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Woman's History Month

The downside of observing under-appreciated achievements with Black and Women’s History month-long observances is they invariably miss something that was (for someone) very important. That makes something that was under-appreciated seem UNappreciated, which is probably not the case.

A Mandela Legacy Locally?

There will be much talk over the coming days about the true legacy of Mandela. What it is, and what it isn't. And possibly whether or not it has any relevance to democracy and politics in Orange County.

First, Mandela himself, and his immediate legacy. For me, a middle-aged white Brit, of American parents, a former Thatcher groupie, but now more center-left, the lasting legacy of Mandela will be his achievement in creating the space which allowed South Africa to transition to black majority rule without massive bloodshed.

Historic Political Campaigns in N.C. (Conference at UNC)

North Carolina political junkies can immerse themselves in Tar Heel politics past and present during a conference Sept. 14 and 15 at Wilson Library at the Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The event will feature talks about ten political campaigns in the state from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Registration is $10 per person.

 

Date: 

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 12:30pm to Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 1:00pm

Location: 

Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Why Do Politicians Support the Drug War (Even The Ones Who Know It's Not Working)?

Conference on Sex Work and Drug Use in the Triangle

On Thursday, Sept 8th & Friday, Sept 9th, leaders of Southern nonprofits, human rights groups, policy makers, concerned citizens, public health officials and academics will gather to discuss drug use and sex work in the South and its implications for communities. With North Carolina having over 230,000 crack smokers and injection drug users, 17 million prescriptions for oxycodone issued for the state’s 9 million residents, and with drug overdose as NC’s 4th leading cause of death for 18-50 year olds, drug use and its effects permeate each of our communities. I recommend that anyone affected by this attend the conference. Our current policies have failed, it is time to look at new ways to address the problem. I believe Bob Scott, former Captain of the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Franklin, NC said it best:

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