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Councilperson James Null to address Freethinkers in the Health Dept. Auditorium, 301 S. Union Blvd. Dr. Null is a member of City Council and a contender in the upcoming mayoral race. He will speak about voting behavior and the local political landscape and answer questions concerning the future of our community. Free. Wed., Jan. 22, 7-9 p.m. For more, call 535-0320.

Why Are So Many People in Jail?, East Library, 5550 North Union Blvd. The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition is hosting a community symposium to give citizens an overview of the ways incarceration is used in El Paso county as well as alternatives to prison. Panelists include El Paso sheriff-elect Terry Maketa; attorney in private practice and former assistant DA Tom Barnes; Cynergetincs Institute director Bill Groom; Chief Probation Officer Jack Ruszczyk and representatives from other organizations. The Independent's Kathryn Eastburn will moderate. Free. Tues., Jan. 28, 7-9 p.m. 475-8059 Ext. 10.

Citizens Project's Citizens Day at the Legislature. See your elected officials engaged on the Senate and House floors and in committee meetings. Hear perspectives on the capitol's activity from several progressive lobbyists. Eat lunch with local El Paso County legislators. Learn more about fiscal policy and many budget issues of the 2003 session. Deadline is Fri., Jan. 17. Lunch and transportation provided and some scholarships are available. Citizens Day is Wed., Jan. 29. For more, contact Citizens Project at 520-9899.

No War on Iraq Rally at the corner of Nevada Ave. and Bijou St. near Acacia Park. Thursdays, 4-5 p.m. Bring banners and drums. Call 632-6189.

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