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Why aren't you blogging?

Forget all those excuses. If you're engaged enough to be reading this site, you probably have some opinions to share with the world.

This Saturday Anton Zuiker of BlogTogether is organizing a Blogging Teach-In! Come with your ideas and opinions, he'll help you with the rest. The event will be in a computer lab on campus so you can get help setting up your blog on any platform you choose. Anton and his volunteers will even help you choose a template or design for your snazzy new site!

One-on-one tutorials for anyone who wants help becoming a blogger, or new bloggers who want help improving their blog or making the most of their blogware.

* Saturday, June 11, 2005
* 12 noon—2 p.m.
* UNC-CH Health Sciences Library Biogen Idec Classroom (computer lab with 40 seats)
* Park in the UNC Hospitals parking deck or find nearby street parking.

The more blogs, the merrier.

Response to Durham cross burnings

The following announcement is circulating by e-mail:

A Community Response to the Recent Cross Burnings in Durham, NC

An Unlikely Friendship, an award-winning documentary film, will be shown in conjunction with a panel discussion with local community and
civil rights leaders.

When: Thursday, June 2nd from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: B.N. Duke Auditorium at NC Central University in Durham
Donation: $1.00 to help offset security costs for the event
Organizing Partners: Character Development Group, The City of Durham, NC Central University, and Duke University

Contacts: Stacy Shelp-Peck, Character Development Group (919) 967-2110 or

Security Note: All attendees will have to go through a metal detector prior to entry into the bldg.

About An Unlikely Friendship
"Their story is one of redemption. It's one of the most important documentaries I've seen, and may be the most hopeful film in years." ­Studs Terkel

Local alternatives series

Guest Post by Michal Osterweil

Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas are filled with organizations, groups and businesses that are experimenting with and practicing alternative ways of living on a daily basis. Whether as a collective bookstore, a cooperative living community, bio-fuel collectives, or experiments in public television, we are all working to make the world a better place, not only through protest and opposition, but through different ways of going about our daily lives and work. We are in effect enacting social, economic and ecological alternatives both within and against the current status quo.

Too often, however, we do so without recognizing how many others are out there doing similarly amazing things. We miss out on the potential learning and growth we could all gain from one another if we told our stories and thought together about the possibilities, problems and goals of our projects—both individually and collectively as part of a larger movement and community.

Memorial Day Peace Commemoration

Yesterday, the local peace movement held a Memorial Day commemoration at Carrboro's Commons.

Sarah Shields gave a powerful speech connecting the suffering of wars victims, whether soldiers or civilians, to the demand for peace:

The war in Iraq has so far cost the people of North Carolina more than 37,000 affordable housing units. It could have insured 2.5 million children, hired 72,000 new teachers. Just in North Carolina. The Peace Dividend I was promised before I became a mother has become an enormous War Deficit, and spending on the War and its share in the debt now demands forty-two cents of every dollar I pay in taxes.8

The legacy of war, whether in our memories or not, continues. War kills people, and modern warfare continues to kill long after. Death. Amputation. Hatred. Fear. Suicide. Disease. Terror. War threatens our humanity, individually and collectively...

Fete de la poésie ce week-end

Are there any other municipalities in North Carolina that value and promote the arts like Carrboro does? The Fete de la Musique, more galleries per capita than Chapel Hill, the legendary Cat's Cradle, hosting challenging and inspiring artworks in town facilities, free wireless for the community... these things don't just make Carrboro fun, they are an economic engine for the town by bringing folks to downtown businesses and making Carrboro an attractive place to live for many people.

In fact, just last week I was talking to a friend who owns a longstanding, but often-struggling, business on West Franklin Street. He wonders why Chapel Hill doesn't support the arts like Carrboro does. He is trying promote the local artists through his business and needs help from the community to make it work financially.



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