October 2010

OP 7th Birthday Party


Monday, October 4, 2010 - 3:00pm


GlassHalFull, 106 S Greensboro St, Carrboro

An Open Letter to BJ Lawson

BJ, when you first started running against David Price, George W Bush was still president of our country and the leader of your party.  You seemed different, a breath of fresh air - you talked about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and seemed to have some idea of the dangers of powerful government.  As a civil libertarian, I wanted to find out more about you, so I contacted you and we had a wonderful three-hour breakfast meeting where we seemed to agree on a lot of principles and issues.  After that we met once, perhaps twice, for more pleasant and stimulating conversations.  I even invited you to a liberal political group, where you impressed other liberals with your apparent earnestness and even with some of your ideas.

At one point I asked you why you belonged to the Republican Party.  You replied that the party was broken, ripe for takeover.   That sounded reasonable, given the ways that a Republican President and Congress had tossed away a budget surplus and gone to war against a country that hadn't attacked us.  That Republican Party is dangerous, I said, and you seemed to agree.

Candidates Forum with David Price & BJ Lawson

Ask them yourself! US Rep David Price (D) & BJ Lawson (R) 
debate the issues at a candidates' forum co-sponsored by the Independent Weekly & BullCityRising.com. Public may submit questions to the candidates at the event or in advance by e-mailing editors@indyweek.com. The 4th Congressional District includes Durham, Orange & parts of Chatham & Western Wake (Cary, Fuquay, Holly Springs, New Hill, Morrisville) counties. In the second-floor public space of the Durham Transportation Center, 515 W Pettigrew St. 


Friday, October 8, 2010 - 2:30pm


Durham Transportation Center, 515 W Pettigrew St., Durham

Lt. Choi in the Triangle AND the MarshallBomb Oct 8th

As the Technician recently reported, Lt. Dan Choi will be hosted by the Union Activities Board & GLBT Center for an on campus lecture and discussion of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.

Who: Lt Dan Choi is a West Point graduate, decorated officer, Arabic Linguist, and was discharged under the DADT policy
When: Tuesday, October 12 · 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: Stewart Theater - NCSU campus - Raleigh, NC
Admission:  Free

"I speak about the consequences of telling the truth under Don't Ask Don't Tell and of living a lie through my personal journey," Choi said.  "I let people know our belief system is against our integrity."

For more information, see the facebook event.

Early voting begins

...Tomorrow!  (Read on for details.)


        for the November 2, 2010 General Election


Please note differences in times and days for each of the 3 sites


                            Board of Elections Office

              208 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough


                  Thursday – Friday - October 14 – October 15 – 9 am to 5 pm

                   Monday – Friday - October 18 – October 22 – 9 am to 5 pm

                   Saturday - October 23 – 9 am to 1 pm

                   Monday – Friday - October 25 – October 29 – 9 am to 5 pm

                   Saturday - October 30 – 9 am to 1 pm


                            Morehead Planetarium

                250 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill


                     Monday – Friday - October 18 – October 22 – 9 am to 5 pm

                     Saturday - October 23 – 9 am to 1 pm

                     Monday – Friday - October 25 – October 29 – 9 am to 5 pm

                     NO voting on last Saturday - Oct. 30 at Morehead

                       **** UNC Football Game starts at 1:00 pm ***



                            Seymour Senior Center

                   2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

                     Monday – Friday – October 18 – October 22 – 12 pm to 7 pm

                     Saturday - October 23 – 9 am to 1 pm

                     Monday – Friday – October 25 – October 29 – 12 pm to 7 pm

                     Saturday - October 30 – 9 am to 1 pm



Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 5:00am

Early voting ends


Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 9:00am

Orange County Democratic Party Annual Breakfast

Where:  Carolina Club, UNC Chapel Hill Campus

Tickets:  Purchase online with credit card or reserve with check:  www.ocdplegislativebreakfast.com

                 $40 in advance, $75 at the door

Host:      Sponsored by the Orange County Democratic Party

This is not your usual political event!  The food, coffee and acoustics are great!  Guests will lead the conversation with at least three representatives as elected officials rotate from table to table.  Meet and greet for candidates from 8 to 8:30 a.m. 

Confirmed Guests: Congressman David Price, House Speaker Joe Hackney, Secretary Elaine Marshall, Senator Ellie Kinnaird, Representative Verla Insko, Representative Bill Faison, Representative Alice Borsden, Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, District Attorney Jim Woodall, Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass, Judge Joe Buckner, Judge Beverley Scarlett, Judge Page Vernon, Judge Carl Fox, Commissioner Valerie Foushee, Commissioner Bernadette Pelissier, Commissioner Steve Yuhasz, School Board Member Mia Burroughs, Chapel Hill Council Member Penny Rich, Chapel Hill Council Member Laurin Easthom, Carrboro Alderman Randee Haven-O’Donnell


Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 4:30am to 6:30am

Wrong way

The need for signs to help people find their way around town has been discussed for several years. The Town of Chapel Hill recently installed their first wayfinding signs. This initial step is welcome, but I'm a little disappointed with the implementation. First of all, I think they are needed downtown much more than at our entryways, which is where the program is currently focused.

A few nights ago I was driving home on MLK Blvd and got my first look at the signs.  They appear to be white text on a light blue background, rendering them nearly impossible to read! In addition, the UNC branding would seem to indicate that these are signs for how to get to the University, rather than to a variety of local destinations. And of course if the signs can't be read from a moving car, then they aren't doing much good on a 5-lane road.

Prayer and Rec. League Football

It has come to my attention that some coaches in the Chapel HIll Parks and Rec. football league are requiring their players to say the Lord's Prayer before and after their games.  This is in direct violatoin of separation of Church and State.  I  contacted the P and R dept. in September and Mark Troutman replied that he would "address this issue with the coaches."  Well, it is mid October and the team is still saying the prayer!  I'm not anti-religion but since this is a government sponsored league and we have a very diverse population, it seems like this activity is inappropriate at the least and possibly uncomfortable for any Jewish, Muslim, Buddist, etc family that chooses to participate in Rec. League football.  What do others think?

Souls to the polls

It may be hard to think of a tax increase as "justice," but Orange County has an example of just that in its proposal on the November ballot to raise the sales tax by one-quarter cent. A portion of the revenue if this wins approval will go toward providing a solution for Habitat for Humanity homeowners in Efland (many of whose homes were built by our member churches), who have been facing a 300 percent increase in their sewer rates. Justice United agrees that this tax increase, which means paying 25 cents more per every $100 you spend, equals social justice.

We will gather at 9:30am at United Church.  After a brief press conference with our partner groups, we will walk over to the Seymour Center to cast our votes. 


Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 5:30am to 7:00am


United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 MLK Jr. Blvd



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