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.

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!!

Open Letter to Town Council, Mayor, Manager, Chief of Police Regarding Yates Incident

At the Town Council meeting Monday night, I and many others felt frustrated, after issuing our statements and as the Council was deliberating, unable to respond to or correct the circuitous discussion between council members, Chief Blue, Mr. Stancil, Mayor Kleinschmidt, and Attorney Karpinos. 

Town Manager's Memo on Yates Raid: What Controversy?

Two months later, Chapel Hill Town Manager Roger Stancil has published his memorandum to the Town Council, outlining his "conclusions, actions and recommendations" related to the occupation of and subsequent police raid at the Yates Motor Company building on W. Franklin St. last November. It's an impressively bland endorsement of paramilitary police action, largely devoid of content. Stancil wastes no time in reaching the conclusion you may have expected him to reach—that the police did everything right and nothing wrong—and that if anything needs to happen as a result of these events, it's that the CHPD should adopt a new media relations policy.

Defining Marriage by Constitutional Amendment (Orange County Human Relations Month Forum 2012)

Announcement from the Orange County Human Relations Commission:

The Orange County Human Relations Commission invites you to

Human Relations Month Forum 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

THEME:
“Defining Marriage in North Carolina by Constitutional Amendment: What are the Implications?”

PANELISTS:
Stuart Campbell, Executive Director - Equality North Carolina
Maxine Eichner, Professor UNC-CH School of Law
Brett Webb-Mitchell, Visiting Associate Professor North Carolina Central University

MODERATOR:
Milan Pham, Attorney NicholsonPham Attorneys at Law

PLACE:
Carrboro Century Center
100 North Greensboro Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Refreshments and Entertainment by The Moaners at 2:30 PM. The public is invited. For more information, call (919) 245-2487.

 

Date: 

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro

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