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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – April 25, 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 April 25, 2016.


The YWCA is holding a “Stand Against Racism” day at Central Connecticut State University on Thursday, April 28. The full day of activities includes lectures and opportunities to meet others involved with the struggle against racial bias and Islamaphobia. Further details about this event can be found by going to ywcahartford.org and scrolling down to the “Stand against Racism” link. This day-long event is part of a larger effort being conducted by YWCAs across the country, with more information at standagainstracism.org.


It’s almost time for New Haven’s annual Rock-to-Rock bicycle ride. On Saturday, April 30, individuals and teams can enjoy a day of bicycling while helping to raise money for local environmental and social service organizations. Further details are at rocktorock.org. Numerous routes are available, from short, family-friendly excursions to more challenging “metric century” rides that go throughout New Haven County. Local music groups will be performing at various locations and times throughout the day, presented by CTFolk.


New Haven’s Annual International Workers May Day Festival will be held on Sunday, May 1, from noon to 5:00 p.m. on the New Haven Green. Organizers call on activists to celebrate the great work they do every day in their struggles to promote peace, justice and human rights. They believe that by working together they can make the world a better place, thinking globally and acting locally. More details are available on Facebook by searching for “ New Haven International Workers May.” The day will feature speeches, entertainment, and a traditional May pole.


A special meeting of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change will take place on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hartford Public Library. 350 Connecticut supporters are encouraged to attend to show strength of purpose in supporting sustainable energy and a move away from fossil fuel use. The council will release a report, which is available at tinyurl.com/ctgovclimatecouncil.


The Connecticut Fund for the Environment is celebrating spring and the coming summer with a host of activities including activism for the future of Plum Island: a New Haven family festival on Saturday, May 7, and Connecticut Trails Day on Saturday, June 4. More information about these and many other events can be found by going to ctenvironment.org and clicking on the “Get Involved” button to the right and then the “Calendar of Events.”


On Long Island, the monthly PeaceSmiths’ Coffeehouse will be taking place on Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m., featuring the Triceratones In The Round with Rorie Kelly, Pauline Salotti, Martha Trachtenberg and Claire Raby. Other performers will also have the opportunity to present music during an open mic. These evenings of music are an opportunity for local peace, environmental, and social justice activists to gather to exchange information and ideas. PeaceSmith Coffeehouse takes place at the First United Methodist Church in Amityville.
More details about the monthly coffeehouse and other activities are at peacesmiths.wordpress.com.


On Thursday, May 12, New Haven’s Site Projects presents a public lecture with MacArthur “Genius” Rick Lowe, an artist and community organizer whose Houston-based “Project Row Houses” is considered an important example of social-practice art. This free lecture takes place at New Haven’s Co-Op High School, 177 College Street, at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by going to siteprojects.org and scrolling down to the Rick Lowe information section.


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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