WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – March 3, 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 March 3, 2014.
Monks and Nuns of the New England Peace Pagoda will lead their 13th annual “Walk for a New Spring”, leaving from Leverett, Massachusetts, and arriving in their final destination of Washington, D.C., on April 8. The walk serves to promote peace and for a less violent, more sustainable world. All are welcome to a potluck dinner and talk at the New Haven’s People’s Center, 37 Howe Street, when the group arrives on March 11, and participants can also join the walk for as long as they wish. Go to tinyurl.com/2014peacewalk for more information.
Connecticut citizens are watching for the next round of decisions by PURA, the Public Utitlities Regulatory Authority, who will be reassessing their recent plans to remove trees throughout the state that are within eight feet of power lines. A public hearing for the New Haven region will take place on March 6 at Hamden Middle School. Details are at tinyurl.com/treecuttingmeeting. Citizens throughout the state are being encouraged to tie green ribbons around any trees they feel might be vulnerable to destruction under this new measure.
The Israeli government is facing criticism and protests for their handling of Africans who are seeking refuge in this Middle Eastern country. Journalist David Sheen has been following this story and will be speaking about it on Friday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m., at Trinity College. The Netanyahu administration has instituted a new policy to corral the Africans into a desert detention center, where they are pressured to leave the country. Since December, tens of thousands of African asylum-seekers in Israel have taken to the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to protest the government’s plan to expel them by the end of the decade. In solidarity, citizens from around the world protested in front of Israeli embassies on January 22 of this year. More information is available at tinyurl.com/David-Sheen
Answering a call from the women of Gaza, the group CODEPINK is forming a US delegation of 15 women who will join with a larger international women’s coalition traveling to Gaza for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014. The purpose of the delegation is show solidarity with the women of Gaza, to bring attention to the difficulties caused by the Israeli blockade, to push for opening the Gaza borders, and to bring solar lamps to help with the electricity shortage. Due to the political and security issues in Egypt, there are no guarantees that the group will be able to get into Gaza. Information is at tinyurl.com/gazatrip2014. On April 16, Codepink’s founder Medea Benjamin will receive the 2014 Gandhi Peace Award from the group Promoting Enduring Peace in New Haven.
On Long Island, Hofstra University is sponsoring the “International Scene Lecture Series.” On Wednesday, March 5, the topic will be “Rethinking Keynes: A Radical Approach to Joblessness,” and the March 12 lecture will be “The Changing Face of Empire: The Use of Drones and Special Forces.” Details about times and locations are at tinyurl.com/Hofstralectures
Journalist Chris Hedges will be the keynote speaker at “Connecticut United for Peace for One Nation—Under Surveillance — A One-Day Conference about Building Networks of Solidarity in Defiance of NSA Spying & the Erosion of Democratic Rights,” on Saturday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. at Central Connecticut State University. Chris Hedges is a former New York Times reporter and author of twelve books. His most recent book is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a collaboration with comics artist and journalist Joe Sacco. Details are at tinyurl.com/ct-united-for-peace.
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.