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Coming-up this week….

So what’s going on this week other than the gubernatorial debates on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening between former congressman Bob Etheridge, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, state Rep. Bill Faison?

Plenty!

The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) kicks off a 3 day conference today in which hundreds of state and local elected officials, alongside 400 educators, will take part in a Statewide Mayoral Summit on Afterschool Programs. The event is designed to bring together afterschool providers, policymakers, business leaders and the philanthropic community to discuss how communities can work together to build and sustain high-quality, accessible afterschool and summer

Keynote speakers will include NC Speaker of the House Thom Tillis; Former Senator Howard Lee; Former Representative Gene Arnold; Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx; and Immediate Past National League of Cities President James Mitchell.

This Tuesday, working families, community advocates, students, retirees, and people of faith will stand off against representatives of multi-national corporations and the super-wealthy at a “showdown” on Tax Day, outside the Raleigh Bank of America branch at Cameron Village.

Demonstrators at the Tax Day protest will rally to reject the Rep. Ryan budget and other costly tax cuts for the super-wealthy that jeopardize public education, Social Security, and the investments we need to grow the American economy and save the middle class.

Tuesday evening, the N.C. NAACP, the N.C. Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity and the N.C. Justice Center will continue their listening tours of poverty-stricken areas with a stop this week in Western North Carolina. Tuesday’s listening session will be held from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Union Grove Baptist Church, 901 Robinson Terrace, Hendersonville, NC.

On Wednesday, North Carolina House members will continue their discussion this week of how to best discourage people from trying to obtain unemployment benefits unlawfully

House Speaker Thom Tillis wants a list of recommendations to deter improper payments before the full General Assembly reconvenes for its short session in May. The Unemployment Fraud Task Force will meet at 10:00am Wednesday in Room 1027/1128 of the Legislative Building.

Wednesday evening is your chance to learn more about offshore wind power at a forum at Meredith College. Marcilynn Burke, Acting Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Interior, will be in Raleigh to talk about North Carolina’s offshore wind resource. Other panelists include: Rep. Deborah Ross; Brian O’Hara, President of the North Carolina Offshore Wind Coalition; John Williams, Assistant Secretary for Energy, NC Department of Commerce.

The 7:00PM forum – being presented by the NC Sierra Club, Meredith College, and Interfaith Power & Light – will be held in Kresge Auditorium (in the Cate Center) on the Meredith College campus.

Also on Wednesday, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has two fundraisers on tap in Raleigh and in Charlotte. First-up the former Massachusetts governor will hold a noon-time luncheon at the Angus Barn in Raleigh, followed by an evening event at Myers Park Country Club. Wonder who’s going to be there? Check out a copy of the invitation (thanks to the Charlotte Observer) here: http://ow.ly/afuTa.

Thursday over in Winston-Salem, the NC Council of Churches holds their 2012 Critical Issues Seminar focusing on where our food comes from, how much is available, how it is grown, and what happens when there isn’t enough.

The seminar, Eating Well: For Ourselves, For Our Neighbors, For Out Planet, takes place Thursday from 8:30am to 3:30pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 520 Summit St., Winston-Salem. Morning worship will be led by Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. In addition, Congresswoman Eva Clayton will speak on international hunger.

And with early voting set to begin on Thursday (April 19) there are many events being planned this week designed to educate voters about the harms of Amendment One, the proposed anti-gay constitutional marriage amendment.

Here’s a run-down of just a few of those events:

Monday, Apr 16 – 7:00pm in Greensboro
Indoor Rally at College Park Baptist Church
http://ow.ly/afvit
Speakers include: Rev. Dr. William Barber, President North Carolina NAACP, and Maxine Eichner, Professor of Law at UNC School of Law
Tuesday, Apr 17 – 6:30pm – 7:30pm in Charlotte
Domestic Abuse Protections and Amendment One, Charlotte
http://ow.ly/afvp9
Co-sponsored with United Family Services in Charlotte, an educated panel of community leaders, lawyers and victims against Amendment One will delve into the harms of the amendment and the possible repercussions if domestic abuse protections are reversed. The panel will openly discuss what it will take to prevent Amendment One’s passage in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Thursday, Apr 19 – 9:00am – 10:00am in Durham
Party at the Polls at NC Central in Durham
http://ow.ly/afvEO
At Alfonso Elder Student Union (early voting location)
Thursday, Apr 19 – 3:00pm in Greensboro
Party at the Polls, Greensboro Board of Elections
http://ow.ly/afvKk
Saturday, Apr 21 – 11:00am – 1:00pm in Charlotte
Early Voting Rally Against Amendment One, Charlotte
http://www.protectallncfamilies.org/events/early-voting-rally-against-amendment-one-charlotte-nc
Saturday, Apr 21 – 11:00am in Durham
March to the Polls, Durham
Meet at Corporation and Foster Streets (near farmer’s market) and march to Durham County BOE to vote
http://ow.ly/afw6g
Saturday, Apr 21 – 1:00pm in Wilmington
Party at the Polls, Wilmington
http://ow.ly/afwdt
March from Port City Java to the Government Center to vote

One Comment

  1. Doug

    April 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

    What a motley crew of Democratic candidates for Governor ! That should really get the base stirred up !