ages 5-11 & their parents. At the end, all participating children receive a complete set of school supplies. Sponsored by nonprofit Uplift Project Inc. Pre-registration available. Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville St., Durham. 949-8794, www.btsyf.org.
Progressive Democrats of N.C. Convention: Sat, Aug 6, 9 am-4 pm: Building Our Future with keynote speaker Joe Trippi, former Dean campaign manager. Register at www.greendogs.org. Also holding elections for officers; if interested, contact Mischi@greendogs.org. Brendle Recital Hall, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem.
Celebration of West Africa: Sat, Aug 6, 11 am-6 pm: Music, food, educational materials and a craft exhibit. The participatory drumming circle at noon is based on an ancient African tradition; use your own drum or borrow one from the store. A fireside chat with NCSU soccer player El-Hadj Cisse will explore the role of sports in West African society. The highlight of the day is a performance by Mabinti, a vibrant dancer and drummer from the group Djembe Fire. Ten Thousand Villages, 435 Woodburn Road, Cameron Village, Raleigh. 821-1100, email@example.com (Caroline Smith).
Remembering Hiroshima 60 Years Later: Sat, Aug 6, 7 pm: A contemplative remembrance with Japanese music, speakers, floating candles. Anderson Community Park, Route 54, Carrboro. 967-2172.
Auction for the Animals: Sat, Aug 6, 7-10 pm: Second Chance Pet Adoption's fifth annual auction, with raffle to win your choice of trip to Aspen, NYC, Aruba or Hawaii; ticket price includes food and open bar. Exploris, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 434-4890, www.secondchancenc.org/auction.cfm. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $50 and $75 sponsors get two tickets.
Superpower at the Crossroads: Sun, Aug 7, 8:30 am coffee and treats, 9-10 am program: Meeting and discussion with Rita Fellers in recognition of Hiroshima Sunday, about the new generation of U.S. nuclear weapons and new rules of engagement for them. Is this a moral issue? Childcare provided. Straley Summer Series at Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road. 942-0621 (Joan Garnett).
Weekly Death Penalty Protest: Mon, Aug 8, 5-6 pm: Maintaining a public witness against government-sanctioned killing, every Monday through Sept 19. Some signs and banners provided; other signs, creativity and props encouraged. Central Prison, 1300 Western Blvd., Raleigh. 833-4129, firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Langley).
SAF Brown Bag: Tue, Aug 9, noon: Presentation of documentary work by Student Action with Farmworkers interns in the "Into the Fields" summer program. Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., East Duke Campus, Durham. 660-3663, cds.aas.duke.edu.
Remembering Nagasaki 60 Years Later: Tue, Aug 9, 7:30 pm: "Current Aggressive Nuclear Posture" panel with Stephen Young, senior analyst at Union of Concerned Scientists; Steven Wing, UNC Department of Epidemiology; Mark Driscoll, UNC Department of Asian Studies; and Timothy McKeown, UNC Department of Political Science. Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 MLK Blvd. 967-2172.
The Great American Jobs Scam: Wed, Aug 10, 7 pm: Author Greg LeRoy is an expert on incentive deals, including the Dell deal here in N.C. In response to the nationwide practice of using incentives to attract business, LeRoy wants to make these businesses accountable for creating good jobs. Cosponsored by the N.C. Justice Center. Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 828-1588, www.quailridgebooks.com.
Orange Chatham Sierra Club: Wed, Aug 10, 7:30 pm: Meeting and presentation about the availability and use of alternative fuels with speaker Anne Tazewell, manager of the Alternative Fuels Program at the N.C. Solar Center at NCSU. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. email@example.com.
N.C. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: Aug 11-14: Program includes 63 movies, with 44 N.C. premieres and five world premieres, plus opening night performer comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer (Aug 11, 8 pm) and the Friday night fundraising reception (Aug 12, 8-10 pm in the adjoining Marriott Hotel, $15) where you can mingle and meet filmmakers, cast members, sponsors, volunteers and all your friends while enjoying appetizers, drinks and music. Info--including a daily schedule and special events--at www.carolinatheatre.org/ncglff.
Share a Haircut: Through Aug 15: For each haircut bought by/for children up to age 18, Hair Cuttery will give one free haircut to a child served by the Wake County Dept. of Social Services. Hair Cuttery, Alexander Place, Raleigh. 596-8989, www.haircuttery.com.
Wake County Animal Shelter: Sat, Aug 13, 10 am: Volunteer session. Looking for pet lovers who are willing to walk, socialize and love on the shelter animals, and speak with potential adopters. 820 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh. Info and sign up: 212-7387 press 1.
Haw River Learning Celebration: Sept 17-Oct 7: Volunteer guides needed. The Celebration provides hands-on environmental education for fourth graders on the banks of the Haw River in Bynum, Saxapahaw and Reidsville. No experience necessary. 542-5790, firstname.lastname@example.org (JJ Richardson). www.hawriver.org.
Pennies for Change Thrift Store: Looking for a few good volunteers for one-time and ongoing activities. All thrift store proceeds support the domestic violence and sexual assault services of the Durham Crisis Response Center. 1826 Chapel Hill Road next to Lakewood Shopping Center, Durham. 489-2681.
Spanish Bilingual Volunteers: Needed by the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service for its Crisis Intervention Office in Carrboro. Meet with clients of the Orange County Hispanic community to provide emergency assistance such as food, transportation, and financial assistance. Hours (Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm) and commitment levels can vary. 929-6380 x25, email@example.com (Kesson Anderson).
Peace Vigils: Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O.; Fridays, 5-6 p.m., East Franklin Street and Elliott Road, 942-2535. Durham: Saturdays, noon-1 p.m., Gregson and Main streets opposite Brightleaf Square, 402-0424 (Bill Jeffries). Raleigh: Fridays, 5 p.m., NCSU Bell Tower, 833-4685 (Dante Strobino); first Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., Fayetteville Street Mall P.O., 821-2014 (Slater Newman).