Civil Liberties

Perhaps because of the large number of outspoken and thoughtful people in our community, we have often found ourselves at ground zero in battles over civil liberties. In the 1980's Chapel Hill elected the first openly-gay elected official in the state, but Carrboro bested that by electing North Carolina’s first out mayor a decade later.

More recently, Chapel Hill grappled with free speech issues in the wake of 9/11, approved and then dismantled red light cameras in 2003-4, and was challenged by fundamentalists over support for gay marriage in 2005.

MY FINAL BLOG: NOT THE NEW KID IN TOWN

Hi all,  this will be my final blog during the rest of the  election season. I have  enjoyed attending CHTC  meetings   during the last 2.5 years. Since moving here I have been  vocal on a number of town issues that have not received the attention it deserved . I have voiced an opinion from the cell phone ban which I was in favored  of, I wanted a private investigator for the Yates  Building   incident , which the CHTC  shot down, I felt that the signs for the bus ads which were STOP AID TO ISREAL were politically incorrect, and happy that CHTC change it to their current policy on the issue . I sat through the Rogers Road and other community issues as well, Such as Obey Creek, Central West, the Ram Plaza area, and Glen Lennox. I sat through town ordinances evaluation such as the food truck issue. So therefore im not  exactly the new kid in town. In conclusion I hope you consider all the above when choosing to vote for me in this years election. Thank you. Gary Kahn The above is from election of 2013

NOW ONLINE; NEWS AND OBSERVER/ CHAPEL HILL NEWS TAMMY GRUBB INTERVIEW WITH GARY KAHN CHTC CANIDATE

Hi all the above  is available at news and observer/chapel hill news dot com. thank you gary kahn

The Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro presents: "Without Borders?"

From their web site:

Human Rights Conference: Without Borders?

Saturday, October 5th 8:15 am - 4:30 pm

Carrboro Century Center

 

On Saturday October 5th, the HRC is organizing a conference titled Without Borders? We want to challenge the day- to- day boundaries and tackle questions such as, "Are there some borders we may want to abolish? Some we may wish to preserve? Transgress? Are there some borders we wish to finesse? Is solidarity possible across our diversities?

 

MC - Victor Acosta

 

TIME

PANEL/TOPIC

PANELISTS

8:15-8:30 am

Introduction

Bonners & Afterschool Video

 

8:30-9:30 am

Migrantes sin Fronteras

 

(Translation: Migrants without Borders)

UNC Students United for Immigration Equality (SUIE): Boriana Mravoka, Emilio Vincente, Maria Pia Rodriguez and Giovanny

and "Beto" Rodriguez and Misclassified Persons:

9:35-9:45 am

 

 

 

Harakat el Heels - Student Palestinian dance group

UNC undergradutes: Amar Arafat, Abood Dahnoun, Hussein Ahmad, Joel Hage, Rosaleen Zitawi, Dalia Kaakour, Sarah Zamamiri, Jenna Sawafta

9:50-10:20 am

Where are the Refugees?

Local refugees: Susu and Abdullah

10:25-11:05 am

Empowerment, Independence and Culture

Community Empowerment Fund: Chiraayu Gosrani, Myrna, Victoria Castillo

11:10-11:50

Keynote Speech: Heroes, Dreamers, and the Promise of America

Gene R. Nichol

Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity

 

11:50-12:30 pm

LUNCH: Olga's delicious tamales recommended!

 

12:30-1:00 pm

Raging Grannies

 

1:05-1:45 pm

New Doors to Housing: The Challenges of Affordability

Sally Greene, Town of Chapel Hill Council Member

Damon Seils, Jamie Rohe, and Tish Galu

 

1:50-2:30 pm

The activist as Elected Official

Mayor Chilton and Maria Palmer (running for CH town council)

2:35-3:15 pm

Leading for Justice in an Unjust World

 

Women's International League of Peace & Freedom

3:20-4:00 pm

The Other Side

Communiversity: Charles Hands, Jeanette Stackhouse, Holly Stephens, and Dylane Davis


 

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/356202871179634/  

Date: 

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 8:15am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Carrboro Century Center, 100 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro

NC Pride 2013 photoblog

The annual NC Pride festival and parade happened today with a lot of folks from Chapel Hill, the triangle, and throughout the state in attendance. Here's a little of what I saw.

My Letter to the Orange County Board of Elections

After reading about changes made in Watauga County, I was prompted to write a letter to the Orange County Board of Elections after several constituents voiced concerns about decision making in other counties. Below is that letter.

Dear Members of the Orange County Board of Elections,

I am writing in response to concerns voiced to me by constituents in the Orange County community after actions taken by the Watauga County Board of Elections and the Pasquotank County Board of Elections.

This week the Watauga County Board of Elections took action, which consolidated three precincts into one large precinct numbering nearly 10,000 voters and where the polling place has only 35 parking spaces. They then took action to reduce early voting to four days and eliminated early voting at the Appalachian State University campus. All of these actions were made in secret and not shared with the Democratic member of the Board, yet the Watauga County GOP chairwoman was fully aware of the coming actions. To add insult to injury, the Board did not allow verbal comment from the public, instead opting for written comment only.

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