Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pilgrimage for Peace and Justice and other April events

Creek Week 2015 ( ) just ended in Durham, but it is never too late to connect with your local waterway, such as by contacting a local adopt a waterway group or by exploring yourself. 

Farmworker Awareness Week is March 24-31, and events are posted at:

The annual Pilgrimage for Peace & Justice starts tomorrow through April 3rd, organized by Witness for Peace Southeast and co-sponsors (schedule posted at ).  

April 2nd there will be a rally against the influence of corporate money in politics at the Durham post office (323 East Chapel Hill Street), 12-2pm.  I heard about this in a letter to the editor in the March 24th edition of the Herald-Sun.  Apparently the idea is that the executive branch can require corporations that do business with the Federal government to disclose political contributions.    

April 15th workers are rising for a living wage, and the North Carolina event is a rally at Shaw University Quad (188 East South Street, Raleigh) at 5pm.  The overall website is and the NC Facebook event is at:  To register for a free bus from UNC, see   

Some other events, from an activist calendar out of Chapel Hill:

"Internationalizing Gaza:  Politics of International Law and  Struggle for Justice:  Noura Erakat, JD, LLM, Assistant Professor at George Mason University, where she teaches legal studies, international studies, and human rights/social justice issues.  She is co-editor of an online journal that features content on the Middle East.  7 PM, Thu, Apr 9, UNC's Hyde Hall [4th building in row opposite PO on Franklin St]. UNC Students for Justice in Palestine and UNC Chapter of National Lawyers Guild.

Water in the Desert: The Gaza Water Crisis:  Ralph and Emily McCoy, recent visitors to Gaza, discuss what local faith communities can do to help children in Gaza have safe drinking water. Conditions prior to the Gazan assault in July 2014, when 92% of water coming from wells in Gaza was unfit for human consumption, have only worsened. 6 - 7 PM, Wed, Apr 15, Binkley Baptist Church Lounge, 1712 Willow Dr (by 15-501 and Univ. Mall), Chapel Hill. Contact: rmccoy at nc dot rr dot com or 919-489-0483.

Celebration of Nicaraguan Children: Hear about 2015 Friends of Cultural Immersion Ecotour to San Ramón. Learn about work of Sister Communities of San Ramón toward sustainability for impoverished local people in a beautiful mountainous region in central Nicaragua, southeast of Matagalpa. Wine and cheese fund raiser: $20 adults, $10 students.  4-6 PM, Sun, Apr, 19, Eno River UU Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham. Info: 919-489-1656."

Since we are now on Daylight Savings Time, the weekly vigil for peace and justice on Fridays at the corner of Franklin Street and Elliot in Chapel Hill is now from 5-6pm.  

Another week to appreciate an aspect of the natural world is the annual National Moth Week (, coming up July 18-26, though spring is a good time to find interesting moths around here.