WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – February 1, 2016
Welcome to this week’s edition of the White Rose Political Calendar. The calendar takes its name from the White Rose, a resistance group in Nazi Germany that worked to educate and organize opposition to the horrifying agenda of the Third Reich. In the spirit of the White Rose, WPKN offers its weekly Political Calendar in order to give voice to the struggles for political, social, economic and environmental justice. Here are some of the listings for the week of February 1, 2016.
Opposition to fracked gas in Connecticut continues. Clean energy proponents have just achieved a victory in Rocky Hill, whose town council rejected a compressed fracked gas infusion station, but efforts continue in Bridgeport and Hartford to stop other infrastructure projects. Bridgeport votes on a fracked gas burning power plant on February 1, and the Hartford city council votes on a natural gas pipeline being proposed for a crucial watershed area on February 3rd at 5:30 pm at Hartford City Hall. The group 350CT is a source for information about ongoing efforts to oppose fracked gas and numerous other environmental concerns. Their website is at 350ct.org.
Planned Parenthood continues to come under attack by numerous groups who oppose a woman’s right to choose. In New Haven, weekly antiabortion protests take place at the city’s Planned Parenthood center in efforts to intimidate women coming to the clinic. On Saturday, February 6, a counter-demonstration will be held to support women who are seeking to gain access to basic medical care and other services offered at the New Haven Planned Parenthood location. Interested participants can gather at the corner of Whitney and Edwards at 9:00 a.m.
On Long Island, PeaceSmith Coffeehouse will host their monthly gathering on Friday, February 5, at 8 pm, with music, poetry, and opportunities for those involved in progressive causes to meet and exchange information. A vegan food drive will also be held for the organization Long Island Food Not Bombs. The event will take place at the First Methodist Church of Amityville, and directions and further details are at peacesmiths.wordpress.com.
Also on Long Island, Hofstra University in cooperation with The Center for Civic Engagement, the Long Island Teachers for Human Rights, and The Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives presents a lecture series on foreign policy challenges in the 2016 elections. The first lecture provides some context to current Middle East conflicts with a veteran soldier talking about the Iraq War. Matt Howard, the co-director of Iraqi Veterans against the War speaks on Wednesday, February 10 at 2:45 p.m. at Hofstra’s Culture Center Theater.
The Peabody Museum and Bridgeport’s Beardsley Zoo are co-organizing a “Frogwatch Citizen Scientist” program for families and young people. There are training dates on February 17 at the Peabody Museum and February 24 at Beardsley Zoo. During warm weather months, participants will be asked to spend a short amount of time on one or two evenings a week to search local wetland areas for amphibian activity. More details can be found at http://peabody.yale.edu/events/become-peabody-beardsley-frogwatch-citizen-scientist
On Tuesday, February 9, the Whitneyville Cultural Commons in Hamden, Connecticut, will be the site of “Art Interrupting Injustice,” a day of discussions and performances that will demonstrate how the arts can help bring about positive change in the world. Performers will include hip-hop poet and playwright Aaron Jafferis and Lara Herscovitch, who has long been using her music to advocate for peace and justice. Registration and more information about this event can be found at tinyurl.com/deeperchangeforum. The Deeper Change Forum presents speakers, artists and workshops to encourage systemic change throughout our society, sponsored by the organization “Co-creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations,” whose website is at ceio.org.
New Haven artist Winfred Rembert is known for his colorful and emotionally charged paintings, which are created from memories of Rembert’s youth in Georgia. As a young man, he survived a lynching attempt and ended up in prison before finally making his home in Connecticut. The award-winning documentary All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert will be shown at the State Capital of Connecticut at 1:30 p.m. on February 24, followed by a discussion. A selection of Rembert’s paintings will also be shown at the State Capital from February 15 through 29.
The Connecticut Fund for the Environment is joining with local groups in the East Lyme area to “Save the Oswegatchie Hills.” This 236-acre parcel of land borders the Niantic River, and its wetlands, forest, and vernal pools are an important part of the local ecosystem. With a possible developer looking to build high-density housing on a portion of the land, efforts are being made to protect the land in perpetuity. More information is available by going to ctenvironment.org and clicking at the top of the page. Also on this page is a link to educate Connecticut citizens about aggressive tree-trimming by utility companies and steps that can be taken to protect personal and neighborhood trees.
A source of information about ongoing peace and justice efforts both in Connecticut and throughout the world is the organization Promoting Enduring Peace. Their website is at pepeace.org, and their source to disseminate news about a wide range of issues and actions is at peacenews.org.
To list your group’s local, regional or national events, send announcements, one week in advance when possible, to the White Rose Political Calendar, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.