August 2010

Lawson Push Polling in NC-4

I was push-polled by Edge polling on behalf of the Lawson campaign or some other Republican PAC this evening.  The questions were reasonably straightforward for the first 5-7 minutes, then got more paranoid about illegal immigration and whether or not the country had abandoned the Constitution.  It closed with something like, "David Price, a college professor and your current representative, is an 11-term incumbent who supports Barack Obama's takeover and bailouts for companies that are too big to fail, and votes with Nancy Pelosi more than any other member of Congress.  If this makes

A Community Conversation: Putting a Human Face on Immigration

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Sponsored by:  Progressive Democrats of Orange and Chatham Counties and Triangle Women's International League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Led by trained facilitators from Uniting NC.

We seek to transcend politics and create common ground by sharing our personal experiences, articulating our hopes, voicing our concerns, and building trust in a safe, open and nonjudgmental setting. We would love for you and other members of your organization to take part in this community conversation. Accompanied children are welcome to participate.

Noon: we all enjoy a potluck luncheon and fellowship while watching short films telling the stories of immigrants trying to make a life in the US.  Please bring a favorite dish or non-alcoholic beverage to share if you wish, but it is your participation that’s important.

1:00 pm: Kristin Collins (Uniting NC) maps out the process of building a new vision of community through dialogue; then we break out into small facilitated discussion groups of 6-8 for about an hour, after which we’ll share the highlights of our conversations in the larger group.

We have invited a cross-section of our community to this event: elected officials,  business people, workers, farmers, artists, musicians, people from the faith community, teachers, students, and, of course, immigrants and family members of immigrants. We are delighted that our NC Senator Ellie Kinnaird  as well as Olma Echeverri from Charlotte, the President of the newly formed Hispanic American Democrats of NC, will participate in this event.

It is our strong belief that in order to get grassroots support for sound comprehensive immigration reform, we have to start talking -- and listening -- to one another and create a solid foundation of trust and goodwill. We can reclaim public discourse on immigration from the orchestrated hysteria and divisive rhetoric that has replaced thoughtful debate and counter the message of fear and intolerance with a message of respect and cooperation. 

Please RSVP no later than Friday, August 20, by e-mailing PDNC2010@gmail.com or calling/ texting 919-452-9342. If you are planning to contribute to the potluck, please let us know what dish or beverage you will be bringing. Thank you for all you are and all you do. 
Directions to Carol Woods:From I- 40 West take Exit #266. At the stoplight at the top of the exit ramp, turn left on highway 86. Turn left at the fourth stoplight onto Weaver Dairy Road. Carol Woods is about one mile on the left. Look for a split-rail fence with pink rose bushes.From I-40 East take Exit #266, labeled highway 86.At the stoplight at the top of the exit ramp, turn right onto highway 86. Turn left at the third stoplight onto Weaver Dairy Road. Carol Woods is about one mile on the left. Look for a split-rail fence with pink rose bushes.From I-85 South take exit #174B to 15-501. This is an exit to the right. Follow 15-501 into Chapel Hill and turn right onto I-40 West. Take exit  #266, labeled highway 86.  At the top of the exit ramp, turn left onto highway 86.  Then turn left at the fourth stoplight. Carol Woods is approximately one mile on the left. Look for a split-rail fence with pink rose bushes.

Bus Lines:

Carol Woods is on the T-Line. For a weekend schedule, please visit http://www.townofchapelhill.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=3273

Links:Progressive Democrats of North Carolina: www.progressivedemocratsnc.orgTriangle Women's International League for Peace and Freedom: www.trianglewilpf.orgUniting NC: www.unitingnc.orgChapel Hill Friends Meeting: www.chapelhillfriends.orgEl Centro Hispano: www.elcentronc.org 

Date: 

Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 8:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Carol Woods Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Rd. Chapel Hill

Town Meeting with Speaker Joe Hackney and Senator Ellie Kinnaird

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"The 2010 mid-terms are less than 3 months away. Join Speaker Hackney and Sen. Kinnaird for a discussion about the current legislative session and the upcoming election, and find out what you can do to keep NC blue this fall." 

Date: 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 3:30pm

Location: 

Southern Village Club, 601 Brookgreen Drive, Chapel Hill

A bike and pedestrian artery for our community

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Given that development plans have slowed, one of the more immediate remaining questions about Carolina North is how people will get there.  The Town of Chapel Hill has been studying the issue of how to best move pedestrians and bicycles, especially. They held several public meetings, and this week they released a recommendation.  I'm very happy to see the town staff favored Route A, which uses Cameron Avenue, the Libba Cotton bike path, and the right of way around the rail line as it goes north from Carrboro to the Horace Williams tract. (See map below.)

Project Homeless Connect

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Project Homeless Connect Orange County (PHC) is a one-day, one-stop center to link people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness with a broad range of services. Guests are offered assistance with housing, employment, health and dental care, foot care, mental health care, veterans’ benefits, social service benefits, legal services, and more. They also receive lunch and are offered haircuts, showers, and coats.  

Date: 

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 5:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Hargraves Community Center 216 N. Roberson Street, Chapel Hill

A new day?

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will place a 1/4 cent sales tax on the ballot this November. Revenues generated from the tax, which is expected to raise $2.3M annually, will be allocated for economic development (42.5%), repairing older school buildings (42.5%), public safety (15%). The tax will not be applied to food or pharmaceuticals.

Public workshop on regional transit

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Series 2 public workshops:

The Triangle Regional Transit Program is moving forward with dedicated, passionate partners, including transportation and government organizations. However, our vision cannot come to fruition without your vital input. You, the public, are our client, our customer. And for our plans to be meaningful, we need to hear your thoughts and insight about the Triangle’s transit future.

So what do you think? Please join us for one of the upcoming public meetings so your voice can be heard. With meetings being held throughout the Triangle, there is sure to be one convenient to you. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you cannot make one of the public meetings, you can participate in the public involvement process in a number of ways. Please contact us to find out more.

Date: 

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Carrboro Century Center

The Battle Against Poverty: Writing a History of the North Carolina Fund

Program with Robert Korstad and James Leloudis
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010
Wilson Special Collections Library
5 p.m. Reception and viewing of exhibit The Poor Among Us, North Carolina Collection Gallery
5:45 p.m. Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 962-4207

Robert Korstad and James Leloudis will discuss their newly published history To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America. The fund was launched in 1963 by Governor Terry Sanford as a way to combat poverty and social inequality in the state.

Korstad is professor of public policy and history at Duke University. Leloudis is professor of history and associate dean of honors at UNC.

The program complements a two-part Wilson Library exhibit:

  • The Poor Among Us: Photography of Poverty in North Carolina is on view in the North Carolina Collection Gallery (2nd floor) through September 30.
  • Communities in Action is on view in the Southern Historical Collection (4th floor) through October 16.

 

Date: 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill