If the impending winter weather leaves you stranded at the computer over the next couple days, here are a pair of outstanding January events to add to your calendar:
Number One is the January 18, NC Policy watch Crucial Conversation luncheon , “What is the true state of the economy and how do we make it work for everyone?”
As new administrations take office in Washington and Raleigh, there is much debate about the true state of the national and North Carolina economies. While many regions and population subgroups are experiencing good times, large segments of our state and nation continue to fall further and further behind.
Is this a permanent state of affairs or is there real hope for building on the progress of the past eight years and addressing this divide? What are the specific issues to which average citizens should be paying attention as they seek to follow and participate in this debate?
Please join us as we pose these and other timely questions to a very special guest speaker, Dr. William Spriggs , Chief Economist for the national AFL-CIO. The event will take place Wednesday January 18 at 12:00 noon at the N.C. State McKimmon Center  in Raleigh. Click here for more information and to register. 
Event Number Two is a very special conference on Saturday January 28 in Chapel Hill entitled “Beyond Gun Violence: A Conference for People of Faith and Conscience about Ending America’s Deadly Epidemic.” 
The event, which is being spearheaded by the N.C. Council of Churches  and North Carolinians Against Gun Violence , will feature an array of national and state-level heavy hitters, including the Rev. Matthew Crebbin, Senior Minister of the Newtown Congregational Church, Mark Carman, American Coalition for Responsible Gun Ownership and James Atwood, theologian and author of “America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé.” The conference will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and take place at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 MLK Blvd. Click here  for more information and here  to register.