Hope you were able to have some time for fun and relaxation during the holidays! 2018 is getting off to a COLD and busy start with another Woman’s March, Fossil Free Watch Party, press conferences, and more!

First, this article by Sarah van Gelder, to inspire as we begin another busy year.  We Can Reimagine and Reinvent Our Society in 2018: Let’s say goodbye to top-down revolutions and embrace grassroots action. “We need to be in touch. Isolated and afraid, we’re easy to defeat. In each other’s company, we rediscover the joy and strength that can energize us as we create new systems and ways of life.” YES!!!!
Tuesdays with Tillis takes place each week on Tuesdays at 11:30 am outside the Federal Court House in Raleigh, 310 New Bern Avenue. Stay updated on what their focus is each week through their Facebook page here or their email list by contacting Karen Ziegler at [email protected]. Jan 9 focus is the US and NC Judiciary.
Jan 5 Water Dragon Art Build in Charlotte, 6-8pm, 1817 Central Ave. Rm. 209 (International House), Charlotte
Leading up to the January 11th 1,000 Days of Bottled Water event (more below), join others in creating an awesome art project! 


Jan 10 Fair Courts Day of Action, 11am-5pm, Bicentennial Plaza, 1 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh
Join the North Carolina NAACP, North Carolina Voters For Clean Elections (NCVCE), Democracy North Carolina, and Progress NC for a day of action at the state legislature. We will kick off the day with a press conference in the Bicentennial Plaza, followed by a Citizens Lobby Day Of Action. 

Jan 11, 1,000 Days on Bottled Water Press Conference, 11 am, North Carolina General Assembly Press Room,  16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC
Families from across N.C. will join together to share their stories of living on bottled water. Duke Energy’s coal ash mess has poisoned drinking water and left hundreds of NC families with no alternative but to live on bottled water. Jan. 11 makes 1,000 days of cooking, cleaning, and even brushing children’s teeth with bottles and bottles of water, every day. https://www.facebook.com/events/776647742527528/
Jan 11, 1,000 Days on Bottled Water Press Conference, 3:30 pm, Duke Headquarters, 550 S Tryon St, Charlotte
Jan. 13, Medicare for All Rally, CCB Plaza, 201 N Corcoran Street, Durham
As we honor the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember these words of his: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Come to our rally to show your support for Medicare for All and learn what a just, humane and cost-effective healthcare system could look like in our country. https://www.facebook.com/events/930107137143919/
Jan 16, Burned: Are Trees the New Coal Durham,7pm, Center for Documentary Studies, 13 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham
The documentary takes a hard look at the latest false solution to climate change: woody biomass. Our forests and communities here in North Carolina are at risk, and it’s up to us to step up. Join Dogwood Alliance and BURNED filmmakers Lisa Merton and Chris Hardee for a screening and discussion about what can be done to stop this madness. https://www.facebook.com/events/150362655605670/
Jan 17, The Early Days of Thomas Berry (1970s and 1980s), 3:30 – 5:30 pm, United Church of Chapel Hill
Program by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim  https://www.ecozoicstudies.org/reviews/announcements/
Jan 20, Woman’s Rally on Raleigh, 9am- 1pm, Halifax Mall, 16 W Jones Street, (green space in back of the General Assembly building)
On the anniversary of the Women’s March, we will gather again to rally for our mission. We will celebrate Women Leading the Resistance and uplift voices and stories of communities that are affected by the current administration and its oppressive policies. More details https://www.facebook.com/events/1611316172263531/ and https://womensmarchonraleigh.org. There will also be a rally in Asheville.
Jan 19-21 Foundations of Indigenous Wisdom, The Eco Institute at Pickards Mountain, 8519 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill  
This workshop highlights the power of indigenous wisdom that is passed down through the generations. We make this wisdom accessible through stories and community experiences designed to help us live greater lives. 
January 23, Candlelight Vigil to #BlackoutDukeEnergy, 6:30-8:30 pm, Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham
Join us for an indoor rally, candlelight vigil, and community building event (speakers, music, dancing) to protest Duke Energy’s proposed electric bill increase and the Utilities Commission denial for Durham to have a public hearing. https://www.facebook.com/events/168602423743879/?ti=as
Duke Energy Carolinas Rate Hike Public Hearings

Franklin, January 16, 7:00 pm, Macon County Courthouse, Courtroom A, 5 W. Main Street.
Greensboro, January 24, 7:00 pm, Guilford County Courthouse, Courtroom 1C, 201 E. Eugene Street.
Charlotte, January 30, 6:30 pm, Mecklenburg County Courthouse, 832 E. 4th Street.
Handout to prepare for your comments here. 
Jan. 30, Threats to an Independent Judiciary Rep. Cynthia Ball Town Hall,  7 pm, Meredith College, Ledford Hall, room 101. We will discuss what happens in the upcoming January 10th Special Session and the session’s implications on the way North Carolinians elect our judges and prosecutors.  Please RSVP here or email [email protected]. A campus map with parking directions can be found on the Meredith College website. All are welcome!
Jan 31, Raleigh Fossil Free Fast:The Climate Resistance watch party via livestream from DC
Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh
The event will feature US Senator Bernie Sanders, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, Rev. Lennox Yearwood from Hip Hop Caucus, Jacqueline Patterson from the NAACP, Cherri Foytlin from BOLD Louisiana, Adriana Voss-Andreae from 350PDX, Varshini Prakash from the Sunrise Movement, Jessica Lorena Rangel from Eyes of a Dreamer, and more. Hosted by 350 Triangle and Justice in a Changing Climate at CUCC, meet others in the community who want to organize to build local power and take climate action! More details on Raleigh event forthcoming here!! 
Feb 4, The Gathering: A Time for Reflection, Revival, & Resistance, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, 6pm. Takes place the first Sunday of each month. Check Repairers of the Breach website for updates to learn the focus and speakers who will join Rev. Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove each month.
Feb. 10, Moral March on Raleigh and HKonJ People’s Assembly 2018, March begins at 10 am, Fayetteville Street 
Taking the Resistance to the Ballot Box! https://www.facebook.com/events/1841465486167557/
February 24, Leopold Education Workshop, located at Wilkerson Nature Preserve, hosted by The Center for Human-Earth Restoration