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Conspicuous Non-Consumption
At Wal-Mart: Waltons refuse to carry Robert Greenwald's documentary, Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War, but Flight-suit George W. books and toys are its faves. If this strikes you as skewed: 1-800-WAL-MART;; or just stop going.

At CVS: CVS lets its pharmacists, for "religious reasons," refuse to fill prescriptions for birth-control pills, as a Texas customer recently found out. Insane. What's next, CVS faith-healers? Contact:, 1-888-607-4287 to register your comment. Or, go to Eckerd, where they dispense legal drugs legally.

Band Together
Peaceful Concerts: Triangle musicians--and the Indy--are backing the work of Peaceful Tomorrows, the non-profit group of 120 members who lost family on 9/11. (Cary's David Potorti, one of the organizers, lost his brother.) Benefit concerts coming up:

Friday, April 9--Jazz (Frankie Alexander & Friends, Shelly Higgins & Tony Godwin, Kevin Van Sant), The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 10--Rock (Milagro Saints, Frosted Sugar Bombs, People You Know), Temple Ball, Carrboro, 8 p.m., 466-9355.

To-Do List
Campaign Finance Reform: Check "Yes" on your state income tax form in the box marked "N.C. Public Campaign Financing Fund," and earmark $3 of your taxes for N.C. judicial candidates who run with public financing. It's NOT $3 more. Contact: Democracy NC, 1-888-687-8683.

Dix Park: Think Dorothea Dix tract in Raleigh would make a great, great park? Join with Dix Community Partnership and People for Parks:, 832-0226 or 515-1194 (Will Hooker).

Nature Walks: The best places in the Triangle, throughout the spring, courtesy of Triangle Land Conservancy., 833-3662 (Doug Nicholas).

Peace Vigils: Durham, every Saturday, noon-1 p.m. at Brightleaf Square, contact Bill Jeffries 402-0424.; Chapel Hill Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street post office; also, Fridays, 5-6 p.m. East Franklin St. and Elliott Rd., contact 942-2535. This Week

Amnesty International: Raleigh chapter meets Wednesday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., Fairmont United Methodist Church, Raleigh. Works to end torture, free political prisoners around the world. 834-4478 (Josh McIntyre).

Pilgrimage: Holy Week walk for peace and justice in the hemisphere. Reaches Durham Thursday, April 8, 4 p.m., Main & 9th, 5 p.m., Union Baptist Church supper, speakers. 682-9575,; concludes Friday, April 9, 12 noon-2 p.m. at the State Capitol, Raleigh. Carolina Interfaith Task Force on Central America:, 856-9468 (Gail Phares).

First Mom: Donna Dees-Thomases, co-founder of Million Mom March, talks about gun violence, sensible guns laws and her book, Looking for a Few Good Moms, at The Regulator, Ninth Street, Durham, Saturday, April 10, 2 p.m.

Chatham Trail: Help clean up the new American Tobacco Trail, Chatham County branch. Saturday, April 10, 8:30 a.m. (repeats April 24), at O'Kelly Church Road trailhead., 481-1300 (Steve Lund).

Sentencing Sanity: Former NC Chief Justice Jim Exum heads glitter-list of speakers at NC Symposium on Sentencing and Public Safety: Strategies for (ahem) Effective Reform. Sheraton Imperial, RTP, Tuesday, April 13, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact:, 530-8077 (Families Against Mandatory Minimums).

Greener Designers: NCSU School of Design sponsors "Conservation Design: Growing Greener Communities," April 13-14 at the McKimmon Center. Keynoter: Randall Arendt, famous land-use planner. Also, lecture by renewable-energy guru Steven Strong on solar architecture, April 13, 5 p.m., Kamphoefner Hall, NCSU, free, open to the public., 515-3184.

Wake's Homeless: Help write the Raleigh-Wake County 10-year plan to end it. Next meeting, Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m., The Healing Place, Raleigh. Ken Maness, 890-3655 or check

Brown vs. Board of Ed: 50th anniversary of the landmark civil rights case marked by our four universities on Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Hillside HS, Durham. Speakers include Julius Chambers, John Hope Franklin. pubpol.duke. edu for more.

March for Women's Lives: The pro-choice march in Washington, DC, on Sunday, April 25, has seven co-sponsors. Check for details.

Volunteer, Please
Club Nova: Support, donate to, and shop at the thrift store; help the clubhouse in Carrboro where folks with mental illness issues gather and work. Contact: 967-6985 (Camellia Morton).

AnimalKind: For a "$20 Fix," spay or neuter your low-income pet; volunteers needed to help spread the news:, 870-1660.

Worker's Rights: Fluent Spanish- and English-speaking to help at NCOSH in Durham, dealing worker safety, wages-and-hours claims. Training offered. 286-9249 (Amy or Marilyn).

SAFEchild: Child abuse prevention agency, needs experienced mentor-moms for families with newborns. Training provided. In Raleigh at 864 W. Morgan St. Call 743-6140 (Michelle Putterman).

Durham Literacy Council: Needs ESL (English as Second Language) tutors., 489-8383, x 25 (Shelisa Howard).

HopeLine: 24-hour crisis hotline. Caring, non-judgmental. Volunteer training starts this month: contact April Chester, 832-3326,

Source Force: Helps people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS. Help with monthly picnics and/or perform at them. Volunteer orientation: 418-HELP (Suzanne).

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