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.

Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night

The Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective brings you this month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night! Write letters and birthday cards to political prisoners whose birthdays fall during the month of April. A really easy way to make someone’s day!

 

Learn more about the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective at prisonbooks.info

Date: 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 7:00pm

Location: 

Internationalist Books: 405 W Franklin St. Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Marie Mason and Eric McDavid Political Prisoner Support Show

This presentation is focused on long-term anarchist prisoner support, specifically for Eric McDavid and Marie Mason. The show will also cover ways to more effectively grow a culture of resistance that can breach the prison walls and sustain us for a long time to come, as well as a security culture beyond 101 workshop with awesome guest speakers!

Date: 

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 7:00pm

Location: 

Internationalist Books: 405 W Franklin St. Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Are the County and Towns Tracking Our Cell Phones?

In August 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina Foundation filed public records requests with all 100 North Carolina counties and all police departments in municipalities with populations larger than 30,000. The requests were part of a nationwide effort coordinated by the ACLU to determine under what circumstances law enforcement agencies are tracking cell phones. Both the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the Chapel Hill Police Department received the requests, and here's what the ACLU found.

Why Carrboro Commune is neither Carrboro nor Communal

The next few days will see the Carrboro, NC newspapers full of pictures of happy-clappy family folk merrily planting what appears to be a community garden, in peaceful protest of controlling corporatist America, and in the name of Carrboro Commune, whose stated ambition is ostensibly no more than to invite casual passers-by to partake of herbs and fragrance.

Occupy protestors march down South Road

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