WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – October 13, 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 October 6, 2014.
At the behest of Indigenous groups in Connecticut and at Yale, along with the New Haven Workers Association/Unidad Latina en Acción, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp has declared Monday, October 13, to be Indigenous People’s Day in New Haven. These same groups are also petitioning Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy to change this second Monday in October to become Indigenous People’s Day in the state, rather than Columbus Day. Information about ongoing activities can be found by searching for the group on Facebook. These groups assert that the activities of Christopher Columbus would be considered terrorist acts by today’s standards.
Another activity from the New Haven Workers Association/Unidad Latina en Acción will be its fourth annual Day of the Dead celebration on Saturday, November 1. Festival participants will gather at 4:00 p.m., and the march will begin at 5:00 p.m. Families can participate in puppet-making workshops on October 19 and 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. New Haven Worker’s Association is committed to immigrant rights and resistance against deportation of undocumented immigrants. Information about ongoing activities can be found by searching for the group on Facebook.
OccupyDanbury has regular meetings and an ongoing film series. An upcoming film is Salvador Allende on October 22. These events take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Common Ground Community Arts Center, 33 Crosby Street in Danbury. More details are at occupydanbury.org.
BRIC, or the organization for Brooklyn Information and Culture, will hold a forum on Race, Policing, and Civil Rights on Tuesday, October 14, at 7:00 p.m. This event, which mixes media, public dialogue, politics and arts, is the first in a series of town halls focused on exploring the community’s take on timely social issues. Opening remarks are by Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, with further discussion by a panel of community activists. The location is at 647 Fulton Street and more information about this and other BRIC events is at bricartsmedia.org
Also on Long Island, The Bus Riders’ Union, or BRU, has announced its first ever “Rate the Ride Adventure “! Members of the group will be traveling from Jamaica, Queens to both North and South forks of Long Island ONLY relying on the Nassau and Suffolk County buses. Their purpose is to demonstrate the importance of Long Island’s public transportation system while bringing attention to the most common concerns and struggles that bus riders are facing, many of which include late or no-show buses. You can visit the following link on the 15th and 16th to see how the ride is going or to join the participants along the route: longislandbusridersunion.org
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is seeking proposals for community projects that would actively engage the public in the creative process. They believe that participatory art-making experiences can have a profound impact on towns and cities, enriching the quality of community life, enhancing the well-being of individuals, and building connections between people. The deadline for proposals is October 27, and more details about the project and how to apply can be found by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the largest provider of women’s healthcare in the country, Planned Parenthood has recently stepped up efforts to protect women’s rights for reproductive choice, especially in light of recent Supreme Court decisions and with attempts by some members of the United States Congress to legislate further restrictions. With the 2014 elections rapidly approaching, Planned Parenthood has created a website, “Women Are Watching,” to suggest ways to let elected officials know that women will fight for their health and freedom of choice through the ballot box. More information about these activities is at womenarewatching.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 email@example.com. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.