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Six things to have on your radar this week

#1 – Anti-Semitism in the South, and where we go after the Pittsburgh synagogue attack

This evening at the Friday Center, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies will present an important community lecture on anti-Semitism and the Jewish experience in the South. The program will feature author Jonathan Weisman and Ryan Thornburg, UNC School of Media and Journalism, focusing on Weisman’s book, (((Semitism))). The book is a rumination on the rise of anti-Semitism, racism and hate in this current political climate, and what should be done to confront it.

Tonight’s event is free and open to the public. It runs from 7:00pm-9:00pm at The Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill.

#2 – A new BTC Report on creating equitable health outcomes

On Tuesday the Budget & Tax Center releases a new report giving a breakdown of how state investments in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services have changed since 2008.
The report identifies the need to focus on equitable health outcomes to create a culture of health where every North Carolinian can reach their full potential.

We’ll feature more from that report this week on the Progressive Pulse blog.

#3 – Don’t Punish Pain™ Rallies

Don’t Punish Pain™ Rallies are being held in Raleigh and Charlotte on Tuesday.

In 2016, CDC guidelines that were made to address the illicit fentanyl/heroin crisis caused a drastic over-correction in the health care setting. An unintended consequence was that many physicians, hospitals, and even pharmacies stopped treating pain altogether.

This affects people with chronic pain, acute pain as well as post-operative pain.

Tomorrow in Raleigh there will be a rally starting at 11:00am at Halifax Mall. Learn more here: http://dontpunishpainrally.com/wp-content/Flyer-Files/Flyers/49%20NC%20Raleigh.PDF

In the Queen City , a similar event runs from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, 5701 Executive Center Dr, Charlotte.

#4 – Politics, polling and prognostications ahead of the November mid-terms

Also on Tuesday, NC Policy Watch will hold its latest Crucial Conversation: Trick or treat? A mid-term election preview Featuring Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling. Tom was good enough to join Rob Schofield over their weekend on News & Views and offer a preview of how the polls are trending:

Join us tomorrow as we learn the details of where things stand and what the political world is likely to look like on November 7th after all the votes are tallied.

Tomorrow’s event begins at noon at the Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough Street.

Please be sure to register so we have a proper headcount.

#5 –  State Board of Education gets an update on Hurricane Florence recovery and the next charter-school takeover target

On Thursday, this month’s meeting of the State Board of Education will open with an update of Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. The board will also decide whether Carver Heights Elementary School in Wayne Country will be operated under the Innovative School District starting in the 2019/2020 school year.

An agenda for Thursday’s meeting at the Education Building can be found here: https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/SB_Meetings/SB_MeetingListing.aspx?S=10399

#6 – Want to avoid the lines on Election Day? Early voting ends this Saturday!

Finally, one-stop early voting draws to a close on Saturday. You can look up early voting poll places, dates and times here: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/One-Stop-Early-Voting

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