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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – January 26, 2015

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 January 26, 2015.

IRIS, or Integrated Refugee and Immigration Service, helps refugees and “other displaced people” establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. IRIS will be holding their eighth annual “Run for Refugees” fundraiser on Sunday morning, February 1, at 10 a.m., at the Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven. To sign up or find out more information go to irisct.org.

350CT will be promoting a large climate march on Sunday, May 31 in Hartford to coincide with the Hartford Earth Festival. An organizing and brainstorming session will be held on Sunday, February 1 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown. 350 CT is also organizing several informational sessions about the dangers of building future pipelines in Connecticut. The best way to stay informed about their many upcoming events is to be added to the announcement list by going to 350ct.org and clicking on “Sign up” in the banner at the top of the page.

Occupy Danbury has an ongoing film series and regular meetings. On Wednesday, February 18, they will show An Unreasonable Man, about the life and career of Ralph Nader, showing how Nader rose to prominence in 1966 after General Motors targeted him with a smear campaign. Since then, he has become one of America’s most trusted policy critics and the country’s prominent voice for consumer rights. Occupy Danbury holds meetings every other Wednesday, and both meetings and movies take place at A Common Ground Community Arts Center in Danbury. More information is available by calling (203)743-3532.

The Connecticut Fund for the Environment works throughout Connecticut’s legislative session to advocate for the environmental health of the state and region. Interested individuals can sign up for action alerts to remain informed of upcoming legislation that affects the state’s environment and to find out ways that people can help affect the outcome of individual bills by attending hearings and contacting their local legislative representatives. To be added to the CFE mailing list, go to ctenvironment.org.

New Haven’s Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge encourages New Haven citizens, or anyone who wishes to participate, to act for a cleaner and more sustainable environment by committing to small changes in their daily lives. During the month of December, the challenge for participants is to make a switch to sustainable energy for domestic electric power. Most locales allow residents to choose between large utility companies such as UI and CL&P or smaller companies that derive their power from sources such as wind or solar power. More information about this month-long challenge can be found by going to healthyclimatechallenge.org and clicking on the Santa Claus emblem on the right side of the page.

Schools and other institutions throughout the country continue to remove their endowment and pension investments from oil companies and other carbon-based industries. Realizing the profound effect that burning fossil fuels has on raising the earth’s temperature, these institutions have made a moral choice not to fund these companies. While some large universities have made the decision to go fossil-free, others, including Yale University, are continuing to support these industries through their investments. More information can be found at gofossilfree.org.

In the wake of the midterm elections, the NAACP of North Carolina is continuing its actions to insist that the state’s government fully fund education and social welfare programs. The state’s electoral system has been under scrutiny as many citizens were disenfranchised in the recent election. In addition to continuing to hold its weekly “Moral Mondays” throughout the state, the NAACP will be encouraging people around the United States to take action through its second “Moral People’s Assembly” on Saturday, February 14. More information is at naacpnc.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 valrichardson@wpkn.org. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.

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