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Will YMCA Merger Include Equal Benefits for All Employees?

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On Tuesday, June 3, at 6:00 pm, the Board of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA is likely to announce that it will merge with the YMCA of the Triangle Association (YOTA). The meeting will take place at Amity Church, 825 N Estes Drive, adjacent to the CHCYMCA.

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.

NC Senate Candidate Deb Butler Leads Caravan Against Hate

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Deb Butler, candidate for North Carolina Senate, will lead a cross-state caravan to Newton, NC for the “Love, Not Hate” protest against a recent sermon by Rev. Charles Worley in which he advocated placing homosexuals in death camps. Worley’s videotaped sermon has gone viral on YouTube and attracted nationwide media attention, creating a backlash of outrage from coast to coast.

“Rather than working on jobs like he promised back 2010, my opponent sponsored the Amendment that forced this hatred into the public square,” said Butler.  “It’s a matter of priorities. We should be competing to bring more companies to North Carolina - not giving them reason to stay away.  We've seen from national examples that states focused on dividing citizens and discriminating against their own have a harder time attracting top tier companies that bring good jobs with them.  I think North Carolinians are more concerned about issues like job creation and preserving education, and that’s what I’ll focus on when I’m a state senator.”

A local group calling itself Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate has planned a peaceful protest from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 27 on the lawn of the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton, NC.  Butler plans to speak at the event and is rallying citizens to participate in a convoy that will leave Wilmington on Saturday, May 26 with stops in Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem,and Boone. Contact Lee Storrow at LeeStorrow@gmail.com for more information about the Chapel Hill stop.

Saturday, May 26

·         Wilmington

8:00 a.m. at the Best Buy parking lot at 309 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC

·         Chapel Hill

11:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Falconbridge Shopping Center parking lot, 6118 Farrington Rd., Chapel Hill, NC (I-40 Exit 273 A/B)

·         Winston-Salem

1:00 pm at IHOP, 1295 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC (I-40 Exit 192)

Sunday, May 27

·         Boone

8:30 a.m. at the Boone Mall Parking Lot, 1180 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC

·         Newton

10:30 am at Catawba County Justice Center Lawn, 100-A Southwest Boulevard, Newton, NC

A local attorney and real estate agent, Butler serves on the Board of Directors of the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, the Board of Trustees of Historic Wilmington Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Cape Fear Green Building Alliance. She announced her candidacy for NC Senate in February.

Date: 

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Falconbridge Shopping Center parking lot, 6118 Farrington Rd., Chapel Hill, NC

Orange County Asks, What Amendment?

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In the statewide vote, Amendment One passed easily with 61% of the vote. However, Orange County overwhelmingly rejected the amendment by a vote of 79% to 21%. (Our neighbors in Durham County likewise voted 70% to 30% against the amendment.) Some precincts in Carrboro and Chapel Hill voted against the amendment almost unanimously. The map below shows the Orange County precinct-level results of the referendum.

Race to the Ballot - Chapel Hill

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Race to the Ballot, a statewide campaign to raise awareness of the effects of Amendment One, the current hate campaign against gay and lesbian North Carolinians, will arrive in Chapel Hill on February 16.

Over a five-week period, from January 27 to March 2, 2012, Protect NC Families Communications Director Jen Jones, trailed by a team of campaign organizers, social media street teams, and documentarians, will run 322 miles across the state of North Carolina, from the mountains of Asheville, N.C., to the coastal city of Wilmington, N.C., to raise awareness about the harms of the Amendment.

You and your friends can participate in the race and invest in its success.

Race to the Ballot will support the voter education and registration efforts of the Coalition to Protect NC Families.

Date: 

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 12:00pm to 9:00pm

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

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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

Community Opposition to Potential YMCA Merger

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The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA (CHCYMCA) is still considering entering a management services agreement (or merger) with the YMCA of the Triangle Area (YOTA), as evidenced by its recent passage of a motion to allow the chair of the board of directors to form a small committee to define how the CHCYMCA will work with YOTA. This is very concerning considering YOTA's lack of inclusive nondiscrimination policies, not to mention the lack of transparency being shown by the CHCYMCA board of directors, which was set to vote on a motion to begin negotiating the management services agreement before things got too hot and they opted for this motion instead.

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