Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro Solidarity March


When: November 17, 2011 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: P & J Plaza, 179 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill,NC 27514, USA

Join us after GA for a march in international solidarity!

This is part of an international day of action celebrating the 2 month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.


Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 7:30pm


Peace and Justice Plaza

When Being "the Man" Ain't So Easy: Satyagraha, Yates Motors and the Greensboro Massacre

I spent most of Sunday afternoon out at the Haw River just outside the mill village of Swepsonville about five miles upstream of Saxapahaw.  I managed to enjoy most of my time out there even though I was there was because I have been having trouble there with trespassers.  The land I own out there is the hydro-electric power plant that formerly powered the cotton mill in Swepsonville.

My hydro-electric plant has been out of operation for about 40 years and the windows in the building are almost completely broken out.  Inside the building are huge, deep holes in the floor where the generators once sat atop the turbines.  I have been gradually working on making the interior of the building safer by covering over the huge holes in the floor, but the building is definitely not a safe place for unwary visitors.

Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro


Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 10:30am


Peace and Justice Plaza, Franklin St. Post Office, 179 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Education rally in Raleigh

Hello NC residents!

    On Tuesday, May 3rd, the North Carolina Association of Educators and the North Carolina Parent/Teacher Association are co-sponsoring a public education rally in Raleigh from 4 pm on.  Buses and carpools of educators, public school employees, parents, students, and concerned citizens are travelling to Raleigh from Murphy to Manteo to show their concern about the 2011-2012 state budget, which cuts public education funding by $1 billion statewide.  Please consider travelling to Raleigh in support of our public school system, its students, and its employees!  And forward this to all your friends and family! I hope you can attend.


Here is a link to the actual budget proposal.
Here is a brief description of the impact that this budget proposal will have on public education if passed.
Local discretionary cuts                                    $346.9 million (cuts 7,000 teacher jobs/or 9,000 TA jobs)
Teacher Assistants                                            $258.6 million (cuts 8,000 jobs)
At-Risk Student Services                                   $30.1 million (cuts 602 teacher jobs)
Noninstructional support personnel             (cuts 2,380 jobs)
Academically/Intellectually Gifted                (cuts 168 teacher jobs)
Central Office Administration                         $10.7 million (cut 150 jobs)
Assistant principals                                           $24.7 million  (cuts 329 jobs)
Limited English Proficiency                              $7.5 million (cuts 150 teacher jobs lost)
Transportation                                                    $20.7 million  (cuts 1,035 bus drivers)
Teacher Academy                                            Eliminated
Mentoring                                                          Eliminated
School Technology                                          Eliminated
Staff development                                          Eliminated
NC Science, Math and Technical
Education Center                                             Eliminated
Office of Early Learning                                 Eliminated
Educator Recruitment
and Development                                          Eliminated
Governor’s Education Cabinet                   Eliminated.
NC Professional Teaching
Standards Commission                                  Eliminated
Background Information:  The proposed budget for K-12 education is scheduled for debate in the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee for a week, where changes can be made.  A decision on salary cuts in the House version of the budget will be made once the proposal is forwarded to the full Appropriations Chairs.  A House budget proposal is scheduled for a vote in late April after which the Senate forwards its proposal.
Here is a quick link to contact your House member.
Here is a link to a video of the debate that took place on the Senate floor over the proposed State Health Plan bill following Governor Perdue’s veto of the bill.  Note the reference to NCAE as the culprit behind the Governor’s veto.  Please join us in thanking Governor Perdue for taking a stand and supporting educators.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 4:30pm


state legislature and downtown Raleigh

Why Are Police Stifling First Amendment Rights in Carrboro?

On November 15th, around four p.m., local Earth First! activists gathered outside of the Royal Bank of Canada in Carrboro to protest the bank's investment in the world's most destructive project, the Canadian Tar Sands.  We were holding signs, banners, and doing some chanting.  The police arrived and told us that we could not stand anywhere on the sidewalk at all.



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