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Bus Tour with Cindy Sheehan: Sep 15-17: Sheehan will be in Raleigh Sep 15. Her visit is part of the Bring Them Home Now bus tour--three buses carrying military and Gold Star families, veterans of the Iraq War and of previous wars--to the Sep 24 march in D.C. www.NCpeacejustice.org, www.bringthemhomenowtour.org. The schedule:

Thu, Sep 15, Raleigh: 1:30 pm: Bus tour arrives at the NCSU Brickyard for a rally at "Camp Casey NCSU." 3-5 pm: Visit Rep. Etheridge's office. 5 pm: Welcome rally at Moore Square in downtown. Medea Benjamin will join the rally. 8-9:30 pm (doors 7:30): Cindy Sheehan and bus tour members join Medea Benjamin, David Potorti of 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, and UNC prof Sarah Shields to discuss "How Do We Get Out of Iraq?" at NCSU's McKimmon Center (event moved from Chapel Hill). $10, $5 students, no one turned away; hurricane donations welcome.

Fri, Sep 16, Carrboro: 8 pm: NC Peace & Justice Coalition "Relief, Not War" fundraiser with Medea Benjamin, the bus tour, music group The Lids, Cakalak Thunder Drum Corps, middle school flag troupes, Dasan Ahanu, more. ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St. $12, $5 students; www.artscenterlive.org.

Sat, Sep 17, Durham: noon: Anti-war march beginning at Brightleaf Square, continuing down Ninth Street to Duke East Campus to visit "Camp Casey Duke."

Also: Medea Benjamin: Fri, Sep 16, 5 pm: Signing copies of How to Stop the Next War Now and discussing the anti-war movement. Internationalist Books, 405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 942-1740, www.internationalistbooks.org.

Also: Beyond Retribution: New DVD from September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. Roundtable discussion with 9/11 and Oklahoma City family members, Michael Berg, South African Father Michael Lapsley. www.peacefultomorrows.org.

D.C. March & Rally
Getting There: Sep 24: Bus tickets available at the Regulator Bookshop, The Know Bookstore and Joe & Jo's; 682-9575, theresaelamin@aol.com. Also Internationalist Books, www.ncpeacejustice.org, www.getTraction.org/sept24.htm.

Datebook
Creating Markets for Ecosystem Services: Wed, Sep 14, 5:30 pm: With Jim Salzman, environmental law expert from Duke. Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building auditorium, Pittsboro Street at South Road, UNC-CH. Free.

Durham Municipal Bond Referendum: Wed, Sep 14, 7 pm: Learn about the $110-million bond referendum on the Nov ballot from City Manager Patrick Baker and staff. Durham Main Library auditorium, 300 N. Roxboro St. Durham People's Alliance: 682-7777. Free.

NC Powerdown: Wed, Sep 14, 8 pm: Monthly meeting, in Carrboro. Location: oilawareness.meetup.com/216, themudranch@yahoo.com.

Bringing Down a Dictator: Wed, Sep 14, 8 pm: PBS documentary about the nonviolent defeat of Slobodan Milosevic using rock concerts and ridicule, the internet and e-mail, and spray-painted slogans. Kings, 424 S. McDowell St., Raleigh. 274-8992, lanya@getTraction.org. $5 donation, also collecting diapers, tampons and pads for Katrina survivors.

Campaign for Decent Housing: Fri, Sep 16, 5-6:30 pm: Meeting to set goals. City Housing & Community Development, 401 E. Lakewood Ave., Durham. www.dahc.org.

Charity Yard Sale: Sat, Sep 17, 7-11 am: Proceeds benefit Triangle Aphasia Project. Come to shop; rent a table to sell your stuff; donate items, baked goods or drinks. White Tiger School, 1605 NW Maynard Road, Cary. www.aphasiaproject.org, 801-1508. Also accepting Hurricane Katrina donations for the Red Cross.

WCOM 103.5 Benefit Yard Sale: Sat, Sep 17, 8 am: Support Carrboro's community radio at this yard sale of more than 450 participating families. 201 N. Greensboro St. www.communityradio.coop. Bring pre-priced donations to the station Fri, Sep 16, 5-9 pm.

Really Really Free Market: Sat, Sep 17, 1-5 pm: Give, receive and/or create any and all items and services: clothing, art, language instruction, bike repair, furniture, plants, massage, etc. Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St. 636-4237.

Occupation: Dreamland: Starting Sep 17: Candid documentary portrait of a squad of American soldiers deployed in Falluja, Iraq, during winter 2004. www.occupationdreamland.com. The filmmakers will attend these screenings: Sat, Sep 17, 7 pm: Chelsea Theatre, Chapel Hill. Sun, Sept 18, 3 pm: Six Forks Station Cinema, Raleigh. Conference: Sat, Sep 17, 10:30 am-4 pm: Using the film as a springboard, two panels (from the military and academic viewpoints) will discuss the interaction between the public and government through the media during times of military conflict. 116 Murphy Hall, UNC-CH.

Genesis Home: Sun, Sep 18, 2-3 pm: Take a tour of this transitional shelter for homeless families in downtown Durham to learn how the agency is working to end homelessness. 300 N. Queen St. 683-5878 x21.

Energy Independence Days: Sep 19-24: Southeast & Mid-Atlantic Regional Wind Summit (Sep 19-20), Refueling America (Sep 21), Summit of Colleges for Sustainability (Sep 21), Sustainability Fair (Sep 23-24). Plus: Solar Meet-up (Sep 20, see below), Implementing Natural Capitalism (Sep 21), FuelCellSouth Seminar (Sep 22), Sustainable Business Networking Social (Sep 22), Clean Vehicles Workshop (Sep 22), NC HealthyBuilt Homes (Sep 23). Various fees and registration dates; see continuingeducation.ncsu.edu/energy-independence-days.htm, or 513-7769, lyra_rakusin@ncsu.edu.

Human Rights Brown Bag Lunch: Tue, Sep 20, noon: Afro-Peruvian human rights advocates Monica Carillo and Milagritos de la Rosa. Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Stone Center, 150 South Road, UNC-CH. To reserve a lunch: 962-9001. Free.

Solar Meet-up: Tue, Sep 20, 7 pm: SURGE network and Town of Chapel Hill Solar Roofs Committee monthly meeting; the focus will be on the CRed Project to take on global warming from the local level, with a presentation by Doug Crawford-Brown of the Carolina Environmental Program. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. 960-6886, surgenetwork.org.

The Yes Men: Tue, Sep 20, 7 pm: Film screening; the Yes Men perform spoofs and actions all over the world to demonstrate the ridiculous and undemocratic nature of global institutions like the World Bank and IMF. Internationalist Books, 405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 942-1740, www.internationalistbooks.org.

Alan Gell: Wed, Sep 21, 7 pm: Death row inmate exonerated after nine years in prison discusses the circumstances that led to his incarceration, his time on death row and his post-release advocacy work, followed by Q&A with CDPL attorney Mary Pollard. Rare Books Room, Perkins Library, Duke West Campus. 660-5968.

Orange County Rape Crisis Center: Offering multiple support groups this fall that provide a confidential, safe, welcoming space in which to connect with other survivors of sexual violence. The groups are led by two trained facilitators and meet once a week for eight weeks. Registration required; call the Crisis Line at 1-866-WE-LISTEN for info. www.ocrcc.org. Free.

Strictly Voluntary
Durham Family in Need: While moving to a new home, a house fire destroyed most of their belongings. This family of five children (girls ages 4, 8 and 13; boys ages 6 and 15) and a father needs clothing, personal items, school supplies, toys, food, etc. Donation pick-up: 824-3090, zack_hawkins@hotmail.com.

Walk Around the World for Autism: Needs sponsors and walkers for Oct 2 10K walk in Pittsboro. www.walkaroundtheworld.org, farrellz@earthlink.net, 545-9638. Check It Out Carpooling: When Chapel Hill ran out of gas, Jil Christensen created this message board: groups.google.com/group/Chapel-Hill-Carpool.

Katrina Timelines: NPR's All Things Considered ran two excellent timelines regarding unexecuted emergency plans and misdirected relief efforts on the Fri, Sep 9 show: www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=2&prgDate=9-Sep-05.

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