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.

Drinking - That "Age" Old Problem

Some might revel in their underage drinking exploits, but I suspect UNC-Chapel Hill tennis player Chris Kearney never expected his life to take the detour it looks like it will take.

Check out Ruby on WCOM 103.5 LP FM's own Ruby Sinreich will be my guest today on WCOM's West End Report (6pm). Ruby and I will be discussing the talk of the town, primarily getting the audience updated on the Abbey Court situation.

Once again being inspired by Tom Arnel's Placeholder show's Guest DJ feature, I have also asked Ruby to bring along her favorite music to play.

If you are not in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area, you can listen online here

We welcome calls for questions for Ruby 919-929-9601

Thanks so much...

SUPPORT COMMUNITY MEDIA and GIVE THE FINGER TO CORPORATE RADIO. Listen to WCOM 103.5 LP FM Carrboro's All-Volunteer Community Radio station!

"The Psychology of Fascism" - talk at Internationalist Books


"The Psychology of Fascism" - talk with William Manson

Join us at Internationalist Books for a thought-provoking talk with William Manson about "The Psychology of Fascism."

What drives leaders such as George Bush and John McCain towards their destructive militarism and repressive global and domestic policies? In this provocative talk and discussion, Manson will analyze the authoritarian narcissism underlying US corporate and political power through the lens of psychology. Deriving insight from diverse thinkers including Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Reich, Erich Fromm, and others, participants will examine the role of sexual repression, authoritarian conditioning, and pathological narcissism in shaping the psychology of America's leaders as the country edges towards fascism. Come prepared to learn, debate, and explore humanistic alternatives to the "wargasmic" policies of Republican (and Democratic) narcissists!

William Manson is a Chapel Hill-based radical intellectual historian and author who has published essays examining fascist psychology, authoritarian narcissism, and radical humanism in Fifth Estate magazine, Anarchy! A Journal of Desire Armed, and more.



Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 12:00pm


Internationalist Books, 405 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Wanderlust Reproductive Justice Bike Caravan

From an e-mail:


This summer, fifteen women are traveling from New Orleans to New York City with the Wanderlust story collective and bicycle caravan. In solidarity with local activists and rooted in the belief that sharing stories is a powerful way to elevate awareness and create social change, we'll be pedaling from town to town to listen to your stories and document how you and others are working to expand access to reproductive health care, defend reproductive rights, and promote reproductive justice.

The goals of the trip are to document the inspirational, groundbreaking work happening across the country, expand the conversation about reproductive justice, and build horizontal networks to strengthen our collective movement for reproductive health, rights, and justice.

Join the Wanderlust bike riders for an evening of story sharing, delicious barbeque, and good conversation!

WHEN: Saturday June 21st from 6 - 8 PM

WHERE: 117 W. Poplar Ave Carrboro, NC

No parking on the street—park at the Garret Building Co. at the corner of W. Main and W. Poplar or University Methodist Church (if there's no event going on) or Carrboro Elementary School—on Shelton Street.

At the gathering, you'll be able to:
* Meet the Wanderlust Reproductive Justice Bike Caravan riders
* Share your experiences and talk about what reproductive justice means to you
* Hear from others in your area about what they're excited about and the projects
they're working on

Please RSVP to Kristen Anderson at

For more information about Wanderlust, please visit




Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 2:00pm


117 W. Poplar Ave Carrboro,

Council Committee on Voter Owned Elections

I'm surprised to see our Town Council holding an official meeting at a corporate chain. Why not meet at Owen's or Breadmen's?

Title: Council Committee on Voter Owned Elections
Date: May 28, 2008
Address: 81 South Elliot Rd.
Chapel HIll, NC 27514
Location: Whole Foods
Hours: 8:30 a.m.



Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 4:30am


Whole Foods



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