International Women's Day is March 5th. [Actually, International Women's Day is March 8th, and is another progressive holiday/event that seems to have originated here, but is now more widely celebrated elsewhere. March 5th is memorable as the day when Soviet leader JV Stalin is supposed to have died of natural causes in 1953, though there are questions about whether the official timeline is really what happened and if it was an assassination by revisionists.]
North Carolina’s primary election is March 15th:
The presidential primaries and several local and State offices and I think the Connect NC Public Improvement Bond are up for voting Tuesday, March 15th. Photo ID is now required, but people without it can still vote provisionally. Gerrymandered congressional districts have to be redrawn, so the US representative elections will be voted on June 7th instead. For information, see www.ncsbe.gov/ and the Durham County government's website.
Local Bernie Sanders events can be found at: go.berniesanders.com/page/event/search_simple
The NC Green Party will be collecting signatures at polling places on the 15th to get on the ballot in the future, since North Carolina has onerous ballot access laws to keep third parties out of elections. To volunteer for Green Ballot Day, see their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/officialncgp?fref=ts
Vigils for Torture Accountability:
The NC Stop Torture Now vigils to be held in Raleigh in February were rescheduled to March 9th 9-10am because of the ice storm (see below).
National March on Washington to Support Palestine:
Al Awda - the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition - and the ANSWER Coalition are sponsoring a National March on Washington, DC to Support Palestine Sunday, March 20th, rallying in front of the White House and then marching to the DC Convention Center, where the Zionist lobby AIPAC is meeting (see: www.answercoalition.org/new_national_march_on_washington_d_c_to_support_palestine )
CONSERVATION EVENTS and BOOK SALES
Conversations about Development in Durham:
I'm not sure what the content is, but these seem to be chances to discuss the way Durham (mainly downtown?) is going and where it has been:
There was a discussion February 27th with representatives from Center Studio Architecture, Urban Durham Realty, and the president of CAN.
March 1st 6-8pm Tootie's Bar (704 Rigsbee Avenue): Bringing History Back to Durham discussion with Tootie's Bar owner Carolyn “Tootie” Holloway and neighborhood development specialist Wanona Satcher.March 5th 1-3pm Pleiades Gallery: discussion with Susan Herst and Mary Hunter of Urban Durham Realty and others
Durham Arbor Day Celebration:
Durham will mark Arbor Day Sunday, March 6th at the NC Museum of Life and Science (433 West Murray Avenue) from 12-4pm (organized by the City of Durham General Services Department Urban Forestry Division, Keep Durham Beautiful, Trees Across Durham, and the Durham City-County Sustainability Office). The information I listed in an earlier post must have been from a previous year. At 12:30 the Durham Arbor Day Proclamation and Tree City USA award will be received and the winning trees in that contest I mentioned will be announced. After 1pm people can visit educational tables, an arborist demonstration, “Meet a Scientist” lab demonstration, and get a free tree seedling (8 kinds are available) and expert advice on tree care. At 2:30 volunteers will plant 30 trees along North Glendale Avenue. See: keepdurhambeautiful.org/our-events/arbor-day/
This is Durham Community Day at the Museum, so entry is free for Durham County residents (requires a photo ID) and each resident can bring in up to 5 children ( www.lifeandscience.org/calendar/entry/3616/instance/3-6-2016 )
Keep Durham Beautiful is also giving tree seedlings to County residents for free March 13th, 12-4pm at the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo. Choose among red cedars, pawpaws, serviceberries, flowering dogwoods, American beeches, sugar maples, tuliptrees, and post oaks. For more information see: keepdurhambeautiful.org/event/tree-seedling-giveaway/
[JC Raulston Arboretum lecture "The Value of Seed Banks:"
I'm including this item because seed banks are important, for example in preserving rare vegetable varieties and American ash trees might not survive the emerald ash borer onslaught unless seeds are artificially preserved long-term, but also because of an interview in the News & Observer March 5th, pointing out the importance of Soviet scientists in creating the first seed bank and heroically preserving it through the brutal siege of Leningrad during WWII, though the chief scientist died during the war because of politics.
JCRA (jcra.ncsu.edu) announcement:
"The Value of Seed Banks"
Janice Swab, Retired Professor, Department of Biology and Health Sciences, Meredith College
Janice Swab, Retired Professor, Department of Biology and Health Sciences, Meredith College
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Seeds are humans' most precious plant resources. We collect them, exchange them, buy and sell them, and take them for granted. What are we doing to ensure that the most useful ones will be available if crops fail, environmental catastrophes occur, or for other reasons we are unable to harvest necessary seeds? Botanists have been addressing these possibilities for some time by keeping seeds in conditions that will allow them to retain viability. These facilities, known as seed banks, provide a first line of defense against catastrophic loss of plant germ plasm represented in seeds. This talk will consider the past, present, and future of these critical facilities.
- Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00.
- Advance registration is not available.
- Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Durham Creek Week:
Durham's annual waterway festival Creek Week will be March 12-16th (see keepdurhambeautiful.org for events).
Solarize your home:
Solar installation costs are falling and there is a 30% Federal tax credit for the installation cost, though there is no longer a State tax credit. Non-profits NC Warn and Next Climate are helping people in the Triangle go solar through group discounts and 312 homes have participated over two years.
There will be presentations March 1st 7-9 pm in Chapel Hill and March 30th 7-9 pm in Raleigh (see solarize-nc.org/events/ ). It is also possible to get a free home assessment, but you need to register by April 30th.
In Durham there will be an information session March 17th at 7pm at the Parkwood Association's office (1417 Seaton Road), and it is okay if you have to be late or don't live in Parkwood.
Seeking Comments on the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan:
The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking comments on the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. There is a survey at: www.dchcmpo.org/programs/transport/2045mtp.asp#tabs4 or email DCHC MPO directly. There will be a hearing Wednesday, March 9th at 9am in the Durham City Hall Committee Room, and a drop-in public workshop Thursday, March 17th 4-7pm at the Durham Station Transportation Center at 515 West Pettigrew Street.
Friends of Bolin Creek Outings:
Several hikes are scheduled along Bolin Creek in Chapel Hill (joined by Booker Creek to form Little Creek, which flows through Durham to join New Hope Creek).
Spring Wildflower Walk with David Otto – Saturday, April 2nd at 10am, meet at the Wilson Park parking lot in Carrboro.
Birds at UNC's Mason Farm Biological Reserve with Tom Driscoll – Sunday, May 22nd, at 7am at Mason Farm ( ncbg.unc.edu/mason-farm-biological-reserve/ ).
Friends of Bolin Creek's website is bolincreek.org (but the events listed there seem to be out of date) and their contact email is FriendsBolinCreek [at] gmail [dot] com. The website also has a petition about a coal ash dump in Chapel Hill.
Chatham County Library Book Sale:
April 4-7 at the Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro.
Friends of the Durham Library Book Sale:
April 15-17 at the Main Library downtown.
North Carolina Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund:
When you do your North Carolina tax, consider donating to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund ( www.ncwildlife.org/News/NewsArticle/tabid/416/indexID/10300/Default.aspx ). I think donation doesn’t effect your tax bill, but I might be thinking of a similar Federal fund. Unfortunately North Carolina’s Fund is the main non-Federal funding for programs to study and conserve non-game species, such as sea turtles, threatened bats, and freshwater mussels, and this could also indirectly benefits gaming species. Freshwater mussels are very diverse in this region, but many species are threatened or have already been killed off. They are economically useful to have around because they clean the water and were once so abundant that they were collected for mother of pearl, etc. in places. The Fund probably helps research and manage the Federal and State endangered dwarf wedgemussel, or Alasmidonta heterodon (pictures at: www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Species/Mollusks/DwarfWedgemussel.aspx ). Populations in Wake County could be harmed by Raleigh’s 540 Outer Loop, if it is built along the Orange Route, as the DOT now plans to do. State agencies will probably have to mitigate the impact if this goes ahead, and might do captive breeding, but they could have looked for a way to avoid harming the mussels in the first place.
Earth Day is coming up April 22nd and May Day/International Workers' Day is May 1st:
Durham's Earth Day Festival will be April 19th (possibly this is an old calendar item, but there should be a celebration sometime in April) 12-5pm at Rock Creek Park (701 Stadium Drive), or at the Holton Career and Resource Center (401 North Driver Street), if it is rained out outside. See: keepdurhambeautiful.org/our-events/durham-earth-day/
Events from an activist calendar in Chapel Hill:
"EUROPE'S REFUGEE CRISIS AND THE RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS: What Role for Europe's Supranational Courts? Moritz Baumgärtel, Université libre de Bruxelles, focuses on the intersection of migrant rights and human rights in litigation before European Court of Human Rights and European Court of Justice supranational courts. 12:30-2 p.m., Monday, February 29, Duke Law School 4045, 210 Science Dr, Durham. Co-sponsored by International Human Rights Clinic, Center for International & Comparative Law, and Duke Human Rights Center@FHI. Lunch served. Information:ali [dot] prince [at] law [dot] duke [dot] edu .
THE MIINE WARS: Screening of second half of documentary of coal miners' bitter battle for dignity at beginning of 20th century. 1:15 p,m., Monday, February 29, Carol Woods' Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill. Elders for Peace. 919-636-1849.
LAW AND LEGAL CHALLENGES IN ADDRESSING PSYCHOLOGISTS IN THE CIA TORTURE PROGRAM: Talk by Steven Watt, Senior Staff Attorney of Human Rights Program, ACLU. will focus on recent ACLU lawsuit of Salim v. Mitchell filed against psychologists James Elmer Mitchell and John Jessen. Role of these psychologists was detailed in The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture: Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program (2014). ali [dot] prince [at] law [dot] duke [dot] edu . 919-613-7239.210 Science Dr, Durham. Co-sponsored by International Human Rights Clinic, Center for International & Comparative Law, . Lunch. RSVP to
OUR RIGHT TO PLACE: VISION OF DURHAM'S FUTURE: Panel of recognized Durham leaders focuses on how to insure that people of color and working class have a voice in conversation, decision-making, and visioning. 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, Duke's FHI Garage, Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, 114 S Buchanan Blvd at Maxwell St , Durham. Sponsored by Duke Human Rights Center@FHI, The Pauli Murray Project, and Forum for Scholars and Publics. 919-668-1923.
DELIVERING DEVELOPMENT & RELIEF IN PALESTINE AND LEBANON: Speaker Bill Corcoran, President & CEO of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), on ANERA’s work among refugees in Palestine and Lebanon. Since 1967, ANERA has been responding to critical needs of the Palestinian people and others caught in regional conflicts. 7 p. m., Wednesday, March 2, UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005, Pittsboro and McCauley Sts. Sponsored by Coalition for Peace with Justice, Carolina Center for Study of Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Curriculum in Global Studies, and Center for Global Initiatives. Contact: 919-342-8928 or cpwj [dot] contact [at] gmail [dot] com .
A BRIDGE TO UNDERSTANDING ISLAM: Invitation to Islamic Center of Raleigh's annual Open House, an event for those from other faiths to learn and experience different aspects of Islam. Event features Imam AbuTaleb and guest speaker Dr. Carl Earnst, UNC-Chapel Deptartment of Religious Studies. Come learn about Islam, Muslim culture, and sample culinary treats from around the world. Noon to 4 p.m.,Saturday, March 5, 808 Atwater St, Raleigh. Details: http://raleighmasjid.org/activities/iar-open-house.html.
SHOW CANDIDATES NC OWES RESTITUTION TO TORTURE VICTIMS: Witness with NC Stop Torture Now to correct government's blindness to state's rendition flights from Johnston County to carry kidnapped men to sites of torture. Rescheduled to Wed, March 9, 9 AM, Attorney General Roy Cooper's office, 114 W. Edenton St, corner of Salisbury St, and then 10 AM, Governor Pat McCrory's mansion, 200 N. Blount St, corner of Jones St, Raleigh. Speakers include Allyson Caison, NC Stop Torture Now; Manzoor Cheema, Movement to End Racism; Islamophobia; Jennifer Copeland, NC Council of Churches; Deborah Weissman, UNC School of Law. Info: http://ncstn.org/. 919--637-7678.
THE WANTED 18: View Canadian-Palestinian animated documentary about a tiny village next to Bethlehem that attempts to have a small local dairy industry during the First Intifada (1987 – 1993), hiding a herd of 18 dairy cows from Israeli security forces when the dairy collective was considered a danger to Israel. Enjoy 2014 film (75 min) that includes archival footage, drawings, black-and-white stop-motion animation, and re-enactments. 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist sanctuary, 106 Purefoy Rd (road is open to church). Co-sponsored by Charles M. Jones Peace and Justice Committee and Balance and Accuracy in Journalism (BAJ). Information: http://variety.com/2014/film/festivals/film-review-the-wanted-18-1201366864/, 919-942-2535, 919-542-2139.
ONGOING VIGILS FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE: Raleigh: Stop the Arms Race and Build a Culture of Peace Vigil, 1st Wednesday of every month, Noon to 1 PM, Century Post Office on Fayetteville St (919-782-0667); Raleigh: End the death penalty (PFADP, AI-USA, NC-ACLU), 5 - 6 PM, Mondays, Central Prison, corner of Hunt Dr and Western Blvd (919-779-1912); Chapel Hill: 4:30 - 5:30 PM EST [5-6 PM EDT], Fridays, corner of Elliott Rd and East Franklin St; bring your sign(s) to show your concern or take one from collection (919-942-2535)."
More about The Wanted 18 from the Coalition for Peace with Justice (peace-with-justice.org/ ):
"Through a clever mix of stop motion animation and interviews, The Wanted 18 recreates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army's pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm was declared "a threat to the national security of the state of Israel." In response to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, a group of people from the town of Beit Sahour decide to buy 18 cows and produce their own milk as a co-operative. Their venture is so successful that the collective farm becomes a landmark, and the cows local celebrities-until the Israeli army takes note and declares that the farm is an illegal security threat. Consequently, the dairy is forced to go underground, the cows continuing to produce their "Intifada milk" with the Israeli army in relentless pursuit.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 * 7:30 pm * Community Church of Chapel Hill * 106 Purefoy Rd. * Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Co-sponsored by Balance and Accuracy in Journalism"