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About two weeks from now, Charlotte will be at the center of global attention, as thousands of journalists, political activists, and protesters descend on the city for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
How will policies and laws put into place for the Convention impact the rights of the reporters, demonstrators, and the citizens of North Carolina? And what can we do to ensure that our First Amendment rights and other freedoms are being upheld?

This evening, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the ACLU will host a free know-your-rights webinar entitled: “2012 DNC in Charlotte: What You Need to Know.”

Organizers will discuss the rights of demonstrators and photographers, the permitting process and other rules and restrictions passed for the event, and take questions from attendees on how you can stand up for your rights.
Panelists include: Chris Brook, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina -Bob Hagemann, Charlotte City Attorney -Mark Newbold, Deputy City Attorney, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department -Joseph Blocher, Associate Professor of Law, Duke University.

On Wednesday, Mitt Romney’s running mate will be in the Triangle.  Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will be in Raleigh for a private fundraiser at the home of local businessman John Kane.  Tickets to the 5:00 p.m. fundraising event start at $2,500 and go up from there.

Recent fundraisers like this have been lucrative for the Romney camp. Earlier this month in Charlotte, Romney netted $1.5 million at luncheon at Duke Mansion.

While we’re on the subject of politics, the NC Center for Voter Education and League of Women Voters of NC host a forum Thursday evening featuring the candidates for Secretary of State.Democratic incumbent Elaine Marshall faces Republican newcomer Ed Goodwin in this race.

The event runs from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/263371670441663/.

Legislation passed and signed into law this summer directs the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to study the current organization of the three agencies, and then determine whether these agencies should be reorganized.

State officials are looking for ideas from the public on how the three different agencies can cooperatively provide more efficient, productive and enjoyable uses of the state’s fisheries resources.

Want to have some input? The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will accept comments Wednesday and Thursday at the Brownstone/Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

Thursday evening, the Wake County Public School System invites parents and community members to join Superintendent Tony Tata and other education leaders for an update on the state’s largest school system.

The forum gets underway at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Southeast Raleigh High, 2600 Rock Quarry Road. Spanish/English interpretation will be available on site.

The event is sponsored by the school system, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Wake Education Partnership. For more information, visit: http://ow.ly/d3xBv.

To wrap up the week , in celebration of Women’s Equality Day, 9to5 member activists will register voters and encourage them to call on their candidates to support paid sick days.
9to5’s National Day of Action is designed to send a powerful signal that it’s time to support paid sick days to strengthen working families and rebuild America.The 19 city event includes Asheville. Want to learn more? Check out their outreach at the Goombay Festival, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m in downtown Asheville on Sunday.

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