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Screening of "Papers" documentary

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Adelante Education Coalition, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate, and Chapel Hill High School's Latino Student Association to screen "Papers" documentary in Chapel Hill

Film highlights the stories of undocumented youth; Community discussion on immigration issues to follow

CHAPEL HILL - Every year, 65,000 undocumented students in the United States graduate from high school without legal status - without"papers." Many of these students know the U.S. as their home, yet without proof of residence cannot drive, work, or apply for state ID,and could be deported to a country they do not remember.

"Papers" is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of these undocumented youth, and the obstacles they face when they graduate from high school. The Adelante Education Coalition will host a free screening of "Papers". The evening will feature opening remarks and poetry readings from current and former Chapel Hill High School students. A community discussion on immigration led by Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate coordinator Graig Meyer will follow the film.

DATE: Wednesday, May 26

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., event starts at 7 p.m.

This is a free event

Childcare and snacks provided

Spanish Interpretation available

The Adelante Education Coalition is a collaboration among nonprofit organizations that focus on advocacy and public policy, community organizing and grassroots support. The coalition works to ensure that North Carolina has a high-quality K-12 and post-secondary public education system. For more information and a list of coalition members, please visit   


Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 3:00pm


Hanes Theatre, Chapel Hill High School, 1709 High School Rd., Chapel Hill

Stand Against Racism

Come to Stand Against Racism, in the Fellowship Hall at Binkley Baptist Church, located at 1712 Willow Drive in Chapel Hill, NC. 

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

We'll have refreshments and time for visiting from 9:30 to 10 a.m.;

Program events from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; 

More time to mingle and enjoy refreshments until 12:30 p.m.

Program includes performances by Mrs. Mary D. Williams, extraordinary singer of traditional gospel and freedom songs, historian and educator; Poet and performance artist Mr. C.J. Suitt, founder of the Sacrificial Poets; and the St. Ambrose Jazz Mass Quintet from St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC. Come listen, learn, visit, and leave with inspiration and ideas on how to Stand Against Racism in your everyday life.

Sponsored by chcPACT! and Binkley Baptist Church Board of Outreach

Stand Against Racism is a movement initiated by the YWCA in 2008 in order to raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it cannot be ignored or tolerated. Our objective is to bring organizations together, who believe like we do, that united we can eliminate racism. 
Together with 65 YWCA Associations throughout the USA, we invite your organization to participate in our 3rd annual Stand Against Racism which will take place on Friday, April 30, 2010. Churches, temples, synagogues and other houses of worship are welcome to join us on May 1st and 2nd, 2010.
In 2009, the Stand Against Racism reached over 320 organizations which became Participating Sites of the Stand and collectively attracted over 30,000 people. In 2010, we are expecting the participation of approximately 1,500 organizations and over 200,000 individuals who will be taking a Stand Against Racism on April 30.


Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 6:00am to 8:30am


Binkley Baptist Church, 712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill

IFC Community House Discussion


Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 3:00pm


Southern Orange Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

IFC Community House Discussion


Monday, April 5, 2010 - 3:00pm


Southern Orange Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

PTA & LWV candidate forum

APRIL 14, 2010
The PTA Council and League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum for candidates for the Orange County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, from 7 to 9 p.m. The forum will be held in the council chambers of Chapel Hill's Town Hall, and will be televised live on government access Time Warner channel 18. The forum will also be taped and available for viewing here.
Six of the seven candidates have agreed to attend: Joal Hall Broun, Alice Gordon, Barry Jacobs, Earl McKee, Joe Phelps and Renee Price. 
In another difficult budget year, parents are especially concerned about the impact on schools. This forum, coming the night before early voting begins, will thus be especially timely, given that almost half of the schools' money is allocated by the county commissioners.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 3:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill

NAACP Candidate Forum

NAACP to Sponsor Orange County Candidates Forum in Chapel Hill

[March 17, 2010-Chapel Hill, NC] The Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the NAACP will sponsor an open forum for Orange County candidates running in the May 4 primary election for Commissioner and Sheriff. The forum will be held in Chapel Hill on Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.

All candidates are invited to share their views on a variety of quality of life issues from education and economicdevelopment to law enforcement initiatives.

Carrboro Alderman Joal Hall Broun and former Hillsborough Mayor Joe Phelps will challenge incumbent Barry Jacobs for an at-large County Commissioner seat. Hillsborough Police Chief Clarence Birkhead will challenge incumbent Lindy Pendergrass for Sheriff.

The Forum is free and open to the public. 


Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 3:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill

Early voting

One-stop, no-excuse-needed early voting with same-day registration.

There are 2 sites available for early voting for the May 4, 2010 Primary Election.
The Orange County Board of Elections
208 South Cameron Street
The Morehead Planetarium
250 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill
*Days and hours are the same at both sites*
Thursday, April 15th – Friday, April 16th  –  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 19th – Friday, April 23rd  –    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 26th – Friday, April 30th  –    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 1st – 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 9:00am

Primary Election Day


Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 2:30am to 3:30pm

Public forum on downtown Chapel Hill

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Downtown Public Forum

Please join the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership in providing input into the planning process for the future of Downtown Chapel Hill. The sessions are open to property owners, businesses, residents and anyone interested in Downtown's future to meet with the consultants and share ideas and suggestions for Downtown Chapel Hill. 


Thursday, April 8

8:30 to 10:00 AM and 4:30 to 6:00 PM

Both sessions will be held in the second floor Great Room at the Top of the Hill Restaurant. The entrance is on the south side of East Franklin St., between Walgreens and Game Stop.     

The Town and Partnership have hired the Raleigh based consultant Kling-Stubbins to help craft a Development Framework and Action Plan Document which will help guide the Town and the development community five to eight years into the future.  Kling-Stubbins has partnered with Stewart Engineering and Strategy 5 economic development consulting to assist with the Plan.  The documents' primary thrust will be to identify strategic properties in downtown, suggest potential uses for the property and, with the approval of current or future owners, present a means to achieve the jointly developed plan for these strategic parcels. 


Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 4:30am


Great Room at the Top of the Hill Restaurant

Campus to Campus Connector walk

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On Saturday March 27 at noon at Caribou Coffee downtown Chapel Hill, the Campus to Campus Bike Connector group will lead a walk of a potential bike route to connect UNC campus with Carolina North.    For more information, see

Please note that there is a walk of the middle route(connection through Northsdie) planned for this Saturday, March 27. All folks interested in walking the route with CCBC and gaining insight on route conditions are welcome.  

Meet us at NOON (12pm)at Caribou Coffee on Franklin (near Columbia)...or as the old-timers know it, Hagen-Daaz/He's Not Here courtyard across from the Baptist Church downtown.

Walk time is estimated to be about 1 hour. 


Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 8:00am


Caribou Coffee, West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill



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