January 2012

Light Rail Routing Advocacy for Meadowmont

Last week, the Meadowmont Community Association (our homeowners' association) sent out a letter (a paper letter, via actual mail!) with the nominal purpose of informing residents of upcoming hearings before Town Council on the routing of the proposed light rail line. (For details on the issue, see my first blog post and my followup.) It omitted some important details however, so I wrote a response and emailed it around to some of my neighbors. I've posted it on my new single-issue website http://meadowmontlightrail.com, and I'm reprinting it below. I hope everyone has a great 2012. — Geoffrey F. Green

Resolve to Get Involved with Chapel Hill 2020 This New Year

January marks Chapel Hill 2020’s fifth month, and if the schedule of planned events is any indication it will its busiest by far.

Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro 2.0: The Next Phase

On Tuesday, January 10, 2012, Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro will make history by becoming one of the very few, longstanding Occupy encampments in the country to peacefully and voluntarily transition to a new phase in its evolution.

Members of OCHC are planning a special day in celebration of the power and potential of the 99% movement. And they have invited the whole community. That means YOU!!

Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro - clean up, press conference, general assembly, dance party

Official news from Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro:

 On Tuesday, January 10, 2012, Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro will make history by becoming one of the very few, longstanding Occupy encampments in the country to peacefully and voluntarily transition to a new phase in its evolution.

Members of OCHC are planning a special day in celebration of the power and potential of the 99% movement. And they have invited the whole community.

The day’s events will kick off at 3 p.m. with taking down tents and cleanup of the Peace and Justice Plaza, 179 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Press are welcome to attend. This will be followed by a press conference at 4:30 p.m., at which Occupiers will present plans for the future.  A General Assembly will be held at 6 p.m. at the Plaza.

OCHC’s immediate plans for its evolution include: a Plaza presence consisting of General Assemblies, teach-ins, outreach, discussion circles, and events; roving encampments; participation in Occupy the Courts on January 20; and continuing active support for The Chapel Hill Carrboro Human Rights Center.

As part of the global Occupy movement towards economic justice, some of our long term endeavors will include an assistance program for people facing foreclosure; the establishment of central indoor space; further outreach to other Occupies, UNC students, the general public, and Triangle activist organizations; and the study of solidarity economy and its potential development in our area.

Following the General Assembly, OCHC will be hosting a dance party at the Plaza, starting at about 8 p.m.

The best is yet to come!

 

You may RSVP here 

Date: 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: 

Peace and Justice Plaza, Franklin St. Post Office, 179 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

The President's power grab

President Obama’s power is growing.

Defining Marriage by Constitutional Amendment (Orange County Human Relations Month Forum 2012)

Announcement from the Orange County Human Relations Commission:

The Orange County Human Relations Commission invites you to

Human Relations Month Forum 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

THEME:
“Defining Marriage in North Carolina by Constitutional Amendment: What are the Implications?”

PANELISTS:
Stuart Campbell, Executive Director - Equality North Carolina
Maxine Eichner, Professor UNC-CH School of Law
Brett Webb-Mitchell, Visiting Associate Professor North Carolina Central University

MODERATOR:
Milan Pham, Attorney NicholsonPham Attorneys at Law

PLACE:
Carrboro Century Center
100 North Greensboro Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Refreshments and Entertainment by The Moaners at 2:30 PM. The public is invited. For more information, call (919) 245-2487.

 

Date: 

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro

Carrboro to Consider Resolution Against Corporate Personhood

Alderman Dan Coleman plans to introduce a resolution against corporate personhood to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. In an e-mail to his colleagues on the board, Coleman asked that the draft resolution be added to the board's January 17 agenda. The resolution responds to the 2010 US Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, which essentially cleared the way for unlimited election spending by corporations and other groups.

Presentation- "Can We Heal Our Local Waterways? "

Presentation offered by Friends of Bolin Creek with the UNC Institute for the Environment.

Date: 

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 9:00am to 1:30pm

Location: 

NC Botanical Garden, 100 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill

Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan to be presented to Town Council

A moratorium on development in Northside and Pine Knolls was enacted this past summer. In the intervening months, staff of the Town of Chapel Hill and members of the Sustaining OurSelves Coalition have worked together to develop recommendations to curb development that is contrary to the spirit of their neighborhood conservation district strictures.

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