human rights

The Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro presents: "Without Borders?"

From their web site:

Human Rights Conference: Without Borders?

Saturday, October 5th 8:15 am - 4:30 pm

Carrboro Century Center


On Saturday October 5th, the HRC is organizing a conference titled Without Borders? We want to challenge the day- to- day boundaries and tackle questions such as, "Are there some borders we may want to abolish? Some we may wish to preserve? Transgress? Are there some borders we wish to finesse? Is solidarity possible across our diversities?


MC - Victor Acosta





8:15-8:30 am


Bonners & Afterschool Video


8:30-9:30 am

Migrantes sin Fronteras


(Translation: Migrants without Borders)

UNC Students United for Immigration Equality (SUIE): Boriana Mravoka, Emilio Vincente, Maria Pia Rodriguez and Giovanny

and "Beto" Rodriguez and Misclassified Persons:

9:35-9:45 am




Harakat el Heels - Student Palestinian dance group

UNC undergradutes: Amar Arafat, Abood Dahnoun, Hussein Ahmad, Joel Hage, Rosaleen Zitawi, Dalia Kaakour, Sarah Zamamiri, Jenna Sawafta

9:50-10:20 am

Where are the Refugees?

Local refugees: Susu and Abdullah

10:25-11:05 am

Empowerment, Independence and Culture

Community Empowerment Fund: Chiraayu Gosrani, Myrna, Victoria Castillo


Keynote Speech: Heroes, Dreamers, and the Promise of America

Gene R. Nichol

Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity


11:50-12:30 pm

LUNCH: Olga's delicious tamales recommended!


12:30-1:00 pm

Raging Grannies


1:05-1:45 pm

New Doors to Housing: The Challenges of Affordability

Sally Greene, Town of Chapel Hill Council Member

Damon Seils, Jamie Rohe, and Tish Galu


1:50-2:30 pm

The activist as Elected Official

Mayor Chilton and Maria Palmer (running for CH town council)

2:35-3:15 pm

Leading for Justice in an Unjust World


Women's International League of Peace & Freedom

3:20-4:00 pm

The Other Side

Communiversity: Charles Hands, Jeanette Stackhouse, Holly Stephens, and Dylane Davis


RSVP at  


Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 8:15am to 4:30pm


Carrboro Century Center, 100 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro

Online Petition in support of Human Rights Center at Abbey Court (possibly being shut down after tomorrow)

National Day Laborers Organizing Network working with local organizations to improve conditions

El Centro Hispano and the Fair Jobs and Wages team of Orange County Justice United continue work to improve the work conditions for those in the informal job market in Orange County through a collaboration with the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON).The NDLON has facilitated the opening of at least 30 worker centers nationwide.

During this coming week (June 20-26th) the NDLON Legal Programs Director and the East Cast Field Coordinator will be in Orange County. They will be meeting with workers and officials and getting to know the community. They will be holding a large meeting with workers to provide information on how worker centers operate on Thursday.

A meeting of the Day Laborer Taskforce will be held on Saturday June 25th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at El Centro Hispano. During the meeting, a documentary on worker centers will be screened and those in attendance will have a chance to meet the NDLON staff and ask any questions.

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

Orange County Human Relation goals

According to this morning's Herald-Sun, the Orange County "Board of Commissioners is one of the first government bodies in the nation to seek to define social justice and make it a backdrop for its decisions." The Human Relations Advisory Board presented a draft of their document to the BoCC on May 13. The full document is available at:

For those who don't have time to read the full document, here's the bare bones.

In working to seek social justice, Orange County shall perform government duties including policy-making and budgeting with the express objectives of:

1. Striving for the elimination of oppression and inequity by creating an environment of equal opportunity in which no groups are targeted for harassment, exclusion, intimidation or violence.



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