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.

Lt. Choi in the Triangle AND the MarshallBomb Oct 8th

As the Technician recently reported, Lt. Dan Choi will be hosted by the Union Activities Board & GLBT Center for an on campus lecture and discussion of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.

Who: Lt Dan Choi is a West Point graduate, decorated officer, Arabic Linguist, and was discharged under the DADT policy
When: Tuesday, October 12 · 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: Stewart Theater - NCSU campus - Raleigh, NC
Admission:  Free

"I speak about the consequences of telling the truth under Don't Ask Don't Tell and of living a lie through my personal journey," Choi said.  "I let people know our belief system is against our integrity."

For more information, see the facebook event.

Local NAACP launch for national One Nation Working Together march

Eloise Hamilton

NAACP- Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chapter

(919) 682-4930





            CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Chapel Hill/Carrboro branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is hosting a launch event at Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at 6 p.m., to support participants of the One Nation Working Together March On Washington on Saturday October 2, 2010. 

            The NAACP hopes to bring together the social justice community in support of more than 50 local residents  and 50 UNC students who will board buses in Chapel Hill and make the trek from Chapel Hill to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to fight for jobs, affordable housing and education. 

            The March on Washington is a symbolic representation of the historic march that occurred in 1963 where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in front of over 200,000 supporters advocating civil and economic rights for African-Americans.  The goal of “One Nation Working Together” is to mobilize the nation as one to put Americans back to work, stimulate the economy, ensure the protection, civil rights, and liberties of all people, and invest in high-quality education for all youth.

            Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend.

            Buses are leaving the University Mall at 4 a.m. on Saturday and will return at 11 p.m. the same day.  The cost to ride is $45/person and one meal is included.




To sign-up to ride the bus and participate in the March on Washington, contact Quintin Laws at 919-475-6403, or visit for more information.

The launch event is open to the public; all members of the community are encouraged to attend. Members of the NAACP will be collecting  donations for scholarships to send low-income residents to Washington, as well as for food and beverages on the trip. 

For more information about the launch event, contact Michelle Laws at

The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights for all persons and to eliminate racial discrimination.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 2:00pm


Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe

NC Pride 2010 - PhotoBlog

Just got back from NC Pride a few hours ago.  It was great fun.  Saw friends, organizations, groups, and elected officials from across the triangle.  Tons of Elaine Marshall signs around.  Lots of pro-equality churches, and animal welfare/adoption tents.  Here are some of my pictures of the grounds/tents/speeches and parade.  Enjoy!


Okay, so I tried loading like 50 some photos with the photo thingy & they don't seem to show up in the preview window at all, so here is a link to where I put them up on BlueNC. (if I can figure out what went wrong I'll try editing to upload some of them again)

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A Community Conversation: Putting a Human Face on Immigration

Sponsored by:  Progressive Democrats of Orange and Chatham Counties and Triangle Women's International League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Led by trained facilitators from Uniting NC.

We seek to transcend politics and create common ground by sharing our personal experiences, articulating our hopes, voicing our concerns, and building trust in a safe, open and nonjudgmental setting. We would love for you and other members of your organization to take part in this community conversation. Accompanied children are welcome to participate.

Noon: we all enjoy a potluck luncheon and fellowship while watching short films telling the stories of immigrants trying to make a life in the US.  Please bring a favorite dish or non-alcoholic beverage to share if you wish, but it is your participation that’s important.

1:00 pm: Kristin Collins (Uniting NC) maps out the process of building a new vision of community through dialogue; then we break out into small facilitated discussion groups of 6-8 for about an hour, after which we’ll share the highlights of our conversations in the larger group.

We have invited a cross-section of our community to this event: elected officials,  business people, workers, farmers, artists, musicians, people from the faith community, teachers, students, and, of course, immigrants and family members of immigrants. We are delighted that our NC Senator Ellie Kinnaird  as well as Olma Echeverri from Charlotte, the President of the newly formed Hispanic American Democrats of NC, will participate in this event.

It is our strong belief that in order to get grassroots support for sound comprehensive immigration reform, we have to start talking -- and listening -- to one another and create a solid foundation of trust and goodwill. We can reclaim public discourse on immigration from the orchestrated hysteria and divisive rhetoric that has replaced thoughtful debate and counter the message of fear and intolerance with a message of respect and cooperation. 

Please RSVP no later than Friday, August 20, by e-mailing or calling/ texting 919-452-9342. If you are planning to contribute to the potluck, please let us know what dish or beverage you will be bringing. Thank you for all you are and all you do. 
Directions to Carol Woods:From I- 40 West take Exit #266. At the stoplight at the top of the exit ramp, turn left on highway 86. Turn left at the fourth stoplight onto Weaver Dairy Road. Carol Woods is about one mile on the left. Look for a split-rail fence with pink rose bushes.From I-40 East take Exit #266, labeled highway 86.At the stoplight at the top of the exit ramp, turn right onto highway 86. Turn left at the third stoplight onto Weaver Dairy Road. Carol Woods is about one mile on the left. Look for a split-rail fence with pink rose bushes.From I-85 South take exit #174B to 15-501. This is an exit to the right. Follow 15-501 into Chapel Hill and turn right onto I-40 West. Take exit  #266, labeled highway 86.  At the top of the exit ramp, turn left onto highway 86.  Then turn left at the fourth stoplight. Carol Woods is approximately one mile on the left. Look for a split-rail fence with pink rose bushes.

Bus Lines:

Carol Woods is on the T-Line. For a weekend schedule, please visit

Links:Progressive Democrats of North Carolina: www.progressivedemocratsnc.orgTriangle Women's International League for Peace and Freedom: www.trianglewilpf.orgUniting NC: www.unitingnc.orgChapel Hill Friends Meeting: www.chapelhillfriends.orgEl Centro Hispano: 


Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 8:00am to 11:00am


Carol Woods Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Rd. Chapel Hill



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