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"I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean." British writer G.K. Chesterton (courtesy of Susan Carver Williams of Durham)

Democratic Politics on Parade
Wednesday: In Raleigh, Young Dems are headed for Woody's Tavern, City Market, at 7 p.m., to watch VP candidate John Edwards' acceptance speech, mkellyunc@yahoo.com; in Durham, Durham for Kerry meeting, 7 p.m., Central Park School, 742 Foster St., www.durhamforkerry.org.

Thursday: Watch John Kerry's big speech, in Raleigh, at Raleighwood Cinema, 6609 Falls of Neuse Rd., 7 p.m., sponsored by the Wake Dems ($25 suggested donation to Kerry for Prez), rsvp to votefordems@earthlink.net (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).

Greendogs: Orange Progressive Dems meet Monday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m., Chapel Hill Library; www.greendogs.org, 360-0963 (Liz).

Nader? Ralph Nader will not be on the N.C. ballot, will be on Michigan's thanks to the Republicans; write Ralph at www.votenader.org (hard-to-find "contact" is at the bottom of the home page).

For Fun: www.jibjab.com
www.aclu.org/pizza/

Voting: The Next Generation
Kids Voting: If the kids vote, their parents do, too. Wake County chapter of Kids Voting needs precinct organizers, volunteers. kvwake@alltel.net, or 833-1282.

This Week
Voting Rights: How-to on voter reg, elections process, by the Southern Voting Rights Project and Durham Co. Board of Elections; Monday, Aug. 2, 6 p.m., Southwest Durham Public Library; 888-511-6847.

Farmworkers I: Conditions for N.C. farm labor described by interns working with Student Action for Farmworkers (SAF), Monday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m., Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Rd.; 402-0092 (Bill Gural).

Farmworkers II: Protest Tuesday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m., at the Nash County Courthouse, in Nashville, as SAF interns and Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) go on trial for visiting a farm. Yup. 741-4433 (FLOC).

Coastal Habitat: Public hearing on state's Coastal Habitat Protection Plan, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m., State Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Info: 252-393-8185 (N.C. Coastal Federation).

Amnesty Int'l: Fight torture, promote human rights. Wake chapter meets Wednesday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m., Fairmont Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 834-4478 (Josh McIntyre).

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 St. and Elliott Rd., 942-2535; in Raleigh: 1st Wednesdays of every month, 12 noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

Volunteer, Please
Red Cross: Orange County chapter needs volunteers to help with blood drives (call Robin, x226), disaster response teams (call Tracy, x231), CPR & First Aid instruction (call Megan, x223); general number is 942-4862.

Meals on Wheels: Deliver to the homebound in Wake County, as little as one hour a month. 833-1749.

Senior Games: State Olympics for the over-55 set needs volunteers Sept. 13-Oct. 3. www.nc
seniorgames.org 851-5456.

Habitat for Humanity: Durham Resale Store needs helpers; store helps build affordable homes. Stop by at 3215 Old Chapel Hill Rd., 489-1248.

Club Nova: Thrift shop in Carrboro run for, by people with mental illness; needs volunteer help too. Clubnovashop.com, 967-6985 (Camella Morton).

SAFEChild: Child abuse prevention. Training for volunteers, English- and Spanish-speaking needed. gbustle@safechildnc.org, 232-5661.

Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers, holding summer training class. info@ocrcc.org, 968-4647.

Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.

Exchange Students: AYUSA seeking host families for 2004-05 exchange students, including State Department-supported children from Muslim communities. www.ayusa.org, www.mothers4peace.org. Also, World Heritage, another State Department-listed program: www.world-heritage.org, 875-2065 (Blaise Strenn).

Hello? Sen. Dole?
Dirty Air: New Report by Clear the Air, a Washington enviro-group, documents how Bush Administration policies are letting dirty coal-fired power plants evade the law, with "deadly" consequences for our health. www.cleartheair.org/dirtypower; U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a Republican, is at: 202-224-6342.

Feel a Draft? It could be that you're feeling S-89 or HR 163, bills filed to bring back the draft in 2005. The Selective Service System never went away, you know, and is "discreeting recruiting" to fill local draft boards, the British press is reporting. Again, Sen. Dole's number: 202-224-6342.

NCJustice.org: Get the new "Policy Brief" from your progressive watchdog group in Raleigh (it says that unless you're rich, you're a "net loser" from the Bush tax cuts, and North Carolina's too); also, details on the pending state budget, and the new giveaways to bidness, from its affiliate, the NC Budget & Tax Center; www.ncjustice.org , 856-2153.

R U 18-24? Then you (and your friends) are the least likely to vote, and most likely to end up in Iraq. Don't be a (bad) statistic. Register online: www.yourvotematters.org/turnoutNC . D or R, for Bush or against him, why in the world wouldn't you vote?

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

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

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: www.unitedforpeace.org/email, 212-868-5545.

Convention Center: The architects designing Raleigh's new convention center host a public feedback session August 10, 5 p.m., at the current civic center. www.raleigh-nc.org.

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 www.umdurham.org; 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. T.Laughlin@mcdonald-york.com, 277-1058 (Tommy Laughlin).

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