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.

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

Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro - clean up, press conference, general assembly, dance party

Official news from Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro:

 On Tuesday, January 10, 2012, Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro will make history by becoming one of the very few, longstanding Occupy encampments in the country to peacefully and voluntarily transition to a new phase in its evolution.

Members of OCHC are planning a special day in celebration of the power and potential of the 99% movement. And they have invited the whole community.

The day’s events will kick off at 3 p.m. with taking down tents and cleanup of the Peace and Justice Plaza, 179 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Press are welcome to attend. This will be followed by a press conference at 4:30 p.m., at which Occupiers will present plans for the future.  A General Assembly will be held at 6 p.m. at the Plaza.

OCHC’s immediate plans for its evolution include: a Plaza presence consisting of General Assemblies, teach-ins, outreach, discussion circles, and events; roving encampments; participation in Occupy the Courts on January 20; and continuing active support for The Chapel Hill Carrboro Human Rights Center.

As part of the global Occupy movement towards economic justice, some of our long term endeavors will include an assistance program for people facing foreclosure; the establishment of central indoor space; further outreach to other Occupies, UNC students, the general public, and Triangle activist organizations; and the study of solidarity economy and its potential development in our area.

Following the General Assembly, OCHC will be hosting a dance party at the Plaza, starting at about 8 p.m.

The best is yet to come!

 

You may RSVP here 

Date: 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: 

Peace and Justice Plaza, Franklin St. Post Office, 179 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro 2.0: The Next Phase

On Tuesday, January 10, 2012, Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro will make history by becoming one of the very few, longstanding Occupy encampments in the country to peacefully and voluntarily transition to a new phase in its evolution.

Members of OCHC are planning a special day in celebration of the power and potential of the 99% movement. And they have invited the whole community. That means YOU!!

The day’s events will kick off at 3 p.m. with taking down tents and cleanup of the Peace and Justice Plaza, 179 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Press are welcome to attend. This will be followed by a press conference at 4:30 p.m., at which Occupiers will present plans for the future. A General Assembly will be held at 6 p.m. at the Plaza.

Following the General Assembly, OCHC will be hosting a dance party at the Plaza, starting at about 8 p.m.

OCHC’s immediate plans for its evolution include: a Plaza presence consisting of General Assemblies, teach-ins, outreach, discussion circles, and events; roving encampments; participation in Occupy the Courts on January 20; and continuing active support for The Chapel Hill Carrboro Human Rights Center.

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