WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – September 19, 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 September 19, 2016.
As the host of the September 26 Presidential Debate, Hofstra University is also hosting a wide range of ancillary events before and after the debate, including panel discussions, lectures, and films. Details about this rich calendar of happenings is at Hofstra.edu/debate. You can click on the yellow “Debate 2016” banner and “Public Events and Information” for a full list.
Listed in the calendar of events at Hofstra is the dramatic performance “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man for All Times”, presented by New York’s Pulse Ensemble Theater. This event is taking place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, at the Fortunoff Theater.
The group Peace Action is hosting an “Art Build for Peace” just before the first debate at Hofstra. To find out more about this creative action that will take place before the eyes of the presidential candidates, go to the www.facebook.com/events/114039909048339.
Between the Lines, the award-winning weekly news magazine, is holding a 25th anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., at New Haven’s United Church on the Green. Between the Lines got its start at WPKN in 1991, during the lead-up to the Persian Gulf War, and is now syndicated to over sixty other radio stations. The keynote speaker for the October 8th event is Jeremy Scahill, investigative journalist and filmmaker. Scahill’s talk, “Drones, Terrorism and The President,” will address America’s endless wars, “targeted assassinations,” and the critical policy decisions facing our next president. The event will also feature Democracy in Action Awards that will be given to New Haven community activist Barbara Fair, The Dragonfly Climate Collective, and Unidad Latina en Acción. More information about the October 8th event is available by calling 203-268-8446 or visiting squeakywheel.net.
The sister organizations Connecticut Fund for the Environment (or CFE) and Save the Sound are raising awareness about the fate of Plum Island. The U.S. Government will soon close its Plum Island Animal Disease Center, and the fate of the island has been unclear. Although it could possibly be sold for real estate development, environmentalists are calling on the island to remain in its natural state to protect the many endangered species that call it home. CFE has joined with a number of other local environmental groups to sue the governing agency of Plum Island, the Department of Homeland Security. More information about the lawsuit is at tinyurl.com/plumislandlawsuit. Those concerned are encouraged to sign a petition at tinyurl.com/saveplumisland2016. A thorough discussion of Plum Island’s history and its value as a wildlife refuge can be found at the website preserveplumisland.org.
Plum Island’s beauty and environmental significance is also the subject an art show and lecture series in Old Lyme. The exhibition of photographs and paintings is currently on display at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. The lecture series begins on Thursday, September 22, at 7:00 p.m. also at the Noyes Library, with a “virtual tour” of Plum Island by Chris Cryder of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. More details about all of these events can be found at www.oldlyme.lioninc.org.
350 Connecticut and the Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club are sponsoring a “Walk Along the Pipeline” on Saturday, September 24, beginning at noon. Participants are asked to meet at the Agawam, Massacusetts compressor station, 1615 Suffield Avenue.You can join environmental, faith, labor and justice groups as they walk eight miles along the proposed pipeline expansion route and raise awareness about the actual environment that fracked gas projects put at risk. More details are at sierraclub.org/connecticut.
September is National Recovery Month, and many local and national actions are being held to put a public face on alcohol and drug addiction and to call for increased funding for treatment. Funding for drug treatment programs in Connecticut was sharply cut in the current Connecticut state budget, and activists are calling for this trend to be reversed when next year’s budget is proposed in early 2017. The Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery will hold a march and rally in Hartford’s Bushnell Park on Saturday, September 24, between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. More information is at ccar.us. A national rally will take place in Washington, D.C. on September 18, sponsored by FedUp!Their website is at feduprally.org.
Connecticut’s utility companies are continuing their aggressive tree removal in neighborhoods throughout the state. Their goal is to fell the entire tree if any part of that tree’s structure is within eight feet of a power line. Homeowners have rights to protect trees on their own property or within their neighborhoods. The Garden Club of New Haven has been taking action to protect trees in the state, and their informative website at tinyurl.com/saveatree2016 includes a list of tree wardens throughout the state as well as actions a homeowner can take if they are approached by a utility.
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.