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Homeland Insecurity

Announcement from Peggy Misch

Ira Chernus
University of Colorado

Homeland Insecurity:
From Terror and Fantasy to Hope and Reality

Wednesday, September 13, 7:30 PM
Chapel Hill Town Hall Council Chambers
405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

The Bush administration's War on Terror has undermined our civil liberties at home and created more enemies abroad, especially in the Middle East.

Commemorate September 11 and Constitution Day, September 17. Reconsider the War on Terror, its consequences, and some alternatives.

Presented by the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense and the Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Cosponsored by Charles M. Jones Peace and Justice Committee of the Community Church of Chapel Hill UU, Coalition for Peace with Justice, Committee to End the Cycle of Violence, Elders for Peace, Jews for a Just Peace-NC, Peace 1st, Students United for a Responsible Global Environment, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Triangle Branch

For more information: 942-2535

Snapshots in Time

Guest post by Judith Reitman

The Women's Prison Repertory Company presents SNAPSHOTS IN TIME, at the ArtsCenter, Carrboro, August 26, 8 pm. Inmates from the Raleigh Correctional Center for Women present a dramatic reading of a powerful work in progress. Donations Requested. No reservations.
300-G East Main Street Carrboro. 929-2787

Judges spending more money

Guest Post by Adam Compton

This past week, while I was at home in Cedar Grove, I received a very interesting phone call.

The woman on the line, who never identified herself, asked, "Sir, are you a registered voter in the Orange County area?"

When I said I was, she continued to tell me I had been selected for a survey. I had a little time on my hands, so I agreed to answer her questions. She began by running through a list of people and asking if I had heard of them.

"Mike Easley?"

"Charles Anderson?"

"Adam Stein?"

"Carl Fox?"

"Allen Baddour?"

After I replied that I knew them all, she asked who I planed to vote for in the election for Superior Court Judge. I told her that I was an Anderson supporter.

That's when things got interesting.

The woman ran through a series of questions, asking me if I would be more or less likely to vote for this candidate under a given set of conditions.

Still GRIM

Guest Post by Alan McSurely

The Grassroots Impeachment Movement (GRIM) began Four Months Ago in the 4th congressional district when we learned President Bush and Vice President Cheney had ordered the National Security Agency (NSA) to violate the 4th Amendment of the Constitution with an unconstitutional domestic spying program. Up until January 2006, the sporadic calls for impeachment were driven by northern anti-war activists. Bringing criminal charges, or impeaching Bush and Cheney seemed impossible. But the news about massive phone taps, in the wake of Katrina, torture, the Downing Street Memo, and profiteering illegalities in Iraq, caused many ordinary citizens to say, "Enough." We all realized together: 2008 Is Too Late! By mid-January a grass roots impeachment movement had spontaneously begun to spread here and a few other areas—a movement that now has taken roots across the country. A February poll showed 53% of Americans wanted to conduct investigations that would lead to impeachment.

Earth Day summit on carbon reduction

Guest Post by Dennis Markatos-Soriano

You are all invited to the Chapel Hill/Carrboro CRed Summit!

11:30am-2:30pm, Earth Day Saturday, April 22, 2006
Carrboro Century Center

A gathering to develop our commitment to local CRed (Carbon Reduction) climate stewardship from the written page to coordinated action that can achieve results.

We have commitments to participate from both local Mayors, members of the Chapel Hill Town Council, Carrboro Board of Aldermen, Orange County Commissioners, our State Senator Ellie Kinnaird, State Representative Verla Insko, students and faculty at the University, leaders of OWASA, and representatives of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

Key stakeholders that we aim to bring together include:

-Elected officials and staff in the Towns, County, state, and federal level
-Staff and officials at the University
-Members of the business community
-Students who can contribute to the process (from the University and local K-12 system)
-Local citizens who want to help our community achieve the CRed goals



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