Environment

Central West, Density, and the Vocal Minority

The Central West draft plan was presented to the Planning Board last night. Given the issues the Central West steering committee had coming to an agreement on a plan, and how the committee ended up costing much more than was expected, I had low expectations for the output of the steering committee. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the draft plan. The plan is mostly multifamily residential, and not particularly tall (3-4 stories, with one 5-8 story area that is completely separate from all the other areas on the map by open space). It makes ample use of trail connectors and other infrastructure to increase bike and pedestrian safety, which will be a welcome improvement to the area. I personally think the buildings at the corner of Estes and MLK could be a bit taller, but credit should be given to steering committee co-chairs Amy Ryan and Michael Parker for putting together a plan that tried to acknowledge and address the wide range of issues and viewpoints of  those that participated in the process.

Autumn Harvest Ayurvedic Benefit Dinner

Autumn Harvest Ayurvedic Benefit Dinner


Sunday, October 13 from 6-8pm

At Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

sliding scale $5-50

to benefit the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

RSVP to croatanearthfirst@gmail.com


In 1984 Union Carbide, now owned by Dow Chemical Company, was responsible for the largest environmental disaster in human history exposing well over 500,000 people to the toxic methyl isocyanate gas, killing more than 15,000 immediately and injuring countless thousands—even now at least one person dies per day in Bhopal from injuries sustained that night.


Union Carbide consistently claimed that as an American company, Indian law should not apply to them, but operating in India, they could not be subject to American Law. Methyl isocyanate is a highly toxic compound used in the production of chemical pesticides and was discovered in North Carolina in 1892 by the venerated Morehead and Kenan (of UNC Planetarium and Stadium fame).


Please come out to support the courageous initiatives for restorative justice for the survivors of the Bhopal disaster that was birthed

here in North Carolina
.


For more information, check studentsforbhopal.org, curryblossom.com, and croatanearthfirst.com

Date: 

Sunday, October 13, 2013 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe 431 W. Franklin St.

Bhopal Disaster Survivor Speaks At UNC + Screening of film Bhopali

Free Screening & University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where a Bhopal Disaster survivor will speak about his experiences and this struggle for justice.
Organized by the UNControllables, Carolina Asia Center and Croatan Earth First!
Monday, October 14 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
@ Hanes Art Auditorium 121

Movie Trailer: http://www.bhopalithemovie.com/

Bhopali is a feature documentary about the
survivors of the world’s worst industrial disaster, the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India. Today the suffering continues, prompting victims to fight for justice against Union Carbide, the American corporation responsible for the disaster.

The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal is a coalition of disaster survivors’ groups, environmental and social justice groups dedicated to holding the Indian Government and the Dow Chemical Company accountable for the ongoing chemical disaster in Bhopal, India. Our commitment to ensuring justice in Bhopal is a commitment to a toxic-free future for all.

Date: 

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

Location: 

UNC Hanes Art Auditorium Room 121

Earth First Journal Collective Media Workshop

On Saturday Aug 17th, come out from 2-5 p.m. at Internationalist Bookstore at 405 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill for the “Earth Nightly News​​”​ program and Independent Media Workshop with editors from the Earth First! Journal Collective out of Lake Worth, Florida and the Appalachian office in Western NC. Find out how you can get involved in EF! Media projects and more. Participants will discuss where they get their news, which forms are most used, and how under-reported events and organizing can get more attentions through alternative press.

The Earth First! Journal has been a circulating printed newspaper and magazine for over 32 years. As the voice of the international direct action movement, the EF! Journal Collective maintains a number of media projects to help communicate the actions and ecological news to the world. Join us for a presentation, live news program and discussion about reading, writing and producing independent media.

 Presenters from the journal include:

Leah Rothschild, editor and project manager of the Earth First! Journal for the past 5 years. Leah was a committee member of the Forest Cafe in Edinburgh from 2002-2005, an organizing member of the anti-G8 campaign in Scotland in 2005, lived at the Bilston Glen Anti-Bypass Protest Site in a threatened ancient woodland, an organizing member of Reclaim the Commons in Chicago in 2006, and is a founding member of Parasol Project—a community arts organization in Tucson, Arizona. Leah toured and lived on a veggie-powered school bus during two national tours, has had writing published by a number of university and independent presses and has a Bachelor of Art (BFA) degree, with honors, from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.

Panagioti Tsolkas

New father and current editor on the *EF! Journal*collective and EF! activist organizer since 1997. From 2000-2004 he was a trainer for the Ruckus Society. In 2004 he ran for the Mayor of Lake Worth, Florida. Since 2005, Tsolkas has been co-chair of the grassroots Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition, a group which files litigation regarding development issues in the Everglades. He has been on the planning committee for three Earth First! Organizers Conferences (2000, 2006 and 2008), and in 2009 spent 5 months traveling with the Earth First! Roadshow. In 2010 Panagioti co-founded Uncivil Landscapes, a work collective which creates part-time income opportunities through native landscaping for local activists in South Florida. Tsolkas was named ‘Troublemaker of the Year’ in 2009 by New Times magazine (Broward/Palm Beach edition). He has no formal education past 10th grade; he is diploma-free and proud.

Date: 

Saturday, August 17, 2013 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Internationalist Bookstore 405 W. Franklin St.

Earth First! Journal Tour Debate on "The Issues Are Not The Issue"

 

On Friday August 16th Internationalist Books  in Chapel Hill will host a debate/discussion at 6 p.m. regarding the new zineThe Issues Are Not The Issue” with the author (a former environmental activist)  and current organizers from Katuah Earth First! and Panagioti from the Earth First! Journal Collective.

Panagioti Tsolkas New father and current editor on the EF! Journal collective and EF! activist organizer since 1997. From 2000-2004 he was a trainer for the Ruckus Society. In 2004 he ran for the Mayor of Lake Worth, Florida. Since 2005, Tsolkas has been co-chair of the grassroots Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition, a group which files litigation regarding development issues in the Everglades and has been on the planning committee for 3 national Earth First! Organizers Conferences (2000, 2006 and 2008). In 2009, Panagioti spent 5 months traveling with the Earth First! Roadshow group. In 2010 Panagioti co-founded Uncivil Landscapes, a work collective which creates part-time income opportunities through native landscaping for local activists in South Florida. He is presently on the steering committee for the Night Heron Grassroots Activist Center in Lake Worth. Tsolkas was named ‘Troublemaker of the Year’ in 2009 and ‘Activist of the Year’ for 2010 by New Times magazine (Broward/Palm Beach edition). He has no formal education past 10th grade; he is diploma-free and proud.

Date: 

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

Location: 

Internationalist Bookstore 405 W. Franklin St.

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