Stepping away from 2020 Outreach so I can do 2020 outreach

A few days ago I sent the following message to my fellow members of the Outreach Committee for Chapel Hill 2020. Apparently having and stating strong opinions is incompatible with leadership in that process. Rather than spending time struggling to lead the internal outreach process, I think I will be a more effective and way more authentic advocate from the outside. It's a pity the Town can't make room for vocally opinionated comunity members to be leaders in creating our new comprehensive plan. We all have opinions. Some people are just more blunt about them than others. There are precious few "neutral" leaders who are qualified and motivated enough to serve.

SURGE Youth Leadership Awards Ceremony

Via Facebook:

BUY TICKETS ONLINE AT http://www.surgenetwork.org/leadership/tickets.html
Only $15 for students! ($25 general public)

Thursday, September 18th, 6pm
Carrboro Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, NC

Come help us celebrate the achievements of young leaders from around North Carolina who have made significant contributions to the struggle for justice in our communities.

This year's finalists are :

• Chris Parker, Chapel Hill High School, is a leader of Chapel Hill High School SURGE and worked to develop the Celebration of Earth and Sky and campus biodiesel processor.

• Rosemary Johnson, Southern Guilford High School, founded a student group to encourage dialogue about gender, body image, and media representations of women.

• Student Action with Workers (SAW), at UNC-Chapel Hill, led a three-week long sit-in to demand that the UNC administration adopt a policy to ensure that university-licensed products are made in factories that respect workers rights.

• Feminist Students United (FSU), UNC-Chapel Hill, led a series of campus discussions about gender, heterosexism, and privilege.

• Andrew Zonderman, Duke University, led Duke Students against Sweatshops' efforts to convince Duke University to join the boycott of Smithfield Foods products.

• Rosie Rangel, Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), led a coalition of rural Latino youth from migrant families in North Carolina.

• iNSIDE oUT 180 creates safe environments for LGBTQ youth by providing opportunities for them to express themselves and by educating the broader community about LGBTQ issues.

More information and tickets online at http://www.surgenetwork.org

Don't forget to join the SURGE Facebook Group! http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=2207469071


Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 2:00pm


Century Center, Carrboro

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