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Not going to Boston? Democratic National Convention starts Sunday. Local options include:

"Sick and Tired": 40 years ago, civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer told the world she was "sick and tired of being sick and tired"--and got the black-led Mississippi Freedom Democrats seated at the '64 convention in place of the whites-only delegation. A "pilgrimage tour" from Mississippi arrives in Durham Saturday, July 24, for a forum at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., 2:30-4:30 p.m. 856-3194 (Agamu Dillahunt), 413-8887 (Shirley Williams).

TV Watchers: Thursday, July 29, watch John Kerry's nomination--in Raleigh, at Raleighwood Cinema, 6609 Falls of Neuse Rd., 7 p.m., sponsored by the Wake Dems ($25 suggested donations go to Kerry for Prez), 931-0198 (Blaise Strenn); in Durham, at the Varsity Ale House, 3019 Auto Dr. (near the Super Target), 7-11 p.m., hosted by Forest View Dems, 401-4723 (Susan); in Cary, Young Dems will be at Woody's, 8322 Chapel Hill Rd.,

In Orange Co.: Kerry folks invited to "Socialize for Political Change" at the Orange County Social Club, 108 E. Main St., Carrboro, on Sunday, July 25, 3-5 p.m. Campaign donations collected., or 336-340-9580 (Phoebe Dee).

Hispanic Dems: First meeting of a Wake County chapter, Friday, July 23, 6 p.m., at Democratic HQ on Hillsborough Street, Raleigh. 667-0662 (Ricardo Velasquez, HDNC president).

Young Dem Women: Monthly meeting of YD's Women's Caucus, Tuesday, July 27, 7 p.m., Bickett Gallery, 209 Bickett Blvd., Raleigh. (Kelly McClellan).

Run, Durham: Every Saturday, 9 a.m., run, jog or walk around Duke's East Campus--it's the national "Run Against Bush" campaign.

Register, Durham: "Durham for Kerry" needs volunteers to help with voter-registration drives around town. Write to Kerry (yup!) James:

August 29, NYC: "The biggest and most important protest in a generation" to greet the Republican National Convention to New York, its organizers promise. Get updates from:, 212-868-5545.

Peace Vigils: in Durham: Saturdays, noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, Bill Jeffries, 402-0424; in Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O., and Fridays, 5-6 p.m., E. Franklin Street and Elliott Road, 942-2535; in Raleigh: 1st Wednesday of every month, noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

Voting: The Next Generation
Kids Voting: If the kids are voting, guess what? Their parents do, too. Wake County chapter of Kids Voting is looking for precinct organizers, volunteers., or 833-1282 for info.

Policy Groups: This Week
Durham Train Station: Design of the downtown commuter rail station unveiled, Tuesday, July 27 (meeting postponed from 7/15), at 5 p.m., Committee Room, 2nd floor, 101 City Hall.

Urban Ministries: In Durham, if you dine on Tuesdays this summer at Spartacus, 4139 Chapel Hill Blvd., you get $12 off and UM of Durham gets $6 of it. Coupons are at; Sparatacus: 688-0067.

Wake Literacy Council: Enter a three-person company team in the Council's Annual Corporate Spelling Bee, coming Sept. 14. It's for a good cause--volunteers who teach adults to read., 277-1058 (Tommy Laughlin).

Let's Call Liddy: Why did our "more moderate Republican" Sen. Elizabeth Dole back the so-called Federal Marriage Amendment, which would write discriminatory, anti-gay language into the U.S. Constitution? Why isn't she co-sponsoring the bill that would extend the ban on assault weapons, which otherwise expires on Sept. 13? Dole's office: 1-202-224-6342, (fax) 1-202-224-1100.

School Funding: The N.C. Justice Center's new report (previewing a major study) is on funding the public schools., 856-2153.

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