Eno River Unitarian Universalist Church—Pissed-off librarians in Connecticut, empowered activists in New Orleans, anti-war veterans and soldiers in the U.S. and Iraq: Their actions of conscience against censorship, racism and the war are among the dozens of examples in the 2008 book, Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times, by journalists Amy Goodman and David Goodman.
Amy, co-host of the award-winning radio program Democracy Now! broadcast on 800 stations nationwide, and her brother David, an investigative journalist, wrote the book at the nadir of post-war U.S. history. They critique the Bush administration through poignant stories of regular yet defiant people who refused to participate in the government charade. They said no to the U.S. PATRIOT Act. They said no to the despair that engulfed New Orleans after the federal government's malicious negligence after Hurricane Katrina. They said no to fighting a war that served no purpose. They went beyond mere resistance to make their world a more just and peaceful place.
Amy Goodman will read from the book and discuss the state of the world at a benefit for several local media outlets: WCOM, Carrboro's community radio station; WNCU, N.C. Central University's station; The People's Channel, the Chapel Hill-based public access project; and Balance and Accuracy in Journalism. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Church, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. Advance tickets are $15 for students, $20 for the general public. A $75 option gets you a private reception with Goodman, a DVD of the program and a copy of her book. Get tickets at thepeopleschannel.org or by calling 960-0088. —Lisa Sorg