Live the dream

I'd like to think that The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be proud to see communities like ours that remember him through acts of protest and radicalism. Do your part on Monday.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP is holding a march and rally against war and racism on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15. Gather at noon at the Post Office on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill and march to the First Baptist Church on Robeson St. At the church, Rev. Curtis Gatewood will give a speech stressing the importance of building a united movement against war and racism, and will continued to build momentum for the massive march in Raleigh on February 10.

... and get ready for justice to pour down like a mighty stream on February 10 in Raleigh!

The North Carolina State NAACP and invites you and your organization to Historic K(Thousands) on Jones Street on Saturday, February 10, 2007.

Arrival at 11:00 a.m. - Program at 12 p.m. followed by a march
to the State Legislative Building on Jones Street -
Progress Energy Center (Old Raleigh Memorial Auditorium)
2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

HKonJ: The People's General Assembly

In order to make substantial and progressive change in North Carolina public policy, we need a movement and not a moment.

HKonJ is a call by the North Carolina NAACP to the progressive and civil rights community to come together to support 14-point public policy strategy that will begin to shift North Carolina political action in a way that will more clearly match our rhetoric with reality.




Fred is correct. According to the open secrets website, all individual donors who list an employer are combined together with a PAC that lists that same name (i.e. UNC). Point in fact, the"UNC PAC" is actually organized under the name "Citizens for Higher Education". While it does have many members who are a part of UNC, there is no specific UNC Employee PAC. Please see this article:

Ruby, I guess what it says on the site could be read both ways, and then again, maybe not.

Where have you been Will?

"...due to his position on the appropriations committee, Price is able to direct research funds without them having to undergo peer review."

If there is any truth to this I'd love to know how it works. Although over the last decade there have been some glaring misuses of federal research dollars through congressional earmarks, I haven't heard of any in the triangle area. And in these times of drastic federal cutbacks that type of abuse does not easily go unnoticed by those not on the receiving end. So if anyone comes up with confirmatory information please share it with us poor peons who are trying to fund our research the old-fashioned way - through peer review.

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
Martin Luther King

I read:

HOW TO READ THIS CHART: This chart lists the top donors to this member of Congress during the current election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organization's PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

Will, we actually discussed NextBus and Price's appropriations appointment as well. ;-)

If I misunderstood Bill's statement (re: individuals or PAC) I apologize. I will ask him if there is time before I have to leave to go home. He was simply sharing a small example of the useful information you can find on sites like and I think it made that case, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was accurate as well. Bill is a eteran investigative journalist.

Not individual donors, employee PACs.



Are you sure tomorrow's activities downtown begin at noon. I was told to be there at 9:30.

You're correct Mark- it begins at 9:30 AM.

I got my info from the Chapel Hill SDS web site. Thanks for the correction, Tamara!

At the Berkman Center we are now listening to talk from investigative reporter Bill Allison. After sitting next to me at dinner last night he decided to look up Rep. David Price on to see if there was any relationship between his donors and his votes. Allison found that the top two donors were employees of Duke and of UNC, and that due to his position on the appropriations committee, Price is able to direct research funds without them having to undergo peer review. Hmmmm.

And BTW, I am *pissed* that they held this meeting on MLK Day.

Updates on this meeting are at

"Allison found that the top two donors were employees of Duke and of UNC."

I wouldn't read an awlful lot into this data about donor categories from 1989 to 2006. All donors who list Duke (they gave $128,215) or the UNC system (they gave $108,613) as their employer are put in this category, and I doubt that many have a lot of influence on institutional decision making. Note that for the most recent election, Duke employees were still first ($25,400) but UNC ($5,500) was 18th.

I heard that Curtis Gatewood will be speaking at First Baptist tomorrow - does anyone know the time for that?

Does anyone know if this is a kid-friendly event? Like, are there strollers there? (The march part, I mean.)

Yes, it's very safe for kids and strollers.


I believe the rally at the post office is at 9:30 and the service at First Baptist is at 11. That's what it's been in prior years anyway.

Yes, there are always lots of kids. there.

I am thankful that yesterday was relatively free of wingnuts claiming that MLK would have voted for Bush and supported his wars.


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