Events and Actions

Updated: January 30, 2018


On-Going -- Action for Fair Voting Districts. For actions you can take in support of fair voting districts, visit: www.EndGerrymanderingNow.org

    STAMP NC BLUE
    We want to share some information with you about an easy way to help Stamp NC Blue! We are really excited about this project and would be so grateful for your help. We didn't want you to wonder what was happening next - so here are some quick bits of info for you...
      Consider signing up for Stamp NC Blue, a project designed to get out the vote in flippable districts. This one is easy--no need to even leave your house. Stamp NC Blue is looking for team leaders and team members to send postcards to voters in targeted districts. We know of at least two teams already organized in Pittsboro/Fearrington Village.
        Here are some quick bits of info for you...
            if you offered to contribute towards the costs of making this project a reality - THANK YOU! - you can make a contribution online here: https://stamp-nc-blue.secured.atpay.com
              If you'd like to contribute by check - please make the check payable to "Stamp NC Blue by TWWNC" and mail it to PO Box 61182, Durham NC 27715. And, if you offered to host an online fundraiser and invite your friends to contribute - you're welcome to make your own facebook event or email ask and use the link above OR we can catch up with you with more options soon. 
                An update (02/13/2018)! They already have enough team leads & volunteers to cover the target voters in our two most flippable districts:
                  That means we are almost 40% of the way to meeting their volunteer recruitment goal and covering all the to get voters in our 5 key, flippable districts - amazing progress in just a few short days! 
                    If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining a postcard team - please share this information with them - https://www.facebook.com/stampncblue/posts/2038767376404035
                      Be social! Join their closed facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/stampncblue/. And follow them on Twitter https://twitter.com/StampNCBlue 
                    • and instagram https://www.instagram.com/stampncblue/.
                      • Thanks! Together, we'll Stamp NC Blue!

                        • Some Actions You Can Take to Promote Nonpartisan Redistricting:  Now is the time to let your legislator know your thoughts about the criteria necessary to ensure fair maps for the 2018 elections.  
                        • These are the key criteria suggested by Common Cause and the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform:
                        1. Districts are “compact and contiguous” meaning that there are no long tentacles that stretch out and barely touch the rest of the district.
                        2. Districts follow state and federal laws.
                        3. The most important: districts are drawn not considering factors such as the party affiliation of voters, where the incumbent lives, the results of previous elections, or other partisan factors. 
                        Using your own words, please e-mail your legislator and copy the two co-chairs of the Joint Legislative Redistricting Committee: Ralph Hise (Ralph.Hise@ncleg.net) and Davis Lewis (David.Lewis@ncleg.net).  You can also submit your comments by going to http://www.ncleg.net/applications/rfc/Redistricting.aspx?id=23
                        • In the event of another serious act of political malfeasance (such as the firing of Robert Mueller) various Indivisible groups have identified public gathering places in their communities for people to congregate to express their concern and dissent. In Chatham County, the identified location is the Historic Courthouse circle in Pittsboro. For those of you who have not yet been in contact with a local Indivisible group (there are two), you can email NBJacobs16@gmail.com and/or IndivisibleNCDist6@gmail.com for more information.

                        Upcoming 2018 Events
                        • Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM | Candidate canvass w/ Erica McAdoo for NC HD 63. Meet at Erica McAdoo’s campaign office, 115 E Harden St, Graham. Carpool: 12:15 PM from the DMV at Carrboro Plaza. (Optional) gathering afterward at The Verdict on the Square (28 NW Court Square, Graham) until 5:00 PM.
                        • Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM | Flippable district canvass w/ Aim Higher Now | Meet at Aim Higher Now’s Wake office, 119 SW Maynard Rd, Suite 130, Cary. | Carpool: 8:40 AM from in front of Mardi Gras Bowling in Falconbridge Shopping Center. (Optional) gathering afterward: at the Aim Higher Now office until 1:30 PM. NEW Please also RSVP to Aim Higher Now here.
                        • Sunday, May 20, 2018 | 1:00 - 4:30 PM: | Canvassing in a flippable district with Flip NC. Meet at Peak of the Vine, 115 N Salem St, Apex. Carpool: 12:10 PM from Mardi Gras Bowling in Falconbridge Shopping Center. (Optional) gathering afterward: at Peak of the Vine until 5:00 PM.
                        • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 10:00 AM | Raising Wages NC Lobby Day in Raleigh | Raising Wages NC is hosting a statewide lobby day to demand a raise for working families of North Carolina to $15 an hour. All NC workers are invited. They also invite the owners of businesses who support a living wage. Lunch and training will be provided. FREE TRANSPORT will also be provided from the Asheville, Greensboro, Charlotte, & Wilmington areas. Raising Wages NC is helping to coordinate free transportation. Register now to reserve your seat. To reserve your seat, sign up here: https://raisingwagesnc.org/lobby-day-sign-up. Sign up and make your voice heard!
                        • Sunday, June 03, 2018 | 2:00 PM: - 4:00 PM: Voter engagement canvass w/ Eastside precinct | Meet: the Ephesus Elementary parking lot, 1495 Ephesus Church Rd, Chapel Hill. (Optional) gathering afterward: at the Elliot Rd Market Street Coffee, 227 S Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill until 4:45 PM. 
                        • Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 1:00 PM - 4 PM: Candidate canvass w/ Erica McAdoo for NC HD 63. Meet: Erica McAdoo’s campaign office, 115 E Harden St, Graham. Carpool: 12:15 PM from the DMV at Carrboro Plaza. (Optional) gathering afterward: at The Verdict on the Square, 28 NW Court Square, Graham until 5:00 PM.
                        • Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Voter engagement canvass w/ North Carrboro precinct. Meet: the Spring Valley mail house, Spring Valley Rd & Pathway Dr, Carrboro. (Optional) gathering afterward: at Johnny’s Gone Fishing, 901 W Main St, Carrboro until 4:45 PM.
                          • Last but not least | We hope this event doesn’t happen, but there will be a non-violent protest rally at Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh if President Trump fires Robert Mueller.  There will be similar events in other NC cities. This will be a short notice event, and we will get the word out as soon as we can. For more information now: https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/13414.

                          Past 2016 - 2018 Events
                          • Saturday, May 05, 2018 | 11:00 am - 2:15 pm | Voter engagement canvass with Eno Precinct meet at Vinny’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria (133 North Scotswood Blvd, Hillsborough.
                          • Wednesday, May 02, 2018 | 6:30pm to 8:30pm at The Pittsboro Roadhouse, 39 West Street, Pittsboro, Flip NC leaders will discuss the districts near us that they’ve determined are flippable (and how they determined that). We’ll learn what gives each district its own “local color,” who the incumbent is, what issues are especially important there, and more. Get to know our friendly neighborhood flippable districts.
                          • Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM | Voter engagement canvass with Hogan Farms Precinct.
                          • Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM | Canvassing in a flippable district with Flip NC.
                          • Sunday, April 15, 2018 | 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM | Voter engagement canvass with Cedar Falls precinct.
                          • Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM PM | Voter Engagement Canvass with Coles Store Precinct. 
                          • Sunday, April 08, 2018 | 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM |Canvassing in a flippable district with Aim Higher Now NC.
                          • Saturday, April 07, 2018 | 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Voter engagement canvass with Eastside precinct. Meet at the parking lot in front of Ephesus Elementary School (1495 Ephesus Church Rd, Chapel Hill). (Optional) gathering afterward: at the Elliott Rd Market Street Coffee (227 S Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill) until 4:45 PM.
                          • Wednesday, April 04, 2018 | 6:30 to 8:00 PM | EDUCATIONAL EVENT “Raising Bertie” screening at The Pittsboro Roadhouse (39 West Street, Pittsboro) to watch “Raising Bertie," a documentary chronicling the coming of age of three African American boys in rural North Carolina, and the systemic obstacles they face. “Raising Bertie” was described in The News and Observer as a “curiously intimate” film that “resonates powerfully with contemporary issues.” It has also won a number of awards, including the Atlanta Docufest’s award for best documentary feature.
                          • Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 5:00pm to 7:00pm| UNC RALLY FOR OUR LIVES | Amplify the student movement #NeverAgain and continue to stand up against gun violence at Polk Place (the Quad) on UNC campus (211 Lenoir Drive, Chapel Hill). Join students from UNC, Duke, NC State, and Elon, as well as activists from Moms Demand Action, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, Stop Handgun Violence, Young Democrats, the NC NAACP, and the Black Student Movement for a Rally for Our Lives. | Speakers will include UNC students, Parkland survivors, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, Chapel Hill Town Council member Allen Buansi, state Representatives Marcia Morey and Graig Meyer, state Senators Mike Woodard and Jay Chaudhuri (who recently hosted a press conference at which NCGA Democrats called for a gun reform package), and local gun violence prevention advocate Kaaren Haldeman.
                          • Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 1:00pm to 4:30pm at Peak of the Vine, 115 N Salem St, Apex. | Canvassing in a flippable district with Flip NC. 
                          • Saturday, March 24, 2018 | MARCH FOR OUR LIVES in Washington, DC. Also in Raleigh and Durham.
                          • Saturday, March 24, 2018 |1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Candidate canvass w/ Erica McAdoo for NC HD 63. Graham) until 5:00 PM.
                          • Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Volunteer recruitment canvass with Westwood precinct.
                          • Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Canvass kick-off in Chatham and Gilford Counties with candidate Ryan Watts.
                          • Sunday, March 11, 2018 | 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Voter engagement canvass with Eastside Precinct. 
                          • Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM | Canvassing in a flippable district with Flip NC, Onward, and Indivisible NC 6.
                          • Monday, March 05, 2018 | 6:30pm to 8:30 PM at The Preserve at Jordan Lake Clubhouse, 833 The Preserve Trail. 
                          • Sunday, March 04, 2018 | 1:30 PM tp 4:15 PM | Voter Engagement Canvass with Wake Precinct 14-02, in a closely-contested NC House District. 
                          • Saturday, March 03, 2018 | 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM | Voter Engagement canvass with Battle Park precinct.
                          • Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Canvassing with Neighbors on Call and Flip NC at Peak of the Vine (115 N Salem St, Apex).
                          • Sunday, February 11, 2018 | 2:30pm to 5:30pm | Voter engagement canvass with OWASA precinct at 114 Chaucer Court, Carrboro). (Optional) gathering afterward: at Open Eye Cafe (101 S Greensboro St, Carrboro).
                          • Saturday, February 10, 2018 |  09:00am HKonJ People’s Assembly (Moral March on Raleigh) in downtown Raleigh (at the corner of Wilmington and South Streets). We joined the NC NAACP and hundreds of its coalition partners for the 12th annual March on Raleigh & HKonJ People’s Assembly. This annual demonstration - which brought together over 80,000 people last year - is a major moment for the progressive coalition each year.
                          • Sunday, February 04, 2018 2:00pm to 5:00pm | Voter Engagement canvass with Colonial Heights precinct at the Root Cellar (750 MLK Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill). (Optional) gathering afterward: at the Root Cellar until 5:30pm.
                          • Thursday, February 01, 2018 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B (100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill). Canvassing training with the Orange County Democratic Party (OCDP. Canvassing training will be led by Jim Foster and Laura Phipps, OCDP Canvass Co-Coordinators and canvassers extraordinaire.
                          • Sunday, January 28 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Canvassing with Neighbors on Call and Flip NC at Peak of the Vine (115 N Salem St, Apex).
                          • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | Voter registration training with Indivisible District 6 at North 87 South in Alamance County (not far from the Chatham County line).
                          • Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 9:00 am - 1:00 p.m. Women's March on Raleigh: Women Leading the Resistance.
                          • Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., community meeting sponsored by Neighbors on Call at the Lumina Theater in Southern Village on the topic, “What Do We Do in 2018?” with NC Sen. Jeff Jackson, who is a dynamic speaker. This meeting will focus on what can be done to break the GOP supermajority. To register, go to: www.neighborsoncall.org/jeffjackson.
                          • Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. town hall meeting on the topic, “Threats to NC’s Judicial Independence,” sponsored by the League of Women Voters, NC Voters for Clean Elections, Democracy NC, and Progress NC, at the Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. This issue is extremely important, as our state legislature is working to take away our right to elect our judges. You can learn more at demnc.co/faircourts.
                          • Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 11:00 a.m., rally and citizens’ action day at the NC General Assembly focusing on the fair courts issue described above.  This is an “all progressive hands on deck” event on the opening day of the General Assembly. More information to follow.
                          • Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 5:30pm at the Chatham County Justice Center in Pittsboro (the new courthouse behind the old historic courthouse). The Orange and Chatham Counties' branch of Justice Initiatives, Inc. and the 15B Judicial District Bar co-sponsored an Information Night on the Legislative Plans for Judicial Redistricting in Chatham and Orange Counties, as well as other changes and proposed changes to the Court System. Prof. Jim Drennan of the UNC School of Government was the keynote speaker and 15B Bar President Hathaway Pendergrass facilitated.
                          • Monday, October 16, 2017 | Neighbors on Call (NoC) South and DA Education Meeting - Policy Made Easy 2: Rights in NC -- Immigration, Women's Rights, LGBTQ Rights, and Criminal Justice. 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Hyatt Place Chapel Hill, 1090 US Highway 15 501 South, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.
                          • Wednesday, October 11th | 7:00pm, The highly organized and effective Neighbors on Call (NoC) group held a General Meeting ("How Did We Get Here?") with an expert panel at the Lumina Theater in Southern Village on Speakers were Rep. Mickey Michaux, Dr. Nancy MacLean, and Rob Christensen.
                          • Friday, October 06, 2017 | 10:00am - 11:30am, Training session was held in Fearrington Village on "Introduction to Voter Registration and Voter Services" in conjunction with the Orange Durham Chatham League of Women Voters. Information was non-partisan and prepared attendees to volunteer at LWV Voter Registration events.
                          • Wednesday, October 04th | 10:00am,  Grassroots citizen groups from across the state held an emergency March for Voting Rights in Raleigh on the day the legislature reconvened for another “special session.”
                          • Monday, September 25, 2017 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Training session held in Fearrington Village on "Introduction to Voter Registration and Voter Services" in conjunction with the Orange Durham Chatham League of Women Voters. Information was non-partisan and prepare attendees to volunteer at LWV Voter Registration events and also to be a resource for their friends and neighbors who want information about how/where to register and vote.
                          • Saturday, September 23, 2017 | A Southeast Meeting of Progressive Activists + Technologists Conference on Data & Democracy 2018. 9:00am - 4:30pm at the Durham Arts Council's PSI Theatre, 120 Morris Street, Durham.
                          • Friday, September 15, 2017 & Saturday, September 16, 2017 |- Chatham Organizing for Racial Equity presented an intensive two-day workshop, "Racial Equity Phase I" at the Rural Advancement Foundation International's (RAFI's) Dan Pollitt Center in Pittsboro.
                          • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 |  Neighbors on Call (NoC) South & Chatham County Democratic Party Computerized Phone Banking, 7:00 - 9:00pm, Pittsboro.
                          • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | Neighbors on Call (NoC) South & DA Education Meeting -- POLICY MADE EASY 1: Well-Being in North Carolina -- Environmental, Housing, & Health Care Policy.  7:00 - 8:30pm at the Hyatt Place Hotel, 1090 US Highway 15/501 South, Chapel Hill.
                          • Saturday, September 2 through Saturday, September 9, 2017 | The Rising Wages Week of Action. Leading up to Labor Day and continued through Saturday, the Durham chapter of Raising Wages NC - Fight for 15 planned actions and programs centering on the topic of labor and fair wages.

                          • Saturday, August 26, 2017 | YOU CAN VOTE educated voters in Burlington about gerrymandering and collected petition postcards during a Fair Map canvass to deliver at in-district meetings. Make a tax-deductible donation to help YOU CAN VOTE expand their Fair Maps program - all donations will be matched up to $20,000!
                          • Friday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | Vickie Shea held training sessions on "Introduction to Voter Registration and Voter Services" in conjunction with the Orange Durham Chatham League of Women Voters. Information was non-partisan and prepared participants both to volunteer at LWV Voter Registration events and also to be a resource for your friends and neighbors who want information about how/where to register and vote.
                          • Saturday, August 12, 2017 | Facilitated carpooling for Chatham County residents to attend the protest against the alt-right movement groups, which descended onto the small town of Charlottesville, VA.
                          • Monday, July 31, 2017 | Citizens had the opportunity to comment on proposed new rules for the NC State Board of Elections at the Board's public hearing in Raleigh.
                          • Sunday, July 23, 2017 | Chatham County activists Elizabeth Cox and Karen Mallam hosted a workshop held at Habitat for Humanity in Pittsboro titled "Deep Canvassing: An Approach to Unite and Heal North Carolina" featuring Dr. Gunther Peck, Assistant Professor of History at Duke and Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy.
                          • Saturday, June 10, 2017 | Muslims for Social Justice |Anti-Hate Rally on Halifax Mall, 300 N. Salisbury St. Raleigh (Behind the North Carolina Legislative Building). 
                          • Tuesday, June 06, 2017 | Neighbors on Call - South (Chatham County) met to discuss their goals for electing more Democrats to the General Assembly.
                          • Monday, June 05, 2017 | North Carolina citizens voiced their support for fair voting maps during a public hearing at the legislature in Raleigh, supporting House Bill 200, which would end gerrymandering in North Carolina by establishing a nonpartisan system for drawing the state's congressional and legislative voting maps.
                          • Tuesday, May 30, 2017 |U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) | Four-Stop Town Hall Listening Tour for May 30th across four counties in North Carolina’s Sixth Congressional District
                          • Tuesday, May 30, 2017 |Rev. Barber and the North Carolina NAACP | A Moral Day of Action for Health Care - sit-in outside the General Assembly
                          • Sunday, May 28, 2017 | Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle | NC Rep. Graig Meyer on Redistricting Reform
                          • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | The People Power Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, a vibrant Chatham/Orange/Durham group working on various aspects of immigrants’ rights
                          • Sunday, April 30, 2017 | The Indivisible Congressional District 6 General Meeting
                          • Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Earth Day |  MARCH FOR SCIENCE | Washington, DC | Satellite March in Raleigh, NC
                          • Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Showing of the Popular Documentary ‘Democracy for Sale’Chatham County Public Library (Community Library) in Pittsboro | Sponsored by Chatham County Democratic Party.
                          • Sunday, April 02, 2017 | Canvassing for Fair Districts in Alamance County, NC in partnership with

                            You Can Vote.
                          • Sunday, March 05th, 2017 |

                            A Clinic on the Effective Use of Social Media | in Graham, NC led by Anita Kinney of Democracy Matters, a social media wiz and activist extraordinaire. She provided instruction on the use of Twitter and other social media as effective tools for our activism.
                          • Wednesday, March 01, 2017 |

                            Citizens Lobby Day to End Gerrymandering!
                             
                            A broad coalition of citizens from across the state united at the North Carolina Legislature to speak with members of the NC House and Senate about the need to enact nonpartisan redistricting. The event was organized by the nonpartisan NC Coalition for Lobbying & Government Reform. 
                            http://endgerrymanderingnow.org/lobbyday/ 
                          • Monday, February 27, 2017 |

                            Moral Resistance Congressional Visits |

                            North Carolina NAACP event: Rep. Mark Walker’s main office: 809 Green Valley Road, Suite 104 Greensboro, NC 27408.
                             
                          • February 20, 2017 | Lobbying Workshop led by Jane Pinsky, Director of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform, at the NC JUSTICE CENTER in Raleigh.
                          • February 11, 2017 | Participation in the 11th Annual Mass Moral March on Raleigh and HKonJ People’s Assembly.
                          • November 2016 | We publicized the plans for the January 21, 2017 Million Women March on Washington DC as well as the Sister March that was held in Raleigh that same day for those who were unable to attend the Washington March.
                          • October - November 2016 | We connected with Chatham County progressives to provide information about opportunities for activism. We won a big victory on Election Day when we voted overwhelmingly to elect Mike Morgan to the state Supreme Court, but now politicians in Raleigh are scheming to overturn the will of the voters.Judge Morgan beat incumbent Bob Edmunds by almost 10 points, or about 350,000 votes. In a year of close elections, this was a blowout.
                          • We also encouraged citizens to speak out against the General Assembly's plan add two new Supreme Court seats during the special session to deal with the damage from Hurricane Matthew, allowing them to arrange for appointing right-wing judges to fill those vacancies. We can't let them get away with this.
                          • Late summer 2016, we worked with NC Women Matter on the “Women Matter” letter-writing campaign. Many of you might be familiar with that campaign from 2014, when over 13,000 personal letters were handwritten to North Carolina women to encourage them to vote.

                          • Chatham Voices for Justice also collaborated with The League of Women Voters (LWV) for Orange-Durham-Chatham on three non-partisan voter registration events in the County, which are described just below:
                          May 01, 2016, LWV voter table at the First Sunday street fair in downtown Pittsboro.

                          February 13, 2016, we participated in the Moral Movement / "HKonJ" March (Historic Thousands on Jones Street - the Raleigh location of the NC General Assembly). The march is an important annual event to demonstrate the strength and vitality of the progressive movement in NC under the leadership of Rev. William Barber.

                          In early February 2016, we conducted a non-partisan voter registration/education event for Galloway Ridge residents and staff. Fresh off a tremendously successful voter education day at Galloway Ridge talking to over 100 voters about where, when, and how to vote, we are making plans for training more volunteers to work at events around Chatham County between now and Election Day in November.

                          • We collaborated with the LWV by completing seven voter education training sessions in Fearrington Village on March 19, April 14, May 02, May 07, August 02,  August 04, and August 08, 2016. 

                          • April 27, 2016 | A League-sponsored forum on public education held at Extraordinary Ventures in Chapel Hill (across Elliot Road from Whole Foods. Event website http://www.lwvodc.org/edu_action.html. 

                          • April 25, 2016 | NAACP's People's Legislative Lobby Day / Protest for the Repeal of HB2