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.

Stop "managed care" waiver that stomps on disabled people

Developmental disability civil rights are getting stomped on. I emplore you all to read this and act on it quickly if you all really care about people. Our rights are being taking away.

WILPF 31st Triennial Congress

 For more information, contact:Tana Hartman, 619-6546 (c) OR Miriam Thompson, 919-370-4114  

The 31st triennial congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom  (WILPF) opens on June 1 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel  Hill, hosted by the League’s Triangle branch.  Its theme, “End War – Local to Global,”  will be explored by such outstanding speakers as Rev. Dr. William Barber II, President of  the North Carolina NAACP; Kathy Kelly, head of Voices for Creative Nonviolence; and  Madeleine Rees, former head of office of the U.N. High Commissioner of Human Rights  in Bosnia and international Secretary General of WILPF. 

Kelly will speak on her recent visit to Afghanistan Friday, June 3 in Chase  Hall, Ridge Road, UNC campus, 12 noon, free.  Rev. Barber’s keynote speech “The Long  Road to Freedom, Equality and Justice” on Friday, June 3, is also free to the public, 7  p.m., Hanes Arts Center on campus.   A reception and film gala on Saturday,  June 4 will begin at 6 p.m., Hanes Arts Center, with the film “The Whistleblower,”  an expose of sexual atrocities perpetrated during the Balkan war, showing at 7:15 p.m.  Discussion with Rees and Donna Bickford, Director of the Carolina Women’s Center,  regarding the film and human trafficking will follow.    

Workshops will examine such issues as “Corporations v. Democracy;” “Water for Life,  Not for Profit;” nuclear energy, the status of women. For more information: www.trianglewilpf.org , or contact 919-370-4114 regarding  registration, scholarship, transportation and volunteer information.

Date: 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:00pm to Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 11:30am

Location: 

SASB Hall, 450 Ridge Road, UNC Campus;

A Song of Solidarity (Red, White & Blue)

This is a bit of a stretch for an Orange County blog. But not much of one. All around America, progressives are concerned at the civil rights of ordinary workers, and the plight of those most at risk in society. Not least with the effect at every level of government of the new austerity - whether natural or Republican-driven. And that goes for Orange County too.

Sometimes a song can have more immediate effect than a thousand speeches. So I wrote a song. Inspired by the fight for rights by workers both here in Orange County and all around America.

I had become tired of tax-cutters, tax-dodgers and war-mongers claiming to themselves the mantle of patriot. When it is ordinary working Americans and those who fight every day to make ours a better county, state and country, it is we who are the true patriots. Not those who would run down government and destroy the safety net.

So, a warm and generous patriotic song for progressive Orange County and progressive America. Oh. And one with an uptempo beat. So that when it comes time to protest, we can all shake more than our fists ... !!

Chapel Hill Personnel Appeals Committee approves firing of Clyde Clark by 5-1 vote

Stop FBI Repression - Southern Regional Conference at UNC School of Law, Feb. 19

Some of you are familiar with this issue from the Indy: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/why-is-the-fbi-interested-in-the-anti-war-movement/Content?oid=1786829

Please come to this important conference against FBI and Grand Jury repression at the UNC School of Law. Visit the Committee to Stop FBI Repression website for the complete agenda: http://www.stopfbi.net/conference/north-carolina.

Date: 
Sat, 2011-02-19 09:30 - 17:00
Location: 
UNC School of Law
160 Ridge Rd Room 5052
Chapel Hill, NC
United States

Southern regional organizing conference of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Read the press release here.

The conference will be held Saturday Feb. 19 at the UNC Law School in Chapel Hill, NC, from 10:00AM to 5:00pm. Please register now.

You can make an online donation to support the conference - please put "FBI Conference" in the "designation" section of the donate form.

Directions and parking information are available on the UNC School of Law website.

Registration

  • Conference is free and open to the public, but we are asking for $5-20 sliding scale donation to help cover costs.
  • Lunch is $5, no one will be turned away.
  • Need childcare? Let us know the number of kids and their ages.
  • Need housing? Contact housing coordinator ncstopfbi@gmail.com

Follow this link to register for the conference

Agenda

9:30am - 10:00am Registration and breakfast

10:00am - 10:10am Welcome to the conference, opening remarks from conference organizers

10:10am - 10:30am

Keynote address from subpoenaed activists

Subpoeaned activists Meredith Aby (Twin Cities Anti-War Committee) and Steff Yorek (Freedom Road Socialist Organization) provide an overview of the September 24 FBI raids on antiwar and solidarity activists.

10:30am - 10:45am Call for donations to the legal support fund

11:00am - 12:15pm

Panel: History of FBI and Political Repression Against People's Movements

  • Moderated by Elena Everett from Raleigh FIST.
  • Lewis Pitts; Raleigh NC.
  • Efia Nwangaza, US Human Rights Network; Atlanta GA.
  • Theresa El-Amin, Southern Anti Racism Network; Columbus GA
  • Dianne Mathiowetz, International Action Center, Atlanta GA.

12:15 - 1:15pm Lunch (will be provided, please bring $5 donation if possible)

1:15pm - 2:45pm Panel

Panel: Grand Juries, Material Support of Terrorism, the Legal and Political Context of the September 24 Raids

  • Moderated by Kosta Harlan, Triangle Committee to Stop FBI Repression
  • Peter Gilbert, UNC Center for Civil Rights; Durham NC.
  • Lela Ali of In the Name of Humanity; Rocky Mount NC.
  • Khalilah Sabra, MAS Freedom; Raleigh NC.
  • Maureen Murphy, Palestine Solidarity Group; Chicago IL.
  • Meredith Aby, Twin Cities Anti-War Committee; Minneapolis MN.
  • Jennifer Rudinger, ACLU; Durham NC.

2:45pm - 3:00pm Break

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Discussion: Organizing reports from around the South

Opportunity for activists to discuss the protests that they have held, outreach to legislators, building community support.

3:45pm - 4:30pm Discussion of a plan from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression for future actions and protests

4:30pm - 5:00pm Summing up the conference, led by Steff Yorek

Sponsors of this conference include

  1. ACLU of North Carolina
  2. Asheville Committee to Stop FBI Repression
  3. Atlanta International Action Center
  4. Balance & Accuracy in Journalism (BAJ)
  5. Blackwater Watch
  6. Durham Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  7. Durham County Libertarian Party
  8. Freedom Road Socialist Organization
  9. Freedom Road Socialist Organization/Organización Socialista del Camino para la Libertad (FRSO/OSCL)
  10. Green Party of the United States
  11. In the Name of Humanity
  12. Internationalist Books
  13. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD-USA)
  14. Jews for a Just Peace
  15. Libertarian Party of North Carolina
  16. Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
  17. National Lawyers Guild at UNC Chapel Hill
  18. NAACP--Chapel Hill/Carrboro Branch
  19. NC Stop Torture Now
  20. North Carolina Peace Action
  21. Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  22. Orange County Peace Coalition
  23. Orange Chatham Progressive Democrats
  24. Peace and Justice Committee, Community Church of Chapel Hill UU
  25. Raleigh F.I.S.T.
  26. Raleigh Fruitcakes
  27. SDS - Asheville
  28. SDS - Tuscaloosa
  29. SDS - UNC Chapel Hill
  30. Southern Anti-Racism Network
  31. Triangle Committee to Stop FBI Repression
  32. UE Local 150
  33. US Human Rights Network
  34. Veterans for Peace, Eisenhower Chapter
  35. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom --Triangle Branch

 

Date: 

Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 4:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

UNC School of Law 160, Ridge Rd Room 5052 Chapel Hill, NC

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