Looking forward to fall temperatures arriving in NC soon!  It’s another busy month, with several events centered around the important mid-term elections. Not surprisingly, since it’s October, there are multiple events happening on the same day, making it hard to decide which one to attend!

Eastern NC will be feeling the impacts from Hurricane Florence for years to come from the historic flooding and toxic waste. And now Hurricane Michael is on the way. Please consider volunteering or donating to a Just Recovery.

Connie and Jodi wrote this powerful article, A Just Recovery in North Carolina After Hurricane Florence that was included in The Hill on Saturday.

Climate change impacts are being felt strongly in NC and all over the world. Please consider signing onto this Petition for a Just Transition to a 100% Renewable Energy and Carbon-Free Economy in NC that will be delivered to Gov. Cooper’s office and General Assembly members. Here’s the link to sign and to share

on social media and with friends.

There are many candidate forums and events to attend with the election less than a month away. You can volunteer for a particular candidate or with organizations like You Can Vote and others to help get people registered and vote.

Early voting begins Wednesday, October 17 and ends on Saturday, November 3. Election Day is November 6. 
At “one-stop” early voting you can register and vote at the same time.

You can check your voter registration and view your sample ballot here:

Vote at any of these early voting locations in your county:

Tuesdays with Tillis, join activists every Tuesday as different themes and issues are shared, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Federal Building, 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh.

Today was week 90! Follow their facebook page for more information on upcoming themes and actions. Video today of the awesome Raging Grannies singing their message “Step by Step.”

October 13, The People’s Party

11:30 am – 2:30 pm, beginning at the Raleigh City Plaza, 400 Block of Fayetteville Street

Organized by the Carolina Peace Center. Gather at the City Plaza in downtown Raleigh. The march will begin at 11:30 am and end at Bicentennial Mall for the rally. There will be community activist speakers and voting information. More information here.

October 13, Al: My Brother World Premier

7-9 pm, The Cary Theater, 122 E Chatham St, Cary

The movie illuminates the life and influence of Civil Rights Attorney Alan McSurely from the young UNC grad’s work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating and Congress of Racial Equality to his friendship with Bishop William J. Barber, II and his influence on HKonJ (Moral March on Raleigh) and the Moral Monday Movement.

More information here and tickets here. Panel discussion follows movie.

Pollinator Garden Tours on October 10 (5 pm) and October 20 (2 pm)
Join Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos on a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. More info here.

Two events at The Eco-Institute
Pickards Mountain, 8519 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill
Sundays October 14-November 18, 6-8 pm

Living the Emergent Quest Register here

October 18, Elderhood as a Spiritual Journey, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Calling Elders and people of all ages who are interested in the powerful role of Elders in community! We each hold some of the answers that we need at this time in the world, and through this collective journey, we will bring them together. Register here.

October 19-20, 20th annual Environmental Justice Summit: Making Revolution Irresistible: A Summit Celebrating Promise, Change & Action  

Historic Franklinton Center at Bricks, US Highway 301, Whitakers, NC
Our annual environmental justice summit has been a cornerstone critical to the resilience of our network. It’s an opportunity for us to gather together, exchange knowledge and experience, share our stories, and be refreshed to take on the important, difficult work ahead. This EJ Summit is particularly special because its our 20th year of NC Environmental Justice Network. It offers us the opportunity to reflect on the victories and challenges of the past 20 years and position ourselves for the future. We’re celebrating change – where we’ve been and what we’ve done. And we’re celebrating action – the steps that we will take to get us to where we want to go. More information at and registration here.

October 20, Rally for the Environment

5-7 pm, Rowan Park, 725 W. Rowan Street, Fayetteville

In the wake of Hurricane Florence it is now evident more than ever the environmental cost of inaction. Fellowship with other concerned citizens and make your voice heard, organize, and take action. Join the Alliance to Protect Our People and the Places We Live, Sustainable Sandhills, and impacted community members. More info here. 

October 20, Locally Foraged Cocktail Workshop + Tasting
11:00 am – 1:30 pm, Mystic Farm & Distilling Company, 1212 North Mineral Springs Road, Durham,

Join Piedmont Picnic Project to learn more about how to forage and process wild ingredients or mix unique, delicious, and local cocktails. We’ll explore ways to pair locally foraged ingredients with local spirits from Mystic Distillery, teaching you techniques in wild food processing and mixology along the way. Fall is nut season in the wild food world, so we’ll guide you through how to turn a little-used wild nut into hickory nut milk, flavored with other wild ingredients, and spiked with Mystic spirits. More information and registration here. 

October 20, Value of the Vote!

2-6 pm, Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham

Join us and our special host, Pierce Freelon, for this intergenerational summit on essential voting strategies with the goal of inspiring EVERY registered voter to VOTE on November 6! We’ll focus on engaging nonvoters on healthcare and social justice issues for the November 2018 midterms. Featuring panelists, workshops, speak out, performances, student art contest and award presentation, and more. RSVP and more info here.

October 23, Coalition for Health Care of North Carolina monthly meeting: Environment and Health
6:30 – 8:15 pm, United Church of Chapel Hill, Fellowship Hall, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill

Learn about some of the human health impacts from Hurricane Florence and other environmental issues that NC faces. We’ll hear from Lisa Sorg, investigative journalist focusing on the environment for NC Policy Watch, and Connie Leeper from NC WARN. More information here.

October 29, North Carolina Rally for the #TrialoftheCentury!

21 youth will confront the federal government in open court. They are the #youthvgov plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, and they allege that the U.S. government has knowingly violated their constitutional rights for over 50 years by contributing to climate change. Location in NC still TBD. Check this link for updates.

October 29, Poor People’s Hearing 6-8:30 pm, Location: TBA

Join the North Carolina Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and National Co-Chairs Rev. Drs. Barber and Theoharis as we hold a Poor People’s Hearing to lift up the voices of the poor, directly impacted, and faith leaders, to demand that our nation’s elected officials take action to fight systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and militarism, ecological devastation, and our nation’s distorted moral narrative of Christian nationalism.

More info here and RSVP here.

November 3rd-6th, The Last Weekend

Studies show that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). 350 Action and a diverse coalition of organizations are partnering together on a project called The Last Weekend — a massive push to elect the leaders we need at every level of government. Sign up to volunteer for The Last Weekend here.

Help Robie and Dwayne Goins fight the Atlantic Coast Pipeline! Consider donating to the Goins brothers’ legal battle against the proposed fracked gas pipeline in their town of Prospect, NC. For more information, visit their GoFundMe account. This lawsuit is important because it represents a historic Lumbee community’s last line of defense against the siting of a metering station–an intrusive and dangerous piece of industrial infrastructure–in a residential area by an aggressive energy behemoth in violation of the law.

November 9-11, 33rd Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham

The annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference brings together farmers, foodies, educators, activists, and more for a weekend celebration of innovation in local, sustainable agriculture. Educational workshops, presentations, and panel discussions are interspersed with networking & social events, exhibits, and regionally sourced meals. More information and register here.

November 17, Clean Path 2025: Taking Charge of Our Electric Power

2-6:30 pm, Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill

A gathering of North Carolinians interested in accelerating a just transition to economical clean electricity in our state. Learn how activists, local governments and small utilities are implementing the Clean Path 2025 strategy to replace fossil fuels with solar, battery storage, energy-saving measures and innovative financing. More information and registration here.

December 1,. Waste Not, Living the Low Carbon Life

9 am – 2 pm, Church of the Good Shepherd, 125 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh

Sponsored by Church of the Nativity, learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by making the food waste, compost, soil connection. Info here

Thanks for reading! I’m in the process of updating this list and the email will have a different look next month.

Peace and love for our beautiful Earth, Karen

350 Triangle Coordinator