November 2010

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Superintendent Search Forum at ECHHS

The Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board of Education will hold two community forums. Board members will attend in order to listen to speakers' preferences regarding the top characteristics the Board should look for in the next Superintendent.  Comments should be limited to three minutes to ensure that everyone has a chance to be heard. Please click on the link for additional details about these events and the search.

November 29, 7-9 pm: Hargraves Center, 216 N Roberson St., 27516.        

December 13, 7-9 pm: East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Rd., 27514 


Monday, December 13, 2010 - 2:00pm


East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill

Hello and welcome!

Hello, all! I'm Sarah Morayati, a UNC senior and former Daily Tar Heel reporter. I've followed OP for a while now, and now I'm covering local government and development for Reesenews, the news/multimedia website the UNC journalism school just launched.

Right now we're planning out our coverage focuses for the coming year, and even though we're only a week or two past launch, we'd love to hear your thoughts about how we can better serve the community.

In particular, we're hoping to be able to use the freedom that comes with our online platform to provide more in-depth coverage of news and issues. This can happen through long-form articles and series, experimental story forms, multimedia, etc. -- whatever works. Is there anything you'd like to see more of? Less of? Issues or news topics that have gone under-reported or covered too briefly?

Let us know what thoughts you have -- either here, on Twitter or by email (sarah [dot] morayati [at] reesenews [dot] org). We're listening!

Orange County Rape Crisis Center - 23rd Annual Holiday Auction

Gather with friends to make the season bright at our annual holiday auction! The auction is the Orange County Rape Crisis Center’s primary fundraising event and supports our mission to stop sexual violence and its impact through support, education and advocacy. Find gifts for friends and family, or treat yourself to an early present! 


Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 12:00pm to 4:30pm


Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel

Congrats, Chief-elect Blue!

[Chris Blue headshot]

I just heard that longtime Chapel Hill police officer Chris Blue has been selected as the new chief, as of December 1st. I've known Chris for many years as he used to patrol Northside and really got to know the people and issues there. He's very grounded in Chapel Hill, and although he has a long history with the CHPD I think he's also generally open to new ideas. He's even on Twitter!

While it's disappointing to see the Town continuing the longstanding tradition of white male leadership, I think Chris Blue is emminently qualified and will make a great chief. 

A way President Obama can increase jobs

There's been a fair amount of hand-wringing about the president's inability to improve the job market, especially without a cooperative Congress. While the president has little he can do directly, there's one idea that hasn't been considered: cracking down on overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

For 40 years, workers and businesses alike preferred a loose enforcement policy on overtime. Many workers who spend far more than 40 hours a week on the job are insulted at being considered an hourly worker, or a non-professional. There was a greater desire for flexible schedules than for time-and-a-half. The notion of overtime is so quaint that most people have probably forgotten that the laws exist and can be used to protect them against unreasonable demands of management.

Why Are Police Stifling First Amendment Rights in Carrboro?

On November 15th, around four p.m., local Earth First! activists gathered outside of the Royal Bank of Canada in Carrboro to protest the bank's investment in the world's most destructive project, the Canadian Tar Sands.  We were holding signs, banners, and doing some chanting.  The police arrived and told us that we could not stand anywhere on the sidewalk at all.

75th Anniversary of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Triangle Branch


Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 12:30pm


Community Church Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist, 506 Purefoy Rd.

Town considers Mall as permanent location for Library

I just received the following memo from the Town of Chapel Hill email list. It shares some info on a proposal to move the town library permanently to University Mall. You can find it here on the Town of Chapel Hill website too.

TO: Council
FROM: Mark Kleinschmidt, Mayor
SUBJECT: University Mall Library Proposal
DATE: November 22, 2010

During discussions regarding the temporary relocation of Chapel Hill library to University Mall, Madison-Marquette, the mall's owners, expressed to our staff their interest in exploring the possibility of permanently locating the library at the Mall. The proposal would be for a mall anchored at one end by A Southern Season, and at the other by the Chapel Hill Public Library, which they propose would occupy the current Dillard's Department Store space.

Jess Sundin, Antiwar Activist Targeted by FBI Raids, Speaks Out

Target of FBI Raids, Jess Sundin, Will Speak in Chapel Hill on Nov. 30

Event is part of a national week of actions in solidarity with those being targeted by the FBI

Please join us Tuesday Nov. 30 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, at the Chapel Hill Public Library (100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill NC). Minneapolis antiwar activist Jess Sundin, one of the people targeted by the Sept 24 FBI raids, will be speaking in Chapel Hill about the raids and the growing movement to defend those being attacked by the FBI.

On September 24, the FBI raided the homes of 14 well-known anti-war and human rights activists in Chicago and Minneapolis. They also raided the office of the Minnesota Anti-War Committee. That same day, two activists in Durham, NC were visited by the FBI. According to the FBI, the goal of the raids was to investigate alleged “material support for terrorism". These activists have done nothing wrong, yet face secretive Grand Jury trials, jail time and fines. Their freedom is at stake, along with everyone's freedom to speak our minds and to organize against war and occupation.

Come learn about the past and current history of FBI attacks on social movements in the US, and to understand your rights and what you can do to stand in solidarity with those being targeted! The event is FREE. Donations will be collected for the Minneapolis and Chicago's activists' legal defense fund.


Hosted by NC Committee to Stop FBI Repression -


Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC

International Citizens' Day of Action to Move Money from the BIG Bank$.

We are hearing a lot about austerity everywhere nowadays, at every scale, county to international.  What we are not hearing: austerity for the Banks!, austerity for the big electricity utilities!, austerity for vampire multinational corporations! .. who have been making a killing this year while so many have lost their jobs, austerity for the rich! .. who may continue to not pay taxes (possibly enabled by Obama's spinelessness and our lack of accountability for him), austerity to the pentagon!  

Well, here is another attempt --an event-- to begin to change this ...

I would like to encourage all who still have their money with banks that are 'too big too fail,' banks that are 'too big to be subject to austerity' --designations not afforded to real people, who are the ones who end up picking up the tab for the banks and get fleeced in the process--, or with banks that finance criminal environmental practices such as tar sands oil extraction (RBC), to:

Please consider joining the international day of action on December 7th to withdraw your money and put it into a credit union or small independent locally owned bank instead.

Locally we now have, the Latino Credit Union and Harrington bank, and if you have a connection to someone who has an account with the State Employees Credit Union, this works too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 P.S. Related articles of interest:

P.S.S. Should we have a local party of independence to celebrate those who make the change on December 7th?



Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 3:00am


@ all 'too big to fail' banks



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