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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – December 15, 2014

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 December 15, 2014.

Large rallies have been held throughout the nation after indictments were not brought against the policemen who killed Michael Brown, in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. The group Answer CT has organized a number of these rallies in Connecticut, and updates about the events can be found by searching for “Answer CT” on Facebook. New Haven’s NAACP is also organizing responses to police brutality, and their website is at naacpnewhaven.org.

New Haven’s Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge encourages New Haven citizens, or anyone who wishes to participate, to act for a cleaner and more sustainable environment by committing to small changes in their daily lives. During the month of December, the challenge for participants is to make a switch to sustainable energy for domestic electric power. Most locales allow residents to choose between large utility companies such as UI and CL&P or smaller companies that derive their power from sources such as wind or solar power. More information about this month-long challenge can be found by going to healthyclimatechallenge.org and clicking on the Santa Claus emblem on the right side of the page.

Gateway Community College in New Haven is hosting an International Anti-War Cartoon Exhibition through January 17 in its New Alliance Art Gallery. The International Antiwar Cartoon Salon was founded 30 years ago in Kragujevac, Serbia, one of 130 so-called peace messenger cities around the world. The show is juried from more than 500 submissions. An article about the exhibit can be found at tinyurl.com/internationalantiwarcartoon

A group called “Badhoneywell.org” is petitioning Honeywell International to protest its manufacture of the engine, guidance, and targeting equipment for the MQ-9 Reaper drone. Honeywell profits from United States drone surveillance and drone attacks that have resulted in the deaths of more than 4,000 people worldwide. More information and the petition can be found at badhoneywell.org. This site also includes a list of common consumer items produced by Honeywell and encourages boycotting purchase of these items.

An interfaith conference on illegal drones will take place at the Princeton Theological Seminary on January 23 through 25, 2015. U.S. drone strikes continue in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. On this weekend, people of faith from across the nation, many representing denominations, faith groups and religious organizations, will go to Princeton to address the issue of drone warfare. More information is at tinyurl.com/dronewarfare.

The Connecticut Fund for the Environment is calling for full containment and clean-up of the English Station power plant on the Mill River in New Haven. Although it was closed eleven years ago in 2003, the site still has not been cleaned, and a ruptured oil tank inside the facility recently leaked oil into the nearby waterway. The Fund encourages concerned citizens to contact the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection by e-mailing dennis.schain@ct.gov.

Schools and other institutions throughout the country continue to remove their endowment and pension investments from oil companies and other carbon-based industries. Realizing the profound effect that burning fossil fuels has on raising the earth’s temperature, these institutions have made a moral choice not to fund these companies. While some large universities have made the decision to go fossil-free, others, including Yale University, are continuing to support these industries through their investments. More information can be found at gofossilfree.org.

In the wake of the midterm elections, the NAACP of North Carolina is continuing its actions to insist that the state’s government fully fund education and social welfare programs. The state’s electoral system has been under scrutiny as many citizens were disenfranchised in the recent election. In addition to continuing to hold its weekly “Moral Mondays” throughout the state, the NAACP will be encouraging people around the United States to take action through its second “Moral People’s Assembly” on February 14. More information is at naacpnc.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 valrichardson@wpkn.org. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.

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