November 2008

Election Night Cruiser-Tuesday

What: Cruiser Tuesday dress up and ride

Where: Starting at Johnny's Sporting Goods, 901 West Main St., Carrboro, and ending up at Southern Rail and The Station to watch election results... The range County Campaign for Change Official Barack Obama Victory Party (Official Orange County Obama Election Night Party) will be happening at The Station upon arrival!

When: 7:00pm gathering, 7:30pm ride

Theme: Hope and change! Bring your flashy lights...

More info: It's a social cycling mobile dancing costume party. Usually there's a theme, and quite often a Pabst tasting. It's NOT a "critical mass" type ride; we obey all street lights and traffic rules and do not block motorists. All bikes and skill levels are welcome.

Check out this article,, describing how Matthew Lee brought it to the Triangle. Matthew also has a Cruiser Tuesday blog here:

The ReCYCLEry is not responsible for hosting or organizing Cruiser Tuesdays, though we are pleased to spread the word. You will often find many of our members participating. Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Starting at Johnny's Sporting Goods, 901 W. Main St., Carrboro, NC and Ending at Southern Rail and the Station

A Veterans Responsibility

I suppose I should first say I like many of my fellow veterans and many returning veterans now suffer as does our Senator McCain with the curse of PTSD.   Why is it a curse?   It’s sometimes difficult to maintain an even keel...sometimes life gets too difficult.   But while I am lucid let me say.   It is my fervent hope that citizens of North Carolina honour the Veterans and their contributions to our freedoms on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.   What does November 4th have to do with honouring our Veterans?   First, the obvious that our veterans, retirees, and active duty service men and women have met and are meeting their responsibilities as citizens of this state and country.   Second, this same group represents approximately 10% of the population of this state and as such have a duty to act responsibly and vote!   Third, each member of this group must recognize their responsibility to the group and ignore the racial, prejudicial, and ignorant remarks of some of our fellow citizens and vote for the candidate each of us feels in our heart will be best for our country.

OP vacation

The annual break where posting is disabled in an attempt to get OP readers to relax and enjoy some time off.

Dates are subject to adjustment.


Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 12:00pm

Candidates for Town Council

Tonight the ten applicants for the vacant seat on the Chapel Hill Town Council will have the opportunity to make their case to the 8 voters they need to convince: the rest of the Council.

Bus driver fired after fatal accident

I just got the following notice from the Chapel Hill Town Manager's offce:

We are saddened by the tragic accident of Valerie Hughes, who died on Oct. 28 after being struck by a bus while crossing a street in Chapel Hill. We wish to express our deepest sympathy to her family and to her friends.

The driver of the Chapel Hill Transit bus involved in the accident, James Orr, was placed on administrative leave without pay immediately. The Town of Chapel Hill conducted an internal investigation consistent with Town policy and statutory guidelines.

Effective November 3, 2008, James Orr, Transit Operator II was terminated as an employee of the Town of Chapel Hill.

The Town Council has expressed an ongoing concern with pedestrian safety, and this unfortunate accident highlights our need to continue and improve upon that effort.

NRG forum "Chapel Hill 2020: Where are we headed?"

Via e-mail announcement:

Dear NRG neighbors and supporters:

Mark your calendars for December 10, 2008!  Chapel Hill 2020:  where are we headed?

Neighborhoods for Responsible Growth will hold a public forum on growth, density, and the future vision for our community on the evening of Wednesday, December 10, 2008, in the Chapel Hill Town Council Chambers, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

As our community has grown, the need for a community-wide discussion on how we want our town to look has become acute. More and more citizens are expressing uncertainty and concern about what degree of density is most appropriate for our community, and where the best locations for it might be.

NRG believes that our region will develop best if it develops based on a comprehensive vision that is understood and endorsed by informed citizens. The goal of this forum is to kick off a community-wide discussion of these issues.  NRG will be broadcasting more information as the agenda and speaker list firms up. But for now:

-  Mark your calendar for this event

-  Please forward this e-mail to any and all potentially interested friends and neighbors

-    Please send any questions to NRG by return response to


    Thank you, and please watch for more details on this important event!


Julie McClintock and Kristina Peterson

Co-Chairs, NRG



Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 2:00pm


Council Chambers, Chapel Hill Town Hall

Local results

It seems quite likely that North Carolina could face a recount, so these numbers may change. (And they are never considered truly "final" until certified by the Board of Elections anyway.) But here's how Orange County voted, according to the NC Board of Elections, so far. I don't think any adjustments will change the outcome of these very decisive local races.


David Price (i) (DEM)
William (B.J.) Lawson (REP)

Public Forum on Analysis of the 2008 Election

The Orange County Democratic Women and the Orange County Democratic Party are sponsoring a Public Forum on Analysis of the 2008 Election on Thursday, November 20, 7:30 pm at the Century Center in Carrboro.  Hodding Carter III, Ferrel Guillory, and Rob Christiansen will be the panel. 


Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm


Carrboro Century Center

Chapel Hill to Host Community Conversation on Differences in Socio-Economic Classes

The public is invited to a community program discussing differences in socio-economic class in Chapel Hill to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Council Chamber of Chapel Hill Town Hall. Refreshments will be provided.

Organized by the Town of Chapel Hill’s Justice in Action Committee, the event is the second in a series of outreach events designed to engage the community in frank conversations about racial, economic, and social justice issues in Chapel Hill.

Council Member Mark Kleinschmidt and Justice in Action Committee Chair André Wesson will make welcoming remarks. Ben Saypol, program director of the UNC Interactive Theatre Scene, will lead a scripted and improvisational theater program to help facilitate the discussion.

Interactive Theatre Carolina uses scripted and improvisational theatre to promote health/wellness and social justice in the Chapel Hill community. This program depicts an example of the conflicts raised by differences in socio-economic class and engages the audience to participate in the drama on stage. In so doing, the audience is encouraged to explore and consider their own attitudes and behaviors.

The Justice in Action Committee was created in 2005 following the Council's approval of the renaming of Airport Road to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. In 2007, the committee adopted a new name, purpose and mission: “To adequately and effectively reflect the Town of Chapel Hill’s integrity and commitment to preserving racial, economic, and social justice within the community.”

Its stated goals are to recognize how we take for granted our biases and how these affect behavior; to challenge comfort zones by calling attention to how class reinforces the invisibility of others; to explore our own perspectives, attitudes and behaviors by opening ourselves up to recognize the perspectives of others; and to identify how our differences unite and bind us together.

Future programs being planned by the Justice in Action Committee include an event during Human Rights week in December 2008 and a Martin Luther King Day Celebration in spring 2009.

“The success of this program and the committee’s work will depend on the level of community involvement,” said Justice in Action Committee Chair André Wessen. “Our last event on race demonstrated the need to continue the dialogue on these important community issues.”

To learn more about this event and/or the Justice in Action Committee, contact André Wessen (919) 843-8917 or Jan Boxill (919) 962-3317. New members are welcomed, and applications are available on the Town of Chapel Hill website at


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Town Hall, Council Chambers, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. BLVD Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Rock for Reproductive Rights

Dear friends, for the fifth year in a row, Ipas is kicking of the holidays with the Rock for Reproductive Rights benefit concert.  I am thrilled that we've managed to secure not only the local talent Caitlin Cary, but also Cajun stars Michael Doucet, and Ann and Marc Savoy.  So thrilled, in fact, that I'm cutting short a trip to Africa to be back to help MC the program!

If you like good music, and you like to dance, and you value the lives of women, I hope you'll come out in December and support us -- and maybe even consider being a sponsor!

Cheers, Kirsten

Rock for Reproductive Rights

On Saturday, December 6th, Ipas will show its holiday spirit with the fifth annual Rock for Reproductive Rights benefit concert!
We're particularly excited about the 2008 lineup. The evening will begin with the incomparable Caitlin Cary. "Rock, country, soul and folk smoothly blend together with Cary's gorgeous vocals serving as the unifying force," says entertainment reviewer Michael Berick. Caitlin is a founding member of the band Tres Chicas, and has recorded several tantalizing duets with Thad Cockerell. This will be the second time Caitlin has leant her voice to Ipas's cause – Tres Chicas mesmerized the audience during the 2005 Rock for Reproductive Rights.

Next we'll break out our Mardi Gras beads and our best swamp dancin' shoes for the Savoy Doucet Cajun Band, featuring Michael Doucet, the Grammy award-winning lead singer and fiddler from Beausoleil, and Ann and Marc Savoy, both Louisiana musicians. In 2005, Doucet was one of 12 recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA award, which recognizes artistic excellence, cultural authenticity and an artist's contributions, is the highest honor in U.S. folk and traditional arts. OffBeat magazine has described Ann Savoy as "cajun music's cultural ambassador." She plays cajun music in the movie, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and produced a Grammy-nominated recording of cajun music that includes performances by Linda Ronstadt and John Fogerty. Ann and accordionist-husband Marc — also an NEA Heritage Fellow— perform around the world. Marc's performances include three presidential inaugurations and shows at the John F. Kennedy Center, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Newport Folk Festival. He also appeared in the PBS documentary, "American Roots."

Ipas works around the globe to increase women's reproductive rights and to save women's lives in places where abortion is illegal or inaccessible. With local, national and global partners, Ipas strives to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and family-planning services. Ipas trains health-care providers to improve health services, promotes appropriate technologies and works with policymakers and advocates to improve health policies and practices.

We hold the concert each year to raise money for our work and to educate the local community about unsafe abortion and the toll it takes on women and on their families and communities. The World Health Organization estimates that almost 70,000 women die from unsafe abortions each year, and five million are injured.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the ArtsCenter at (919)929-2787 or online at the ArtsCenter website.

You can support Ipas by sponsoring the concert with a tax deductible contribution. Concert sponsors who donate $50 or more will receive two complimentary tickets to the concert. We appreciate your support. Click here to make a donation.


Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 3:00pm


ArtsCenter, 300 East Main St, Carrboro



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