Civil Liberties

Perhaps because of the large number of outspoken and thoughtful people in our community, we have often found ourselves at ground zero in battles over civil liberties. In the 1980's Chapel Hill elected the first openly-gay elected official in the state, but Carrboro bested that by electing North Carolina’s first out mayor a decade later.

More recently, Chapel Hill grappled with free speech issues in the wake of 9/11, approved and then dismantled red light cameras in 2003-4, and was challenged by fundamentalists over support for gay marriage in 2005.

carrborocommune Livestream - live audio broadcast from inside CVS building

Phone Banking Against Amendment 1

This landed in my inbox earlier today from the Orange County Democratic Party: 
 
"Phone Banking Against Amendment 1
 
The Coalition to Protect All N.C. Families will be conducting a phone bank at the offices of the Orange County Democratic Party (209 Lloyd Street, Suite 310, Carrboro) in order to identify our supporters, i.e. those who want to defeat Amendment 1. We will be in the office from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday, February 1st. We hope that you will join us in educating NC and defeating Amendment 1."

Date: 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Orange County Democratic Party (209 Lloyd Street, Suite 310, Carrboro)

The "Marriage" Amendment and the Jewish Community

From chkehilla.org:

The "Marriage" Amendment and the Jewish Community. Sun., Feb. 5, 10-11:30 a.m., Chapel. A discussion about the proposed constitutional amendment to limit LGBT and other relationships in North Carolina. Presentation by Dr. Maxine Eichner on the meaning of the proposed constitutional amendment and its potential effects on gay couples and non-married opposite sex couples.

Date: 

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Chapel Hill Kehilla, 1200 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill

Race to the Ballot - Chapel Hill

Race to the Ballot, a statewide campaign to raise awareness of the effects of Amendment One, the current hate campaign against gay and lesbian North Carolinians, will arrive in Chapel Hill on February 16.

Over a five-week period, from January 27 to March 2, 2012, Protect NC Families Communications Director Jen Jones, trailed by a team of campaign organizers, social media street teams, and documentarians, will run 322 miles across the state of North Carolina, from the mountains of Asheville, N.C., to the coastal city of Wilmington, N.C., to raise awareness about the harms of the Amendment.

You and your friends can participate in the race and invest in its success.

Race to the Ballot will support the voter education and registration efforts of the Coalition to Protect NC Families.

Date: 

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 12:00pm to 9:00pm

Maybe Corporate Personhood is a Good Thing ... ??

No, no, really (he says, doing his very best, over-the-top, under-the-weather Ricky Gervais). Bear with me for a sec. If those who advocate for corporations to be persons (*cough* *hack* -- the 1%) follow through consistently with their political beliefs (granted, with Gingrich and Romney as standard-bearers, not very likely – but this is my satirical piece, so let me finish) …

Anyways, if corporations are persons (especially those megadeath Wall Street banks), then it follows (a la Tea Party Republicans in Mississippi) that they are persons from the point of their conception.

Now, bearing in mind that it can take years, if not decades, for corporations to be incorporated (and, therefore, start to pay taxes), long after they have been conceived, I would say that most of America’s corporations (keep thinking, megadeath Wall Street banks) owe gazillions in back taxes. Cha ching!

Back to Tea Party Republican principles, if corporations are persons, then you can’t abort them. So, all those insolvencies are now redundant. And a whole slew of ‘former’ corporations owe another huge chunk of back taxes. Double cha ching!!

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