NC Peace Action helped organize a very active presence in Chapel Hill with John Heuer and an SDS student speaking, entertainment by the Raging Grannies and Sacrificial Poets, and smaller groups at two sites in Raleigh. We got a total of about 100 signatures on a Costs of War petition, great picture and description in the Raleigh paper about the the display brought by Vicki Ryder with beads on a dowel. “They represented the projected 2012 US tax dollars that would go for military needs as opposed to other government programs.” Another small local paper, Carrboro, will publish a picture in its weekly edition.
In Raleigh, the large 40′ banner on the ground is the AFSC representation of their “One Minute for Peace” strip that lines up discretionary spending for the various departments. We also had a penny poll which engaged several passersby. In Chapel Hill, the balloons also represented the size of the military vs other departments.
The bottom photos are of the 2nd part of the event in Chapel Hill that merged with a protest of the Bank of America organized by a coalition planning a big action in Charlotte in May. We marched down to the BOA to deliver a letter to the CEO. They got the branch manager to fax the letter.