Witnesses Need Supplies
Watching the Minutemen: A vigilante group calling itself the Minutemen Project conducts patrols along the Arizona border with Mexico to catch and detain undocumented workers trying to enter the U.S. This Saturday, nine Triangle peace activists will join a Christian Peacemaker Team to engage in a nonviolent witness along the borderlands near Douglas, Ariz. The volunteers will neither assist nor interfere with persons crossing the desert, but will provide water and emergency medical care. They will also monitor Minutemen activity and hopefully prevent them from shooting or mistreating the immigrants. The CPT team needs donations including cash, clothing, bedrolls and backpacks. Contact Durham’s Rutba House at 416-6178 or 286-0332.

Honoring Community Activists
Latino Diamante Awards: Seeking nominees for annual awards in Art & Culture, Business, Community Involvement, Education, Health & Science, Latino Advocate, Youth Accomplishment and Lifetime Achievement. Awards ceremony Oct 15 in Durham. Also seeking candidates for two Youth Scholarship Awards (e-mail or see Web site for requirements). 852-0075, latinodiamanteawards@diamanteinc.org, scholarships@diamanteinc.org. www.diamanteinc.org. Deadline: Aug 15.

Against the Grain: Networking Local Alternatives: Wed, July 27, 7 pm: Presentation by the ReCyclery, a local bicycle resource center where people share skills, stories and life in an effort to provide free, sustainable transportation in our community. Internationalist Books, 405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 942-1740, www.internationalistbooks.org.

Hearts and Minds: Wed, July 27, 7 pm: Screening of a new print of the Academy Award-winning 1974 film about the Vietnam conflict. Colony Theatre, Six Forks Road, Raleigh. $7.

Lesbianas Latinas: Jueves, 28 Julio, 6 pm: Nuevo grupo para lesbianas/ bisexuales/ transexuales Latinas o mujeres de habla hispana se esta formando. Por favor colaborenos y ay denos a planear nuestro primer evento. Esperamos que muchas Lesbianas Latinas atiendan esta reunion, pero cualquier persona que desea apoyar la formacion de este grupo es bienvenida/o. Bean Traders, la calle 9na, Durham (en el rea de abajo). Info: deebsoss@email.unc.edu.

Knightdale Curfew Forum: Thu, July 28, 7-8:30 pm: The American Civil Liberties Union of N.C.¯Legal Foundation hosts a community forum to discuss the recent curfew ordinance. Program room of the East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale. 834-3466.

Critical Mass: Fri, July 29: Advocate for bicyclists’ rights to the road, sustainable transportation and community building. On the last Friday of every month, bring your bike and your energy to: the NCSU Bell Tower on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh at 4:30 pm; the Franklin Street post office in Chapel Hill at 5:30 pm.

NCLYN Youth Retreat: Fri-Sat, July 29-30: N.C. Lambda Youth Network hosts this free overnight youth retreat open to all LGBT, questioning and straight-allied youth ages 14-19, with workshops, art projects and opportunities to connect with each other. Center for LGBT Life, Duke Campus. Info and registration: 683-3037, lrboutwell@nclyn.org (Laura Boutwell). www.nclyn.org.

TCW Rummage Sale: Sat, July 30, 6 am-2 pm: Annual fundraiser to help support Triangle Community Works and its programs. Parking lot of St. John’s MCC, 805 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. Donations will be accepted in the parking lot on Friday, July 29, 6-9 pm or by arrangement (call 256-3672).

Women’s Self Defense Class: Sat, July 30, 11 am-3 pm: Through discussion, demonstration and hands-on training, this class focuses primarily on rape prevention, but the techniques can be used to fend off any violent attacker (visit www.bushidojudo.com/women_self_defence.htm for details). Women only; no observers allowed. NBS Gym, 1249 Wicker Drive, Raleigh, www.nbsgym.com. RSVP to bushidowsd@hotmail.com. $18 in advance, $20 day of.

Durham County Democratic Women: Sat, July 30, 2-5 pm: Presentation and discussion of HBO’s Iron Jawed Angels moderated by Dr. Jean O’Barr, the first director of women’s studies at Duke. Also, kick-off to recruit volunteers to participate in their Women’s Equality Day 24-Hour Voter Registration Drive in late August. Freeman Center for Jewish Life, corner of Swift Avenue and Campus Drive, Duke, Durham. 384-1292, moorecathy@msn.com (Cathy Moore).

The Revolving Door: The Failing Mental Health System Within (Prison) Walls: Sun, July 31, 8:30 am coffee and treats, 9-10 am program: With Robert Gwinn Crummie (MD, M.R.O.) and Ann Vaughn Clark Crummie (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology). Childcare is provided. Straley Summer Series at Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road. 942-0621 (Joan Garnett).

PC-Turnoff Week: Aug 1-7: Turn off the family computer and encourage the children to read, play outdoors and spend time with family and friends. Parents can exchange ideas, ask questions, learn how to promote healthy computer habits and find fun activities to counter the ³I’m bored² complaint at (ironically) www.pcturnoff.org.

A Concept Plan for Carolina North: Mon, Aug 1, 7 pm: Rebroadcast on cable channel 18 in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The Village Project presentation shows what the 260-acre “technology transfer” campus of UNC-Chapel Hill might look like if citizen input were incorporated. The concept plan also models sustainable land use and transportation planning for the 21st century. 942-6114.

Why Pay More for Dirty Power? Tue, Aug 2, 10 am: Public hearing on Progress Energy’s proposed 10-15 percent rate increase to pay for higher coal costs. N.C. Utilities Commission, Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh. 968-9184 (Pete MacDowell).

Mental Health Peer Support Group: Tue, Aug 2, 2:30-3:30 pm: Weekly meetings for those who need assistance support in days of recovery. North Side Clinic, corner of Mitchell and Caldwell, Chapel Hill. 942-8083, leave message for support group.

Truth In Recruitment Working Group: Tue, Aug 2, 8-10 pm: Conference call. Agenda includes TRWG Program Update–Action Training Camp and Parents’ Right to Know Wake County Campaign, plus reports and tips from other counter-recruitment efforts across N.C. RSVP to get info: paefleap@mindspring.com (Bridgette Burge).

Media Reform: Thu, Aug 4, 7 pm: U.S. Congressman David Price and Jim Goodman, president and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Co., share their views on the attempted censorship and demise of PBS and NPR, plus a viewing of Bill Moyers’ speech at the Media Reform Forum and a Q&A session. United Church of Christ, Martin Luther King Blvd. (formerly Airport Road), Chapel Hill.

Back to School Youth Fair: Sat, Aug 6, 8 am-2:30 pm: A day of 30-minute educational activities that promote student achievement & parental awareness. Open to children ages 5-11 and their parents. All participating children receive a complete set of school supplies. Sponsored by nonprofit Uplift Project. Pre-registration available. Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville St., Durham. 949-8794, www.btsyf.org.

Progressive Democrats of N.C. Convention: Sat, Aug 6, 9 am-4 pm: Building Our Future with keynote speaker Joe Trippi, former Dean campaign manager. Register at www.greendogs.org. Also holding elections for officers; if interested, contact Mischi@greendogs.org. Brendle Recital Hall, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem.

Auction for the Animals: Sat, Aug 6, 7-10 pm: Second Chance Pet Adoption’s auction, with raffle to win your choice of trip to Aspen, NYC, Aruba or Hawaii; ticket includes food and open bar. Exploris, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 434-4890, www.secondchancenc.org/auction.cfm. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $50 and $75 sponsors get two tickets.

Strictly Voluntary
Durham Board of County Commissioners: Seeking applicants to fill positions on the various citizen boards and commissions, including Adult Care Home CAC, Emergency Medical Services Council, Multi-Jurisdictional Advisory Board, Nursing Home CAC, Open Space and Trails Commission, Workforce Development Board. Deadline for most applications: Aug 4, 5 pm. For applications and info: 560-0027 (Yvonne Gordon). www.co.durham.nc.us.