June 2008

Wanderlust Reproductive Justice Bike Caravan

From an e-mail:


This summer, fifteen women are traveling from New Orleans to New York City with the Wanderlust story collective and bicycle caravan. In solidarity with local activists and rooted in the belief that sharing stories is a powerful way to elevate awareness and create social change, we'll be pedaling from town to town to listen to your stories and document how you and others are working to expand access to reproductive health care, defend reproductive rights, and promote reproductive justice.

The goals of the trip are to document the inspirational, groundbreaking work happening across the country, expand the conversation about reproductive justice, and build horizontal networks to strengthen our collective movement for reproductive health, rights, and justice.

Join the Wanderlust bike riders for an evening of story sharing, delicious barbeque, and good conversation!

WHEN: Saturday June 21st from 6 - 8 PM

WHERE: 117 W. Poplar Ave Carrboro, NC

No parking on the street—park at the Garret Building Co. at the corner of W. Main and W. Poplar or University Methodist Church (if there's no event going on) or Carrboro Elementary School—on Shelton Street.

At the gathering, you'll be able to:
* Meet the Wanderlust Reproductive Justice Bike Caravan riders
* Share your experiences and talk about what reproductive justice means to you
* Hear from others in your area about what they're excited about and the projects
they're working on

Please RSVP to Kristen Anderson at andersonk@ipas.org

For more information about Wanderlust, please visit www.protectchoice.org
or wanderlustwithrhonda.com




Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 2:00pm


117 W. Poplar Ave Carrboro,

Go Glen Lennox

[Save Glen Lennox]Kudos to the Little Creek Neighborhood Association who are mobilizing to save the nearby Glen Lennox neighborhood from redevelopment by Grubb Properties. They have enough petition signatures to start the Neighborhood Conservation District process with the Town of Chapel Hill. I'm still not sure whether the NCD is the right tool for the job, but it should help to slow the momentum of the developers who want to raze the neighborhood for a new high-rise mixed use development.

Mysterious acquisition

UPDATE: UNC is buying University Square and Granville Towers.

Anyone want to guess what this is about?

Representatives from UNC-Chapel Hill and the Town of Chapel Hill will hold a joint news conference at 1 p.m. today to announce details about a major real estate acquisition. The event will be held at the Chapel Hill Town Hall.

The news will have "significant positive implications" for the future of the downtown Chapel Hill business district, UNC officials said this morning.

Juneteenth celebration

From the Chapel Hill Herald:

Juneteenth event set for June 21

CHAPEL HILL -- The second annual Juneteenth Celebration -- commemorating the end of slavery -- will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 21 at the Pine Knolls Community Center and Lincoln Center.

There will be free basketball, a moonwalk, entertainment, food and health screenings as well as volunteer assistance.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Ted Parrish at 929-8000 or tparrish@nccu.edu. 


Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 6:00am to 2:00pm


Pine Knolls Community Center and Lincoln Center

Congrats to Hannah Gage & Linda Brady!

"Hannah Gage was chosen unanimously as chairwoman of the policy-making body of the state university system for the next two years. The founder and former owner of Cape Fear Broadcasting Company was elected to the board in 2001 and currently serves as chairwoman of the board's Committee on Personnel and Tenure, the group charged with formally nominating such high-ranking officials as UNC Chancellor-elect Holden Thorp following a university-led search."

Hillsborough Hog Day

[hog day]As a vegetarian, I don't personally endorse this enthusiastic celebration of eating pig, but it seems like a great community institution.I do appreciate their effort to reduce the amount of waste being generated this year.

Hillsborough Hog Day, now celebrating its 26th Year, is a fun-filled family barbecue and entertainment festival, presented by the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Hillsborough Hog Day is Orange County's largest festival, and a major fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce.

In 2008, Hillsborough Hog Day is going ZERO WASTE! This will be Orange County's first zero waste, trash free festival. We plan to recycle everything that can be recycled, including forks, spoons, food waste - even the music is going to be a mix of old favorites and new stuff!

- http://www.hogdays.com/about.htm

If you're into that kind of thing, you should check it out!


Friday, June 20, 2008 - 2:00pm to Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 2:00pm


Downtown Hillsborough

Restore El Futuro

The following e-mail was forwarded to me by a friend. El Futuro works to help Latinos with mental health issues, it seems like an important program deserving of our support. Please take a moment to contact your favorite commissioner and ask that they restore funding.

Last night, the Orange County commissioners tentatively nixed $60,000 that had been approved by their subcommittee for El Futuro ( http://elfuturo-nc.org if you're not familiar with the organization).

Please please please send the commissioners an email TODAY --their meeting is tonight-- protesting this decision. Based on a conversation one of our board members had with an OC commissioner, there is still a chance to restore at least part of this funding if we can get people to object.

El Futuro is an amazing non-profit organization that serves a population that otherwise would be ignored.

Special Transit Advisory Commission releases planning blueprint

The Special Transit Advisory Commission (STAC) is made up of citizens and transportation specialists from throughout the Triangle area. The Capital Area MPO (CAMPO) and the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO (DCHC-MPO) have formed this advisory board to come up with a new set of transit and fixed-guideway (rail) plans to bring more and better transit options to the Triangle region. The report, with recommendations and some terrific maps of the options, is available for download from the Regional Transit Infrastructure Blueprint page.

I saw a presentation on this report last night from Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), and I can't wait for a chance to read it carefully. I look forward to hearing your comments and questions as well, and would be happy to forward them to TJCOG, which is one of the report-generating entities which worked with the STAC in generating studies and gathering data.

Is This What We've Come To?

Unless you've been on vacation for the last 10 days or so you should be quite aware of the controversial action of the Chapel Hill Town Council (by a 8-1 vote) granting themselves a health care benefit usually associated with long-term service. I'm sure readers of this site have by now made up their minds as to the appropriateness of this action so I need not concern myself with that. I would hope that readers are also aware that the Council members who voted in favor of this benefit quickly realized that they had erred, if not in substance, at least in process, and quickly reversed their decision. Even before they had voted to reverse their decision they were inundated with voice mails and emails, some apparently quite nasty and distastetful, expressing their displeasure over the Council actions.

New Elementary School for Northside

I just read the N&O report that the Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board voted last night to site elementary school number eleven in Northside neighborhood between Caldwell and McMasters streets, and I couldn't be happier.



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