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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – February 20, 2017

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 February 20, 2017.


WPKN’s White Rose Political Calendar has served as a clearing-house for political action for over two decades. In this new and quickly changing political world, the calendar will continue to give voice to those who are taking action to protect our basic rights to a clean planet, good health, and respect for people of all cultures and ethnicities. The weekly calendar is always available at wpkn.org/whiterose. Notices about upcoming actions can be sent to valrichardson@wpkn.org.


For Black History month, on Sunday February 26, at 3 p.m., the John Jermaine Memorial Library in Sag Harbor and Canio’s Cultural Cafe will co-sponsor the eighth annual African-American Writers Read-In. More information for readers and listeners can be had by calling the library at 631-725-0049.


Hofstra’s Departments of Economics, History, and Sociology and a number of local peace and labor groups are presenting the “International Scene Lecture Series: A Citizens’ Guide to U.S. Foreign and Economic Policies” for spring of 2017. The next lecture is on Thursday, March 2, starting at 12:45 p.m., with Dean Baker—author, economist, and co-Founder of The Center for Economic and Policy Research—talking about “What the 2016 Election Means for Our Jobs.” All lectures are at the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theatre. More information can be had by calling 516-741-4360 or e-mailing longislandpeace@gmail.com


March 8, International Women’s Day, has been designated as “A Day Without A Woman,” a women’s strike to follow up the massive marches and rallies that took place around the world on January 21. Women and their allies will withdraw from the corporations and institutions that are harmful while also finding ways to support the businesses, organizations and communities that are life-affirming. More information on this and other actions is at womensmarch.com.


Emily’s List, an organization that helps to fund pro-choice Democratic women to run for office is looking to the next cycle of elections with their new campaign “Run to Win.” They are encouraging women to run at all levels of local, state, and national office, and they are rallying support for those who have already committed to run. The website with more details is at emilyslist.org/run-to-win


IRIS, the New Haven-based organization that serves refugees, has resettled more than 5,000 people since it was founded in 1982, and welcomed a record 530 people in 2016 alone. They depend on volunteers to do a wide range of activities, both in their office and in directly working with refugees. Individuals can become “Cultural Companions,” working one-on-one with refugees to develop English skills and become accustomed to American culture. Larger groups of ten or more people can raise money and directly sponsor a refugee family, as many church and civic groups have already done. Details about all of these programs are available by going to irisct.org and clicking on the “Get Involved” button.


The Republican Congress and the new administration have vowed to quickly end all funding for Planned Parenthood, which is one of the largest healthcare providers in the country. More information about how to save this essential resource can be found at istandwithpp.org. Concerned citizens can also reach out to their local chapters for volunteer opportunities.


With the new administration’s vow to create a registry for all people of Muslim faith, a group is calling for non-Muslim individuals to pledge that they will also register as Muslim in an attempt to overwhelm the system. The pledge can be taken at www.registerus.today.


United for Peace and Justice works for world peace and to defend rights of immigrants and other besieged groups. Their ongoing commitment to peace is of particular importance given the incoming president’s recent vow to build a superior nuclear force. Their ongoing actions can be accessed at unitedforpeace.org.


The legislative session has started in Connecticut. For the third year in a row, sharp budget cuts are expected, which will affect funding for social justice, the arts, and the environment. The Connecticut Fund for the Environment lobbies for protection of land, air, and water, and they have established a “First Climate Responder” list. You can go to tinyurl.com/climateresponder to sign up and to ctenvironment.org for details about many other activities that are underway. In particular, they will be putting out information about committee hearings and opportunities for public input throughout the six-month long session.


Most of WPKN’s public affairs, community programs, and cultural programs are now available by podcast. WPKN has a talented pool of programmers who are deeply curious about the world around them. Their interviews are lively, timely, and a perfect companion for your morning run or afternoon car trip. You can find out more information by going to wpkn.org and clicking on the podcast link. More than ever, community radio stations like WPKN will be essential to provide an outlet for alternative political and cultural points of view.


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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