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Chapel Hill Carrboro YMCA waits until no one is looking, signs 1-year management agreement with the YMCA of the Triangle

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Back in March, the CHCYMCA Board of Directors stated during their board meeting that all plans to merge with the YMCA of the Triangle were on indefinite hold after a commuity outcry because of the discriminatory practices of the YMCA of the Triangle.  More on this story can be found in this OP post, this post, and this post.

HKonJ 2012 photoblog

Thousands of people took to the streets today in North Carolina’s capital city. HK on J (Historic Thousands on Jones Street) is an annual civil rights and progressive issue-based march in Raleigh, NC.  The 6th annual march happened yesterday morning. It was really empowering to see so many people there supporting equality, voting rights, and social justice.  And it was great to see Rep.

WILPF 31st Triennial Congress

 For more information, contact:Tana Hartman, 619-6546 (c) OR Miriam Thompson, 919-370-4114  

The 31st triennial congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom  (WILPF) opens on June 1 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel  Hill, hosted by the League’s Triangle branch.  Its theme, “End War – Local to Global,”  will be explored by such outstanding speakers as Rev. Dr. William Barber II, President of  the North Carolina NAACP; Kathy Kelly, head of Voices for Creative Nonviolence; and  Madeleine Rees, former head of office of the U.N. High Commissioner of Human Rights  in Bosnia and international Secretary General of WILPF. 

Kelly will speak on her recent visit to Afghanistan Friday, June 3 in Chase  Hall, Ridge Road, UNC campus, 12 noon, free.  Rev. Barber’s keynote speech “The Long  Road to Freedom, Equality and Justice” on Friday, June 3, is also free to the public, 7  p.m., Hanes Arts Center on campus.   A reception and film gala on Saturday,  June 4 will begin at 6 p.m., Hanes Arts Center, with the film “The Whistleblower,”  an expose of sexual atrocities perpetrated during the Balkan war, showing at 7:15 p.m.  Discussion with Rees and Donna Bickford, Director of the Carolina Women’s Center,  regarding the film and human trafficking will follow.    

Workshops will examine such issues as “Corporations v. Democracy;” “Water for Life,  Not for Profit;” nuclear energy, the status of women. For more information: www.trianglewilpf.org , or contact 919-370-4114 regarding  registration, scholarship, transportation and volunteer information.

Date: 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:00pm to Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 11:30am

Location: 

SASB Hall, 450 Ridge Road, UNC Campus;

Create Green-Collar Jobs in Orange County

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of seeing Van Jones speak. He co-founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and is founder and president of Green For All. He spoke convincingly of a future of increased equality and how one of the roads to this future is green jobs. Green-collar jobs are employment in the environmental or agricultural sectors of the economy. [Source: Wikipedia] But they also include any work that will help transform our society into a more environmentally sustainable one.

One way our local government leaders could participate in this national movement is to sign the Green Jobs Pledge. Its goal is to "rebuild American competitiveness and environmental leadership by growing a green economy that fights global warming, pollution and poverty at the same time." Here are the five steps this pledge asks our leaders to agree to:

  1. Commit to Action
  2. Create a Green-collar Jobs Taskforce
  3. Identify Goals and Assess Opportunities
  4. Create a Local Action Plan
  5. Evaluate, Leverage and Grow
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